Brain fog. Sluggishness. Lethargy.
These are just a few of the symptoms that I have experienced when I eat certain foods. Sometimes I consume foods that cause a negative reaction in my body, even when my diet is mostly clean. Many people have food intolerances, but they don't realize it. How do you determine if you have a food intolerance?
About a year ago, I heard about a program called Whole30. It is an elimination diet where you cut out foods that often produce negative effects in the body. Often, these foods cause sugar cravings, inflammation, and disrupt the healthy bacteria in your gut, among other things. By eliminating these foods from your diet for 30 days, you allow your body to reset. You get used to the taste of real foods. You reduce sugar cravings. You feel better.
After 30 days, you gradually introduce foods back into your diet. By noticing how you feel after you reintroduce each new food, you can start to figure out if you have any intolerances or negative reactions to foods you normally eat.
A few months ago, I was doing Whole30, and I reintroduced peanut butter back in to my diet. I wanted a healthy snack, so I grabbed a banana and some organic, sugar-free peanut butter. Sounds healthy, right?
About 20-45 minutes after having my snack I got this intense brain fog. I started to feel extremely exhausted, and if I’m being honest, a little depressed. I wasn’t experience any of these symptoms before having the peanut butter. My body had an intolerance to peanuts. Before Whole30 I would have overlooked the reaction and attributed those symptoms to the time of day, or how I was feeling. Because I was so tuned in with my body, I noticed that this was a reaction to the food I was eating.
After my most recent round of Whole 30 I noticed many positive changes in my health. I had more energy, and I felt better overall. Jon lost weight on his round of Whole30!
What foods do you eliminate on Whole30?
Here is a basic list of foods you do not consume while on Whole30. There is a lot of information that could come after each item on this list. This is just intended to be a starting point to give you an idea of what Whole30 is. Here is a link to the Whole30 website where you can find detailed information about the program and it’s rules!
Do Not Consume:
Sweeteners of any kind, natural or artificial
Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
‘Healthy’ junk food, baked goods, paleo desserts with approved ingredients, etc.
So what can you eat on Whole30?
Lots and lots of veggies! Healthy fats. Meat. Some fruit. Nuts and seeds.
And let me tell you. Whole30 meals are tasty. Not just ‘I’m on a diet, and I guess this food is OK’. But this food is really, really delicious. It is appetizing because it is REAL food. You are getting in touch with food as nature intended. Your taste buds become reacquainted with what food is supposed to taste like.
Jon and I have tried a lot of Whole30 meals, and we have found some incredibly yummy stuff. Buffalo chicken over sweet potatoes. Spaghetti squash ‘pizza’ casserole. Homemade ranch (my absolute favorite).
I’m beginning another round of Whole30 . Honestly, I indulged in a lot of bad food and drinks on vacation, and my body really needs a reset. I would love some accountability partners.
So, who wants to join me and start Whole30?
See how Whole30 can impact your health!