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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Whole30...Should I try it?

Hi everyone! Without going too much into our money troubles, I wanted to let you know that we are making it. I managed to sell some things and cut our expenses enough to make up for what we were going to be short. So that crisis is managed.

I have not binged during this time, but I haven't made good food choices either. I've also been dealing with my monthly cycle. That always messes with my digestion. Not to give TMI, but a few years ago I had Lap-Band surgery. My body built scar tissue around it which had to be removed, along with the Lap-Band and some of my intestine. So some things make my digestive system react in weird ways.

I haven't gone to the gym in the last week. My cycle and my laziness when it comes to washing my gym clothes have kept me home. I absolutely have to do laundry tonight (or go to work in a cocktail dress tomorrow), so I won't have any excuse not to go the rest of the week.

About a year ago, when I was still vegetarian, I was eating a huge variety of vegetables and sticking to a mostly whole foods diet. I felt really good doing that. Then I let life get in the way.

I've been thinking about trying the Whole30 eating plan. I've never excluded grains or dairy from my diet, and I wondered if that might help with some of my non-weight health issues. I have eczema and frequent migraines, both of which I've heard the Whole30 helps with. It might be worth trying this just to get rid of the migraines.

I'm nervous about it because of how much meat I'd be eating. Even though I am no longer vegetarian, I don't eat meat very often. I basically only eat it when I'm away from home. I don't prepare meat at home.

Besides eating the meat, there's also buying the meat. It's been so much cheaper to eat vegetarian. I'm going to have to deal with a lot of extra spending to eat Whole30. For that reason, if I decide to do the Whole30, I won't start until January. That gives me a couple more months to get back on track financially and to research some cheaper Whole30 compliant meals. In the meantime, I can work on cutting the Coke Zero and grains in a slower way.

My husband thinks it is worth it just for chance that my skin problems and headaches go away. He also remembers how much more energy I had when I was eating so many greens regularly.

What do all of you think? Is Whole30 worth the money? Any advice?

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  1. Hi Connie!

    I follow the 'primal' regime (check out marksdailyapple.com)...i.e., it's mostly grain free, processed foods free. It's worked wonders for me, including clearing up my eczema. However, if you don't like meat, that might be difficult for you. It really is a moderate about of protein, rather 'high' (by normal standards) of fat. Veggies play a large role, but so do proteins. Mark's website has a great forum section, and you could probably even do a search there for questions as a preferred vegetarian...although you'll find a lot of reformed vegetarians who find they are much healthier and stronger eating primal. ;) Good luck on your search, wherever it leads you!

    1. Hi thanks for commenting!

      I eat some meat, but it's been a long time since I've cooked it. I don't know if I could stick to eating meat regularly long term, but I think doing it long enough to find out what might be triggering or exacerbating my migraines and eczema would be worth it. As long as its not beans or legumes, I should be able to go back to a mostly vegetarian diet.

      I'll definitely check out that website, though. More information can't hurt!

  2. You know I'm a fan of AIP for health issues, and that's just like a more intense Whole 30. I think it is worth a shot! And IMO you don't have to eat a lot of meat, really, just a serving at each meal. I try to buy whatever meat is on sale and freeze it for later. The veggies can get expensive though since you're eating so much more of them! Will be watching to see how it goes for you if you try it.

  3. I'm a bit late to this discussion but I did do the Whole30 in May 2013 and have continued a looser version of this plan. I found I have more energy, a little bit nicer complexion and no more brain fog. For the 3 meals per day, the portions of proteins (meat, fish, eggs, ect.) is about the size of your hand, so you aren't eating huge slabs of steaks.