NFP & Napro: Lent & Whole30

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:33
Divine Mercy Hike in the Inland NW

For Lent, Isaiah and I followed Whole30 program, which the idea came from my last naprotechnology appointment with my napro doctor, when the words “surgery” reappeared, and after a rather bleak ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine) appointment. The idea of an elimination diet or anti-inflammatory diet became a priority. Thankfully, I also had the support of the man I’m courting in this endeavor.

After my exploratory surgery almost three years ago, my napro advised me to avoid dairy, gluten, and sugar which I already did- mostly. Between my chronic migraines and renal metabolic acidosis, I operate in a perpetual state of nausea. Specialized diets always pose risks. But as a woman who rarely does anything by halves, I chose Whole30 partly because of how strict it is, and also for the straightforward nature of the protocol.

I’m not advocating that Whole30 is the best protocol for you. Each person’s health, wellness, and nutritional needs are different. But here are some lessons I learned on Whole30:

  1. Didn’t help my migraines but did lessen the severity of my PMDD symptoms except the cyclic mastalgia.
  2. My abdominal bloating and pain decreased.
  3. By the end, I felt more satiated when eating less because of consuming whole foods with no or minimal additives.
  4. After no sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners, products taste super sweet in comparison to before.
  5. I have a greater appreciation for the food and drink I consume.
  6. The program challenged me to be more deliberate. Make choices. Be creative. And take Responsibility.
  7. I am looking forward to adding food back in phases and discovering a healthier way of eating for my health and wellness needs.

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