LizzyDu

Whole30 newbie and more than a little nervous

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Hi there. I’m Liz and I’ve suffered from GI issues and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’ve always made excuses — it’s just stress, I just ate too much, it must’ve been old food. I even went GF for a year, documenting how much better I felt for it, and now (back to my old ways) still won’t admit the difference because I love ____________. I do. I love to have a glass of wine in the evening or beers with friends on the weekend. I love to bake and enjoy every form of biscuit/bread/cookie/cake under the sun. I love to treat Aunt Flo to a poptart. But I feel like crap. Now I’m (begrudgingly) coming to the realization that it’s time to be a grown-up and stop trading my health and well being for the temporary pleasure of something delicious. I’m committing to the Whole30 to test for food sensitivities on a physical level, but also to heal my relationship with food on a psychological level. I’m scared. I’ve cried wolf many many times, to the point where I don’t want to tell my friends and family for fear of their reactions: “another diet??” And they wouldn’t be unjustified. My motivation lasts approximately 2 weeks and then I decide that things were perfectly fine the way they were and I shouldn’t deprive myself at the family BBQ where my sister-in-law brought her legendary booze-infused cupcakes. I’ve never had anyone to take me by the shoulders and give me a good shake and shout “the cupcakes aren’t worth the (insert nasty GI symptom here)!!” I feel like no one will understand that this isn’t about losing weight, or following a trend. I don’t discuss my issues and prefer to “suffer in silence”. I’m hoping that I will find a community here to support and understand me, because you’ve all done it. You’ve all had your reasons for committing to the Whole30, and even if they weren’t the same as mine are now you know that the struggle is real. I’m hoping that you will be my strength, my tough love, and my victory cheer. Because I certainly applaud all of you who’ve made this incredible sacrifice in the name of health (even if you really loved doughnuts). 

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Hi Liz.  Some similarities in our stories, several differences, but here's what might resonate with you.  Years before I did my first Whole 30, I visited a "holistic" doc my wife recommended, and whilst I still sorta think of him as a quack, he said I should give up gluten and corn and...  but honestly, less exclusive than the Whole 30.  I remember making a pizza on a rice based crust, with soy cheese, and it was SO bad, I swear I cried.  I did have other life challenges going on, as we all do, but.  And the quality of Whole 30 and gluten free ingredients has improved exponentially by now.  Anyway, a few years later, my undeniable health issues caused me to do a complete Whole 30, and the health gains were so powerful I've maintained it for two years now.  Pre-diabetic?  Fixed, normal blood sugar fixed.  Blood pressure?  Off of meds, and it's lower than it was ON meds.  Triglycerides dropped 3x.  I lost 40 pounds without increasing exercise or ever feeling hungry.  Eczema gone.  Inflammation in arthritic ankle - gone.  I can run again.  It was magical for me, I hope you can stick with it, feel free to ask any questions...

Jim

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I, too, am a newbie to Whole30, and I just found this forum last night after receiving my Whole30 book in the mail after ordering it the day before. (Love Amazon Prime!) I have also had gut issues, to the point of needing and having surgery to remove my entire large intestine (called a total colectomy). This was three years ago. I developed three hernias along that incision line last summer and had hernia surgery in Nov 2018. I am type one diabetic for 37 years and have worn an insulin pump for the past 26 years. Time to get myself back to good health after the last few years of difficulty, weight gain, and poor diabetes control. I saw a thread on this forum of people starting their thirty days on Monday 7/8, and I thought that would be perfect for me too. Gives me time to read more and prep my mind, husband, food, and kitchen. Hope to have buddies on this journey. I teach third grade, and this last month of summer is the perfect time to do this! 

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On 7/3/2019 at 3:27 PM, LizzyDu said:

Hi there. I’m Liz and I’ve suffered from GI issues and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’ve always made excuses — it’s just stress, I just ate too much, it must’ve been old food. I even went GF for a year, documenting how much better I felt for it, and now (back to my old ways) still won’t admit the difference because I love ____________. I do. I love to have a glass of wine in the evening or beers with friends on the weekend. I love to bake and enjoy every form of biscuit/bread/cookie/cake under the sun. I love to treat Aunt Flo to a poptart. But I feel like crap. Now I’m (begrudgingly) coming to the realization that it’s time to be a grown-up and stop trading my health and well being for the temporary pleasure of something delicious. I’m committing to the Whole30 to test for food sensitivities on a physical level, but also to heal my relationship with food on a psychological level. I’m scared. I’ve cried wolf many many times, to the point where I don’t want to tell my friends and family for fear of their reactions: “another diet??” And they wouldn’t be unjustified. My motivation lasts approximately 2 weeks and then I decide that things were perfectly fine the way they were and I shouldn’t deprive myself at the family BBQ where my sister-in-law brought her legendary booze-infused cupcakes. I’ve never had anyone to take me by the shoulders and give me a good shake and shout “the cupcakes aren’t worth the (insert nasty GI symptom here)!!” I feel like no one will understand that this isn’t about losing weight, or following a trend. I don’t discuss my issues and prefer to “suffer in silence”. I’m hoping that I will find a community here to support and understand me, because you’ve all done it. You’ve all had your reasons for committing to the Whole30, and even if they weren’t the same as mine are now you know that the struggle is real. I’m hoping that you will be my strength, my tough love, and my victory cheer. Because I certainly applaud all of you who’ve made this incredible sacrifice in the name of health (even if you really loved doughnuts). 

Hi Liz!

My name is Erinn and I loved reading your post because it SO resonated with me! Not every single detail of our stories is the same of course, but I could feel the sense of urgency through your post to finally make a real and lasting change, and that's exactly how I felt when I began my first Whole30 journey in October of 2017.

At the time I still had about 15 pounds of baby weight to lose (my son turned one and I stopped nursing him the day before I began my first Whole30). I was always exhausted, had bad acne at age 26, low energy, frequent headaches, mood swings, zero motivation to move my body/exercise, bloating, gas, etc....and I knew somewhere deep down that what I was eating was contributing (causing!!!) all of these yucky symptoms, (OBVIOUSLY), but I could never hold on to that truth long enough to make a real change...I think because that would inevitably require me to face my unhealthy relationship with food as reward and as my number one coping mechanism, and because acknowledging that would mean that I would also have to admit that I actually had control over how I felt. That if I really wanted to feel better I could, by changing the food I put in my mouth.

I totally 10000% hear ya when you say you enjoy a glass of wine or beer with friends, that you love baking and eating all the yummy treats, and that you enjoy treating yourself during that time of the month. Before I ever did a Whole30 I had friends who were very disciplined about what they ate and very aware of what did and didn't make them feel their best...and my attitude was always to be on the defense and make snarky remarks about how that was good for them, but I like to ENJOY life and not deprive myself of everything delicious and good in the world, like cheese/3 glasses of wine/ice cream/oreos/pizza etc. What I didn't know at the time was that there are much more effective and nourishing ways to show ourselves love, care and compassion and to enjoy connecting with other people or celebrating a special event than just with junky food that makes us feel awful later!

Anyhow, I could go on forever! I just wanted to pop in here and say you are exactly where you need to be. No matter how many "diets" you've tried and failed before. No matter what your friends or family might think about your decision to successfully complete a Whole30 this month. No matter how difficult some days will inevitably be, or how many times your have to reach out for support here. No matter how difficult it is to discuss your issues (rather than "suffer in silence") or be honest with yourself about how you've used food in unhealthy ways in the past.... regardless of any of that.... you deserve to be here, you deserve to invest this level of energy and care and attention into yourself and your health, you deserve to be ruthlessly committed to your goal of successfully completing your Whole30 this month no matter what push back you may get from others (or yourself on a hard day). You CAN do this. And WHEN you do this, I promise you won't regret it! 

The Whole30 program literally changed my life. It started with food, but the momentum it generated for me to make other significant changes in my life is just unreal...as I know many other people have experienced as well. So don't give up! Grab a copy of the Whole30 day by day guide to keep yourself accountable, or pop in here each day and reach out for support when you need it! I am so excited for you and this amazing, important, transformative journey you're about to experience. It will be the best thing you ever did for yourself. 

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10 hours ago, Darcy18 said:

I, too, am a newbie to Whole30, and I just found this forum last night after receiving my Whole30 book in the mail after ordering it the day before. (Love Amazon Prime!) I have also had gut issues, to the point of needing and having surgery to remove my entire large intestine (called a total colectomy). This was three years ago. I developed three hernias along that incision line last summer and had hernia surgery in Nov 2018. I am type one diabetic for 37 years and have worn an insulin pump for the past 26 years. Time to get myself back to good health after the last few years of difficulty, weight gain, and poor diabetes control. I saw a thread on this forum of people starting their thirty days on Monday 7/8, and I thought that would be perfect for me too. Gives me time to read more and prep my mind, husband, food, and kitchen. Hope to have buddies on this journey. I teach third grade, and this last month of summer is the perfect time to do this! 

Hi Darcy18! Sounds like you are in the perfect place! Good luck with your Whole30 journey...there are lots of people starting the 8th! It sounds like with your personal health history that you shared that this is going to be a fantastic change for you :) 

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