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Day 23 on the Whole30!
Honestly, I didn’t think I would make it this far.
My natural tendency is to rebel from anyone telling me I can’t do something or I should do it this way. I can be an incredible self-defeating brat in that respect. So it is no wonder that I am surprised day 23 has come.
Now that I am recovering from knee surgery I had to take a serious look at my health. Considering the reality that my knee will continue to deteriorate, thanks to arthritis, I have some choices to make. I can continue to disregard the signs my body is giving as a cry for help, and keep doing what I’ve always done. Or I can take this opportunity to start a new normal. As my orthopedic surgeon says “its time for a new normal, Rebecca.”
What does this new normal look like?
During the month of December, I asked myself that question and spent a lot of time praying for wisdom. I set a path to join the January Whole30 tribe once more and asked God to determine my steps.
Why the Whole30?
The Whole30 is an elimination diet for 30 days. During these 30 days you are forced to reevaluate your relationship with food. How you eat it during times of celebration, stress, convenience, and fuel. The plan has you eating everything whole, nutritious, and made in your own kitchen. You say goodbye to wine, sugar, bread, grains, and all dairy products. For a time.
This Whole30 I have felt more confident in my resolution because I feel like I am fighting for my life. Not whether or not I will die but will I live healthily and move freely. Being in constant pain can consume you. Some days I forget what it would feel like not to hurt. I want to not hurt! and if changing what I put in my body can help lower inflammation, strengthen my bones, and take the extra weight off my joints then I am all in.
We have this one life to live. To bring Glory to God through it, and I don’t believe I make a good vessel if I am not honoring my body.
After the Whole30
A few years ago I stumbled upon a book called “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. When I first read it I was smitten. Right then and there I wanted to can all the things, bake all the bread, sprout every seed, and reinvent our lives. There was nothing inherently wrong with any of those wants except the timing was bad. I had little kids who needed more attention than I could give to this new way of life. So I shelved the book for another day.
Another day has come!
Instead of trying to do all the things. I am starting small, and thanks to the Whole30 I have been forced to get back into the kitchen and make real food.
So far this month I have successfully made two batches of mayonnaise (also two unsuccessful attempts). I have used two whole chickens this month for shredded chicken and broth. Just yesterday I made almond butter, which is the best tasting almond butter I have ever had, and I have a sourdough starter bubbling away on my counter for day 31.
I also joined an online cooking school for traditional cooking, “Traditional Cooking School, by GNOWFGLINS = God’s Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, In Season. They’re what we eat!”
My new normal has me in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, prepping, and cleaning. But the best part is being able to use this knowledge of traditional cooking to bless my family. It is not just me starting a new diet or workout routine that takes me away for them, but rather a lifestyle that is bringing them to me.
The Whole30 ends in 7 days, but I pray God will continue to bless the steps I am making towards a healthier lifestyle.
If any of what I said resonated with you and you would like help getting back on track send me a comment (which no one will see) and I’ll connect with you. Or you can find me on social media. Your current normal does not have to be the best, for the best is yet to come.