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My Whole30 Experience

My 20 year old daughter, Madison, bamboozled me into doing Whole30 with her.

Basically it is a very strict diet that is to be maintained for 30 consecutive days. The point of it is to develop an understanding of how many things we eat without thinking about what the ingredients are, while doing a sort of “junk food cleanse.”

Whole30 sugar detox

Since I am not one to turn down a challenge, I took my daughter up on it and immediately regretted it! It turns out I am a junk food junkie! Plus, I love me some Dr. Pepper, and that is strictly forbidden. Did I mention it lasts for 30 DAYS???

Here are a few of the things not allowed on the Whole30 plan:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweetener
  • Honey
  • Rice
  • Grains
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Peanuts
  • Dairy products

The first couple of weeks, I was miserable. I had a headache. I was cranky. I was tired all the time. I missed my sugar fix!

Whole30 breakfast

(Whole30 Breakfast)

Then something happened around Day 18. I got the “tiger blood!” It turns out it’s a real thing! That day, I came home from CrossFit, scrubbed the toilet and the bathtub, then taped off the dining room so I could begin painting it later in the day. This was in stark contrast from the 17 days before when I just wanted to crawl under the covers and sleep the day away!

Whole30 dinner

(Whole30 Dinner)

That’s when I started thinking there might be something to this healthy eating thing. I really have felt more energy than I have had in years!

Whole30 shopping cart

(Whole30 Shopping Cart)

My shopping habits have changed. My eating habits have changed. I have been changed.

I am now down to the very LAST day of my Whole30 challenge, and I have DONE IT! I only accidentally licked my finger once when I was serving ice cream to my children, and I immediately rinsed my mouth out. I have to say that even though it has been inconvenient at times, (especially when eating out or at friends’ houses) and I hated it at first, I’m glad I did it. Here are a few reasons why:

  • I proved to myself that I have the self control to do a hard thing.
  • I showed my children what it looks like to deny self and do a hard thing.
  • I now know I don’t need sugar to get energy.
  • I have increased energy!
  • I have noticed regular digestive function.
  • I no longer have stomach upset every morning from my morning coffee with flavored creamer, plus brown sugar.
  • I have expanded my recipe rotation to include whole foods, without artificial ingredients.
  • My friends cheered my on with recipe suggestions and tips.
  • I enjoyed participating with my daughter to cheer me on.

Have you ever tried Whole30? Do you think you could do it?

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Here I Raise My Ebenezer

When each of my children was born they received a special, soft lovie they slept with. Even my oldest kids still have their lovies, and cherish them.

That’s why our whole family was sad when our 5 year old Peyton lost her lovie, “Pickles,” around Christmas time last year. She had slept with Pickles every night since birth, and after she lost him she spent many nights crying herself to sleep without him.

After searching high and low, I finally concluded that I must have gathered Pickles up in the Christmas wrapping paper and thrown him away accidentally. Even though I tried to gently break it to her that we might never find him, Peyton prayed EVERY single night that God would help her find Pickles.

Pickles found


So, while I was out of town and got this message on my phone 7 MONTHS after she lost him, you can imagine my excitement! I actually cried! Then I texted all my kids who were at camp and we all rejoiced

I know it seems like a silly, small thing, but it amazed me that my girl, all on her own, had such faith to pray every night, even though I didn’t think it could possibly make a difference. And a few of my Facebook commenters celebrated with me and suggested I should throw a celebration to commemorate God’s goodness in this answered prayer.

bounce house

That’s why I decided we should have a huge party, complete with balloons, streamers, a bounce house, water slide, and all of our friends. After all, there is a time to mourn and a time to rejoice, right? I feel like the older I get, and the more I pay attention to the news, the more there is to mourn about, so I figured any time there is something to rejoice about we should rejoice.

ebenezer stone

We all celebrated big and I set up this “Ebenezer stone” so we would always remember that God hears the prayers of his children. (Psalm 34:17)

My teens may or may not have made fun of me for doing all this, but that has never stopped me from carrying out my crazy ideas before!

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