As most of you know, the month of January I decided to do an autoimmune protocol, fruit-free whole 30.
I noticed most of the changes starting about a week in. All of these were present in my 2-week update and gained some momentum in the last couple of weeks.
- Better sleep. I was surprised at this one, but I have been averaging an hour more sleep than usual, and it isn’t for an earlier bedtime – I have been falling asleep right away instead of laying in bed awake for an hour or so. I am also the most energetic I have ever been when I wake up. I used to take my medication and then roll over and sleep for another hour – lately I have been getting out of bed and using that time to get work done, which has been great.
- My moods are much more stable and I have less tiredness in the afternoon. I know that this is a direct effect of taking sugar (even if just from fruit!) out of my diet.
- No more snacking. Since I stopped the fruit, my blood sugar is more stable and I am no longer hungry between meals. The sugar cravings were pretty intense for about a week, but then went away for the rest of the month.
- Digestion is improved. Nuts are hard on my system and it has been nice to remember what it is like without them in my diet.
- I generally have felt energetic, happy and in a really good place health-wise. This has been the best month I can remember as far as autoimmune symptoms. Like I said in my 2-week update, I changed medications in December which I am sure has something to do with it, but I know that eating well has had an effect on my autoimmunity.
Things that didn’t improve:
- My acne. A couple of weeks into the month I had the most horrible breakout and I knew it couldn’t be tied to food. I started researching tons about hormonal acne and I am pretty sure that hormone imbalance has to be driving mine – I only get it a couple of days before I ovulate, it happens around my mouth, and is the deep painful cystic kind. This month, it seemed worse than ever, and because my cycle was also off I am guessing it has to do with my body shifting because of the new thyroid medication – I have had the experience of my cycle being off for the first month of starting a new medication or changing doses before.
In conclusion, I am very happy I decided to do a whole 30 for the month of January. It felt like it started too soon after all of the holiday eating, but after about a week I found myself back in a groove, as stable and happy as I can remember. This is why I love doing elimination diets and clean eating trials – you only have to commit to a relatively small amount of time to adhere to a fixed set of rules. After the time is up, you can decide to keep what works and drop what doesn’t. In my case, I know I feel better not eating a lot of fruit, so I am going to try my best to continue. If I do eat some, I am going to try to eat low-sugar fruit like berries and kiwi instead of bananas and pears. I am also going to add nuts back in because I love them more than the digestive upset they cause me, but I will try harder to moderate them as to keep everything working smoothly.
If you were joining me on doing a Whole 30 in January, what were your results?