WHOLE30

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Wow, I have been a slack little blogger haven’t I! To be honest, I have wanted to rework my next post in the “Design My Life” series and have let life get in the way of doing this. So, until I get around to sitting down and re-writing this post, I thought I would have a quick chat about my current buzz. The Whole30 diet. Read more about this here.

Whenever I am in periods of transition, like I have been lately, all my healthy habits go out the window. This has definitely happened since my move back to Auckland. In between moving into new flats, new jobs and so much socialising my head is spinning, good food is a bit of an after-thought. I have taken it upon myself to try every burger joint in my area and I have a weakness for a good antipasto platter, with buttery bread. Add to that….all. Of. The. Drinking.

Red wine, white wine, Prosseco happy hours, gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, whiskey, tequila. Nobody can accuse me of discriminating…

I have always had a sensitive tummy which results in lots of discomfort after consuming certain foods or types of alcohol. In my late 20s I realised this will just be something I live with for the rest of my life. I think it is hereditary – at a wedding in Sydney my mum passed out after mixing bubbly with oily, rich food.

It’s completely manageable with a diet that isn’t inflammatory. When I am being good, I have a rule. I eat really well at home, but when I’m out, or at a friend’s place, I eat what I want. This has always worked really well for me. And the bonus is, the foods that aren’t inflammatory tend to be really good for you.

When I got quite sick a couple of years ago, I had to go on an elimination diet to mend my stomach lining. I was completely sugar-free, including fruit, for two weeks before introducing fruit back in again. I was gluten free, red meat free and had just 250 mls of dairy per day. I couldn’t have alcohol or coffee. It was a lot of work, but I got pretty smart about it. I made my own tomato sauce by cooking the tomatoes for 2 hours to bring out their natural sweetness, avoiding the need for sugar. I ate a lot of grilled fish and veges with amazing dressings. I won’t say it was easy. My emotional connections to foods and drinks like coffee, were strong. There were a few teary phone calls to Mum.

“I just want a f**king chocolate cake and a bottle of chardonnay!”

The upshot? I was in the best shape of my life and my skin was clear and fresh. I looked three years younger. I had strangers approach me at work and ask what skin products I used. I had to admit that all I used was Rosehip oil, so it must have been my diet.

Anyway, I usually live by the philosophy that I don’t eliminate any foods. I just know what I can only have a little of and what makes me feel really strong. However, after a period of letting everything slip, more drastic measures usually need to be taken. I have to dial back and start at zero. This means a good month of detox to bring me back to health.

Although I’m a little person, I know when I’ve let myself go. I have excess belly fat and my clothes just don’t fit quite as well. Add to that, I’m tired all the time. Getting out of bed in the morning causes all sorts of negative emotions.

I love how clever we can be when it comes to indulging our vices. Whilst walking the other day, a thought entered my head…

“You have got a little unfit and you know, you’re starting to develop a wine spare tire.”

I counteracted this with…

“Oh well, I will love myself as I am!”

Crafty. A good excuse devised by my ego to prevent me from having to make a change. Because in reality, feeling uncomfortable in my body means I am not myself at all.

I have done this detox before, so I know what I am up against. If you are thinking of doing something similar, be sure to consult your doctor first. If you have a condition such as osteoporosis, you can not go dairy free.

However, I will share the process with you over the next 30 days. You may pick up some tips that you can incorporate into your own life to become healthier.

Today is day one. So I started with a run in Herne Bay. After what felt like an eternity, I checked my watch. Seven minutes. Shit, 23 minutes to go! I then tried to make a smoothie with berries, coconut milk, pineapple, banana and mint….the Megamix wouldn’t work, so I had to hand blend it and it was lumpy.

So, things can only go up from here…

Much love XX

Photo: My own

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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