mary-t Posted January 14, 2013 Share Posted January 14, 2013 Hi everyone! I actually started what is a Whole 45 (or may be longer) on December 28. So, I'm on Day 18 now. I waited to post because I've tried 4-5 other 'elimination diets' and never improved as much as I wanted. I was diagnosed with Celiac (already had Graves Disease) in 2011. Although I'd gone G-F a month before my test, my blood results were off the chart and my intestinal villi were completely atrophied. Since I'd been sick for over 10 years (chronic fever and joint pain), I was just happy to have a diagnosis! However, going G-F (and then subsequently soy-free, dairy-free, grain-free, etc.) helped only to a certain point. I kept popping up with new food intolerances (corn, tomato, pork, buckwheat, rice, soy, quinoa, etc.) even though I'd moved to a completely whole-foods diet. Although I did feel better than before, every day was still a fatigue-filled "get through work and get back to bed". I tried several elimination diets, but would always find that one of the "safe foods" was actually an intolerance for me (like rice), so I'm improved a bit, but didn't get "better". You might say the straw broke the camel's back when I missed the holidays this year due to a newly-developed reaction (at least measurably on a blood test) to peanuts, which was actually a reaction to all legumes, nuts, and seeds. So, I started looking for a new plan to try and found the Whole 30. I immediately bought the book and recognized myself in its pages. Since I was already avoiding many of the foods, I started with the autoimmune protocol. To be honest, I wasn't sure that it would help, but what else was I going to try? Now on Day 18, I'm quite optimistic that this may be THE ONE. My joints are not painful now, and my muscles are remembering that my joints like to bend. My workouts actually feel like workouts! And, this may seem odd to say, but I can feel my body healing. My digestive system is just completely quiet and functioning. And all those incredibly strong, maddening food cravings are disappearing. For the first time, I actually believe I'm going to be better and that I'm not destined to be half-sick all my life. And hope is worth its weight in gold. So, I'm on board for at least a Whole 45. I may add in some of the foods from the AI protocol after 30 (I miss the nightshades!). But for now, I'm just happy to eat food that doesn't bite back. Nice to meet everyone! P.S. Thanks to all who've posted stories of success. That was great inspiration. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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