Reintroduction: Day 2
This has been an unbelievable journey, and it's not over yet! I successfully completed Whole30.  How do I measure success?  I did not eat ANY of the things I was supposed to avoid.  I literally had no grains, no legumes, no dairy and no added sugar for the 30 days.  That's the bottom line.  I'd like to say my will power kept me at bay, but I really believe that by cutting a lot of those things out, I also did not crave them that much, or even at all. What was I supposed to do that I didn't?  Well, I probably could have increased my vegetable intake.  I did well increasing my protein intake. Bottom line?  By the end of 30 days, I could say, I feel good.  I have energy.  I have no aches and pains. Which brings us to Reintroduction, which started yesterday.  I was excited to start this phase because I was really curious to know what foods was causing which reactions in my body.  I'm sure there are people who would say, well, you did your 30 days so why go another 10 for reintroduction?  I'll tell you why.  The whole point was to discover what is good and what is bad for my body.  Might not be bad for yours, but is for mine. So I followed the suggested 10 day reintroduction.  I started with legumes.  I had carrot chips and Cedars Original Hummus for lunch.  And about a half an hour later, I discovered that I was asleep at my desk.  So I googled to see if legumes can make you sleepy.  And several sites said yes, that some legumes (specifically, chick peas, mung beans, soy beans, kidney beans and lima beans) have the same effects that turkey does on Thanksgiving (or any other day you might eat a roast turkey!).  Ok, so no hummus until just before bedtime, hahaha. Then later in the afternoon for snack, I had some PB on apple wedges.  This was not as delicious as I thought it would be, and I was a little disappointed because it certainly was something I was looking forward to.  Anyway, watching the recorded Dancing With the Stars Athletes, I started getting this unbearable pain in my belly.  If I moved certain ways, I could alleviate it for a short burst, but in general, it was like the worst gas pain ever.  Except that I think it was not gas pain.  And I think that because I did everything I could, physically, to alleviate said pain and nothing helped. I stopped with the legume reintroduction at that point. Now, to be fair, I did eat some store bought potato chips and some waffle fries from Chick Fil-A.  The Waffle fries were cooked in Canola oil, and the potato chips were from Trader Joes, and the ingredient list was Potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt.  So nothing particularly forbidden, just recommended to limit while on Whole30.  I was in Reintro, so I felt that the potato chips were an OK treat.  I think it's possible the pain itself was the waffle fries.  I had confirmed the oil they used, and I know they are made with 100% potatoes and sea salt. I went to bed.  I feel like the quality of my sleep would have been amazing, thanks to the legumes I had consumed, but this was not the case.  I kept waking up with pain in my belly.  It was like someone was twisting a knife in my gut.  I kept trying the bathroom, to no avail. I woke up this morning feeling infinitely better.  So I'm on 2 days of Whole30 until I reintroduce again, or wait and just do gluten-free grains next (which I think I will do). Here's to eating delicious food to make me feel better.

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