Back in February, Robbie and I did the Whole30. I had several motivations for doing this, but one of the biggest motivators for me was my nagging and never-ending allergies. I had gone gluten-free at the advice of a naturopath in 2014 for about 6 months. I had spent years with uncontrollable allergies that seemed like they were here to stay. I tried different medicines. I went to the Dr. Nothing was working, and the final thing my Dr recommended were steroids. The thought of that did not appeal to me, and neither did the price tag of said steroids.
I saw an ad for a discount on your first trip to the naturopath, so I thought, “Hey! Why not?!” I knew it wouldn’t harm me, and at that point, I was ready to try anything. I was really impressed with the naturopath and all he had to say. As he asked various questions, he seemed to have a lot of insight into where I was at. He recommended drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning, several vitamins and to begin a gluten-free diet. He wanted me to continue coming back every 2 weeks, or at the very least monthly, but sadly my discount only applied to that first visit. Unfortunately, regular visits and the particular vitamins he was recommending weren’t in the budget. I did try the lemon water and started to go gluten-free. I found it easier than I had expected, and I noticed a drastic difference in my allergies over the course of those 6 months.
It only lasted the 6 months, though, because I got pregnant. I got nauseous. No food sounded good at all with the exception of toast and Sprite. I gave in, ditched the gluten free diet and ate alllllll the toast. No surprise…allergies reappeared.
I knew I wanted to look into this all after Eleanor was born, but in the first 6 months postpartum, I didn’t have it in me to think about much more than Eleanor. I went on holidays with family, continued eating whatever, and I was feeling it. I had planned that once we returned to Australia, I needed to buckle down and make some decisions.
I decided to continue working out at the gym with a goal of 3x each week. I decided to really focus on sleep training with Eleanor. I decided to begin the food journey with the Whole30.
After the 30 days finished, I felt great. I had planned to slowly reintroduce foods to determine what was the major foods affecting my allergies, but my Dad visiting, excitement to have things again and pure laziness trumped those plans. Over the past month and a half, I have slowly gone back to my old ways. For the last week, I have really noticed how bad my allergies have gotten again, and I wanted to make a decision.
More than that, though, I was noticing that my old habit of needing dessert every night had crept back in. I have nothing against dessert – in fact, I am a LOVER of dessert. I have such a sweet tooth. I have always wanted to figure out how to do sweets well, though. It has NOT been a strong suit for me.
Last week, I read this blog post over at Peanut Butter Fingers, a blog I have been reading for years now, and it was like a lightbulb turned on in my mind. I have always felt bad that I couldn’t seem to master this whole “moderation” thing. I felt bad that I often found myself with an “all-or-nothing” attitude. This post put those thoughts away and helped me to see that this is simply my personality, and more importantly, it’s ok. As long as I am aware and make decisions appropriately, I will be happier. (I definitely have it on my to-do list to listen to this full podcast!)
All of that to say, I have made a decision. Well I have actually made a few decisions.
- I will continue a completely gluten-free diet because I know that it has helped me in the past.
- I will not continue to eat dairy-free, but if gluten-free doesn’t seem to completely resolve my allergies again, I will slowly eliminate dairy to determine which dairy products are the worst for me.
- I will have one dessert day per month and use pre-made “coupon” cards to keep myself accountable. (The one exception being my 30th birthday – that deserves a WHOLE WEEK I think?!)
I am really excited because I feel like I have clarity, and I know that some of these choices do help me in big ways. I am looking forward to my allergies hopefully subsiding again, and I am also looking forward to eliminating a bit of sugar and tempering my sweets habit.