I completed a Whole30 in April 2016. What is Whole30? Great question, you can read all about it here. In short, it is 30 days of not eating anything that could potentially cause allergies, inflammation, discomfort, etc. The list of foods to avoid includes sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, legumes...so yes, it is difficult, but not impossible. Once the 30 days are over, you are supposed to reintroduce each food group on its own to test how it affects your body, if at all.
Let me start by saying I do not often share my story because I am afraid it will be seen as whiny, and I will be perceived as just another privileged millennial with First World Problems (I fully acknowledge I am privileged, mostly because my parents made sure I had everything I needed, and little because I worked hard). I am even more acutely aware of this potential since I started my graduate work in public health in 2011, and have since worked with many individuals far less advantaged than myself. However, I do believe everyone has a story, and this piece of mine has provided me a perspective on how society’s views on health, food, fitness, beauty, etc. do not always align with what is realistic, sane and “normal”. I also have to point out I am currently a petite-sized person, who normally wears size 2 pants. I bring this up not to have anyone focus on my size, but rather to acknowledge a current reality. A reality which has not always been the case, and sometimes creates problems; is it realistic to stay this size? Is it worth worrying so much about food in order to stay this size? A day does not go by without at least one of these questions popping into my head, hence, this blog. So in the interest of total honesty, here’s my story, whiny or not.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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