How Whole30 Changed My Life
Whole30 changed my life. How many times have you heard this sentence? I hear it all the time, and I’ll admit it’s easy to get desensitized to it the more you hear it. But I challenge you to really stop and read that sentence again. Whole30. Changed. My. Life. Not just my relationship with food, not just my skin, my entire life. That’s wild to say and even more wild that it’s true! For some of you, myself included, that alone might be enough to pique your interest in the program and want in on it. If that’s the case, let’s jump right in and work together! If not, no worries, just give me a few minutes to change your mind.
All my life I struggled with eczema, chronic headaches, and GI issues (unexplained nausea, acid reflux, etc.). I had so many specialists and endless medications thrown my way. It almost became part of my identity that I was constantly “sick.” But it always bothered me that the medications I took were simply masking symptoms rather than getting at the root cause of my ailments. At the time, I felt powerless since I genuinely didn’t know there were any other options for me.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016 when one of my friends posted on Facebook about this thing called the Whole30. She talked about wanting to try it to test for food allergies and getting her eating habits back on track. Nothing major, but enough to pique my interest. So, I googled Whole30 and down the rabbit hole I went! I found myself on the Whole30 website in the A-Z section, wherein there is a literal A-Z list of ailments that hundreds of people have found relief from by doing the Whole30. I was blown away.
I kept seeing things on the list that were health issues I currently suffered from. I thought, wow, this is probably total bullshit BUT maybe…just maybe…it’s not. That little thought was enough to propel me into my first round of the program. I am, admittedly, a total perfectionist. So, it should come as no surprise that when I decided to do a Whole30, I wanted to do it right. This meant diving into ALL of the awesome resources on the Whole30 website and immersing myself in the amazing online Whole30 community. It was a whole new world to me and I was loving every minute of it.
So where’s the part where the Whole30 changed my life, you may be wondering. We’re getting there, I promise. During my first round of the program, it was clear to me that as I had gleefully hoped, the program was not total bullshit! My eczema cleared up, I was able to completely go off my GI medications since I was no longer experiencing nausea or acid reflux, and my chronic headaches became a thing of the past. These are things that truly were, and still are, life changing for me. I went from being chronically ill to feeling liberated and in control when it came to my health. Words cannot explain how amazing this was for me. Like I said, Whole30 changed my life.
Oh, you thought that was all? Nope! I’ve got even more to tell you! I didn’t go into the program thinking I had an issue with my mood or energy levels, but I can tell you that the changes I experienced in both of them while completing my first round of the program was eye-opening. I suddenly had so much energy and a level of overall mental clarity and focus that I had never experienced before. It was awesome! For as long as I can remember, I had always despised exercise. Yet, here I was in my first Whole30 and all of the sudden I was voluntarily going for walks and attending fitness classes in my community. For the first time, I felt strong and confident in my body. I also made new friends and got involved in things that I would’ve simply forgone in the past. These are all things that completely changed my life for the better and I am so grateful for it.
Last, but certainly not least, Whole30 completely changed the way I view food. I became a label reading wizard and a real food advocate during that first round and that is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Health food stores became my jam…who am I even?! I started regularly attending my local farmers market. And this changed my life. I’m literally friends with my local farmers now. Even when I’m not on a round of the program, I am so consciously aware of the ingredients I choose to consume. I want to know where my food came from and that’s something I never thought of prior to Whole30 and am so glad I do now.
So, you see, Whole30 has been so much more to me than just a thirty day program. It is something that singlehandedly altered the course of my life. I realize that’s a bit dramatic, but I promise you it’s true. And while this may not be true for everyone, it could be true for you. When I read my friend’s Facebook post and took a leap of faith, it was based off that very thought...maybe just maybe it’ll work for me too. What I hope to do is share that opportunity with others. If you have even the slightest inkling of why you think you might want to try the program, do it. Trust me. If it does nothing for you, oh well, you only lost thirty days of your life. But if it does work for you, which I’m sure it will, you will gain an entirely new outlook on food, life, and so much more.
Where do I come in? I’m here for you. I won’t lie and tell you the Whole30 is easy. It’s not. But that’s why I’m here. I’m here to help you, guide you, and empower you. I know you can do it, even in the moments you may not think you can. I want you to live the best possible version of your life and I want to help you get there. This is why I became a Whole30 Certified Coach. I am honored to be able to work with people every day to help them reach their goals and change their lives. Why not let that next person be you?