Yesterday was Day 30 of my 2nd Whole30; it went mostly well. As I mentioned before, I didn’t have many problems with cravings or struggling to follow the plan. I did break one rule of the plan on one night, as I will describe below, but that ended up getting its retaliation on me, so lesson learned. Also, when we traveled for vacation, we weren’t Whole30-nazis when it came to unavoidable soy or oils outside of our control, but we did as well as we could and made good choices on where to go eat and what to eat. We asked a lot of questions and made the best decisions we could with what to order. We also brought a lot of food and beverages with us that were Whole30 compliant. I’m sure the Whole30 purists will have a field day with this admission, but considering it’s “our” Whole30, it doesn’t matter if anyone else thinks we should have “started over” for lack of perfection. We were satisfied and that’s all that matters to me.
I didn’t weigh myself before starting, but I believe I lost ~10 pounds and definitely look and felt better (well, I felt great until the last week, as you will soon understand). It was great doing this with my husband and my friends! I’ll probably do another Whole30 or something close when I return from Africa at the end of September. That will give me a chance to let what I learned in “Wheat Belly” sink in and decide what changes I want to make.
So, Africa, my “cheat” evening, and my not feeling well… Unfortunately, I think they’re all related. I am going to Senegal, Africa in September and therefore had to receive several immunizations. I got three shots on Day 23 and started the four-pill typhoid series on Day 24. You take those “live virus” pills every other day for a week (I took the final pill yesterday). On Day 25, my husband and I were invited to a high-end wine tasting. We were able to try wines that were significantly outside of our price point (prices ranging to several hundred dollars a bottle). I wrestled with this decision, but ultimately decided that it was an extremely rare opportunity, and I would allow myself to have the wine, but would remain compliant otherwise.
I ended up getting sick…I mean really sick; the go to the hospital to get IV fluids and IV nausea medicine sick. In fact, I have never been that sick in my life, where I couldn’t even take a sip of water without puking my brains out. I think it was a combination of not drinking for a while, not eating much for dinner, and then those damn typhoid pills that turn out to have a knack for making you sick. It’s almost a week later (the last pill was yesterday, thank goodness) and I am still nauseated and get stomach cramps when I try taking nausea medicine to settle my stomach. It’s been terrible to say the least! I guess I could say that my body didn’t want that wine or whatever was in my shots or those damn typhoid pills (either the live viruses or the excipient ingredients). I am thankful that I am done with the immunizations and hopefully am on the mend.
This may not have been a perfect Whole30, but it was a good Whole30. I am not going to allow my mistakes or situations outside of my control (like the vaccines, all of which have weird ingredients now that I look them up. It turns out there are plenty of sugars, I guess I failed on the Whole30 from that too) allow me to feel worse than I already have and do physically. In life, there are always consequences of our decisions and what I’ve felt over the past six days is plenty consequence for me. But, at the same time, I feel like what I have learned and how I have grown makes up for those consequences. I don’t expect perfection in life or especially in my Whole30, but I do expect to grow stronger and smarter in all of my endeavors and that I have accomplished. This was a successful Whole30 from the perspective of my waistline, my fitness, and my overall health and wellness.
If you are interested, these are the inactive ingredients in the immunizations I received last week and some links from the page I copy/pasted them from (growth medium and process ingredients; vaccine ingredients):
Oral Typhoid-yeast extract, casein, dextrose, and galactose, sucrose, ascorbic acid, amino acids, lactose, magnesium stearate; sucrose, ascorbic acid, amino acid mixture, lactose, magnesium stearate
Yellow Fever-living avian leukosis virus-free (ALV-free) chicken embryos; sorbitol, gelatin, sterile diluent (sodium chloride)
Meningitis-Mueller Hinton agar, Watson Scherp media (containing casamino acid), formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, modified culture medium (containing hydrolyzed casein); formaldehyde, sodium phosphate buffered isotonic sodium chloride solution