how whole30 changed my life (while barely budging the scale)

Written By angela mader - October 04 2016

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Michelle
October 10 2016

A beautiful and vulnerable post. Best wishes to you in your journey ahead for complete health and happiness!

Carolyn Daigle
October 10 2016

Thank you for sharing .I see so much of myself in your story. I love to hear how Whole30 has helped so many people .

Kat Palinski
October 09 2016

I’m pretty sure going off anti-depressants is beyond stellar. Congratulations on that alone. I think it’s amazing and you should be so proud of that!

Danielle
October 09 2016

I crashed about 3 years after my mom passed away….my poor, stressed out body couldn’t take it anymore, resulting in a myriad of physical woes. I blamed turning 40. Nope…..it was the aftermath of dealing with my mother’s illness and passing. So strange how that can be such a delayed response. Thanks so much for sharing…..it’s weirdly comforting to know that I’m not the only one.

Neva
October 06 2016

I almost didn’t read your article but something urged me to click on it. I honestly thought it was going to be an “I did Whole30 and it was fantastic and you should, too” sales pitch. Your honesty is refreshing and the article was enlightening. I’ve had the same things said to me by my doctor “Eat healthier and exercise more”. I already do this and the weight keeps going up. 20 pounds up and nothing fits, self esteem plummets and I’m being told to just accept (and you said it!) that I am not young any more. I’ve suspected hormones but my doctor didn’t want to even talk about it. Thanks to your story, it is a reminder to me that I need to take charge and push for answers. I’ve been through personal trauma in the last few years and it was only in the last six months that I started to look into the effects that has on the body. While I may have gotten through emotionally and mentally, it looks like physically, that needs to be re-aligned. So, thank you for your courage and honesty.

Susan
October 06 2016

Your post was amazing. Wow, and thank you for sharing.. I had a couple of major life issues hit at once and threw me into stress that I didn’t know what to do with. well 2 years later, many added pounds, a couple of drs. I do know my cortisol levels are through the roof but I’ve yet to figure out how to do a reset. I appreciate your honesty and sharing your story. You’ve given me hope to keep plugging along trying to find an answer to fix this mess.

Kudo’s to your Dad… way to go!!!

Sara
October 06 2016

Wow, thanks for sharing. You sound a bit like me. I have a petite frame, 5’ 0". And I feel like I began carrying more weight than usual in the last few years. Although, I don’t consider myself too overweight, it’s not my normal. Others scoff if I mention wanting to loose a little weight/feel better in my clothes. But honestly I’ve gained 15-20 pounds in the last 3 years. I went through a tough time myself then. My mom passed away too. And I had just moved cross country and found myself knowing only 1 person and having no job. Granted in the past few years my exercise and eating habits took a back seat to the stress and change. So, I fully attribute that to my current state now. Although, anymore, I do find it hard to make any significant changes in my body. And of course, I always here the, “you’re not 25 anymore” kind of thing. I feel like a eat decently (although far from whole 30 nutrition), better than most around me. I even completed a half-marathon a couple of weeks ago (before moving, i ran quite a few halves in the previous few years). But my body hasn’t change that much. I have been wondering if my hormones have changed in recent years. Although my menstrual cycle hasn’t changed much, my reaction to birth control has to the point I just stopped taking it (headaches/nausea), which is fine – probably better for me anyway. But, you do have me curious to try whole 30 now. I think it’s definitely something I need. I have been reluctant to try anything like it because I feel like I’ll fail. I know my “willpower” is next to nothing when it comes to food! But perhaps it’s time to change my mindset and give it a try. Again, thanks for sharing your story. It has really resonated with me.

Marcia Donz
October 06 2016

You are amazing, honest, and real. Thanks for sharing your vulnerability with us…I bet you’re helping thousands of people through your writing. Keep it up, and I can’t wait till you publish your first book. Hugs to you….you rock.

Karenoia
October 05 2016

Read about berberine on line. It’s amazing for so many health issues but blood sugar is a big one. Also take probiotics for gut health.

If you are in Southern California, I would also recommend my doctor. But I will tell you that she recommended a diet called the plan diet. It is a specific illumination diet based on figuring out which foods trigger your particular inflammation and cause weight gain. I am interested in doing it but it’s cumbersome for someone who works full-time. I’m working on trying to get a group together so we Can maybe have my paleo food chef lady cook a cleanse for us in Southern California.

Anyone interested an email me at namastewriter@gmail.com. But read the book cuz it’s one hard program me thinks. Still it is very interesting because it says so many of the foods we think of as diet foods, and the clean foods on the Paleo diet which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory, are actually inflammatory for some people. For example, almost everything I eat: salmon, tuna, eggs, tomatoes, coffee, etc. on the other hand she does allow red wine and bread ! Hard to imagine that. Check out the reviews on amazon.

My paleo chef here is California paleo kitchens and she is wonderful. Give her a plug. Tell Nicole karen sent you !!!!

Karenoia
October 05 2016

Great post. I am suffering from exact same. I am 55 and in my head 25. Did all the above. Scale moved up. Very frustrated. Just saw internist who did very long complicated blood work. Couple of things she told me to check with your doctor. She told me that the testosterone that is sort of in the bank, in the body but not usable, needs to be freed up. She said to take nettle root for that. Read about it online and check with your doc. Another thing she told me about was my blood sugar and thyroid levels. I didn’t want to go on medication for any of that. But I’ve been taking two supplements. Berberine and thyroid now. Your comments and posts are so on point and so charmingly delivered that I feel like I could be your best friend. Ha ha. I wonder where you live. I’m in Southern California. And you can find me at my blog at Karenoia.com. Love to connect more. Great post. Thanks for sharing all this info. Keep telling us more !!!

Mia
October 05 2016

Your courage in posting is appreciated. It was everything I wanted to hear. Thank you. I am too in shock over many things that have happened to me : cancer, husband’s brain injury, 7 friends dying of cancer in 3 years. The dr did tell me my cortisol is off the charts. I am exhausted. Your post reminded me to stop blaming myself and love myself. I am so grateful. We met once at your office with Jessica Pakzad. I thought you were so brilliant and courageous then. But now it is confirmed again. Bravo!

Amelia
October 04 2016

Way to be whole-heartedly honest and real, Angela.

laura
October 04 2016

I am THRILLED for you! I did a Whole47 and feel so much better. I did lose some weight and still have another 60-80+ still to go. I told my mental health doc that I felt like the program was a month+ long meditation for my body.

I’m hoping to get off the CPAP as well. Shout out to your dad!

Back on program after a weekend with too many options (and I only did a few items, but with horrible results).

Your NSVs are amazeballs and I want to wish you congratulations!

Kate
October 04 2016

((Hugs)) Thanks for sharing! Totally relatable! Congrats for getting your Dad on board! That’s awesome!!

Michelle
October 04 2016

Hi! I would love to hear more about your hormone therapy course of action.
Loved your story on your journey through whole30

Mary G
October 04 2016

You’re awesome,girl! It can’t be easy to be that raw and vulnerable but people can relate to honesty. And ps- so glad you found somebody to help you!! I’ve had a similar situation, we’ll have to talk sometime.

Angela
October 04 2016

Thank you for always being honest. :) I also had a shocking personal tragedy and suffered the same adrenal/hormonal issues. I gained weight and felt awful and my own eating disorder demons were rearing their heads. I can 100% relate to your situation. Hugs to you.

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