Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days: Day 7

This is the overwhelming sentiment I have this morning. I miss coffee. I don't miss the caffeine, I don't really notice a difference with or without it. But I do miss the morning ritual of the hot, creamy goodness. But I'm living without it. (Again, coffee is part of Whole30, but I'm choosing to not drink it for other reasons). November 1 can't come fast enough!

So, week 2 of Whole 30 is going to look a little different for me. As I've said before, my main goal in this is health and healing my gut. My stomach has still not been great this last week. I have noticed it being especially sensitive to fruit and even processed nuts. Which further confirms my suspicions that I have some sort of bacterial overgrowth going on.

I have decided to meld Whole 30 with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). This diet helps starve the bacteria and hopefully get them to die off. So the next few days I'll only be eating chicken soup, pureed carrots, some ground beef and eggs. Then slowly adding other foods as my body tolerates according to their plan. The non-Whole 30 part of these next few days is some gelatin made with grape juice. It's pretty watered down--but it's part of the SCD Intro diet  and since I've read so many people benefiting from this plan, I want to follow it. My goal has not been perfection, but using Whole 30 as a catalyst to help me feel better.

All I did was sign-up to receive the free guides offered on the SCD website (linked above). It's enough info to get started and move along the phases. I'm familiar enough with cooking these kinds of foods I don't really need extra recipes, just the nuts and bolts.

Last night I did enjoy an anniversary dinner and dessert with my husband, along with a stomach ache. But it was worth celebrating with him!

I'm off to stir my boiling carrots and check my meatballs (just meat, nothing else) in the oven.

Happy Whole 30!