Recently, I have been having an issue with food.  Yes, naturopathic doctors have food troubles too – quite a few actually.  I have been having many instances of feeling worse after eating rather than better.  I get headaches, have trouble focusing, and my throat hurts.  The simple solution of not eating will not work here.  So, I’m going to push the reset button.

The Whole30 Challenge was designed by health coaches at the website the Whole9 to do just that–push the reset button.  It’s the elimination diet to end all elimination diets followed by a careful reintroduction of foods to see how your body reacts.

Despite being gluten, dairy, sugar, and grain free, I am still having issues.  Why do I feel fine after some meals and horrible after others?  I know I’m not dealing with blood sugar spikes and crashes due to cutting out foods that cause this reaction.  I don’t know about you, but I want to know how foods affect my body, so I can  make informed choices and understand any consequences.

This brings us to the Challenge and its rules – the hard part.

What can’t you eat?

  • Foods that cause changes in your brain chemistry that can cause addiction – sugar does this really well
  • Foods that interfere with your metabolic hormones like cortisol, insulin, and glucagon – hello sugar again
  • Foods that cause inflammation and unrest in your digestive system
  • Foods that do not support a healthy immune system.

What foods do these things?  A lot of them actually:

  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Grains
  • Refined seed oils
  • Legumes
  • Dairy

What can I eat then?  Actually a lot, the list may look short, but there are so many foods included in each category.

  • Vegetables – lots of them, in many colors
  • Clean meat and fish
  • Healthy fats like coconut oil, ghee (clarified butter), nut butters, olives, and avocados
  • Fruit

I don’t know, where can I learn more, see recipes, and hear about how other people have done this?

My challenge starts on October 1st.  Join me, watch me, try some recipes, or share some of your tips.  If you don’t feel like jumping in so soon, I will be doing another challenge on January 1st – a great time of the year to think about your health and new beginnings.

To our health!