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Ida Maria

1st Whole30 starting October 20th

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So, I'm finally taking the step to actually do this. I've been thinking about doing this since the beginning of the year, but now it feels right to actually do it myself. 

 

I'm a 23 (24 in December) year old girl from Sweden. I've struggled with severe sugar cravings & mindless snacking for most of my life. I also had a warped image of myself & how I looked. I thought I was overweight from the age of 9 or so, when in fact, I was quite normal. When I moved out of my parents house at 18, my relationship with food got even worse. Two years later, I had gained 20 kgs. I was very unhappy & finally dropped out of university & moved back to my parents. Then, a year ago, I met the love of my life & my life did a 180.

 

Now, I'm down 9-10 kgs of the weight I gained previously, & am happier than I've been in a long time. We would love to get pregnant in a couple of years, but I feel like I should get myself healthy & build solid routines before we embark on that journey. My boyfriend is doing this with me & is very supportive. When I brought it up with him, the first thing he said was, "I wan't to do whatever you do, & I want to do it with you." The hard thing to give up for him will be whisky. He has a large collection of whisky & is a member of two whisky societies. Luckily, they won't have a whisky tasting during these 30 days ;)

 

I am not paleo, but have thought for a long time that this would be a logical step for me. Firstly, because I am very sensitive to dairy, most of my family have realised that they are, too. & I have had a stuffed & runny nose now for almost four years! I've been to see specialists but they can't give me a satisfying answer as to why I have it, just that it's allergy induced. I got prescribed cortisone pills for three weeks, & then a cortisone spray to use twice a day. & I did get a lot better for the first month, but when I was done taking the pills, it went back to how it was before. & now all they've said is that I'll have to live with it for the rest of my life. This I can't accept. I should not feel as though I have a constant cold for the rest of my life. & therefore, I'm determined to try this out & see if I can pinpoint what I'm allergic to, as the doctors won't do it for me. Something to note is, that during the three weeks that I took the cortisone pills I also stopped consuming dairy, wheat & sugar. This because my mom, who is a trained nutritionist, thought it might help. But, because I did this while taking cortisone, I'm not sure what this did for me. 

 

I'm spending today prepping for the week ahead. I'm making bone broth, cutting up vegetables, boiling eggs, making ghee, making some dressings/sauces, making mayo (which I usually do anyway, but with canola oil), cooking chicken breasts & roasting seeds & nuts. I love cooking & get a lot of compliments for it so this will be fun, I think. I like challenges. I'm used to do dairy free sauces & dressings & I cook once or twice a day anyway. I think prepping on Sundays will be good, especially breakfasts for the week.

 

My bf brings breakfast every day to work & eats it there (because he starts at 6:45). This, I think, will be the biggest challenge: what to put in his breakfast container. I've decided to eat some form of chicken in the morning, because it'll be easy to prepare & I like eating real food for breakfast. My bf however, likes to eat typical Swedish breakfast foods in the morning: yoghurt with nuts, seeds & raspberries; oatmeal with cloudberry jam, rye bread with butter & cheese or turkey; & medium-boiled eggs. On weekends he likes bacon & eggs, but he wouldn't want this to take to work. 

 

We haven't bought much meat, except for a whole chicken & marrowbones, because we already have a full freezer. My dad is a hunter so we have lots of elk in there, which is the best meat there is! My bf likes stocking up so we have lots of chicken breasts, beef sirloin, beef tenderloin, beef minute steaks, pork tenderloin, nitrate-free bacon, salmon, cod & shrimp in there, too. As well as frozen vegetables, frozen herbs, frozen berries etc. What we did buy was produce: carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, celeriac, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potatoes & a few white potatoes. I'm not sure yet if I'll include white potatoes during this month, but my bf probably will. He's more active than me though. We've also bought avocados, bananas, apples, satsumas, lemons & limes, as well as green olives, onions, shallots, scallions, garlic, mushrooms, coconut oil & butter to make ghee. I will complement with coconut milk & light-tasting olive oil today. Nuts & seeds we already have.

 

We've weighed ourselves, taken lots of measurements & photos, & we're ready to start! Though, this won't be so much about losing weight for me, but more about finding out what I'm allergic to, & to get more energy. For my bf it's about getting more energy & better sleep, because he's started with a big renovation of our summer house.

 

Sorry for this novel-length post, & if you read it all through: lots of hugs to you! If you have some tips for me, please reply! For the next 30 days I'll be sure to cruise the forums & hope to get lots of motivation & inspiration from all of you :)

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