Week 2: The Whole30 and Fibromyalgia
So as I am into my third week on the Whole30 I am learning a lot. I am learning that my body is responding differently than expected because of the Fibromyalgia. I am thankful for the extra energy, but the Fibromyalgia is still something I have to pay attention to and listen to my body cues.
I have made it to the end of my second full week on the Whole30 and started into week 3. I am really glad that I worked so hard in the weeks before October 1st to wean myself off of sugar. That small step has really helped me during the past two weeks. The stages that are described at Whole30.com were not as severe as they might have been had I dropped off the sugar cold turkey. (For example the Kill Everything phase didn’t last as long as it could have) 😉
Over the past two weeks I have not struggled much with withdrawal symptoms or with the general overall malaise that can accompany this process. I am very thankful for that.
How the Whole30 has Impacted my Fibromyalgia
This past week I have been dealing with more pain from the Fibromyalgia, but I have learned that for me Fibromyalgia tends to fluctuate up and down over time. Some days are better than others, and some days are much worse than others. This flare has been different for me though. I have not been dealing with the overwhelming fatigue that often comes with the increased pain from a Fibro flare. This has actually been a little odd for me. I have had to be more aware of my body and make sure I am resting.
Friday of last week I had a lot scheduled, the kids and I spent the afternoon on the go from lunch till almost supper. My energy levels were high, but my pain levels were very high as well. I kept going thinking I was doing well even though I was hurting pretty badly. (At one point I was having trouble breathing because the pain in my rib cage was so severe it was hard to get a deep breath.) By the time the we got home and I finally had an opportunity to sit down I struggled with staying awake. I had pushed myself too hard, and didn’t pay attention to the new cues my body was sending me. I have learned to ignore pain over the years, but this time I should have paid better attention. I was thankful for my husband stepping in and allowing me to crash quite early that night.
I am going to have to learn some new techniques to determine when I need to slow down and rest. I still have to figure out how this is going to work out.
Am I seeing benefits of the Whole30?
Yes, I really am seeing benefits. It feels like one element of my health that has been causing me so much trouble is now gone. (At least for now.) The overwhelming fatigue and lack of energy. I have been living with so much fatigue and general malaise for so long that a certain level of it had become my baseline normal. I am not experiencing that in the same way as I did for so long and I have to learn all over again what my body cues are when I have pushed myself too far.
I am enjoying this increased energy, a bit too much at times.
Another benefit of following this way of eating has been spiritual. I am learning why I ate so much of the things that I did eat, and it is highlighting a deep selfishness that is deep in my heart. I have a sense of entitlement, which is actually a spirit of Pride. Deep down inside myself I have this belief that I somehow deserve these rich treats, and special indulgences even when God is telling me that He has something better for me.
I am also finding that I have not been trusting that what God has for me is actually better for me. Because these sweet treats make me feel good for a moment, it is hard for me to see how eating lettuce, and boiled eggs is actually better for me.
What is next?
As of Today I am on day 12 of the Whole30. I am already thinking about what I need to do after my 30 days are over. What will I keep doing? What will I add back in. Next week I plan to discuss some of these plans with you and to keep you posted on how week three has gone.
I have purposefully not give a weight loss update over the past few posts because the whole30 requests that you not weigh yourself through the entire process. I have weighed myself during this 30 days, but I was intentional about doing that.
I have a lot of weight to lose, and I know that if I lose weight too quickly it can actually cause my health to get worse. (It is a strain on my adrenal glands) In addition to that I have not really had a problem with the number on the scale. I have been seeing numbers on that scale, numbers that I prayed I would never see for a lone time, so I don’t really get discouraged because of a number. But I do find that when I can see progress it helps to keep me motivated. I do plan on reporting my progress at the end of my 30 days.
Hope you are having a great week. If you are doing to the Whole30 with me this time, why? Would you ever consider it in the future?
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