As I mentioned in yesterday's post about my Hashimoto's diagnosis, in order to calm down my autoimmune system, I'm going to do Whole30. It's based on the book, “It Starts with Food” and the Whole9 website. I read the book last year but never committed to doing a Whole30. It's a great time for me to do it as I need to cut out gluten and dairy anyway. Once I get things flushed out of my body, it's possible I can reintroduce things like dairy, but I've got to get it out of my system so I can tell how it affects me when I add it back in.
I wanted to make sure it's clear that by writing about Whole30, I'm not advocating for eating this way over other ways of eating. It's just a personal thing I need to do for my condition so I start feeling better. You gotta do what works for you!
Basically I'm eating lots of meat, veggies, and fats, with the occasional fruit. I'm eliminating grains, legumes, dairy, soy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and alcohol.
I just had to laugh.
I love meat and veggies, so it shouldn't be bad other than gluten withdrawals – I've done it for months on end before. I just need to make sure to plan, plan, plan!
If you want to follow along or learn more about it, here are some printables that are easy to follow. They also have an online program that sends you daily emails with tips and stuff. It's $15 and I'll probably go ahead and sign up for that even though I've read the book.
I'm making my lists tonight/tomorrow morning and will go grocery shopping tomorrow night so I can start on Saturday.
Many people have pointed out to me that there's an “official” Whole30 group starting August 1st, but I don't want to wait that long to start as I'm feeling pretty miserable.
I took my first thyroid pill today and had my Mirena IUD removed (which wasn't nearly as painful as I had imagined). 2 big steps towards healing. Optimistic. I need to remember this in coming weeks when I get hormonal and grumpy and craving sugar!