Healing Inflammation with It Starts With Food

It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig

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.

Enter Whole 30

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

Breakfast

Breakfast:  Two eggs with chopped spinach and topped with salsa, two breakfast sausages and three pieces of pineapple.

Lunch

Lunch

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

Snack

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

Dinner

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.

Cheers,
Monica



8 thoughts on “Healing Inflammation with It Starts With Food

    1. Monica P. Post author

      You can really get all the info you need from the Whole30 website without purchasing the book. I haven’t found the diet too difficult, but I am starting to get antsy about not having any bread 😛

      M.

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  1. Lisa @ Midwest Glam

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I’ve read a lot of success stories with W30. A friend of mine convinced me to do one with her and for a while I actually felt pretty great. But I just can’t do meat. I even tried just doing chicken and chicken sausages, etc., but it just didn’t agree with me. I’ve been feeling crappy lately too so right now I’m trying to figure things out. I’m really hoping to get it worked out soon because I’d like a nice healthy 2016.

    By the way, there’s a ton of great recipes on Pinterest. Although it looks like you’re doing pretty ok for yourself. The dishes look so colorful!
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    1. Monica P. Post author

      I think diet plays a big role in how we feel and I think getting off sugar has been the biggest improvement for me. I have been on Pintrest and there are a lot of good recipes, but funny how I end up only looking at recipes for chocolate 😛

      M.

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  2. Allison

    Very interesting that you’ve experienced such rapid results, but whatever it is it’s a good thing. I have been trying to eat more foods that target inflammation for my IBS and the bit of diverticulitis that doesn’t seem to want to leave me: ginger, lemon, turmeric, broccoli, salmon etc. Frankly, I haven’t seen any results from it yet but I’ll keep trying. The nutritionist suggested maybe I needed to do the FODMAP diet but I cannot give up wheat and I’m not convinced that I have a wheat problem and there are just too many veggies/fruits that I love and don’t want to pass on. We’ll see.
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    1. Monica P. Post author

      I do wish I paid closer attention to when my hip felt better, but I’m sure it was within 2-3 days on this diet. I don’t feel too deprived although I could really go for a sandwich!! LoL

      Give the FODMAP diet a try .. perhaps for 3 days (fri, sat, sun)? There are lot’s of web sites with menu plans :-)

      M.

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  3. Lily

    I really hope you feel better! Just know it’s the muscles and not the bone so it will heal over time. I’m sore everyday from lifting weights but it gets better everyday, I can’t do all those burpees and crossfit exercises because my knees won’t allow it but I can sit at machines and lift weights! My body has changed drastically and I’m stronger and slimmer. Leave the jumping and climbing for the young! Grab your iPod and do the weight machines and build sexy muscle which burns the fat automatically!

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    1. Monica P. Post author

      I hear ya. I am at the age where .. Cross Fit may not be for me which makes me quite sad because – I love it! I hope I’m healed by the end of Feb, otherwise, I may have to say goodbye to Cross Fit :-(

      M.

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