Monday, September 7, 2015

#Whole30: 4 Things I've Learned

Well, my Whole30 came to an abrupt end last week and ended up being a measly Whole4. I spent days one through three compliant, but miserable. Everything I read and everyone I talked to informed me that this was just part of the process and I was "slaying the sugar dragon." And then Day 4 happened. And by "happened" I mean that vomiting, diarrhea (sorry, TMI, I know!), fever and severe fatigue happened. I wasn't able to keep anything compliant down except fruit and water. I gave my doctor a call trying to get an appointment and she made it pretty clear that I needed to stop Whole30 and focus on getting better. So unfortunately, that is where my first journey with Whole30 ended.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

3 Reasons I Was Completely Unprepared for Whole 30, Day 1

I thought I was prepared... HA!
That's right. I jumped on the bandwagon. Well, more accurately, I was impressed with how highly my family and friends spoke of Whole30 and I'd become increasingly frustrated with my eating habits and the way they were making me feel (the eating habits, not the family and friends). I've been gluten-free in the past and even cut back on dairy for quite a while. But give up all grains, sugar, dairy and legumes? That sounded really tough. Tough, but necessary.

I approached it strategically, much like I do everything else to be honest. I wrote a spreadsheet (or three), I visited multiple grocery stores stocking up on my essentials. I read and re-read the program instructions and guidelines. I researched the books; curated recipes from everyone (thanks, guys!) and everywhere (Pinterest) I could find. And yet, I was unprepared for the reality that is Day 1. Let me tell you why.