Well yesterday was the 30th day of doing this 'Whole30' way of eating. Do I feel any different? NO Have my energy levels increased? NO Have my pain levels decreased? NO Have I lost weight? Marginally, although this wasn't a goal, just a nice bonus.
Well either most people who embark on this must be on REALLY BAD diets to begin with or I am just immune to the effects. I have read of people having such amazing results, it has really been disappointing not to really experience any.
There wasn't a huge change in the way I eat, just the complete elimination of some foods that I had already dramatically decreased in my diet years ago.
My energy levels are still at an all time low with lack of enthusiasm to boot. Not so bad if it is a sunny day, but as most of winter is grey, that is somehow reflected in how I feel, no matter what I try to improve it.
I guess if I REALLY think about it, I have had less severe headaches and also of far less frequently during the course of the last month. That is a GOOD thing. As for the rest of my pain, I haven't noticed a difference...perhaps a very small one, but I could be just imagining that as it isn't significant enough to think wow, look at the difference in my body pain chart that I coloured in 'before' and 'after'.
In fact today after vacuuming just one room, my levels are as high as they ever have been, the burning sensation all down my right side and to be honest I am feeling very despondent with it. I am just so fed up with hurting all the time. This is my only place to really have a good 'moan' about the pain so this is where it has to be.
I was so hopeful. Seems it doesn't really matter what I try to do, I am destined to have pain and I guess with that comes the lack of energy and enthusiasm for doing things.
This week is the re-introduction of some of the key foods eliminated. I will go through with this as that is the whole point of the programme.
Legumes are first - I only really eat peas out of this food group so I don't think they probably have much effect, but I will go through each stage to just be sure.
Day 4 - Non gluten grains are re-introduced
Day 7 - Gluten or Dairy
Day 10 - Dairy or Gluten.
The days in between you return to the Whole30
It will be interesting to see if any of the above bring on the headaches as I have seen a general reduction in those so that is one good thing.
It has been suggested with chronic inflammatory pain conditions that all soy and nightshades also need to be eliminated. I haven't had any soy during the last 30 days, but perhaps at some stage I will also try eliminating the nightshades as well for several months. It will have to be after my trip to NZ now.
Just so this post isn't completely picture free I thought I would post some photos of my whimsical Wentworth Wooden puzzles.