Today’s post is a testimonial from a client who had been dealing with chronic pain due to Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia. She was referred to me for a consultation and has had excellent results after implementing a “Whole 30” eating plan. I’ll let you read her story in her own words:
A lot of you are probably wondering why you should do a Whole30. I wondered the same thing when I met with Ann in May. As a full-time working mom, I figured it was normal to be tired, foggy, and achy all the time. Everyone can drink coffee at midnight and fall asleep a half hour later right? (Um…if you can, I’ve been told that’s not a good sign…)The back story: A little over a year ago, one of my kids gently patted my head and pain ran through me like a lightning bolt. That episode was a wake up call because I realized I was in pain, foggy headed, and downing Advil and coffee like it was going out of style. After a couple of doctor visits, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. They treated the Lyme disease and started me on fibro medication. The meds helped somewhat, but were not a complete fix. Something had to give. Pain sucks! Chronic pain sucks even more!Enter Ann: Ann was recommended to me not too long ago as someone who has had success in controlling autoimmune disease symptoms through dietary changes. I reached out for a consult. She suggested two options when we met. Either try a Paleo diet, or really see what could be causing some of my issues and try the Whole30.
Both seemed extreme. My thoughts went something like, “Whaaat? No muffin on the run? How will I get the kids out the door? What about the Tagalongs in the pantry? Maybe I need to finish the box before I start this? Cut back on coffee? No wine? No way!“
In spite of my mind spinning with what she said, Ann made a lot of good points. I took her recommendations home with the thought of starting Paleo a few weeks down the road, slowly, by cutting out one thing, then the next, and so on.
Fast forward a week. On a business trip, I was sluggish, downing coffee like crazy, and just feeling blah. Ann’s words came back to me. No time like the present, right? I started my Whole30 that morning.
The first couple of weeks were interesting (OK – somewhat sucky) as my body adjusted to the lack of sugar and bread, and less caffeine. I had headaches. I dragged. I thought, “Is this really worth it? Why do I feel cruddy still? Where can I buy coconut milk in a can?”
By the end of the 2nd week , things changed. I was asleep by 11 most nights. I didn’t toss and turn in bed. I woke up refreshed. Who knew this could happen?Add two more weeks to that, and the fibro fog lifted. Most (but not all) of my pain was gone. Tagalongs? Meh – they didn’t beckon like they once would have. Coffee became a morning drink only because I was wired into the night otherwise.I am on Day 37 of my Whole30. I can reintroduce foods that I haven’t had in over a month. I’m not really interested in doing that because I don’t miss them, and I am pretty sure my body still has some healing to do. I am also hesitant to try (gluten especially) because of how my body may react. These foods are now a decision instead of a craving.All that to say, the Whole30 has made a whole lot of difference in how I feel. So, who knows, it could help you too!