So day 2 wasn't that bad, sure I felt like death warmed up but I put that down to the horrendous headache I've had for the last few days that still hasn't budged. I've been making plans for how to best help myself reach my goals and I will put them up as a separate post as I think its an issue that needs to be addressed separately.
For those of you who are wanting to try the Whole30 challenge yourself there is a really neat timeline of the commonly experienced reactions that you can find on their website: Whole30 Timeline.
So Day 1 went rather as expected for me. The whole lack of dairy and gluten based grains wasn't an issue and as we have been stepping down with the other grains and processed foods it wasn't too bad. The hard part was that I am not used to having a meat/egg protein with EVERY meal as I will often revert back to vegetarian meals. But it was possible and I am sure I will get used to it eventually but for now its taking a bit of reminding.
Let the experiment begin!
Today is the 1st of September and I have decided to join in with the Whole30 September 2014 Challenge. 30 Days of serious Paleo, no cheats, no "just one little bit of" and certainly no "but I've earned it". Why Paleo? No I'm not under some bizarre delusion that I am reconnecting with my caveman past. Ironically when you take out all the foods my little family has reactions too and when I follow my wonderful Dr's advice it just happens to all be 100% Whole 30 approved.
So the starting stats, I will not be weighing or measuring during this time. I am also going to take photos but those will be shown at the end as frankly I need a bit more courage before I show my less than healthy form to the world at large. Suffice to say it isn't pretty.
In todays day and age what and why you eat something says a lot about who you are. We all know about the "isms" and their various factions. Fasting, Juicing, Green Smoothies, Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, 801010, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Body Ecology, Nourishing Traditions, SAD, Weight Watchers, Low and High Carb, Starch Solutions, Atkins - you get the idea right? Well what is rather sad is that I have done ALL of the above or at least given it a red hot go. Whats even worse is I am still overweight, unhappy and unhealthy. I have successfully managed to add a host of ailments and conditions in addition to each and every additional kilo I have padding my 5'4" frame.
So what do you do, which is right? What has been learnt along the way and how do I make sense of it all? I'm going to sum up my most recent adventures into diet and nutrition (please note I have over the last however many years actually attempted all of the above as well as a few more dubious ones that I won't mention - surprise I'm still fat)