In April of 2013, I had a little bit of a vegetarian stint after getting food poisoning from some nasty pork ribs.  Unfortunately for me, I knew so little about nutrition that I was shooting in the dark and grabbing whatever I could throughout the day that didn’t have meat in it.  I would eat French fries, lots of coffee, rice, bean salads, granola bars, vegetable soup from Tim Hortons and bags of chips.  After about 30 days my hands started turning red, and every day this warm rash got bigger and bigger, identically on both sides.  I was at the hospital 3 days in a row pleading that something was wrong and the doctor kept telling me it was a sunburn and gave me a steroid cream.  After a week, the rash went from my fingertips all the way up to my shoulders and I couldn’t leave the house without crying because the sun made it worse.  I started listening to what my body was telling me and bought a family sized salmon filet and ate the whole thing.  When I woke up the next day the rash was gone.
 
You would think that I had learned from that experience that what I put into my body is very important but nope.  I modified my exact same diet and added Vietnamese pho soup into the mix to get my b12.  Six months later, I had no immune system and was admitted to the hospital for 2 weeks.  I had basically every common infection your body should easily be able to ward off.  Ear infection, common cold, throat infection, bladder infection, and a few more.  I did so many blood tests as the hospital kept feeding me rice, corn, pudding and a cocktail of 5 kinds of antibiotics.
 
This is when holistic nutrition became a huge part of my life.  The whole30 experience is what changed everything. After learning a little bit about nutrition, (ie: finding out what a carb was) I was amazed that I was able to get out of bed in the morning given my current diet.  I sped home and threw away everything in my pantry and started whole30 and within that 30 days I had never felt so good in my life.  I was a horrible cook so it was very time consuming and emotional… And also frustrating not knowing what’s good and bad.  I’ve been doing this for 3 years now mostly following the 80/20 rule.
 
As of today, I’m doing my second round of whole30 with a few extra rules.  I will be also cutting out caffeine completely, cutting out alcohol (I’m an avid wino), and also upping the amount of vegetables from my last round to aid with acid/alkaline balance.
 
I will update this post regularly with what I ate so that I don’t flood you guys on Instagram so come back to this post occasionally or in a month to see the results.
 
If you are interested in joining me on this round, feel free to post your own progress in the comments section.  I can't WAIT to meet some of you - and stay paleo! 🙂

Published by Kayla Roy