Thursday, October 4, 2012

Commitment and Accountability

Let me just start by saying that this is 
completely off the subject!
Back story: several months ago I posted a bit of a meltdown 
about my food allergies and eye hemorrhage and other such nonsense.
If you dare, go here to read more.

To make a long story short, I have become obsessed with food.
I can't really eat anything that is prepared by anyone else but me because 
my allergies are complicated, to say the least.

I have always loved to cook but now this regime is really quite easy for me.
I won't lie, in the beginning I might have grieved a little bit.
But life goes on.

After several months of being allergen free my blood work 
still wasn't coming back ideal.
At this point, my Dr. told me I really needed 
to cut Gluten out of my diet.  
But wait, Gluten is in everything!

So I said to myself, "Okay fine!  If I'm going to go Gluten Free 
then I am just going to go Paleo!"
So I grabbed a copy of this book and got started...

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

First of all, I'm not writing this post to sell you on this book.  
But I will tell you that it's hands down amazing!  
And it has really changed the path I'm on.

For the last 8 weeks I have been eating in this style and 
have seen some changes that I was dying for.

My blood work is coming back so great!  
My eye doctor was beyond pleased that the swelling in my eye has all but subsided.
Apparently, I'm in "remission" so he says
 whatever you're doing, keep doing it!

Other nifty little places I've seen change are as follows:

*I lost a lb. a day for the first week or so.  Now I'm at my ideal weight.
*I have more energy than I have ever had before, ever!
I used to feel if I sat down in the middle of the day I would slip into a coma!
*I sleep like a baby all the way through the night
*I am never bloated or gassy (TMI, this was a real problem before)
*My mood is stable and all symptoms of PMS have subsided

Okay, so that wasn't really a long story made short.
But it was the best I could do.

Here's where the commitment and accountability come in....

I'm taking the Whole 30 challenge!
I am not doing this to lose weight, although sooooo many people 
have experienced remarkable weight loss 
through this 30 Day Challenge.
It is my goal to clean up my immune system so I can 
start trying to bring back some of the healthier foods 
that I'm allergic to, like Olive Oil, Red Grapes and Apples.

This means no more reaching for a handful of chocolate chips 
after every meal, 
or eating a chocolate chip cookie (or two or three) 
on Cookie Day (Sundays) 
or indulging on Sushi on the weekends 
(the white rice is killing me)
for 30 Days!

Now that I've sad it out loud there is no going back.
If you've read this far I thank you.

This post is already a novel so I won't go into the details of the Whole 30 Challenge.
But you can check it out here, here and here

How's that for totally random!?!


  1. Hey Lu.....I read the whole30 and it sounds very interesting. You'll have to tell us all how it goes. I know you can do it Lu.
    By the way, when are you starting? Hope to see you next week.

  2. This might be something that I might need to do to heal myself too. I wish youluck and hope you will blog about it as you go. Maybe just a line or two a day.
    See you next week!

  3. That is so awesome that you are getting better Lu xx
    And the whole 30 challenge sounds fantastic!

  4. Thank you for the link! I'm thinking that this is something I need to do also. Hoping that it would help with my migraines. Just wondering how you are doing this with your family. Are you making 2 different meals at mealtime or is everyone doing it? Trying to figure out how I'm going to do this with our family of 6... :)

  5. Nutritional stuff like this interests me so much! I'm weird, I know. I can't wait to hear how this goes for you. I'm so glad that you're health is doing so much better! And honestly, I was glad to hear that I'm not the only one that sneaks a handful of chocolate chips here and there!

  6. I'm so happy for you that you're feeling better. It's easier to do without the stuff when the payoffs to avoiding it are so great. I'm going to check out that book you mentioned. It looks interesting. Good luck with the 30 day challenge. Keep us posted on how you go.

  7. Just wanted to tell you how inspiring your story is to me and my family. Glad you've finally figured out something that will help your health. It took us awhile to also find this out and now we are all feeling so much better it is amazing!

  8. "eat to live" is another great book, with a cleanse. by Dr. Joel Furhman

  9. Celiac disease runs in my family so I know all about GF!! Glad you are doing better, and are taking the 30 day challenge to help clear up your immune system. Please keep us updated on how this goes. Unfortunately I don't think it's an option for the GF people in my family, but I hope it'll help you :D

  10. i have been doing cross fit for months and have been really careful (kinda careful) with my diet. i have heard of paleo but haven't looked into it much. i want to do it. i think i should, i want to... convince me. (it wont take much) ;) xoxo

  11. Lu- I stumbled upon your blog and was so glad to find your post. I have also been dealing with some issues and my dr has put me on a similar way of eating! I've been on it for 2 weeks now and I do feel so much better. I'm looking forward to following your progress and wish you much healing and happiness in the process! I can't wait to check out the book.