A few days ago in one of my blogs I mentioned that I had started to read a book.
This is the one that my niece recommended for her mom, a Crohn's survivor. Being a curious (and somewhat skeptical) auntie and sister, I decided to read it. I wanted to do a compare / contrast with some of the things that KALIGIRL had shared last year about anti-inflammatory diets. Because inflammation is at the root of my sister's recent health issues.
I also note that some prominent featured Sparkers (BOBCATGIRL76, for one) are believers in this Whole30 program, and have tried it out with success. I have yet to try it for myself. The more I read, the more the swings in my attitudes about it.
My inner rebel is saying "but what you're doing now has worked so well for you!" The inner curious scientific bent is saying, "a great deal of this makes sense, and what harm could an experiment of 30 days do?" The athlete in me is saying "not at the risk of my training!" The overwhelmed human inside is saying "do I really want to take another project on NOW?"
I'm not done reading yet. I have started once again to experiment with trying to reduce the artificial sweeteners (sugar free gum being the hardest for me to shed, as the gum serves more than one purpose... i.e. it helps clean my teeth after a meal or snack... but it also serves that "sweet" craving, so it fails the authors' "good food" rule #1).
I'm not one to believe in gimmicky diets. And I'm not one to believe in completely cutting out whole food groups (as this one recommends). HOWEVER, I am a believer in self-experimentation for purposes of finding out what works to promote one's health. I am VERY skeptical of anything that promises I won't have to track, or that my "natural" signals will drive my eating. As an emotional eater, I just can't quite buy that promise.
So... in short, the jury's still out. Or, more aptly, I haven't sent it to the jury yet. The case is still being presented. I do believe it is important to find a program that works FOR YOU.
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits share points along the journey. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support a long-term healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!