January 22nd through February 20th I will be taking on the Whole 30 reset with my husband and two other friends. We will avoid sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol for 30 days while filling our bodies with all-natural foods.
Why do this? For me, it is to “Tame my Sugar Dragon” and devleop “Tiger Blood” as co-creator Melissa Hartwig states.
I have become slave to the cravings. Like clockwork, my work day ends and I find myself looking for the comfort of something sweet, salty, and all around bad for me as a way of congratulating myself for making it through another day. With the binge complete, I then feel bloated, heavy, and even more tired than before so I cancel my workout plans and head home to relax and watch TV. After all, I deserve some down time after the long day I had. Of course, the combination of poor food choices and comatose TV watching leads to lethargy and the “I’m too tired to cook” syndrome. Solution: order take-out and vow that tomorrow I will eat well, exercise, and cook a wholesome dinner. And so the cycle repeats itself over and over. Like a broken record, I continue to repeat the same pattern day after day. Now, over 50 pounds later, I am suffering the consequences.
Here are some of the issues I struggle with, in no particular order:
- bleeding gums
- back pain
- joint pain
- puffy eyes
- irregularity (both diarrhea and constipation)
- dry, flaky skin
- dry, scratchy eyes
- sugar/carb cravings
- poor balance
- congestion (especially in the morning)
- afternoon fatigue
- restless, unrefreshing sleep
I know some might think these are the products of age, allergies, and/or the other medical conditions I face, but I believe it will be interesting to see what effects, if any, changing my diet will have on these symptoms. The Whole 30 calls these “Non-Scale Victories”– changes occuring off the scale, changes that help one feel better and have more energy, changes that are more than superficial. Would I like to be a smaller pants size? Heck yes! But I cannot let that be my only guide. I need to nourish my body as God intended all while discovering those foods that may or may not be beneficial to me.
So, here’s to 30 days of clean eating and, hopefully, a little more energy!