How fitting is it that Day 29 falls on the last day I will be ever be 29? Tomorrow at this time I will officially enter into my thirties AND complete Day30 of my third Whole30 challenge. Wow, that’s kind of a tongue twister. I will say that I was hoping to be able to write that I’m feeling so awesome due to all the Whole30 tigerblood pumping through my veins right now. That my mood is great, that my energy is through the roof and that my outlook is super positive about what the future holds in regards to my health. Those were the feelings I had after completing my last 2 Whole30 challenges. Unfortunately I just can’t write those words at the moment.
If I’m being completely honest with myself (and with you, dear reader, who so graciously takes 5 minutes to read my random thoughts on this unknown blog), I would admit that this Whole30 didn’t bring all the amazing life-changing results I was hoping for. I know that Whole30 is not the end-all, cure-all to our health ailments and issues, BUT I was hoping! (Man! Was I hoping!) I definitely learned something during this Whole30 that I hadn’t learned when I’ve embarked on my other Whole30 challenges… I learned to be honest with myself regarding my limitations (first of all to admit that I HAVE THEM).
This Whole30 challenge was meant to be a jumpstart into my newfound SCD lifestyle (more on that later)… which it HAS been, and that I am thankful for. These past 29 days of eating no grains, sugar, dairy, legumes or alcohol have definitely helped me to take control of my food choices. Yes, I do feel empowered to take on the next two years with determination, completely confident that I can say “no” when it comes to foods that will make me “less healthy”. I just have been a little disappointed that I came to the realization during these last 29 days, that for me, the foods that make me “less healthy” include a lot of the “Whole30 and SCD Approved” foods that I love. What does that mean? Well, for me, not only do I need to continue no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no legumes and no alcohol, I ALSO have to limit my food choices even further.
Due to my IBD, I’ve realized that my journey to health is going to be a bumpier one than I had even originally thought. So, although most people who have made it to this point in their Whole30 challenge would be looking forward to finally slowly reintroducing those “forbidden” foods, that unfortunately isn’t the case for me. While still following Whole30 guidelines, this past week I have had to actually cut down my food choices to just beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, bone broth, and pureed carrots. Yeah, I know, not the ideal Whole30 smorgasbord that most are accustomed to, with lots of yummy veggies, delicious fruits and sweet potatoes (!) to round out their well-balanced dinner plate. In my case, I’ve realized that at least at this point in time, those foods make me “less healthy”.
Tomorrow I will successfully complete my Whole30 challenge… but it isn’t really over for me. I will be sure to post my “final results” (I know you guys like to hear about weight and measurements lost too). So even though my Whole30 journey is officially ending tomorrow, this #Dirty30Journey is just beginning. I hope you stick around to keep up with my progress along the way.
Till next time,