Whole30-A-Z

Wednesday evening we’ll be doing a presentation on the Whole30 Challenge we’re doing at 7:30pm.  Attendance isn’t mandatory but if you’re doing the challenge but it is recommended.  You can sign up all week long, the challenge starts on Monday the 23rd.  Bring a lawn chair and a notebook and get ready to learn.    Why do we want you to do the Whole30 so fervently?  Because it can change your life.  Here’s the “A’s from the Whole30 site’s A-Z testimonials.  Find the rest here.

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Acid Reflux

“I have been dealing with acid reflux since 2008. Since doing the Whole 30 I have had no reflux at all and can eat all the foods that would give me reflux before with no problems at all – even green peppers, tomato, raw carrots and raw broccoli.” Amy Honeycutt, Dobson, NC

“I started the Whole30 at 218lbs, 37 inch waist, and no energy.  I also started the with over 8 years of acid reflux medication under my belt.  I was up to 40-60mg of Prilosec/Omeprazole to rid myself of heartburn symptoms.  I could not (prior to the Whole30) skip one dose of my medication without experiencing severe heartburn.   Also prior to the program, I was also experiencing recurrent joint pain, specifically in my hands and hips.  After just 30 days, I now weigh 199lbs, my waist is at 34 inches, I have not taken a single dose of my medication for the entire program, and I have absolutely no hand or hip pain.  And the interesting part – I did not exercise.  I lost 19lbs, 3 inches off my waist and didn’t exercise a bit. –Jeremy M, Eagle River, AK

“Right after I graduated from high school in 2010, my ENT diagnosed me with acid reflux. It came in an unusual form: instead of intense heartburn, it was causing me to have chronic walking pneumonia. (I realize this needs explaining. In my ENT’s words, the acid in my throat was keeping the pH balance at a ‘happy’ level for infection. Therefore, no matter how many times I took antibiotics, the sickness kept coming back because of the pH balance in my throat.) I took daily high dosages of prilosec/nexium from 2010-2012 and stayed walking-pneumonia-free (when I had been getting it over and over again from 2008-2010). The few times I tried to stop medication, I immediately contracted walking pneumonia again. However, after reading Whole30 testimonials, I broke my medication the same time I began my first Whole30 in August of 2012. I haven’t taken a pill and haven’t been sick since.” -Rosemary J., Birmingham, AL

Acne

Read Judy’s story here:  http://whole9life.com/2011/03/whole30-acne-judys-story/

See Sabrina’s photo documentary here:  http://sabrinabeans.blogspot.com/2011/05/whole30-summary-in-pictures.html

“After taking  medicine for years to combat adult acne – which was bad enough that my wife went to the Mayo Clinic seeking relief – both of us are off all our medication, and our skin has never looked better.” Brian C., Burnsville, MN

“Finished my first Whole30 yesterday, and I feel great. I lost 7 pounds, and my skin looks fantastic. I’ve had acne since the 5th grade, and my face hasn’t been this clear since then. I just cannot express how incredibly happy I am for doing this. Many people that I’ve talked to about this keep calling it a diet, but the Whole30 is so totally not a diet. I know this sounds lame, even after so many other people have expressed similar sentiments, but it is life changing. These 30 days have been life altering and awesome.”  -Hilary L., Platteville, WI

Allergies (Food)

“I have more allergies to more things than anyone I have ever met. In addition to pretty much every pollen out there, corn, soy, and wheat, I have oral allergies to pretty much all raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. When I eat them, my mouth/head/throat gets itchy. If I continued to eat them, hello anaphylactic shock!  (During the Whole30), my selection of safe raw fruits and veggies expanded exponentially. I went from pretty much lettuce being the only safe thing, to being able eat apples, oranges, all manner of berries, carrots, peppers, hazelnuts, spinach, cabbage, and so on. After not being able to have them for years and years, I am downright rabid with excitement.” Kim C., Helena, MT

Allergies (Seasonal)

“My wife and I have had terrible seasonal allergies for several years.  Now, our allergies have all disappeared.  We are off all allergy meds – which we used to take like candy.  As for our 4 year old daughter, we are two weeks into her Whole30, and I am amazed to report that her allergy symptoms are virtually gone.  No sneezing. No runny nose.  After taking both a pill and nose spray for much of her 4 years of life, her allergy symptoms are better now than they have ever been.” Brian C., Burnsville, MN

“(Since my Whole30), my environmental allergies have improved. Previously I was taking a Benadryl every morning after my workout and before work, and another at night – just so I could function. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had a Benadryl! Talk about changing someone’s life – I can be outside and enjoy it. It’s truly awesome!” -eeevans3, via the Whole30 forum

Just left the allergy doctor. Was released off of 3 of 5 of my asthma/allergy meds. Thanks to Whole9 Life for decreasing my medical bill. Symptoms have greatly improved since following your plan.” -Nicole S., Avon IN

Anemia

“I just finished the Whole30!  My purpose for doing it started with the discovery that I have severe anemia.  My HGB levels were 8.3 gm/dl (normal range is 12-16).  In just 30 days on your program, I am up to 11.8!  I can only imagine what the next few months will bring.  Virginia C., Orange County, CA

Anxiety

“I’ve always had a problem with anxiety. You know: the chest-tightening, stomach-clenching, always-worrying kind of anxiety. I thought it was a spiritual and emotional problem. But it turns out that a big part of it was actually physiological. Thanks to the Whole30 I sleep better. I freak out about things less. And I’m just happier. Sure, I still combat anxiety. But the panic button in my chest has gone mostly dormant.” Brooke L, Long Island NY (Read Brooke’s full post on her Whole30 here.)

Arthritis

“I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since childhood. As a waitress, I used to get to the end of the day and my feet, knees, and hips would hurt so much. My joints were always swollen and stiff, and I’ve tried numerous medications that failed to provide relief. After my Whole30, I was completely pain-free for the first time since diagnosis. My joint stiffness and swelling were gone, I was able to go off my medication and I no longer hurt after a long day on my feet. And I’ve been able to maintain my pain-free status, as long as I stay compliant with the Whole9 way of eating.” Amber H., Kelowna, BC

“I have suffered with osteoarthritis of my knees and hips for several years due to being an overweight runner, CrossFitter and plyo jumper.  During the last 6 months I have moved to only working out with kettlebells and practicing Bikram yoga to reduce impact on joints. I started my Whole30 on April 25th. I have seen a 75% improvement in pain and inflammation in my knee in just the last month.  I have not had to take any anti-inflammatories during this time.  I think I may be able to cure myself with this way of eating!” Shellene M., Mobile, Alabama

“I am 58 and the grandmother of 8. I have arthritis in both knees, no cartilage in my left knee, and was told I needed a replacement.  I also have been diagnosed with lupus. I was at a point where I thought I would have to go to a walker soon, the pain was so bad. I had to force myself to get out of bed each day. I did a Whole 30 about four months ago, and on the 20th day…KAPOW!  I got out of bed and did not need a cane to walk with, and I had ENERGY!!!  It was amazing. Since the Whole30, I have not used any pain medication and have not been using my cane.  I have even started hiking again!” –Linda D., Fullerton, CA

“I did my first Whole30 last fall mainly to try to relieve some pretty severe joint pain.  It took 3 weeks for the pain to go away but it did!  I was so relieved to find a nutritional solution rather than head to the rheumatologist.  After going ‘off-track’ through the holidays my pain started to return.  I knew I needed to get back on track as I am preparing to play in a tennis league this spring and I need to be able to hold my racquet.  This time, after starting over, my pain was gone in just one week.  It has been great to identify what my main triggers for pain (bread, sugar) are, and to learn that I can survive—and thrive—by fueling my body with whole foods that actually cost less overall and make me feel great!” Cris A, Loveland, CO

Asthma

“I have been a lifelong acute asthmatic.  Hundreds of ER visits, hospitalizations and so forth. It was around week 2 (of my Whole30) when my miracle happened.  I went out for a warm up 400M run – something I dread every day, and something I have never been able to do.  But it was during this run where there was suddenly a feeling like I had legs (and lungs) of a gazelle.  I had never felt this in a 33 years.  So much so that I voluntarily went on another run…and another.  In the time that I began the Whole 30 (on October 4th) to the current date (December 15th), I have been un-medicated for the first time in my life.  I would normally have to take 4-5 control medications, and my inhaler multiple times a day.  It is something miraculous to feel life as you have never known it.” Andrea B., Minneapolis, MN

Autism

See Nicole’s story here: http://whole9life.com/2012/02/the-whole30-and-pdd/

17/Sept/2013 Tuesday WOD

Strict Press:  Build to 1Rm Max then:

“Helen”

3 Rounds for Time

Run 400m

21 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1)

12 Pullups

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