Hi! That’s me up there, eating a tortilla, smothered in melted cheese. My name is Devynn. Food addict, nursing student, worrier extraordinaire. I have been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember, in fact, I can’t remember the last time I was truly happy with my body. As I have gotten older, and life has gotten more complicated, making my diet a priority was the last thing on my mind.
Recently, I found out some bad news about my father. He has some very serious circulatory issues that can only be treated with surgery. As a 27 year old who is all too familiar with how your lifestyle choices can effect your long-term health status, I thought it was about time I took my relationship with food more seriously.
In my family, food is love. Whenever life was tough, I turned to food. Someone was mean to me at school? Chocolate cake. My mother and I got into an argument? Apology: my favorite meal. Whenever there is stress or sadness, there is something fried, fattening, sweet or salty to tame my emotions.
By the time I was in high school, I was extremely overweight, and extremely unhappy (I’m in the purple…not too difficult to spot):
Even though I don’t look like this anymore, I’m definitely not as healthy as I would like to be.
Food cannot be the answer anymore. My life depends on it. The Preface to The Whole30 promises me that by eliminating dairy, sugar, bread, alcohol and some other fun stuff from my diet, that I will be able to regain control of my relationship (affection is probably a better word) with food. They detail benefits that I would have never anticipated from changing my diet. I certainly hope that my trust for the authors of this book doesn’t bite me in the butt, and that I can share with all of you how the next thirty days changes my life.
Join me in this journey or simply witness how terrified I will be without cheese.
I will try desperately to post once a day; recipes that I’ve tried, how I feel, pictures of my triumphs, my struggles or maybe just my trips to the grocery store.
I hope that this can serve as inspiration (or humor) for anyone who is trying to make a huge lifestyle change. It’s not going to be easy, but if I can do it, and share it with the world, you can do it too!