Gearing up for Whole30

“This will change your life.” – Whole30 co-founder Melissa Hartwig

Recently I visited a local lending library, a small birdhouse-like structure from which one can borrow and/or lend books, and a title caught my eye, It Starts with Food.

Intrigued, I took the book home and learned about a program called “Whole 30,” a month-long detox program that “resets” your body. Here’s a description from the website, whole30.com:

“Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days [dairy, grains, legumes, artificial sweeteners, additives]. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making.”

I’m in.

Starting tomorrow (January 1, of course). Here’s the physical issues I’m hoping Whole30 will resolve:

  • Terrible sleep. Several times a week, I wake up at 2:00 am and can’t go back to sleep. Later that afternoon, around 3:00 pm, I start to nod off (which my boss doesn’t like) so I drink coffee or black tea to keep me going … which leads me to not being able to sleep the next night … which leads me to ingest more caffeine … #hamsterwheel
  • Bad digestion. I’ll spare you the details, but right now I rely on an arsenal of products to get the system moving. It seems like whenever I eat something, it likes to hit my stomach and – like many kids today – park its butt on the couch and refuse to leave.
  • Sugar cravings: I always binge on sugar but even when I’m not compulsively eating, I crave high-sugar foods, such as bananas and dried fruits and vegetables.

Aren’t you just going on a diet?

Actually, no.

I figure after the hell I’ve put my body through, it could use a little reset. I just really want to do something nice for my body for a change.

I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. If you’re willing to join me, I’d love the support.

Email me at Day1recovery@gmail.com. or leave a Comment.

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