I tried it again: The Whole 30 elimination diet and got to day 24 this time.
The first 2 weeks were as expected, in week 1, I under-ate, in both weeks I had fog for brain, pretty screwed up digestion, and frustration at trying to make this work especially given how often I’m not at a desk or at my house around lunchtime.
In the third week, things seemed to be shifting. I was still tired, but managing, I figured out how to eat enough food, I was getting sick of eggs and meat.
It fell to pieces on Day 19. I had histamine reactions and digestion went south again, plus I was feeling nauseous when I ate. I consulted a nutrition coach friend and she suggested getting rid of nuts and watermelon (because I had been eating too many nuts and watermelon seemed to be upping the reactions). I dove down a FODMAP rabbit hole and thought I would probably need to do an elimination diet within an elimination diet. Holy hell, that sounded awful.
I stuck it out for another 5 days hoping that getting rid of some of the foods that may or may not be bugging me (nuts, watermelon, peaches, tomato, bell pepper and onions) would turn it around. It did not. An adjustment with Dr. M during this period helped calm down the nausea for about a day. But still, I was basically choking down food, felt sick all the time, had no energy and was feeling weak in my workouts.
On Day 24, I was talking to my Active Release Technique chiropractor who’s done W30 successfully more than once and his assessment was, stop, your body doesn’t like this. I stopped. I didn’t do the re-introduction either. I tried to keep gluten and dairy to a minimum thinking those were probably what was bugging me….little did I know.
On Day 25, I saw my integrative doctor and she suggested I do a delayed sensitivity blood test to check for the foods that were causing the symptoms. I was all in because I didn’t want to go through trying to eliminate what I thought was bothering me. It’s a good thing I did because:
I’m highly sensitive to Eggs, Beef and Dairy. It takes hours to days to show up and I don’t have typical reactions you might think goes along with being sensitive to certain foods. Mostly I seem to be less energetic than I should be and I forget stuff all the damn time (brain fog).
I am not sensitive to Grains, Legumes, Fruits, Vegetables, Chicken, Pork, Fish, Shellfish, Mushrooms and Yeast
Beef???? Eggs???? I never would have eliminated those! On the W30 forums they all pointed to nightshades or FODMAPS, or not eating enough calories, they aren’t going to suggest that the main ingredients of the diet would be to blame!
No wonder why I felt like shit.
I’m glad I did the diet, because it led me to figuring out what to avoid, but damn, the last two months were painful. If I had known better, I would’ve just gotten the blood test. Concrete evidence is always a great motivator. Moving forward, it’s 6 months of elimination of red meat, eggs and dairy. Oooh, holidays will be fun…
p.s. I liked Food Freedom Forever. In fact, if you’re doing a Whole 30 anytime soon, I suggest starting to read this book about halfway through. It’s what got me to day 24 (even though I shouldn’t have), and is helping me keep in a growth mindset toward figuring out the best way for me to eat.