Why I HAD to do the Whole30

When I found the Whole30, I had just suffered a serious bacterial infection that almost killed me. I spent 5 days in the hospital with sepsis and had massive amounts of antibiotics pumped into my veins. The sepsis caused a systemic inflammatory response in my body, triggering all the old joint pain in my hands, shoulders, elbows, and foot. I know my body well, and the flaring of my joints was not normal.

It was FAR from normal.Ness in hospital

The fact that I was almost taken out by bacteria also got me thinking about having a healthy immune system. Something had to change. I had to figure out how to feel better and prevent this from happening again.

I came across the audio book “It Starts with Food” and was fascinated by every word I heard. I listened to the book twice and took detailed notes the second time through. It was a lot to take in, but I wanted it all.

When I read about the anti-inflammatory and immune system healing effects from eating a certain way, I knew I had to try it, and I had give it my all. What did I have to lose? Testimonials of miraculous healing of chronic illnesses and effortless weight loss had me mesmerized.

This is what I wanted.

I decided that I would do a Whole45 instead of a Whole30 because the inflammation in my body was serious. It was going to take something drastic to relieve the pain I was in.

To give you a quick run down if you have no idea what I’m talking about… the Whole30 is a strict elimination diet that removes dairy, grains, legumes, and all added sugar from your diet for 30 days. Yes, this includes alcohol and artificial sweeteners. I love that it is a structured program that you can stick to for 30 days, no exceptions. The structure makes it easier in a way, because you don’t have to “think for your yourself” to make decisions, just follow the rules.

I couldn’t believe it, but I got my husband, Paul to agree to do it with me. It was something we both needed for our own reasons. January was the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and make some big changes. We were READY for 45 days of clean eating and feeling amazing. Spoiler alert: We didn’t make it to 45… but we made it to day 42, and I’m proud of that!

Paul and Ness woodsAfter completing a Whole42 and a two-week reintroduction period, my relationship with food is changed and my joint pain is almost gone.   I have gained such an appreciation for how food affects your mind and body. This is something I really believe in and I hope I can convince others to try it for themselves. I want to share with you what I loved and what I learned during my Whole30 experience. And this is only the beginning. I know that I have so much more to learn.

If you would like to hear more, just look out for my next posts!

You will find everything from motivation and mindset to fitness and nutrition, all for strong and resilient women, right here. I am passionate about helping women live a vibrant and purpose driven life, by helping them to love their bodies and their lives through self care and inspiring ideas.

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