My name is Tina Marie and I was well on my way to becoming an alcoholic. You may not have expected that, but instead something along the lines of.. I spent a lifetime battling weight gain, or ailments such as Crohn’s Disease.. Although I did suffer from endometriosis, over the course of two decades, (we’ll talk about that later).. It was my ongoing struggle with social drinking that led me to the Whole30 program which changed every aspect of my life for the better.
I’ve learned there is a fine line between having a drinking problem and being an alcoholic. Although I never kick started my day with a drink or drank throughout the day, I knew deep down that I was drinking too much, too frequently. Admitting that to myself scared the hell out of me because I didn’t know how to go about changing my habits or if I truly wanted too.
In time, I began to see that alcohol was one of the main reasons I had lost control of my diet and health. It’s difficult to adhere to a healthy lifestyle when you wake up in the morning and can’t recall what you ate the night before.. don’t ask me how many times, I rolled over, and said.. please tell me I didn’t eat pizza last night??!!
Eventually my food cravings grew out of control, I was yo yo dieting, late night binge eating, and my health was beginning to deteriorate. I gained 27 pounds, an all time high, and my endometriosis had seeped into my spine. I was suffering from chronic joint pain and experiencing leaky gut syndrome (although never officially diagnosed, I’m positive that’s what it was). Not to mention, I was working long hours and using caffeine throughout the day to give me those much needed energy boosts I came to depend on.
During this time, Danielle Walker (Against All Grain) had posted a picture of Melissa Hartwig’s best selling book, “Food Freedom Forever,” on Instagram. I saw the phrase on the cover, “ Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food.. “ I threw on the only pair of sweats that still fit, and fled to Barnes & Noble.
I began reading the book and started to take an interest in the Whole30 program, but there was only one problem, my annual Halloween Party was quickly approaching. So eventually the idea fell by the waste side, and true to form, I woke up the day after the party, half in my costume, with a full face of makeup plastered to my pillow!
I finally talked to my mother about my struggle and she suggested I try to change my habits for a period of 30 days. I immediately thought of the Whole30. Aside from all the obvious health benefits Whole30 has to offer, I thought surely this will come in handy when refusing drinks at the next social gathering. I mean.. who can argue with someone wanting to be healthier??!! (well, some people can and do, but that’s a topic for another time).
Between Christmas Day and New Years Day, I read through the Whole30 Guide, Whole30 Cookbook, joined Real Meal Plans, tore through my pantry, and rid myself of every thing that was not considered Whole30. My mother thought I was nuts, but she had no idea how creative I could be, armed with a handful of dates and some almond butter at midnight.
Last, but not least, I went food shopping and began the Whole30 on Sunday, January 1, 2017. In addition to giving up alcohol, dairy, and sugar.. I made my own decision to give caffeine the boot too! I knew that day that the Whole30 program would change my life, but I did not know to what degree..
Whole30 reset my system in it’s entirety. It allowed me to gain control in the areas of my life where I seemed to be lacking it and allowed me the opportunity to break free from bad habits while losing the added weight. In a nutshell (no pun intended), it changed the course of my life, and set me on a journey that was better suited toward what I truly wanted for myself.
Since I began, my health has skyrocketed, I’m back to killing it in the gym, and I’m on my way to becoming a certified herbalist, but best of all, for the first time in two decades, my body is responding to holistic home remedies and I’ve not had to rely on over the counter anti-inflammatories to cure such things as a common headache.
Whole30 has given me the opportunity to explore many of the things I am most passionate about, like creating recipes using real food, finding beauty products with safer ingredients, and living my life to the absolute fullest.
I hope you find this site helpful and I welcome all of your comments and feedback. Together we can tame your sugar dragon!
Tina Marie xoxo