If you’ve poked around this blog at all, you know that my life includes a lot of twists and turns. It’s also a life that hasn’t always included healthy food choices or any effort to exercise. Truthfully, much of my life contained unhealthy food choices mixed with a lot of alcohol, a long history of smoking, a short history of drug use, and a not a whole lot of anything that contributed to my health. I spent much of my adult life trying to cope with many of the events of my childhood by self-medicating with alcohol, drugs and food. GUESS WHAT? It did not have the desired effect.
At the beginning of 2014, I was 3 years sober and 1 year smoke free. I was also facing some new diagnoses – ulcerative colitis (UC), arthritis, pelvic floor syndrome – that were wreaking havoc with my life and my deductible. The cost of the UC meds alone were enough to send me searching for different solutions. In my quest for more information, I gratefully stumbled across Danielle Walker and her blog Against All Grain. Reading her store gave me hope that there were alternatives to expensive drugs and worsening health. It also led me to the Whole30 and that changed my life.
In one round of Whole30, I learned the effects that soy, added sugar, gluten and dairy were having on my health. I learned that Reintroduction was possibly more important than the 30 day reset! I learned which foods I could flirt with from time to time with minor consequences and which ones were like an ex that requires a restraining order. (I’m talking to you soy!) Over time I completed more rounds and learned more lessons – many of them when Melissa Hartwig Urban wrote Food Freedom Forever. It took years for me to understand that the goal of Whole30 is not weight loss, it’s food freedom. It’s also a great deal of self-knowledge and self-awareness.
SO, full-disclosure here. I’m not one of the perfect pretty people. Well, I’m pretty and I’m a person, but I’m not perfect. I am a self-admitted hot mess. My Whole30 journey has been and continues to be much like my recovery journey. I stumble and I make mistakes, but I keep moving forward and I keep learning.
I became a coach because I’d like to help others on this journey. I want to help you learn what I learned in 5 years in less time. I want you to see that Whole30 leads to Food Freedom and that it truly is freeing. No more diets, shakes, calorie counters, etc……just freedom. If that sounds like something you want, let’s talk!