A BETTER THIRD WEEK

Just a quick update…

I am definitely feeling better, though still haven’t had the burst of energy I’ve been waiting for.  I am still sleeping a ton more than normal, too.  It’s all good, though.  If I really think about it, it took me pretty much 55 years to get my body into the state it is currently in, no matter the reasons behind it, and realistically I cannot expect to be all better in just 2 or 3 or even 4 weeks.  Of course, that doesn’t stop me from expecting it.

I saw a friend yesterday I had not seen since we started The Whole30 and she noticed a difference.   Said my skin looked really good.  That must be the bone broth I drink every morning.  I also ‘convinced’ her that she should be doing it as well.  Since she was just diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome, eating clean on this program will most likely help her out tremendously.  Even if it doesn’t exactly cure her carpel tunnel, she will at least still be wheat, sugar and processed food free, and that’s a very good thing.

Because I am still having a lot of hip pain and wasn’t sure if I should really be walking/stretching/playing tennis/doing yoga or just resting, it finally occurred to me that my pain was probably being caused by my old walking shoes.  When I used to walk 60-90 miles a week, I was very good about replacing my shoes every six months.  Lately, I’ve not been so good.  Plus, I’ve been wearing the shoes that have absolutely no support.  So yesterday I went to Road Runner Sports and got myself analyzed on their ShoeDog machine.  I already knew I had high arches, but, dang, when I stood on the blue pad that records the bottom of your feet, the only thing that showed up was my toes, the pads that my toes are connected to and my heals…nothing in between.  I have an extremely high arch, which basically means any kind of non-supportive shoe is probably a bad idea.  It also explains the hip and IT band pain I’ve been suffering from.  So I got new shoes and custom molded arch supports.  I walked this morning and what a difference!

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As far as the eating goes, no cheats.  Sure I miss some particular foods, cheese and yogurt the most, but I see no point in eating them until we start the reintroducing process, which we may not even do.  I mean, why ‘gum’ up a clean system?   I can already tell that dairy is probably not my friend.  Bummer!  Really, nothing is off-limits expect the crap we shouldn’t be eating anyway, so I haven’t felt deprived in any way.

ONE WEEK DONE

I wanted to give you an update on my progress with The Whole30.  The easiest way to say it is, So far, So good.  But, then, my post would end here.  So I will fill in more details. It has been interesting, to say the least.  As I told you on the Day 3 post, one of the biggest things I’ve noticed is an increased need for sleep.  This has not changed yet.  If anything, I am needing even more than the 10 hours, which is 3 hours more than my normal amount.  This is due, in part, to my catching the crude that is going around town.  I can find no mention of what you are supposed to do if you get S.I.C.K. while on the Whole30 program.  I did know enough to not reach for conventional cough syrup or throat lozenges, both of which contain sugar and/or alcohol.  As it turned out, the cough medicine we did have is alcohol-free, but still contains all kinds of other stuff I did not want to put into my body, sugar being the least of it.

What we ended up with is a product from Planetary Herbals called Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Syrup.  While the taste was not so great, it worked on my cough in one day!  I did rest for the entire day on Saturday, which probably helped, but ONE day?  Cool!  I guess because I did have some nonsense (my term for s.i.c.k., because I do NOT get sick) going on in my head, nose and throat, my sleep continues to be messed up.  Before I realized there was something going on, I slept for 12 hours.  Mind you, this, unfortunately, does not mean I slept 12 solid hours.  Between having to get up to go to the bathroom and hot flashes every few hours, it’s not like it was a restful 12 hours.  Still, I know that when our bodies are healing, no matter from what, we need extra sleep and need to nurture ourselves even more than normal.  What I am really looking forward to is the renewed energy I know I will be feeling once my body is cleaned out.

I already told you about the bone broth that I made, which, by the way, is delicious!  I also made mayonnaise!  I made it with avocado oil, so it does have a slightly green tinge to it, but it is amazing.  The best part is there is nothing unpronounceable in it.  Even the organic, relatively healthy ones you can buy, still have added sugar.  No clue why.  The only drawback that I can foresee is because there are no preservatives in it, it doesn’t last nearly as long as I’d like it to.  Still, being able to make my own fresh extremely yummy mayonnaise is more than worth not having it last for months.

I asked Jim last night as we were going to sleep, if, after the first 7 days he missed any particular food that we are not allowed to eat?  He said no, and then asked if I do.  Well, yes, honestly I do.  BUT, and this is a huge BUT, I don’t miss anything enough to sabotage my body (even more than I have for the past 55 years) and lose the ground I’ve gained thus far.  The more I read, the more I am coming to understand that I most likely have food sensitivities that I never knew I had, and I am talking way back to when I was a baby.  I’ve written before about the really weird skin I was born with and which plagued me for years. I am thinking now that I most likely had, if not an allergy, at least a sensitivity to dairy.  Oh, the things they did not know 50+ years ago.  That’s okay, though, because now we do know and that means we, I, can make the necessary changes to my diet that will support a much healthier body/mind/immune system.

Actually loving this program!