As 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….
I think it’s no surprise to anyone that sugar can have ill effects on the body. We all know that, but we eat it any way. I fall victim to it too – although less now than I used to because of my dietary restrictions. I love candy (especially dark chocolate and gummies) and can’t resist a great bowl of ice cream. It’s no wonder that we as Americans are addicted to sugar when you start reading the labels on your foods – nearly everything has some form of sugar added to it – whether it be high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, dextrose or plain old fashioned sugar. The more sugar we eat, the more we get used to the higher levels of sugar and the more we want. It’s a vicious cycle….
You know what’s funny? For the past few months I’ve been calling this systematic inflammation, not systemic. Oops. I thought it was systematic because it caused various symptoms. Lesson learned. Through researching how to heal my body, I mainly read two books that I’ll reference here discussing systemic inflammation. Before I started my research, I had never heard of systemic inflammation so I’m guessing that you haven’t either. I hope to break it down for you in easy to understand bits. Please see my sources for more detailed information about it, because I will just be giving an overview here.
Let’s jump right in….
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)….