I just completed my second Whole30 in as many years. Both were different experiences. During the first, i lost quite a bit of weight and felt very energized. But I was really focused on the food; not so much on the freedom after. I continued to eat well for a long time, but did include things to excess that i shouldn't have. This clearly led to the need for a second Whole30. However, what I really wanted to focus on this time was HOW food was affecting me. I was not feeling well - little energy, major afternoon slumps, too much wine after work, poor sleep and a lot of inflammation.
The second Whole30 was much easier. But I did not see some of the changes I was hoping to. I remained exhausted every morning when I woke up. Getting out of bed continued to be a chore until the last day. Also, the inflammation did not go away. I saw no relationship between the foods i eliminated and the pain. I did feel more energetic and afternoon slumps went away, however.
When I finished my Whole30 I reintroduced wine first as my husband and I had company that very night. I had a couple of glasses and felt horrible the next day. I was actually glad that happened. While I craved wine each night of my Whole30, that craving has actually been eliminated since this reintroduction. That feels like a major win for me. However, I was less successful with reintroducing other foods the past couple of weeks. A couple of things happened that interrupted that. I am very disappointed in this as my goal was to really focus on the reintroduction portion so that I could determine how each food really impacts me. I have reintroduced grains (oatmeal and a toast DO NOT keep me full until lunch). I am also very gassy. I think this is the grains, but I have also had cheese in there and some preservatives. I also have very little energy again, inflammation still, and mood change. I have been around a lot of illness at work, and did feel poorly for a day, but have not been sick (that would not be causing my fatigue and mood change).
My concern is that I have not isolated the impact of each food as some have been introduced together. I really want to figure out how foods are impacting me. So my question: Would you recommend that i start the Whole30 again and then try again to reintroduce properly or would you recommend something else? I am also seeing a chiropractor for neck pain. He has encouraged me to have blood tests to determine if there is ongoing inflammation that is being caused by something else besides my arthritis. My goals for this Whole30 were 1.) to determine which food are causing the pain, fatigue and bloating and 2.) to eliminate those foods and create the diet that will help me maintain the energy and good health that i want.
Additionally: any thoughts on my I continued to wake up exhausted each day? There is a lot here. Thank you for any time someone can give this.