Whole30 to include antibiotics as food group

Whole30

I’m doing this. Starting next Monday. And now I’m going to blog about it in five paragraph essay format. First, I’ll go over what it is. Then I’ll explain why I’m doing it. Then I’ll wrap up with my feelings of excitement and fear.

The Whole30 program is a,  “…short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” Their words. They suggest emphasizing the foods you can eat when describing the program to others: protein, lots of veggies, some fruit and plenty of good fats.

I will also tell you, because you know I’m all about full disclosure, what you can’t eat: added sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, grains, legumes (which includes peanuts) and some other additives found  in processed foods. You’re also told not to recreate foods you may have an unhealthy relationship with (for example: a friend of mine has a thing with chocolate cake) using approved ingredients. This is because the program aims to change your eating habits, and I respect that.

So why am I doing this? There was a time when I would have looked at that list and judged it as way too extreme, at best unnecessary and potentially unhealthy. But right now my gut is, in clinical terms, all fucked up. The tummy troubles I mentioned here and here are from clostridium difficile colitis. Street name: c diff. I’ll let you do your own Googling if you’re interested. I’m working on a 28 day course of antibiotics that will lead straight to more antibiotics of an unknown duration. But… Put on your party hats folks! …at a reduced dose! Hip hip hooray!

So I’ve been doing some reading. And the more reading I do the more I’m beginning to believe things like, “Maybe gluten-free isn’t just trendy…” So I’m going to give this a go and hope that it helps. That I won’t have to take antibiotics for the rest of my life.* I’m at least convinced it won’t make things worse.

After the 30 days you’re to methodically reintroduce food groups into your diet and come up with a sustainable plan based on your own food sensitivities or lack thereof. This doesn’t seem extreme at all. It actually seems really reasonable and like a sound, data-based approach to healthy eating.

In addition to getting my shit straight, I’m also curious to see if/how it will affect some other stuff:

  • Food cravings (especially sugar)
  • Emotional eating
  • Overall mood
  • Anxiety
  • Energy
  • Athletic performance
  • Headaches
  • Skin ailments like eczema
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Ollie (from the breastfeeding)

Of course I also hope to lose some weight. That said, the Whole30 program clearly states that its about health, not weight loss, and I’m going to embrace that. Really, my primary goal is to regain my health. I can build exercise on top of health. If I also continue to eat my own, personal healthy, I will eventually reach the optimal weight for my body.

So I’m really going to focus on being kind to myself during these 30 days. This is a time to thank my body for all it’s hard work. Growing babies. Feeding babies. All the miles and miles of running. Fighting off sickness after sucky sickness. This is a time to be gentle with my body, feed it good food, let it rest and let it heal.

That brings me to my third paragraph. Right now I feel really excited about this. I’m optimistic that it will help and like I can totally do it. I’ve cut out or back on a lot of the off-limits food already so going all the way doesn’t sound that hard.

Yet I know it will be. Because it’s still a significant change to my diet. Because I still feel like I deserve a piece of chocolate cake and a glass of wine after the kids go to bed. Because eating still feels like a cure for boredom and stress. And because I can’t quite picture myself finding the time to cook. Like, at all. That’s what I fear most: chopping.

*No, that’s not an actual possibility. I’m exaggerating.

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21 thoughts on “Whole30 to include antibiotics as food group

    • Hi there, thanks for stopping by! The antibiotics I’m taking are to kill a specific bacteria (c diff) in my intestines. Reoccurrence is common with c diff and can be hard to kill with antibiotics. I’ve read about new treatments that are basically like a poop transplant from someone healthy. Sounds gross but the idea is to repopulate the intestines with “good” bacteria that then keep the c diff in check. And success rates are high with this approach. Anyway, that makes me think that I have to be able to improve the bacteria balance in my intestines with diet. It sounds like people have seen improvement in a large variety of health issues through Whole30. Of course that’s all anecdotal… You could always give it a try and see if you see any improvement. That sucks that you’ve had to go on antibiotics so much!

      • Ahhh got it. I’ve had all sorts of issues… recurrent sinus infections and strep throat, staph and MRSA… my immune system has never been in tip top shape. I have noticed that when I’m eating better (especially when I decrease my sugar intake), I get sick less, so maybe whole 30 would be a solution! Thank you for taking the time to explain all that to me 😀

        • No problem! I obviously haven’t even started the program so I don’t really know, but one of the goals of the program is to improve your immune system. They explain some of the science stuff in the book and it sounds at least plausible to me. Let me know if you decide to try it! What a bummer that you’ve had to deal with all that! If it’s not one thing it’s another, huh?

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the c diff (of course I googled it.) sounds super fun. 😦 I had some tummy/bowel issues after having kids and for a while I just really resented pregnancy and child birth. Then I finally realized that instead of just wallowing in my own pity I needed to take care of myself. I started eating better, taking daily vitamins, probiotics and herbal digestive enzymes from vitamin cottage. And I have felt SO much better! I’m happy for you to be taking care of yourself! Keep us posted on how the diet is working and making you feel.

    • Well that sucks! Sorry you had to go through that! But glad you were able to get a handle on it. I’m going to try and blog about how it goes. You know, between chopping veggies.

  2. After a trip to the ER, a scope, biopsies, Dr visits and no conclusive diagnosis I tried the Whole 30 out of desperation. I figured there was no way I could feel worse and at the least I would be eating healthier food. It changed my life! I have not had any tummy trouble since I did it (8 months ago) and I follow pretty closely to the Whole 30/paleo diet now with the exceptional treat. I have only been sick twice and it was when I had big cheat days. I truly believe it will help you. As I have three little ones too, my trick to cooking is to double every supper so it will be our lunch the next day. The first week is the hardest and then it gets better 😊. You can do it!!!

    • Oh my gosh that’s so much!! Glad this helped! (And that’s what I like to hear 😀) I’m planning on doing the same thing with dinner/leftover lunch. I can’t be cooking 3 meals a day! Ha!

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