19 days ago
🙈Cute family photo right? Except I forgot to suck in my bloat... At this point, I was mostly grain-free & avoided most added sugars but it seemed like everything I ate made me hurt & blow up.
🙋🏻♀️So I decided to participate in January’s whole30 to help reduce my severe bloating & pain. Admittedly, whole30 wasn’t very different than my normal diet. In addition to grains, sweeteners, & alcohol... I eliminated legumes, dairy, baked goods (including waffled & pancakes), and most additives. I also naturally lower my nut intake because baked goods weren’t allowed.
🙌🏻The results: I focused purely on non-scale victories; calorie restriction & weight loss was never considered. After 2 weeks I finally felt normal again. My abdomen went from 34 inches to 28 inches 🤯. My confidence slowly started to come back, and I wasn’t afraid to wear something that wasn’t oversized.
Notes & Takeaways:
🔸Tiger blood is a legit real thing. I started feeling more energy. This tired momma wasn’t as tired!
🔸At the midway point I started limiting high-fodmap foods in my diet because I still had stomach pains. This helped! I wasn’t overly strict with this because it severely limited my food options.
🔸Surprisingly, eating protein & fat as my preworkout wasn’t bad at all. I felt like I had sustained energy throughout the whole workout, similar to my workouts when Keto.
🔸By day 30, I haven’t had any pain or bloat return!
So what now, Tami?! Now the real work begins... finding my food triggers, while also allowing myself food freedoms. Mindfulness. Not. Perfection.
🔸Stop taking digestive enzymes daily. I firmly believe these babies work for me, but they mask my GI symptoms, so in order to get accurate results I have to stop taking them daily
🔸Continue to eat whole30 approved ingredients, but adding baked goods (i.e. more nuts). I’m looking at you, waffles! Track symptoms for at least a week.
🔸Slowly reintroduce low-fodmap, non-whole30 foods & track symptoms
🔸Slowly reintroduce high-fodmap foods & track results
🔸Allow myself 1 meal a week with no restrictions. This will be the only time I take digestive enzymes. Mindfulness. Not. Perfection.
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