It Starts With Food, Melissa Hartwig

January 1st is right around the corner and a food, health, and mental reset is necessary. Starting January 1st I will be doing the Whole30 (again)!

Back story: I have had stomach problems for around 3 years now. I have been to several doctors, on and off antacids, and never had great success with a solution. So I ditched the medication and I changed my eating habits (this happened around January, 2017). I cut out gluten, added sugar, and dairy primarily. After a few months of clean eating my stomach stated feeling significantly better but my eating habits started slipping (because I was “better” obviously) and I started noticing some stomach issues again. Cut to now…

In October I completed my first Whole30. I did not benefit from any mental changes, such as my habits surrounding food. I love dessert! Even when I am full and don’t need anything else to eat, I crave the sugar! I snack during the day… On anything, sugar, salty, savory food. I eat for so many more reasons than hunger. However, I did see a significant improvement in my stomach troubles.

So here I am, ready to take on my second Whole30. I will write updates on how I am doing and what I am eating. Here we go (again)!

– The Katie Clark

Day 40

Hello Reader,

Dubuque, Iowa

Day 40 and I have decided this is my last Whole30 post for the January Whole30!

I have learned a lot. I learned when and why I eat and what draws me to certain types of food. I am in no way an expert at avoiding food in those situations but I do acknowledge it.

I learned more about what foods sit well and what foods don’t. I am still learning quantities of certain foods (dairy, gluten, sugar).

I learned how much food it really does take in a day to keep me going. I learned that the 3 o’ clock snack isn’t always because I am hungry.

I have learned how many emotional or social ques I count on from food. I truly rely on food for comfort in emotional times and I rely on food in social settings to bring everyone together.

To say that I have learned it all and have mastered my Food Freedom would be a lie. But I have learned a lot and plan on continuing to learn as best as I can. Welcome to your Food Freedom January Whole30’ers!

– The Katie Clark