Support: If Only

no-regretsIf only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world. ~ Mercedes Lackey

Sad?  Not so much.

Instead, these two words stop you from moving on.

They keep you in the past instead of bettering a given situation.  They remind you of how things could be instead of how things really are.

Funny thing … I experienced that thought pattern recently.

Good thing I have done a lot of self-development work because almost immediately I figured out what it was and turned it around.

If you can imagine for a moment the sheer amount of clients, members of HTA and offline friends I have dealt with since my introduction to hCG in June of 2007.  The number is mind boggling, even to me.

Again, imagine for a moment how many comments come across my desk (inbox) that start off with have you ever heard of or what do you think of and then enter some new diet, vitamin, face cream, food, recipe or whatever.  Again, totally mind boggling.

I consider it my mission to know everything that I can about anything that is out there relating to nutrition.  But the world is a big place.  I am constantly learning.  Sometimes my answer to that kind of question is, no, but I will look into it.  Or, maybe it’s a yes, and this is what I have learned.

I do have this little personal marker however, that when I am asked something at least three times, it’s my sign that I need to dive further into it.

I have come across numerous references to something called Whole30 (or Whole9, Whole-whatever number) in the past year or so, but never really looked into it deeply.  I had three clients, in pretty rapid succession tell me that they wanted to give it a shot.  Here’s my sign!

So, about a month ago, I started looking into it.  And I was like, dang.  What a great and ingenious way to help some of my clients figure out what might be making them experience wild fluxes.  Why didn’t I think of that.  If only …

Yeah, that thought process would have taken me down a road that I would prefer not to travel any more.

I turned it right around, and instead said, let me give it a shot, because if I can do it, then ANYONE can do it.

Today, I am on Day 16.  It’s been relatively easy, even with my hectic schedule.  It was a pain in the royal you know what to agree to give up my dairy.  That was a consideration that took some convincing.  As of today however, I am not missing it.  At all really.

Not having dairy for 2+ weeks has really made me hyper aware of how different people have to eat when they have to be dairy free.  When you add in that anything corn is gone (my beloved corn chips) also, your choices become even fewer.

But with that Beginner’s Mind I talked about yesterday, I have experimented with new and ingenious mixtures of food that satisfy the pallet.  I have opened a whole new world of combinations I would never have thought of before.

I had to laugh as I shared one of my concoctions with a client and at first she said “ewwwww”, but then she tried it, liked it, and is now even craving it.  She wrote “I don’t even recognize myself in the mirror” – HA!

If I would have been stuck in the If Only trap, I would have never have learned another tool for not only myself, but to help my clients as well.

So what are some lessons I am learning about being on the Whole30 plan?  I will save that for tomorrow…

Have you attempted the Whole30?  If so, would love to hear your results, and I don’t mean weight loss, because that really isn’t what it’s about.  It’s about getting really down and dirty with only natural foods, and getting rid of almost all known allergens, then figuring out how to add things back in, if you can.  In any case, any comments would be appreciated!

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10 Comments on Support: If Only

  1. Megan says:

    Yes Biz! This does keep coming up from different directions, and I’m reading it today! I’m reading “It Starts with Food” and it’s the most concise easily understood explanation of how the whole insulin/leptin/cortisol thing works. I understood it when reading, but when I try to explain it to someone else… (like my other half…) I was lost. I haven’t started yet, and it’s soon in my future. It all makes too much sense.

    Thank you and keep blogging! Great things happen when we go back to the beginning!

    • Biz says:

      Megan, when I read Wheat Belly and then Good Calories Bad Calories, it finally clicked with me. I like the book “It Starts with Food”, but I am not totally on the Paleo bandwagon. I go more Primal, in other words, I don’t have a problem with dairy products as long as you are using pasture fed organic dairy. I do believe that there is way too much junk in our dairy products, and dairy can back fire on you if you don’t choose good quality. Thanks for being a loyal reader!

  2. Marcia DesRosiers says:

    My DH & I are going to start June 1 – eeek – hee hee

    • Biz says:

      ::giggle::

      Yeah, I am going to join you.

  3. Megan says:

    The dairy thing… I’m doing the Whole30 so that I can figure out if I have a dairy sensitivity. Will I do it long term? Only experimentation will help me figure that out.

    • Biz says:

      My total “loss” was only 3 pounds, but that was with a vacation thrown in. I really do feel that the Whole30 concentrates too much on protein, as I am a firm believer on lower protein. So I don’t think much losses will occur with it, but I do agree that it might be worth it for maintenance, at least for most of the time.

  4. Megan says:

    Today is day 12 for me. I can’t do it the simple way, now I’m combining Whole30 restrictions with hcg. Not that difficult really, it keeps me out of the dairy and the wheat!

    • Biz says:

      ::giggle::

      Whole30 was an interesting concept. I completed mine last week, but doing it again. I had one slip that I have justified as necessary, and you would too if you had the week I had on “vacation”. I drank 2 beers. I still consider it a success though, and planning on starting again on June 1.

      I am not all that crazy about Paleo. Primal I am all for, but it’s a great challenge that is for sure. Still have things I want to talk about, but none the less…anyway, back to you. HA!

      I have several clients doing the Whole30 while on hCG, so good for you. It seems to work VERY nicely combined.

  5. Renee says:

    I’m going to look into this Biz. Although I’ve had an IGg test which tells you specifically which foods you have an intolerance to. I’m more of a ‘let me see the scientific testing’ than a let me experiment to see what happens. I’ve found I’m intolerant to some cheeses and not others. What is most interesting is that I learned whenever you eat any one food regularly, regardless of how healthy it is, you can build up food intolerances to it. I was intolerant to just about every food I had been living on that was on protocol! There are also three different levels of intolerance. I’m a believer that no matter what you are omitting from your diet, making a change…will make a change…I’m certainly going to study this diet though. I love to study!

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