There comes a point in the battle against chronic pain where you are willing to try just about anything to make it stop. This last week, I wasn't able to exercise as much as I wanted to because of fatigue and feeling like I'd lost a fight with a Sasquatch. Through sheer force of will, I managed to go to yoga on Thursday and personal training on Friday. It did't stop the pain as I'd hoped, but it did take my mind off of it.
In the midst of all the life changes I've been making, I've heard a lot of talk about The Whole30. It's a detox food plan which asks you to eat only meat (organic and ethically raised), vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats (such as avocado oil) for 30 days. This means no sugar (outside of fruit), no legumes, no grains, and no alcohol. They're asking that all foods that commonly cause inflammatory responses be temporarily cut from your diet. Also, no making foods like ice cream or pan cakes using approved ingredients. Why? Because they want to break psychological dependence on junk food. After 30 days, you begin to reincorporate foods back into your diet to determine what affects you negatively and what doesn't.
I read all sorts of interesting things from people who have done it, but what interested me most is those who claim to have had near or complete remission of symptoms from conditions like fibromyalgia. If there is even the slightest chance that changing my food could lessen my pain, I'm taking it. My husband and I are going to start on Monday. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm definitely in the fighting spirit. Wish me luck! I'll keep you posted.
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