May 30 I completed my first Whole30. This involved 30 full days without dairy, sugar, grains, gluten, soy, processed foods, MSG, GMOs, and on and on. While last week I shared some overall thoughts on the details of my Whole30 journey, today I want to share with you some broader lingering thoughts.
Without hesitation, Whole30 is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The connection was so tangible during this process between what I ate, what I was able to give, and how I felt. Truly, it starts with food is such a fitting phrase for this journey and our bodies, in general.
I believe something is shifting in people in their late 20s to 40s. I believe life is catching up with all of us. Years of abuse and misuse of our bodies is finally starting to kick us in the face. We are a generation who survived on bagel bites, pizza rolls, microwave dinners, processed cheese, GMOs, hormone-filled milk, and medication after medication. As a result, we are now living with the consequences. We are a generation with serious gut issues and massive inflammation. No matter what we look like on the outside, we are wickedly unhealthy on the inside.
However, I believe we will be the catalyst for change in this nation. It will take us changing what we eat, how we eat, and the companies we support to change the landscape of food in this country for ourselves, and most importantly, for our children. I strongly believe we can prevent this type of generation-based sickness from happening to our children. In fact, I believe we are the only hope our children have as lobbyists and politicians are more interested in the bottom line than the long-term health of this country.
Roughly 70-80% of our entire immune system is based in our gut. When our gut does not function properly, our immune system is suppressed and cannot do the intended job for our body. I’ve talked with at least a dozen friends in recent weeks, mostly those in their 30s, working to solve their gut health issues.
- Two friends are dealing with Hashimoto’s disease, one with a massive thyroid cancer scare.
- A good friend was given a nasty pharmaceutical protocol for H Pylori. He instead decided to try essential oils. After day one of oils, he woke up and told his wife, “something is happening.” Following 10 days using oils alone, he was again tested for H Pylori and the test came back negative. The bacteria was gone, but his gut started hurting again. He is realizing the massive amount of inflammation from years of harm to his body has caught up with him. Now that the H Pylori is gone, he is determining the best plan to heal his gut.
- A friend stopped having terrible stomach aches when she switched from “regular” ground beef (corn and soy fed, likely GMO), to grass-fed beef from a local farmer. Stomach aches just gone from one small food-based change.
I could tell you at least 12 more stories of friends or acquaintances who are starting to realize something is not right in their system. Some are making changes, and some are too scared or too overwhelmed to change, but I believe they will. We are too young to feel this sick.
Look, I’m not an expert. I’m not a dietician nor a doctor nor medically trained in any way. I am simply a mom and a wife who wants to be the healthiest I can be for me and for my family. And I want that for you, too. I know that most doctors poo-poo the link between food and health, and I simply cannot stand by any longer and be told what we eat does not impact our health. It does. I believe it is where health starts and sometimes, it is where it ends.
I was tired of stomach aches after most meals. I was tired of breakouts in my 30s. I was tired of dermatitis plaguing my skin. I was tired of knowing something wasn’t right, and only being offered a steroid or other prescription to “fix it,” instead of any medical doctor willing to help me determine the root cause.
I get nothing out of you trying Whole30. I have nothing to gain from encouraging you to say YES to this process. I simply want us all to be the healthiest we can be so we can change the landscape of food and health in our country for ourselves and our kids. You are worth feeling good, resting well, and living nutrient-filled and medication-free. Whether that’s Whole30 or another plan or other changes, just jump. However I can help along the way, I am happy to do so.
For those wanting to start Whole30, be sure to read It Starts With Food and dig into the Whole30 website. Also, please join the facebook group our initial group started as we went through Whole30 in May. You can also read more Whole30 posts about my journey. Let’s do this together.
We are better together!