The Whole 30 diet. Have you heard of it? It is very similar to the Paleo diet, it is basically eating very “clean” for 30 days. As I have shared in a previous post (FODMAP…….What? ) I have been dealing with digestive issues for the past seven or so years. Up until about five months ago I was following the FODMAP diet and then for some reason it stopped helping my digestive woes (not sure why). Then for a few weeks I was drinking apple cider vinegar several times a day (more on that later) which helped for a couple of weeks and then it stopped working for me also. Ugh. Sooooo, it was time to try something completely different. In preparation for her wedding a few weeks ago my coworker and her fiance did the Whole 30 diet to lose weight, and that they did, but for me it was the continued quest to figure out my digestion troubles.
Instead of listing the foods you can’t eat it with Whole 30 it is much easier to list the foods you can eat, so here they are: eggs, potatoes, poultry, meat (not cured though like bacon or sausage most have sugar in them believe it or not), coffee, nuts but no peanuts, vegetables and limited amount of fruit. It’s pretty limited although for people that are creative in the kitchen there are lots of Whole30 recipes out there. Below is what I usually had:
Typical wakeup beverage: coffee with almond milk. Enjoyed this the least and couldn’t wait to have a good cup of coffee with creamer when I was done with this darn thing.
Typical breakfast: a scoop or two of almond butter with blueberries and some cashews with coconut sprinkled on top. This surprisingly sustained me for quite awhile during the day.
Typical lunch: Poultry or meat (my hot boyfriend would cook a meat/poultry in the crock pot on Sunday’s for me to have for lunch for the week), with avocado or potato wedges.
Typical dinner: Same as lunch and/or a salad.
Results????………………my stomach felt so much better! I didn’t lose weight like a lot people do but my stomach was flatter because I wasn’t bloated or uncomfortable!
Here are my takeaways after completing the diet for 30 days-
- Ranch dressing. On Pinterest I found a Whole30 approved Ranch dressing that I love! I am now going to make it all the time, it tastes good and doesn’t hurt my stomach.
2. I finally came to the conclusion that I have a form of IBS. The C kind to be exact. (Here is a website that explains the different types-https://www.webmd.com/ibs/types-ibs). So while I was in the throes of the Whole30, I started using Heather’s Tummy Fiber. You have to start out on a small dosage and slowly work your way up until you find the dosage that works for you. It’s also been helpful. Very reasonably priced on Amazon.
3. Now that I have done the Whole30 for thirty days I am determined to figure out the true culprits to my digestion issues. So far I think dairy might be one issue. Even though Coffee Mate creamer says it’s gluten free and lactose free, my first day off Whole30 and in my excitement to have a yummy cup of coffee I used creamer and low and behold the gas and bloating kicked in. Ugh.
4. If my digestion issues flare up again, I will definitely do the Whole30 again.
Many people do Whole30 to lose weight, for some a sort of cleanse or a “reset,” whatever your reason might be, it’s worth a try.