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)….
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. …