It is indeed Time to Change.
I am hitting the restart button on my health…and hopefully on my life.
After five years of having celiac disease, things have kinda been sucking lately.
I keep waiting and waiting to feel better…to feel normal. And it just ain’t happening.
Going gluten-free is simply not enough at this point.
My body has been screaming that to me for some time, but I’ve been too ignorant to listen.
The last thing I feel like doing is giving up one food at a time. Too time-consuming and eating is a pain in the ass enough as it is.
So I am giving up everything for the next 30 days.
Well…maybe not everything (it just feels that way.)
I got the idea from my good friend Alysa over at InspiredRD.
She’s been in the same boat as me health-wise and mentioned that she was going on the Whole30 Program in September.
I needed something drastic and this was it!
(Ironically, it seems that many other celiacs, like Sassy, are also taking on this September challenge as well. Lovin’ it.)
What is the Whole30 Program you say? Basically, for 30 days you eat nothing but “real food” to give your body the chance to heal.
What can I eat? Meat, fish, veggies and fruit.
More importantly, what can’t I eat?
Let’s start with the two biggies: coffee and alcohol.
Let me just say this: I like both of these things very, very much.
(Actually, the program does allow coffee, but since it may possibly be a trigger, I’m giving it up too. As I write this blog, I’m enjoying a hot water with lemon instead of my coffee. And when I say I’m enjoying it, what I really mean is that I hate it.)
What else is forbidden? Grains, dairy, added sugar, legumes and white potatoes. Oh…and of course gluten.
Mrs. Dude and I went food shopping for my journey last night. Holy crap…it’s expensive to eat healthy!
Not only am I changing my diet for the next 30 days, but I’m also changing my routine.
Old routine: 5:30 wake-up. Hit snooze repeatedly. Drag my ass to the kitchen to make coffee. An hour on my iPad reading the NY Times, doing the crossword, wasting time. At my desk at 7:30.
New routine: 6:00 wake-up. No snooze. Grab an apple. Head to the gym. Come home, shower and go right to work. Save the iPad until night time.
30 days from now, I am hoping to be revived.
Mrs. Dude said recently that I am not the man she married.
I’m getting him back!
So today is officially the first day of the rest of my……month.
Change is good. Life is good.