I started a new round of Whole30 last month. Kind of to cleanse my system and because I had suspected that I was going to get news that I have an autoimmune disorder. Spoilers: Yes I do.
The last Whole30 I did was in January and it was amazing. I felt awesome, my joint pain went away, I lost almost 10lbs, I was sleeping well at night, and my belly bloat went down.
This time around, not so much and it left me really frustrated.
My joint pain did go away so that stayed consistent. I also found out that I have a mild allergy to coconut which makes me sad. My face breaks out in pimples and tiny red bumps all over if I have too much. And sadly it can be in any form that can trigger that reaction so I need to keep amounts in check.
My belly bloat was out of control this round. I would start the morning off fine but as soon as I started eating, my stomach would bloat out and by the end of the day I looked like a balloon.
When I did the round in January, I had more fat as I was intentionally doing a Keto hybrid (I was doing high fat and medium carbs so I could work out with enough energy) but also had less fruit which was unintentional. It was dead of winter so I just had an apple or some mandarins on occasion.
Since this is the middle of summer and fruit is plentiful, I’ve been having a solid amount of fruit almost everyday. I think that played a lot into my stomach bloat which then leaves me with a whole list of other questions. Like do I have SIBO? Or do I just need to get started on a really good probiotic?
Yesterday I purposely did not have any fruit and upped my fat game, and boom, my stomach feels awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issues with eating more fat but I’d like to have some fruit too without turning into Violet Beauregarde (minus the blue coloring).
In January, I did miss alcohol. I missed bourbon and red wine. I think mostly because it was cold and snowy and those drinks are cozy on a winter night. This time around, I barely thought of alcohol and I’m probably going to stick with keeping it super minimal for a while. I did have a sip of beer (no more than an ounce) if it was a new beer that I had not had before. I need to do this for my job so that I can sell beer to customers and know what I’m talking about. It was fine but even a taste didn’t make me miss or crave alcoholic drinks. I’m in a stage where I’m just past it, my health is more important than drinking right now.
I’ve reintroduce sugar but in very small amounts. I’m not a sugar addict so the sugar I have is what happens to be in things like sausages and bacon. Occasionally I’ll make dessert but haven’t yet. So far that seems to be going OK.
I had some cheese and that wasn’t OK. I liked the taste of the super sharp cheddar I was eating but I wasn’t in love and I didn’t feel like it was an amazing treat. Then it triggered my anxiety and kept me up all night.
Good times. Cheese is out unless I really want it on a special occasion or for some weird reason, I can’t avoid it.
I’m basically going to be Paleo for a while and see if that helps my Hashi’s and helps me drop weight. I’ve been psuedo-Paleo for years at this point but it’s time to fully reign it in and see if anything changes. I feel the best when I avoid inflammatory foods so I might as well just go all in.
Fingers crossed I can finally find something that’s going to make me better and drop the pudge.
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.