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9 Foods to Avoid During Ragweed Season

Ragweed season is here. If you find yourself dealing with some new food allergies it may be oral allergy syndrome. Learn how to stop the symptoms.

9 Foods to Avoid During Ragweed Season, Oral Allergy Syndrome, Natural Health

If you are experiencing allergies right now you are likely one of the 10-30% of Americans that suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis. And of the most common causes of hay fever during fall is ragweed.


Ragweed is very common in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has been showing a rise in the pollen counts lately.

Symptoms of hay fever include-

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Sinus and facial pain and pressure
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat

Treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, allergy shots, decongestants, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Another way you can help reduce your systems is by eliminating some foods that may be causing you to have Oral allergy syndrome.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in pollen and in raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. The immune system recognizes similar proteins found in these foods and causes an allergic reaction to it. Cooked forms of the foods don’t often cause the same issue. Ragweed is an allergen that suffers from oral allergy syndrome often have.

It’s estimated that up to a third of pollen allergy patients suffer from oral allergy syndrome. Most cases are mild but it can cause serious, even life-threatening reactions.

Common oral allergy syndrome triggers for ragweed suffers include-

  • Banana
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Echinacea
  • Chamomile
  • Artichoke
  • Hibiscus

If you eat these foods take note of any symptoms after.

The most common symptoms of OAS include-

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Tingling at the back of your throat
  • Itchy or swollen lips
  • Scratchiness on the roof of your mouth

If you notice any of these reactions be sure to let your doctor know and avoid the food. You can also avoid these foods as a precaution, as you may not be able to notice they are making your allergies worse.

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Safer Sun Protection

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 2011 that they are studying if spray-on sunscreens are safe when inhaled by children. A conclusion has not been reached yet.

However, Consumer Reports has come out warning parents against the sunscreens until the FDA reaches a conclusion.

“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” Consumer Reports says. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”


They went on to say adults can safely use the products but not to spray them on their face and to avoid inhaling it. However, they also said they are harder to use properly.

There is also growing evidence that many of the ingredients in conventional sunscreens, spray-on or not, are harmful. One of those ingredients is oxybenzone. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. One study has even linked it to endometriosis in older women.

Artificial fragrances, which contain phthalates and other harmful ingredients, are also found in most sunscreens. Along with many other possibly harmful ingredients like parabens, retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), homosalate, and octocrylene.

There are safe sunscreen options out there. Mineral based sunscreens with natural ingredients are your best bet when it comes to sun protection. Here are some of our favorites.

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These are just a few of the options out there. Be sure to look for sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone, parabens, retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), homosalate, octocrylene, and fragrance, use minerals as the active ingredients, and are not spray-on.

Natural sunscreens can be found at most locally owned natural food stores, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, and other stores where natural products are sold. As always we recommend you check locally owned stores first.

Greener Skin Care

Many women seem to hate their skin, right? Well, I am no exception. My skin is very oily and acne-prone, yet has some dry spots and always feels tight after a cleansing routine. I started to think about the products I used, read through the ingredients, learned what they were. I realized that maybe the reason my skin is so uneven is because of the harsh chemicals I was putting on my skin every day. I started to ask around for some natural ways to cleanse my face.

I know some people who oil cleanse their skin, and swear by it! For someone with oily skin, the word “oil” is a scary word. I wanted to try something a little tamer first, that was not pure oil. My co-worker introduced me to the brand One Love Organics. These products are made from simple, raw plant minerals and oils. No sulfates, no preservatives, no mineral oil, no synthetic fragrances….. the list goes on!

onelove


Right away I noticed a difference with my skin. My skin was soft and moisturized. Moisturized skin always frightened me, as it conjured images of “oily” which was the exact opposite of what I thought my skin needed to be. Little did I know that stripping all the natural oils from your skin with harsh chemicals actually makes you produce more oil. I have never seen my skin this healthy and glowing! Seems like a “duh” moment, I know, thinking that nature holds the best for your skin, as well as your body. I am conscious of eating healthy and organically, so why would I only care about what is going in my body and not ON it?

I am absolutely in love with One Love Organics – their philosophy, philanthropy, and natural ingredients are the embodiment of eco-friendly living. I definitely recommend trying to find beauty products that use pure, natural plant oils, no matter what brand! Not only are there superficial benefits (healthy, younger looking skin) but finding natural products that are environmentally friendly from their ingredients to their packaging, allows us to take another step in the direction of green living!

Do you use a natural face cleanser? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on our Facebook page.  

Disclaimer: We are not connected with One Love Organics, nor were we paid for this post. Christina is just a fan and user of these products.

Photo Credit: One Love Organics

My Whole30 – Confessions

I fell off the wagon day 21. I think partly due to lady business, but that’s not really a good excuse. I read through my food log today and realized that the long week/weekend of work I had with very little fuel probably had something to do with my complete breakdown. I made the decision to eat some cookies and get back on the wagon the next day. Fast forward.  A week of eating sugar and feeling TERRIBLE, and I’m back today.

Sugar makes me sick, literally sick to my stomach. I get nauseous and had awful headaches. I felt gross, gross, gross, but I kept eating it.  I obviously have some serious issues. I may be a sugar addict. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, the Whole30 is about so much more than just food. Yes, it starts with food, but it leads you on an incredible journey of self-discovery.

I have another confession. I’m a smoker. Yes, I know it’s as uncool and as un-green as can be. While I was doing my Whole 30 this month, I was still smoking but thinking of quitting. Over the past few weeks I’ve realized that it makes me sick! After I smoke I get nauseous and dizzy. I have to sit down and take deep breathes to not get ill. It’s been a huge deterrent. Besides, why am I eating all this good food and trying to heal my body if I’m still doing something so terrible for it? It makes NO sense.


I’m confident that I will tackle this fairly easily. I’m not a heavy smoker (1-5 cigarettes a day) and I’ve quit twice for two pregnancies.  The first time I quit for over 2 years before I started again. Why would I start again? No idea. I quit last year when I was pregnant with my daughter but started again almost immediately after. Basically, I’m a terrible person. Well, I was a terrible person, now I’m awesome because I quit.

As of today I am back on the Whole30 with absolutely no smoking, more sleep, and more food, including breakfast. I am confident that I can give this one an even better go. I am still working on the sleep thing, but I am getting more. I am doing so much better with breakfast. At the beginning of the week I made my own sausage patties and shredded several sweet potatoes. I also chopped up plenty of broccoli. I am in love with this breakfast! It’s so filling and gives me some amazing energy!

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What do you think of my journey so far? Have you tried a Whole30 and failed only to try again? Anyone have quitting smoking tips for me? I would love to hear about your experiences or if you have a word of encouragement for me.

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.

 

My Whole30: An Unexpected Ephiphany

Day 20 is here! I intended to write a half-way point post, but my schedule last week was ridiculous. Normally I would have sucked it up and written the post instead of sleeping, but I didn’t and I’m about to tell you why.

After taking care of my diet and doing well with that for about two weeks, I started realizing that something was still missing. I was feeling better, but still not to that fantastic point. As I told you in my last post, if something is amiss, it’s a good idea to evaluate your diet, your sleep, your exercise, your stress levels, etc. Immediately what came to mind was my sleep pattern, or more appropriately, my lack of a sleep pattern. I’ve always been a night owl but pregnancy and children have compounded my problem.

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I had a baby a little over a year ago and as anyone that has ever been pregnant already knows, sleeping isn’t fun when you’re 30+ pounds, achy pretty much everywhere, and have this wiggly human kicking your organs. Oh, did I mention that for a stomach sleeper it’s basically torture. You have to sleep on your side, with a pillow between your legs to support your hips, because your hip joints are loose, weird, and painful. Seriously, who does that! I won’t even get started on the leg cramps that keep you up all night, if you’re lucky enough to fall asleep. They say this lack of sleep is preparing you for the sleep you aren’t going to get when the baby gets here, which brings me through the next year, baby waking up all the time to eat and be annoying.

On top of being a night owl, pregnancy and baby complications, I also have a job as a bartender. I work from 4 p.m. to around 10 p.m. By the time I get home, eat a bite, clean up, and actually sit down to relax it’s usually well after midnight. A few hours of down-time, kids are sleep, house is clean and quiet. It’s MY time! I can read a book, work on my blog, watch TV, or aimlessly surf the internet. I frequently stay up as late as 3 a.m. or 4 am. The baby wakes up around 9 a.m., sometimes earlier. So you see my problem? I’m getting between four and six hours of sleep at night when for optimal health it’s recommended you get between seven and nine.

I’ve been working on getting to bed earlier. I’m usually getting there by 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. There are a couple of things I’ve had to tweak, I make something in the mornings in the crock pot so I have dinner ready when I get home from work. I eat almost the second I walk in the door. Instead of cleaning up at night, I do it in the mornings. Sometimes that means being okay with a messy house at night or dirty dishes in the sink.  I have been taking a hot bath a few nights a week. It is the most wonderful feeling in the entire world. I put away my phone, my computer, no TV. I light a few candles and for 30 minutes I read a book and let all the stresses of the day melt away. It has literally been a game changer. It makes me so sleepy, I can barely get dressed and in bed before I fall asleep. No joke, a hot bath works like a charm.

I’m still not getting as much as I would like but a week of prioritizing sleep and making an effort to get to sleep earlier has made me feel much, much better. The more I research, the more I understand just exactly HOW important the sleep factor is. Sleep loss increases levels of cortisol, your stress hormone. Which can suppress thyroid function and worsen or trigger hypothyroidism. Thyroid health is so important, it regulates your metabolism and controls how quickly the body uses energy and how sensitive the body is to other hormones. Cortisol also increases blood sugar, suppresses the immune system, decreases bone formation (think osteoporosis), and makes it harder for your body to burn fat. This is literally just the tip of the iceberg. Having your hormones in proper balance is key to making your body function efficiently and making you look and feel your best.

Are you getting enough sleep? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.

My Whole30- The Dreaded Sugar Dragon

Twelve days down! And since I last updated you my stomach issues have resolved themselves. By day nine they were non-existent. I had a big bowl of chicken soup with my coffee today when I woke up and I couldn’t feel any better. I found that with the addition of “breakfast” my body seemed to phase out my need for a middle meal, or “lunch”.  Basically I am still eating 2 meals and 1 snack, just at different times.

Listening to what your body says is something that I think we tend to take for granted. When you have aches/pains, you’re overweight, you’re getting sick often, or you are fatigued and have that constant “blah” feeling, these are signs from your body that something is not working right. It’s good to evaluate and change your diet, your activity level, sleep level, and how you’re managing stress, to tweak and make your body function properly. You’d be amazed how only eliminating something like sugar, in all it’s forms, real and artificial will make a significant impact on how you feel. That’s actually part of  the “whole” idea. Purging your body of sugar and other foods that mess with your hormonal balance and send false signals in the form of cravings. So with that said, I’m going to continue my effort to eat three whole meals, in order to get the full benefit of the Whole30 for 18 more days, and see where I stand.

I stocked up on food for the week. I bought a beautiful grass-fed sirloin, boneless chicken thighs, 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef, and italian sausages.  I still have two packs of chicken tenders. I’m going to make my own sausage with one of the pounds of ground beef. I looked for ground pork, but I was at Target and the one that was available had 20% solution. I didn’t recognize what was in it so I didn’t want to put it in my body. I also bought loads of veggies; broccoli, sweet potatoes, onions, romaine lettuce, green beans, butternut squash, carrots, celery, garlic, kale, and they were running a sale on green and red bell peppers, so I got two of each. I also bought some fruit; three bunches of bananas, several packages of blueberries, and red grapes.


I still have an extraordinary amount of frozen fruit for the smoothies I can’t have, as well as fresh apples, kiwi, oranges, and lemons. Rounding out my weekly shopping was almonds, walnuts, pistachios, fresh mint, organic extra virgin olive oil, and a variety of spices. The spice aisle has never been so exciting to me! I bought a few things I haven’t had before, including turmeric. It’s something that I’ve been reading a ton about and it’s health benefits are out of this world. It’s definitely something that I want to start incorporating into my diet.

From day seven to day eleven, I struggled with terrible sugar cravings. I was wanting something sweet, really badly. I had thoughts of eating baking chocolate from my pantry and frozen cookie dough out of the freezer. At one point I even thought to myself, “I could just cheat and then pretend I didn’t and continue on.”  I was horrified with myself for thinking that. I felt ashamed. I didn’t realize that the beast had a hold of me. According to Whole30’s day by day, days eight- fifteen,”this is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know.” I can’t tell you how true that is. Although, yesterday I seemed to be over it for the most part. There were bakery cupcakes at work and I was able to pass by them with not a bit of remorse. I still want it, it’s just not a giant fire-breathing dragon, I’m in the midst of slaying. 

This is an entry from the food log/diary I started on day five.

“Day 11. Had one of those cheat dreams last night. First I was riding my bike with my best friend down this road that had all these restaurants and fast food joints, there were cops around, I was worried. Then I was at Sonic with my parents and I was hungry and I decided to just eat the junk, but my mom started crying because she didn’t want me to give up, so I didn’t.

That’s pretty clear cut isn’t it!?!?

It’s getting harder every day for me to resist temptation. I thought it would be easier but the sugar dragon reared it’s ugly head last night rather abruptly and it was very difficult to resist. I would have punched a kid for chocolate!  It happen again tonight, and I slightly gave in. I warmed some berries and applesauce in the microwave and added some chopped nuts. I only took a few bites and realized that I was trying to make a dessert so I threw it out, but I’m definitely realizing how sneaky sugar cravings can be. It’s something I definitely need to think about it because I didn’t realize this was such a problem for me.”

I’ve started missing cheese too. Wonderful, tasty, creamy, smooth, and delicious cheese. Any kind, I won’t be picky. It’s a toss up of what my first reintroduction food will be, chocolate, cheese, booze. Decisions, decisions….

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.

My Whole 30: One Week!

I’ve completed my first week on the Whole30! I am loving the personal growth and realizations that are coming with this challenge. Doing a Whole30 isn’t just about changing your diet or losing weight. It’s so much more than that. I’m trying new things, opening myself to new ideas, and getting out of my comfort zone.

I haven’t been a breakfast person in years. I am a hardcore coffee drinker. Coffee is a known appetite suppressant, just another reason I love it so. For years I drank coffee throughout the morning and afternoon to boost my metabolism and keep food cravings away. To comply with the Whole30 rules, I’ve put off my first cup until I eat as well as made an effort to cut back. I’ve eaten a meal within an hour or two of waking up for the last 4 days. Honestly, it’s been touch and go. I have had some light to pretty intense nauseous and digestive pain about an hour or so after I eat for a few hours. I’m assuming this is my body adjusting to increased food intake as well as it’s just not used to processing food early in the day. I’m going to start taking a probiotic and maybe get some digestive enzymes if it continues.

I had my first real hardcore sugar craving on day 7.  I made some cookies for my boss the day before and held a few back to give to another coworker that is leaving. These are birthday cake cookies, they’re AMAZING and when I get them just perfect, brown around the edges and gooey in the middle, they are irresistable! From the time I woke up until late into the evening I was thinking about those cookies. I wouldn’t give in to my craving, but it did disturb me that I thought about it. One thing that I haven’t missed much is dairy. A little shocked by that.


I haven’t ever been a huge banana fan. I would have one on occasion but there is a very short window between the too green to taste good and too ripe and mushy for me. Texture is a big thing with me and the mush makes me gag. However, this week I have been bananas for bananas! I eat them with a handful of almonds and walnuts for a balanced snack. Carb, protein, fat.

Wednesday night after work I went to a bar with some co-workers to say goodbye to our friend that is leaving. I expected this to be hard since everyone would be drinking and I wouldn’t be able to. It wasn’t, I had a cup of tea and two cups of coffee and was completely and utterly satisfied. When I arrived I ordered a cup of hot water, I brought my own tea bags to make some green tea. I started feeling bad for not actually ordering anything so I asked them to please make me a pot of coffee. I tipped the bartender very well for that. Having been a bartender and server for 10 years, I realize that they only make their money from tips. If you are in my position where you are sitting at a restaurant with friends but opting out of ordering something or only having water or even sitting for an extended period of time to catch up with friends after your meal is over, please tip your server or bartender well. Obviously 20% of nothing is nothing. What you might not have taken into account though is they only have a certain amount of space at their bar, or a certain number of tables to make their money from. If you’re taking up space, you’re taking up their ability to make money from people that are ordering and tipping. Tip them by the hour, it’s only fair.

Sorry for the tangent, back to the subject at hand. A few night this week, not counting the night I was out at the bar. I wanted a drink, I thought about a glass of wine or last night I wanted a white russian. I haven’t drank in weeks but forbid me something and apparently I will want it every night!

I have been cooking a lot more this week. Not that that is a bad thing, except for the copious amount of dishes. It’s nice to know what you’re putting in your body and knowing it’s whole and healthy, although it can be very time consuming. I am trying to make simple recipes with just a few ingredients, don’t over-complicate things. When I cook a dinner I make enough for 1 to 2 extra meals as well. I can’t do eggs for breakfast so I usually do left over dinner. Here are few examples of what I’ve been eating this week:

chickendinner

Oven roasted chicken, broccoli, garlic, red peppers tossed in olive oil.

kalechips

Kale chips– my new favorite!

dinner

Taco Salad- ground beef with tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, jalapenos, on a bed of lettuce, with avocado

potroast

Pot roast with onion, carrots, celery and garlic.

fresh cucumber and carrot sticks

red grapes

bananas

almonds and walnuts

First week down, three more to go! How does this compare to your meals last week? Does this meal plan look like something you could be happy with? What do you think of my struggles and triumphs so far? I’d love to hear from you!

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.

 

My Whole 30: Revise and Balance

It’s the beginning of Day 4. I was going to write something last night but instead was scouring the forums over at Whole 30 for really a ridiculous amount of time, just absorbing information. There’s so much to learn! A few things I realize that I’m doing wrong.

1.Technically smoothies are not allowed. Their reasoning:  Your body processes whole food differently than pureed food and it may not satisfy you as well.  You can sneak an insane amount of fruit in them which should be limited to 2 servings a day. They don’t give you a proper fat/protein/carb ratio.  They can seem too much like a treat or a dessert.

Green Smoothie


Ok, I get it. I really do. We’re supposed to be eating real whole food, limiting our fruit intake so we can break the sweet cravings, and learn how to eat a good balance of fat, carbs, and proteins at each meal.  Reluctantly, I am giving this one up, although I may sneak a bit in on occasion if I make some for the kiddos. I pack mine with lots of kale and spinach, and berries, but I also use cherries, kiwi, pineapple, and sometimes oranges, apples or bananas. I always try to get the most colors into mine. They don’t really trigger sweet cravings for me, and they definitely don’t remind me of dessert. I really just make them because it’s an easy way to get a good kick of fruits and veggies in for me and the kiddos. I’m also toying with the thought of adding coconut oil for additional fat. I have also committed to having the smoothie with a side of protein so I’m getting the right nutrient balance, if I’m going to have one.

2. I’m supposed to be eating 3 meals a day, including something within a half hour of when I wake up.

This one is going to be hard. First off, I’m a coffee drinker, not a breakfast person. It’s just not my thing. I don’t do it to save calories or because I don’t have time. I just don’t want to eat in the mornings. I like my coffee for a few hours, sometimes all day, and I eat when I get hungry. Sometimes this means just one meal, sometimes two meals, or sometimes a meal and a snack. I’m not always good at the balancing nutrients either. I’m unsure how I’m going to proceed with this one. My feeling is, you eat when you’re hungry, and don’t eat when you’re not. However, I understand the science and reasoning behind the idea and for the sake of this whole experiment I’m going to try to eat three balanced meals a day, one within an hour of waking, and none of them being smoothies. I write this as I’m munching on my leftover taco bowl from last night. Yay me!

As I’m reading through the forums I constantly see people say, I do it this way, and I do it that way, and can I just modify this? My all-time one to loath is “I can’t do _____.”  I hate reading those types of post! In my mind I’m screaming “It’s 30 days, just freakin do it!” Yet, I then find myself with the same kinds of struggles. So while I am missing my daily shot of honey, lemon, garlic and I don’t want to give up smoothies, or eat 3 times a day, for the sake of the experiment I’m willing to try. I might find that I love eating first thing in the morning, or I might skip breakfast my very first day off. We will have to see in 26 days how I feel. I think it’s important to constantly try new things and expand your comfort zone so that’s part of what I’m hoping to accomplish with this Whole 30.

Has anyone looked into it and do you have any thoughts or comments?  Are you considering your own Whole 30 to tame the sugar dragon or help with chronic pain and inflammation or skin issues? I’d love to hear your feedback! If you’re interested in what I’ve been eating, check out my blog.

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.

My Whole 30 Journey

whole30-headerI first heard of the Whole 30 back in May. Without doing any research into the specifics, I assumed it was eating whole food and not eating fast/processed food. I still had most of my baby weight on me and decided I really wanted to do something about it. With no preparation on my part, I jumped into it the very next day. Because I hadn’t really looked into it, I wasn’t truly doing “the” Whole 30, but I did ditch the fast food, anything processed or with sugar.

A friend of mine from Australia made a comment about paleo diets when I told the Facebook world of my decision. A quick Google search later I was fascinated and horrified by this diet they call paleolithic. Give up bread? Forever?! It seemed unreal. I then spent endless hours researching not just the nutrition, but this entire way of being. It literally changed my entire life.I quickly shed all my preconceived notions of “health” and opened my mind to a new idea. For years I had been dieting with Lean Cuisines and 100 calorie packs of crackers and cookies. I believed that anything that said it was low-fat, all natural, or reduced calorie must be healthy. I had lost a little here and there, but never much without severe restriction and hours in the gym.

When I read about the primal way of life something just clicked with me. It made so much sense. Eat foods that are their own ingredients, fruits, veggies, meat, eggs. Obviously that’s what we’re supposed to be eating, it’s what nature provides. When we started engineering our food, processing it, adding things to it, things started going downhill for us. I feel like as a culture we are slowly becoming aware of all the junk we’ve been eating. With obesity and disease rates soaring, even among our children, we’re being forced to take a good look at what we’re eating and by extension what’s actually in the food we’re eating. It’s an uphill battle against outdated science and blatant misinformation from companies that only want your money. I’m not a doctor, or a dietician, or any type of qualified health professional. I’m not trying to sell you anything. All I can say is if you want to feel better, not just better but great, I implore you to just try it. If you can’t commit to a month, try it for 2 weeks, or even one week and see how you feel. You might fall in love like me and countless others before me.


February 1st, I’m starting my first official Whole 30. I know I picked a bogus month to do it but I will be going strong through March 2. I will keep you updated with my progress throughout the month, as well as offering you a few Whole 30 approved recipes. In addition to that I’m going to be doing a daily (or most days) short update on my blog, WholeDeliciousFood.

While the Whole 30 for me is more about good nutrition and implementing healthy eating habits, one side effect of cutting junk, is weight loss. I only made it 2 weeks my first time, but I lost 15lbs in that amount of time with no exercise. The next 6 months were a struggle, using a new approach to food and overcoming years of bad habits. I only gained about 5lbs back in that 6 months and I’ve been back on mostly paleo since the end of November and lost 25lbs. I could still lose a few more, but don’t we always think that?

For the purpose of this Whole 30, I have measured and weighed, as well as taken a nice photo or 2. I won’t measure or weigh again for the entire month. In 30 day,s I will post the before and after results with my thoughts and feelings about the whole month. Are you ready? I am! Please let me know if you decide at any time to jump on board. It doesn’t have to be the beginning of a month; you can start any day that’s good for you. Good luck friends.

Check out the Whole 30 website for more information. And here are some links for more information on paleolithic diets and living a primal lifestyle.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/
http://robbwolf.com/
http://www.thepaleomom.com/

There are countless others, but these are my favorites.

If you are doing the Whole 30 we would love to hear about it. Leave a comment below or comment on our Facebook page.

The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.
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