So, I’ve decided to start Whole30 for 30 days. What is Whole30? It’s a way of cleaning, balancing, re-starting, and re-charging your system. It’s not that different than what I’ve been doing, but it does cut out all grains, corn, soy, and dairy for 30 days. Also, my emotional eating has been a true roller coaster this summer, so I needed to take a mental check and see what was really going on with my food and emotions. It’s basically a Paleo way of eating: a ton of veggies, grass-fed meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, and some fruit.
I was inspired by Kathleen, of And Kathleen, and Melissa of The Clothes Make the Girl. Why am I doing it? Well, for one…my face. My skin. I’ve been having serious, painful, skin problems since about April, but my whole life they’ve come and gone. I recently went to the Dr (not the dermatologist, that’s in Sept) and she made it sound like I’ll have to be “on medication” forever for my cystic acne. No way, Jose. Not me. I need to find another solution. (Fact: I am on antibiotics now to clear up this recent outbreak, but that shouldn’t last more than a few months) When Kathleen said her skin has never been better, and she said it was in fact glowing, I knew I needed to try this. For one thing, I tend to get this acne all over my chin, and that’s a “hormonal acne zone”—Whole30 is supposed to realign your hormones.
I know it’s not the end of the world, but I don’t think the mental and emotional side of acne is discussed enough. It’s not AIDS, or cancer, or you know, anything truly fatal…but let me tell you: having adult acne is, for a lack of a better, more lovely word: a total mind f*ck. This summer has been the worst I’ve ever had it for my skin, and it’s been utterly depressing. I don’t want to touch my skin, look in the mirror, or…go out and see people, quite honestly.
I need to press the restart button. So, I bought It Starts With Food by the originators of the Whole30 concept, and I started it last night. Some things I really like about this plan: you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself for the duration, there’s no “bad and good” food—food either makes you healthier, or doesn’t, and it’s making me hyper aware of what’s going in my mouth.
I’m nervous, to be honest. I know I can do it, but it’s so hard in a social world to put yourself first. But, I know I can do it.
I’ll be posting every night on my Tumblr about my day: my thoughts, feelings, and what I ate. Feel free to follow along and comment, suggest, ask anything!
Have any of you done the Whole30 program? Eat Paleo? Have “adult acne”? Do share, I would love to hear!