Life can be challenging in many different ways and each and every one of us is challenged on a daily basis in some shape or form. Some will take the easy way out and others will put the head down, bum up and power on through. Since I have been unwell I have taken the latter approach and I have fought this disease every step of the way. As previously mentioned, my arthritis medications aren't working as well as they should be, my body is resisting them, my arthritis deteriorating and remission has been slipping further from my grasp. I am frustrated and sick and tired of being sick and tired! To kick the arthritis to the curb I started my whole 30 challenge yesterday and here I am on day 2 still alive! Who would have thought it! No sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, white potato, alcohol or preservatives and I am surviving. Ok, I don't exactly feel a million bucks right about now. Yesterday there was a mild headache late in the day and today I have been struck down with persistent nausea. My brain is sending me messages that 1 small coke would fix the nausea. Yes Ladies and Gents, I am in the grips of sugar withdrawal.
I didn't enter this challenge with blinkers on. I always knew that I would feel worse before I felt better and that is why I took a few days to prepare. I wrote out a menu and then a shopping list. I removed, gave away or hid the no no foods. Shopping was the hardest part of it. There are contaminates in what feels like all of our foods. Finding an all natural curry powder was hard but finding a curry paste was even harder. In the end I gave up on the curry paste and opted to make one instead.
On day 1 of my whole 30 challenge I was at yet another hospital review. This time I got some good news mixed with the not so fabulous. All of my scans are clear of cancer and I don't have to go through any further imaging. This was the best news I have had this year. I can say with 100 % confidence that I am clear of cancer. Then came the blood results which remain abnormal and can't quite be explained at the moment. Next week I have further blood tests to try and figure out what is happening. I can deal with whatever they throw at me, it's not cancer after all! So I started my whole 30 with fantastic news and it has motivated me even more.
Have you done a whole 30? Would you do one? What holds you back?