It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig
Over the years, I’ve tried every diet plan ever written, and these various plans helped to shape my overall nutrition philosophy which is quite simple – eat whole foods. I feel that all food groups (fruit/veg, grains, animal protein or alternative, fats and dairy) should be included in your diet if you can tolerate them.
I have been eating fairly well since January, but a few injuries had me thinking that perhaps a change in my diet could help alleviate the pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders and an inflammation issue in my right hip.
My neck and shoulder pain was relieved by making an appointment for a massage and my hip issue is probably from trochanteric bursitis that I diagnosed myself (Thanks Google!). Hip bursitis is “most common in moderately active, middle-aged females or those who have recently increased their activity level.” Sounds like me: A mid-life woman who decided to do Cross Fit after 8+ years of sitting at a desk job with minimal fitness activity.
I can deal with having an injury, but what I cannot deal with is why the painful inflammation in my right hip will not go away. I was popping far to many Advil’s to get me through the day and night. Suddenly, I thought that perhaps the food that I’m eating isn’t allowing my body to heal.
I’ve read about the Whole30 nutrition plan for a while and I never tried it because to me it was just another ‘elimination’ diet. Sure, you lose weight on ANY diet that eliminates a food group. However, this time I wasn’t interested in dropping pounds, I was interested in correcting the inflammation in my body. The Whole30 plan was developed after the author (Dallas) healed his shoulder pain by eliminating all legumes and grains. So I thought I’d give this eating plan a try and purchased, It Starts with Food, which is an updated version of Whole30.
To make a long story short: I’ve been on this plan for one week and noticed improvement in my hip pain within 2 – 3 days. I stopped taking Advil during the day and only at night so I could sleep. After a few days on this eating plan, I’m not taking any Advil – at all.
Here’s my first day meals:
Breakfast: Two eggs with chopped spinach and topped with salsa, two breakfast sausages and three pieces of pineapple.
Lunch: I cheated a bit here and got a salad from Whole Foods salad bar. This salad only has vegetables and chicken. Dressing was olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Seasoned with sea salt and pepper.
Snack: Pineapple, blueberries, two dates, sliced chicken and pistachio nuts. The plan doesn’t allow for snacks, but I was hungry. I truly should have packed my salad with more veggies.
Dinner: Asian Beef & Broccoli from the book: ground beef with sauteed red pepper, carrots and broccoli on a bed on spinach with cara cara orange slices. The meal was seasoned with a sprinkle of coconut aminos. Soy sauce is not recommenced as it has wheat and soy.
So far I feel great on this eating plan, although I certainly miss my fruit smoothies as the plan doesn’t recommend drinking your calories. I haven’t had any refined sugar and while I miss my usual daily nibble of chocolate, I’m not craving it.
While I’m not experience any hip pain, I can tell that I’m not 100% healed. I did see a sports chiropractor before the diet and he did a theraputic massage and gave me stretches and exercises for recovery. I’m also taking a break from Cross Fit for the month of February.
As I’ve heard many times, “Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates.