Christa, Whole30 Will Change What You Know About Yourself

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Will this eating plan change what I know about myself?

Week three of my whole 30 challenge, the week passed by way too smoothly, no insurmountable cravings. My body and mind seemed to have settled into this style of eating, I have been sleeping like a rock, and feeling less and less chronic systemic inflammation with little to no back pain!

The Back Story

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with compressed and degenerative disc disease in my neck and back. For as long as I can remember I have also struggled with scoliosis, for the most part I have been able to manage my symptoms and pain by staying active and using natural supplements. In 2012 I took my first Office job and some days I didn’t move from my chair for hours.  This is when my back really started giving me problems and when I started gaining weight faster than I could buy clothes. It was so disheartening for me because I was making good money but I was tired and in pain most of the time. Fast forward to January 2016 week three of whole 30 I am feeling no pain!

How much is this costing me?

I started the whole 30 thinking that this way of eating would be too expensive and that I just couldn’t afford to eat real food. The crazy thing is that I have enough good sense to make my dog food from scratch! I understand how commercial dog food is killing dogs. Somehow I didn’t feel the need to eat as clean as my dogs.  Somewhere along the way I lost sight of the fact that food is the building blocks for our quality of life for every human and animal.

My total food bill for the 30 day challenge will be around $500 not bad for two people.

Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of food is paid somewhere. If it’s not paid at the cash register, it’s charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it’s charged to your health.” Michael Pollan

Stick to the plan! 

I hate to say this……………

I cheated! And I did it for all the wrong reasons.

Saturday night rolled around; I had a retirement party to attend. I tried to get out of it, but there was no way to not show up. For the first 30 minutes I held strong I only had water to drink I stayed away from the appetizers and tried to mingle.   “That didn’t last long” the pressure was too much!  people kept saying “why aren’t you drinking it’s a party” I told myself just have one glass of red wine it won’t kill you!  So I did and one led to two and so on………Then I realized that I was hungry (I should have eaten before the party). At dinner I only ate the protein and veggies reasoning that I would be okay and get through the night unscathed. Until desert was set in front of me, that’s when I realized am not ready to end my Whole 30 challenge. This party was a test! A test that I failed! 

The big lesson I learned: The sugar dragon isn’t dead she is only sleeping and she likes wine!

 I see another Whole30 in my near future! 

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