CarmenS Posted April 14, 2012 Share Posted April 14, 2012 Public accountability and community! I just found the forums after ordering my e-book two weeks ago. I'm now on Day 13 of my first Whole 30. I've been eating a mostly Primal (a la Mark's Daily Apple) diet for a little over a year, but I could never commit to giving up some significant dietary crutches--namely sugar, alcohol, and the occasional serving of rice or corn-based grain product. Is it any wonder I wasn't seeing any changes in my health, body, or energy level? I have been following the Whole 30 plan and it hasn't been difficult after I got used to not doing things on autopilot--automatically putting sugar and cream in my tea or having a piece of dark chocolate after a meal. I pretty much eat three meals a day. On some rare occasions I'll have an afternoon snack, but it's usually part of my lunch I didn't have time to eat before I had to get back to work. Twice it's been 10 or 12 macadamia nuts when I have been starving; both times I realized I hadn't had enough fat with my meal. Sticking to this way of eating isn't hard, though when I get lazy it *can* get boring. I have to remember to switch things up, try new recipes, and, now that the seasons are changing, try out new vegetables. I've been on some other forums, a lot of paleo/primal sites, and I've looked at a lot of information on the web. As a woman who will be 50 next month, I feel there is a lot more going on in/with my body than most of the men in the paleo community really want to address. Maybe in another 10 years, once this movement is well established, they'll have time to look into those concerns. For now, I feel it's up to me. Whole 30 doesn't make outrageous promises, but it does give me a foundation from which I can re-build my health and well-being. Long first post, but I want to mention one significant result of being on this Whole 30. I've been in physical therapy working to repair a rotator cuff injury that I've been dealing with for more that six months. While I had increased my range of motion, I still had a lot of pain and I was icing my shoulder a couple times a day. About a week into the Whole 30 I realized the pain was pretty much gone. A bit of a twinge compared to a breath-taking gasp every time I moved my arm. And each day it improves a bit more. I am thinking it is the reduction in inflammation--i.e., I stopped eating sugar and rice. Thanks for the forums. I'll be back to post as I move forward with my first (but not last) Whole 30. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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