Lizzard77 Posted June 6, 2013 Share Posted June 6, 2013 Last fall, sitting in the gym of my sister's school waiting for her play to start, I was introduced to a food challenge that would reshape the way I looked at food forever. I was chatting with a friend of my mother's, a wonderful woman who I am now happy to also be able to call friend, and I was telling her about the mysterious chronic pain I had been suffering since earlier in the year. She mentioned to me about a friend who had begun eating paleo and was having great results. She then said 4 magic words, "It Starts With Food". I purchased the book the very next day and began reading. Four hours later, I had an ear marked and highlighted book that looked as if I had owned it for years. I soaked in the information. I made notes, grocery lists, menu plans, journaled about what I wanted from the experience. I made plans and told people about it, selling it as if I was getting paid. And then, I waited. I was waiting for warmer weather, for the signs of local farmer's markets to open, for my own backyard "farm" to be planted. Meanwhile, I stocked the pantry, I looked up recipes, located and got to know my local farmer's who sell pastured meats and eggs. I prepped as if the zombies were coming and only a Whole30 would save me. My start date was May first and then finally, it arrived. However, I wasn't ready, I hadn't talked to the hubinator about doing it, I had a few parties to attend etc. I was waffling after so many months of getting ready, I couldn't do it. As the month wore on, I set my resolve, June First, Darnit, June First I will start. I sat the hubinator down and we worked out a plan, since I do all the cooking and he isn't interested in a Whole30, I was relieved to know he supported me in this. And then, it happened. June First. Well folks, that was 6 days ago. Day 1 was a haze of chopping, steaming, sauteing, and eating, I ate so much that day yet felt hungry all day (funny how cravings feel like hunger). Day 2-4 were zombie-like, sleepless, grump-fests, that I personally would not like to revisit. However, I realistically had to examine what was, and still is, going on in my body. I guess I was experiencing the "Carb Flu". And then, day 5 happened. I slept through the night.....mostly, the first time in days that I had more than 2 hours sleep. I woke up before my 7:30 alarm and jumped out of bed with my mind racing towards all the projects I want to get done today. I exuberantly cooked breakfast for both my self and the hubinator, eggs and cheese for him and a fried egg (in coconut oil) with red flannel hash and fermented beets for me, who's sounds tastier?!? I felt amazing, for most of the day. Then evening came and then night. I saw 11:30, 1:30, 2:50, 4:30. By the time 5:45 hit I just got up and started my day. Now 4 hours later, I am pretty drained and truly examining my food choices over the next few days to make sure I am getting proper nutrients. I feel heavy, I am bored with what I am eating, being an adventurous cook usually, this whole meat and veg thing is getting old. I need a new step. I need a shift. I don't want to be stuck in a restless, unhappy place. I realize this first week is not supposed all rainbows and roses but lethargy, bloating, sleeplessness? Not quite what I expected. The worst part of it all is I feel alone. No one quite understands what or why or how. I know things will look up, I know I just have to hump on through and as days go by, and my body heals, I will start to feel better. Once new habits begin to solidify and routines set in, I have faith that I will begin to see this with the eyes of the woman who devoured (no pun) ISWF back in October. I know in a week or so the spark will again flicker and the excitement will begin to burn. But for right now, I think I'd like to go take a nap. I write a blog centered around nourishing the body both on the outside and in. I try to educate people about more healthful ways to look at life and at food. I have attached a link to the post I published the night before I started my Whole30. There I write in more detail about my "mysterious chronic pain" and what the Doctor's have (or don't have) to say. I would love for any of you to read it and if you are going through similar issues, please reach out to me. Even if you aren't, but have some words of advice or want to connect. I started this journey to hopefully heal my body and any friends I pick up along the way will help to heal my soul. A Journey of Healing Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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