WAHOO MONKEYMIND!! That is a great update! It's so exciting to hear from you and the difference it has made :)
I'm one week in. No noticeable changes in pain, fatigue, energy, or brain fog. I'll check in again in another week.
Mezzie, keep with it, it can take a while for you to detox and bring the inflammation and such down and the first week or two there is also just the changes as your body shifts gears. I would say the sicker you were going into whole 30, the longer it takes to feel a difference.
For people with Chronic issues, it seems to take longer. I got "enough" results in my first Whole 30 to know that it was "working" but it took me quite a bit longer to really start noticing a difference in my baseline with my chronic issues. The damage was done over longer than 30 days, so it will take longer to heal. For some of them, it came totally as a surprise and it wasn't even me who noticed them because you adapt to your baseline sometimes without noticing.
I've been eating this style since the thread started, so will be 2 years in Sept. Benefits I have noticed:
- No more sciatica
- massive decrease in headaches/migraines
- Fibro symptoms are gone if I stay away from wheat
- Sinus issues gone if I stay away from dairy
- I can grow my hair longer, my hair would give me headaches
- Clearer skin
- no more brain fog
- increased energy levels
- Better immune system. I haven't had cold or flu (and I usually get hammered every winter)
- Better sleep - was a life-long insomniac averaging 2-3 hour a night for weeks and then crashing. Now I easy sleep 6-8.
- No more leg cramps! Hereditary and would usually happen a couple of times a week.
- eczema is gone, I've struggled with that since childhood
- much less painful menstrual cycle.
- 86.6 lbs lost
The main thing I am struggling with now is balancing levels of dopamine. My brain chemistry has always been a little wacky, but when you can get dopamine hits from food, it's easier not t have to deal with the underlying issues. So I'm looking at alternative ways to get the dopamine flowing and balanced. Trying not to feel totally flat but not have too much that one addiction is replaced with another.