It’s a little later in the day to start a post than I’d like but I wanted to get this out and up before my brain was against it! I wanted to share a little about my Whole30 with you.
So the last few months, my habits were getting increasingly worse when it came to eating. I’m not even going to pretend with myself anymore, it was just down right laziness. I’d heard the words “Whole30” a few times over social media, but I never really went out of my way to get any information. I figured it was another diet like so many you hear about. When I carried my first two kids, I gained weight. No matter what I would do, it would always be on the higher end of the scale. But eventually I’d get my stuff together and with the help of (a lot) of exercise and most notably the South Beach diet, I would lose it all. Actually after my second, I lost all the weight and then some.
After carrying my third child, my body betrayed me. That might sound extreme to some people, but it’s true. I gained the most weight of all my pregnancies, even with exercise and being mindful of what I ate. But I told myself, I have all the tools I need to overcome this again I can do this. So baby came, and I breastfed her for 9 months. I was careful of what I ate because I didn’t want to lose that precious supply of milk I so badly wanted to supply for my child. But after 9 months I decided I needed to stop, because my weight wasn’t changing and I was miserable. Weening her wasn’t hard, though the mommy guilt was killing me. I heard about Advocare and gave that a shot. When my weight still wouldn’t budge, I took it to my doctor.
After my physical, the blood work showed I had a thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism to be exact. It was the end of the world to me. My mother had hypothyroidism, and I watched her struggle to lose weight. This couldn’t be, I’m on 29, how could my body turn on me?? For 3 years I took the medication, not really sure why this happened, just following doctors orders. Anytime I would lose a little weight, they would readjust my medication and I would gain it back again. I was literally at a stand still at 40 pounds overweight! I felt so defeated, so depressed. Everything felt like a waste of what little precious energy I had left.
Not that I’m recommending this in any sense, but this past summer I had enough. I stopped taking my thyroid medications, but I had no other plan. Until I decided to give Whole30 a more thorough look. The way my body and mind works, I need a plan that is clear. If I want to lose weight, I can’t have any sugar, grains, even fruit I have to limit. I need clear rules, because well, I’m an excellent rule follower. I’ve come to realize that the things I’m best at, are the things that come with clear directions. ha
Why I love Whole30
The tough love in this book really keeps me focused and helps me to cut out the nonsense. It sets the tone in my head for what I’m going to embark on. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it. I’m 2 weeks in now, and I can already see such a difference. I was dealing with almost nightly heart burn and acid reflux. My clothes were fitting too tight and I constantly felt like I had a balloon slowly inflating in my stomach. Now I’ve found I can stay focused, I feel lighter, and I have no more indigestion!
I purchased the book through Amazon, and using Prime, you know it came fast. I also scored the book at a discount. Health and fitness stuff is always cheaper after the new year with everyone on a resolution high haha. There’s also a day-to- day book that’s like a workbook and a new cook book that just came out in December that I’m hoping to get my hands on soon! I’m including links to all three here in case my story has resonated with you.
Now, let me get on with this recipe before I save this as a draft and procrastinate ha.
Give the recipe and try and don’t forget to come back and tell me what you thought! I’d love to hear from you!