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If it ain't broke...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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!

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  • RENATA144
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    1379 days ago
    I have a lot of gastric issues and so have thought about doing Whole30 - just haven't decided whether or not I am ready to fully commit. Let us know what you think if you do it.
    1380 days ago
    Do I get to borrow the book when you are done reading it?
    1380 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Great info here but I don't cut out everything in one food group....except sugar and sweeteners (I only get the hidden sugars in things and not sweet things) and it has been excellent for me....but other things and I believe my brain would go into rebellion.

    Can't wait to see where you go with this one. Each of us is so different...thanks for all your blogs!
    1381 days ago
    I agree with your "if it ain't broke"... What you're doing now seems to be working for you. No harm in assessing this information for possible use in the future, if you'd want or need to mix it up a bit.
    1381 days ago
  • DALID414
    I can't cut out whole food groups either. I know the Whole30 program isn't for moi
    1381 days ago
    I have been "stuck" so I started Whole30. I have just finished 7 days. As far as I know I don't have any inflammation issues, but I DO suffer huge cravings and feelings of always being hungry.

    I'm not sure I believe all the claims either, but I am gobsmacked that I was able to give up dairy, alcohol, sugar, grains, and legumes for 7 days without any issues. I haven't "cheated" even once! emoticon
    1381 days ago
    Great blog. I am an IBS suffer and do a gluten free 90% vegetarian diet, along with juicing on a daily basis. MY dietary needs are meet and have been able to have my IBS under control for over 2 years. I believe in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I am happy where I am and not willing to change. I really like whole fresh vegs and would not give them up for a "diet".

    1381 days ago
    So true! What works for one may not work for another. I have a friend who swears that eating more red meat, like steak, works better for her and to cut out chicken. I happen to like chicken, especially the white meat, better than steak. I like what I do but she keeps trying to convert me. Says she has done a lot of research on the topic. But what works for me is what I'm going to do at this time and I am not interested in getting more red meat in. I do eat it sometimes but my favorite is ground beef. Since I can eat a lot of it just about any way I can fix it, I avoid it because it is one of those trigger foods for me. Whatever you decide, it has to be the one that is best for you, your body, and what you do.
    1381 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Wisely stated. I particularly agree with this statement: I do believe it is important to find a program that works FOR YOU.
    1381 days ago
    I have been attracted, as you may remember, to programs like Whole30 or some of the other "cavemen" type plans but they failed my current rule: don't do anything on diet you would not be willing to sustain for life. Plus, in the don't fix it camp, my program is going so well, I'm so happy and relieved not to be torturing myself with food (either what I'm eating or what I'm not eating),that I will be putting this one in my back pocket for another day -- perhaps when I need some new motivation or something. Thanks for posting, Barb!
    1381 days ago
    Great Blog!! A real "bell" ringer!! and a great "presentation" to what lies ahead.

    Having suffered many,many years and been told everything from "you inherited this, you were born with it due to infection from your mother and yada,yada,yada.
    Take this and you'll feel better. Years on something called Lomotil and all that did was numb your digestive tract.
    The condition never ended,that is untill my joining and started to exercise and learn about HEALTHY eating. Now, for the most part, I can eat without worry.
    The right foods can not only be tummy tamers but they can also change how we feel inside about ourselves(better know as self-esteem).
    This is why I'm eagar now to read this book.
    Thanks Barb. Will keep you posted!!

    1381 days ago
    For me, if something makes sense, I'll try it. If it needs to be tweaked to work, I'll tweak. The problem with these diets is there ISN'T one that is "one-size-fits-all" and will meet ALL your needs (or ANYONE'S). To the point, if it works, GREAT. If it doesn't and you tweak and it still doesn't, time to move on. Just my opinion.

    HUGS and BTW I hope your sis is feeling better.
    1381 days ago
    I was just reading about Whole30 in another blog and was curious. I think it said no beans and I think of beans as so filling, healthy and helpful. I eat them every day. Giving up the sweetener in my tea and coffee -- well, I've done it before and it isn't easy and the minute I'm not focused on doing without it, I slip back into it. Can't tell any difference in the way I feel.

    I have 2 relatives who swear by the McDougall vegan food plan and I'm curious about that one, too. But I am reluctant to mess with success and to jeopardize training with changes. Hmmm. Looking forward to finding out whether you decide to experiment or not!!
    1381 days ago
    There's a reason that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is such a popular saying! I'm personally trying to cut out as much sugar-related items as I can from my diet, except I allow myself stevia and xylitol. I only chew Spry gum now. Its main ingredient is xylitol and it's all natural. You should look into it.
    1381 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I read other eating plans as well, looking for new ideas to tweak my eating. I use Paleo recipes but don't follow the whole plan. I think it is good to explore other ways of eating for health. However, like you said, if what you are doing is working for you, do you need to change and add another project to your life? Good luck with your reading! I hope the book helps your sister.
    1381 days ago
    I have read about it and followed BOBCATGIRL76 but still think it would only work if I was by myself. DH would have none of that. Keep researching before you commit to one more thing.
    1381 days ago
    I' ve found a mediterranean style diet suits me best; loads of fruit, veg, fish, wholewheat pasta or breads.
    but I balance that with the occasional treat and just once a week join DH in a Sunday Roast.
    DH was sent a diet book based on blood groups! Nonsense! All of it! Utter nonsense..........and dangerous too boot.

    Be interested in what you make of this book Barb.
    1381 days ago
    What works for one person may not work for another. Fortunately, you aren't dealing with Crohn's, so the stakes are very different.
    1381 days ago
    Interesting - I love how reading new material helps me tweak my diet - freezing freggies whole (and using them in liquid form) has not only saved time, but hopefully added nutrients!
    1381 days ago
    Might have to check it out
    1381 days ago
    "Experiment of one", right? And your experiment is going well at the moment. When you experience one of those (we know it) inevitable slumps which are a part of maintaining, then you might pull this out and try it?

    Love sugarless gum: Dentyne cinnamon being my gum of choice for all the reasons you mention. Works for me too.
    1381 days ago
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