Hello friends. This post is a little different today… I hope you don’t mind.
I am declaring to the Blog world and you my wonderful readers, that…
After doing a LOT of research and downloading the Whole30 book “It Starts with Food” onto my iPad, I have decided to give the Whole30 Challenge a shot.
A little about me:
4 months ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and was told by my PA that my test levels were one of the highest she had ever seen (which is bad, very, very bad).
For those of you who aren’t aware of what hypothyroidism is, it means that my thyroid was pretty much not functioning and I would assume that it hasn’t been for a long time.
The side effects of hypothyroidism are:
- Coarse and thinning hair.
- Dry skin.
- Brittle nails.
- A yellowish tint to the skin.
- Facial puffiness.
- Slow body movements.
- Cold skin.
- Weigh gain or the inability to lose weight.
- Inability to tolerate cold.
- Feeling tired, sluggish, or weak.
- Memory problems, depression, or problems concentrating.
- Heavy or irregular or non-existent menstrual periods
I won’t go into detail about which ones affected me, but I will say that I cried when I realized that weight gain and inability to lose weight were side effects of this disorder, because it is something I have been struggling with for a very long time.
Fast forward to April, 2013
I am still struggling with a lot of the side effects of Hypothyroidism.
Yeah, pretty sucky, huh.
So, I decided to do some research. I stumbled upon a couple posts that have led me to this up and coming 30 day challenge…
A few people have completely stopped taking their medication after eating strictly Paleo for an entire year. Paleo is a relaxed version of Whole30. After this challenge, if all goes well, I will attempt the Paleo 80/20 approach (which means that you eat strictly Paleo 80% of the time).
The way I look at it, what do I have to lose? If Whole30 is meant to reset my metabolism, the question is: why am I NOT doing it?
So… I am!
I will be starting on Monday. I am apprehensive and a bit nervous, but excited at the same time.
Here are the rules:
- Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.
- Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (Sorry Julie, this means wine Thursday is taking a 4 week hiatus)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
- One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program.
To those of you who have to put up with me for the next 30 days, I apologize…
I have started a blog specifically for this Challenge so that you guys, my running dudes, don’t have to hear about it all the time.
Because, let’s be honest, you follow me, “RatherBeRunnin”, to talk about RUNNING!
Anyway, if you are interested in joining me on this journey, or want to follow my experience, check out my new blog child “Holy30, Batman!”