whole30, again

“Hey, it’s been almost a year. Let’s do Whole30 again. It’s so fun.”

Okay, so that’s not really how it went. It really went, “my pants don’t fit, I’m the heaviest I’ve been since I was pregnant, something’s gotta give and I need structure.” So there you have it. I’m doing my fifth Whole30 and I started on Monday. I’m calling this a modified whole30, because of a few reasons.

  1. The obvious – I’m doing it to lose weight and that’s totally not the premise of a true Whole30.
  2. I already know what my body doesn’t like, so I won’t be doing reintroduction like a true Whole30.
  3. If I go out to eat and want bacon on my bun-less, cheese-less burger, I’m going to have bacon even though it might have a little added sugar in it.
  4. I’m still taking my supplements. I take this to regulate my blood pressure and you better believe I don’t drink this stuff for the sugary taste. My bp is more important than the tiny bit of stevia that’s in it.


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real life P90X3 results

P90X3 real resultsNothing like taking a 4 month break from blogging, huh? I have to be real with you all…I intended to write this post to show you that P90X3 doesn’t really work like they say. I wanted to give you a real snapshot of how P90X3 can work for a real person, with real results. I’m still doing that, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did the fit test this morning. While I didn’t see the results I wanted on the scale, the other results far outweighed that disappointment.

Let me preface the results by saying what I did and what I ate. I eat 90% paleo on a regular basis. In the middle of P90X3 (during Block 2) I did a Whole30 and lost 7 pounds. The rest of the time I didn’t lose any weight (in fact, I didn’t even lose 7 pounds by the time the program was over). … 

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what if?

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.39.10 AMAs I go through this journey this year, I find myself continuing to say, what if? I went into trying Whole30 (and essential oils) with that mentality – what if? What have I got to lose by cutting out these foods for 30 days? I miss out on an ice cream trip with the family and we don’t eat out as often (which actually is good because it saved us money that I could use on real, whole foods). What if essential oils don’t work for us? I stop using them. But I didn’t stop, because most of the time they did work. And cutting out the inflammatory foods DID work for me – it healed my body in ways that my doctor (and hundreds & hundreds of dollars) couldn’t…. 

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when your body is not ready

Reintroduction after Whole30 was not fun. I basically found out that everything irritated my stomach in one way or another (some were bearable, and some were not). After reintroduction I’ve slowly continued to heal my gut by keeping to a Paleo diet. However, I knew that at some point I’d have to try these potentially irritating foods again. So the other day I had corn chips at Chuy’s when we were out for dinner. They were delicious. I enjoyed them. For 48 hours I felt fine. Then the constipation/bloating/bubbly stomach started again…and lasted for about 5 days. It’s so aggravating to me. I think my body needed more than 30 days to heal. Maybe I should have done a Whole45 or Whole60, but there’s no way to really know that until you go through reintroduction…. 

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Whole30 Q&A

Since I started Whole30, it’s opened up a ton of discussion with people around me. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I thought I’d talk about some of the questions that I keep getting asked regarding Whole30 and this new lifestyle of mine. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them there for everyone to read.

Who is Whole30 for? I truly believe it’s for everyone, health issues or not. You could be like me and be perfectly fine eating anything and everything and suddenly one day BOOM! you have chronic constipation that won’t go away. Or you could have other health issues that you’ve dealt with your whole life: acne, anxiety, asthma, bloating, diverticulitis, eczema, infertility, migraines, etc. Practical Paleo has a list of more than 50 conditions that are caused by chronic inflammation (caused by the foods we eat that are inflammatory)…. 

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my whole30 journey

I’m going to be really vulnerable and honest (and borderline TMI) with you guys today. I always think it’s helpful to hear from someone who has gone through something, instead of just believing someone who is trying to sell a book or program. I’m going to give you a bit of history, and I can hardly believe that I’m posting this next sentence but here goes…

Back in February I became constipated for the first time in my life. Nothing would really help and I’ve been taking miralax since. I had some nights where the pain in my gut was so bad that I just had to lay on the floor with my belly on a pillow because that was the only comfortable position to be in. My doctor referred me to a GI, who said “just eat more fiber, this is very common.” I have been exercising and watching what I eat since mid-January so truth be told I didn’t believe her. I have been on a steady track to my healthiest body yet so I was confused about what could be going on. … 

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Why am I doing this?

If you knew me before today, you know that I’m a wife and mother as well as a business owner for the last 11 years. The business and my family keeps me busy most of the time, without a whole lot of extra (like so many other people). So why start a new blog and business? There are a few reasons.

The first is that when I started this journey earlier this year, I was gearing up to be the healthiest that I’ve ever been. I was eating well (or so I thought) and exercising 3-4 times a week. Then I had constipation, bloating and discomfort for the first time in my life and it wouldn’t go away. Months went by, trying different things and taking Miralax every single day. My friend Elizabeth told me about Whole30 and I figured, what’s there to lose? You can read about my Whole30 journey here. During Whole30 I had been sharing things about what I was doing and I had a lot of people asking questions. There were a handful of my friends that started Whole30 because I had shared what it’s done for me. That was a turning point for me…I realized that people were listening to what I was saying about health because they wanted to turn their lives around too. I don’t say that to sound prideful at all, but I felt a sense of responsibility to share what I was learning. I felt pressure, but also honored that they trusted what I had to say. I knew that I couldn’t just keep this information to myself, I needed to keep sharing it with whoever wanted to listen…. 

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