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Hello all! This is maybe a bit long or a bit personal for an intro, but I didn’t really have a place to talk about my experience on this program before finding these forums (I only had the cookbook to start!) and since I’m doing this whole thing for myself to improve my health and to get in touch with my body, I feel okay treating this one post a bit more like therapy. When I first discovered Whole30 through the advice of my mother, I was ecstatic. We share the same auto-immune disease, and she had seen her symptoms improve with this program in ways I had given up dreaming were ever even possible. I’d struggled with depression, lack of focus and energy, and emotional eating that started up while I was in and out of school a few years years—Whole30 seemed like it was going to be a game changer for all of those things and I couldn’t wait to get started. But, like a dummy, I decided to start this program during a period of high stress: finals season. Without a proper support network, without proper time management, and without a whole lot of money or time, Whole30 was exhausting. Week after week, I messed up. I was so sick of having to start over from square one, of having to black out my progress on my calendar and number all the days again up to 30, so I stopped. Now, finals are over and I have more than a whole month of time to kill before I start my last semester of college, so I’m going to do this right. I’m going to give myself room to breathe, room to focus. I’m going to listen to the rules and, most importantly, to my body. I can’t promise myself that I won’t get discouraged or that this alone will fix everything (it won’t), but I’m ready to promise myself that I’ll push through no matter what, because I’m doing this for me.
My name is Maggie and I have been really disappointed in my health since I began college. Before I started college, I rarely drank, slept regularly, exercised regularly, and ate relatively healthy (although my 17 year old metabolism is completely different than my 22 year old metabolism). I am now entering my 4th year of college and beginning an internship in Dallas. I have been thinking about doing Whole30 since I saw it pop up on my Facebook a few years ago, but never as seriously as I am now. I have not been happy with my weight and have tried to do different things to fix that, not realizing that my diet is the one thing I need to change, not only for my weight, but for my general health. After reading The Whole30, I realized a slew of health problems I have accumulated from my horrible eating habits, even while living off campus in my apartment. I never even thought about my diet affecting this, but I fully believe that my allergies, irritability, severe anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation have gotten much worse since I began college because of my diet of mostly pizza and wine. It's not even about the weight loss anymore. If I can feel happier and healthier with my current beer belly, why shouldn't I? I am fully committed to Whole30. I have thrown away everything off the list in my apartment, and my boyfriend is fully on board with my commitment to the plan but I feel like my friends and family are not as supportive. I really would appreciate this forum to sort of hover around me when I begin June 1st and help me through this journey because this is going to be hard, but not as hard as writing a 30 page term paper in 2 days.