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Whole30 at 43

doing the whole30


Next week, I’m going to turn 43. The week after that, I think I’m going to jump on this Whole30 bandwagon to get my 44th trip around the sun off to a healthy start. This decision is partly inspired by my friend Rebekah over at Fantasia Hearth, and a lot of my reasons are similar to the ones she outlines in this post.

In addition to chronic pain and inflammation, the effects of long-term stress, and low energy and fatigue, I’ve also got Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and an underactive thyroid (among other things; on the official site they list all of the different conditions that people have claimed this diet either helped or cured, and I’ve got at least eight things on that list). I’ve had some success managing all of this with the Zone diet and cutting out (or at least cutting way back on) gluten and dairy; the Whole30 plan appears to take that several steps further, by also making legumes (including peanut butter – SOB!), ALL grains (even the gluten-free ones), sugar and ALL forms of sweetener, including Stevia (goodbye dark chocolate and sweet tea), and alcohol (which, I haven’t had an alcoholic beverage since New Year’s, so NBD).

So what CAN I eat? Meat, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats, along with various herbs and seasonings. And I can keep drinking coffee and tea, which is good because that would’ve been a deal breaker (the chocolate already came close to being one, but . . . it’s only for 30 days. I can survive without chocolate for that long. I think. Coffee, though? Not so much).

What do I hope to accomplish by doing this? Well, feeling better, for one thing. Having more energy and less pain. Increased focus and clearer thinking. Decreasing all of the increased chances for all of the scary things that having PCOS places me at risk for. Improved fertility and more regular, less harrowing monthly cycles.

I also like that the Whole30 plan is designed to break emotional and psychological ties to food, of which I have plenty.

Currently I’m planning to start on the Monday following my birthday. Why then? Because I’m not willing to give up the annual Chinese buffet binge that my mom always treats me to, nor the chocolate chip and cream cheese cookie brownie my husband is planning to bake for me in lieu of cake. And since my birthday is on a Wednesday, Matt and I will probably wait until the weekend to do our celebrating, which will involve said cookie brownie and possibly pizza and may or may not also involve a celebratory glass of wine (or possibly a beer) or two — we haven’t decided yet. And for the last couple of weeks I’ve been munching on Easter candy so this will be a perfect time for a nutritional detox to break my sugar addiction. And also because it’s just easier for me to start new things on Mondays.

I also need the time between now and then to prepare. I’ve already gotten my husband on board (he won’t be doing it with me, but he’s promised to do what he can to encourage and support me), but I’m still working on psyching myself up for it. Plus I need to plan what I’ll be eating and stock up accordingly. One thing I know is that I’ll be more likely to stick with it for the duration if I can keep it simple and automate as much of it as possible by having a set of go-to meals and preparing them ahead of time. So there are logistics to figure out, too. I’ve already started pinning recipes to my healthy eating Pinterest board.

I’m probably not going to blog regularly about it, but you can follow me on Instagram where I may track my progress, and when my 30 days are done I’ll do a post on how it all went and whether it made a difference in how I feel.

Also . . . pray for me, y’all. And let me know if you’ll also be doing Whole30 (or something else challenging and potentially life changing) in the comments, so I can return the favor.



  1. Rebekah Loper

    You can have fruit, too, they just don’t want you to turn to it first because it does still have sugar in it. 😉

    One thing I’ve found really helpful is keeping hardboiled eggs in the fridge. I don’t LIKE hardboiled eggs, but sliced up onto a salad they’re tolerable, and eggs from my chickens taste waaaaaaay different than any hardboiled eggs I’ve had before.

    *hugs* Even just five days in, I’m starting to tell a difference in how I feel. Still very tired overall, but I think some of it is genuine exhaustion (been doing a LOT lately), and of course my body is still adjusting to the dietary changes and not having sugar/simple carbs, and I think I had a sinus infection setting in right before I started it, so I’m sure that’s affecting a few things too.

    Main improvement, though, is that my ears/nose/throat haven’t been scratchy. Still sinus congestion, and sometimes sneezing, but not the deep, intense itching I would get. So after the 30 days and I start re-integration, I’ll figure out what’s triggering that.

    • Jean Marie Bauhaus

      I didn’t mean to omit fruit, but thanks for pointing that out. I actually like hardboiled eggs, but I never make them because I can never peel them without destroying them. Maybe I’ll finally try the Alton Brown oven method and see how that works.

      I was excited to learn that Aldi actually has a lot of products that are compatible, so that will make things easier. Between that and Sprouts sales I ought to be able to do this without breaking the budget.

      I’m glad you’re already noticing improvement! I was looking over the typical timeline on the official site and they pointed out how it’s typical to feel hung over for the first few days as your body goes through withdrawals from all the junk in your system. Something to look forward to, I guess…

      • Rebekah Loper

        I was so so so tired and kept having dizzy spells the first couple of days. If that’s what feeling hungover is like, then yeah…

        • Jean Marie Bauhaus

          Yikes. I used to get really severe dizzy spells that rendered me completely non-functional, although that hasn’t happened in years (I think it was probably due to low blood sugar and it hasn’t been a problem since I got that under control). I hope this doesn’t trigger that.

          • Rebekah Loper

            Just make sure you eat enough, and it shouldn’t be too severe. If you’ve already cut out a lot of simple carbs (like breads), your bidy is better prepared than mine was.

          • Jean Marie Bauhaus

            I haven’t, but maybe I should for the next couple of weeks. Although by the time I officially start I’ll have eaten quite a lot of sugary birthday treats.

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