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Hello! I am looking for support an accountability as I rashly decide to do a whole30. I did one 6 years ago and it was bliss, and I haven't been able to replicate the success of my initial round! I'm going through a rough patch as a mom of 4 wild hyper boys. Most days I just do not want to do my life. I remember in my first whole30 i felt so mentally fantastic, I thought maybe I should try it again. My husband thinks I should just cut out flour and alcohol. I guess I better get clear on how deep i'm going to go in this before I start!
Hi There I'm a year and a half + from my first Whole 30 back in Aug/Sept 2012. I've seen and felt how good the whole 30 feels, and how my body reacts to it. I have encouraged countless friends/family members to give it a try. (Some have gone all out and followed and some are still thinking about it - their choice) but one that is really hitting home for me right now is my Mom. She just turned 70 last October, and within the last couple of years I have seen her go down hill a lot. Right now she is suffering a terrible RA flare that has been lasting weeks/months. She has read that RA symtoms are generally things that start in your gut. (As I have been telling this her for months now) And that she should consider an elimination diet. That same book that she is reading is also saying that she should be avoiding read meat and eating grains! (Book is 20+ years old I might add) I have pointed out that she is going by old information and things have changed. But she is stubbronly holding onto this idea. Because her flare is so bad she is starting to heed a bit on what I am saying. She is drinking bone broth and she is considering adding gelatin to her food. I consider this a win. However she is still eating a pretty grain and fruit heavy diet. Her way has always been trying to find a "quick fix" through vitamins and supplements (she takes at least 10 +different ones). She is avoiding night shades and eggs too - she knows these cause her inflamation to be worse. I have encouraged her to read my copy of ISWF - so far she's not terribly interested. I have recently bought her "The Paleo Approach" in hopes because of the AIP nature of it, it will grab her attention. We shall see. Right now I am trying to encourage her to give "paleo" a try. But I'm not sure how to do this. She seems mildly interested. (She is no longer just humouring me, because she is asking for advice) But she is clearly a "baby steps" type of person. So I'm not sure if I should introduce "paleoized" food such as muffins. Because she is such a cereal person I suggested she give soup a try for breakfast - that one was not openly recieved. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to be encouraging without overwhelming - please let me know. She has me really worried this week because she is calling me on the phone upset and depressed because she is in such pain.
So, I'm on day 10 of my first Whole30. Before day 1, I had shifted to a more paleo and whole food based way of eating, had started exercising more often and meditating regularly. So I consider this to be a time of health for me, setting healthy habits and reevaluating priorities. I haven't had major problems defending my food choice, and I don't have a spouse or kids, so I've only had to change my buying and eating habits for me, but I have been having some personal upheaval. My social life before was based on eating out with my boyfriend or with my family, or getting drinks with friends. Now, I feel that healthier activities like frisbee, hiking, walking, and so on are so much preferable, and usually cheaper. That part is good, and my true blue friends and family are on board. My dad is actually having me over for dinner tomorrow, and cooking a W30 meal. I've been having major problems with my boyfriend, however. He's supportive of what I'm doing even though he's not joining me, and my mood is pretty steady now compared to hyperglycemic mood swings that I usually get, but we've been starting to argue. It sucks. I think that he may be resenting me for putting so much energy into my food and being willing to forgo our old habits and do something for me, and I am bothered by what I perceive to be unhealthy stress management on his part, which he deals with through working constantly and drinking a beer to unwind. I kind of feel like the fact that these things are becoming an issue when I'm devoting more energy to my own health indicates that there are underlying imbalances or incompatibilities in our relationship that I didn't know were there. I also have to move soon, and I had the idea this week than instead of finding a new roommate, I could move back in with my mom (which she has previously offered, but I haven't taken her up on it) so that, aside from helping her out and saving money, I could grow plenty of food in her backyard and jog in her neighborhood (which is a better neighborhood for that than where I'm currently living). I would never have considered this before, but it's starting to make sense now that living healthfully seems more important than being close to hip restaurants and bars. Has anyone else experienced shifts in thinking and possibly relationship upheaval connected with their changed eating habits?