Working on the night shift is tough. Being a nurse is tough. Mix the two together and you’ve got Felicia. Yeah, she’s a pretty strong woman. We’re so pleased that she shared her story with us and, though we’re one day late, happy nurses’ week, Felicia! You rock!
How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round?
This is my third Whole 30. My first one was in 2013.
How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?
With my first one being nearly 6 years ago. I honestly can’t remember where I heard it but the program was pretty new. Probably via social media.
What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?
I’m going to be speaking from my most recent round. I have PCOS and have had many complications because of it including acne, weight gain, imbalanced hormones/irregular cycle, trouble sleeping…you name it. I have seen improvements in all of those areas in addition to asthma, allergy and eczema symptoms have decreased greatly. I haven’t had to use allergy medication yet this year and my allergies are usually really bad.
I’m not sure how much weight I’ve actually lost and I’m not sure I care to jump on the scale at this time as my relationship with the scale is not a positive one but seeing the before and after picture was more than enough victory for me. As far as my sleep goes, I work night shift as a nurse so sleeping during the day can be really tough but I’ve been getting restful sleep regularly! I’m still working on getting a regular cycle but the fact I actually got a period has been a huge accomplishment as mine has practically disappeared for months and months at a time.
What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?
Knowing in the end, my life depended on my success with this. One day, I want to be able to conceive naturally and I knew this was my chance to fix my hormonal issues.
What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?
I absolutely loveeeee my breakfast skillet. Potatoes, eggs, bacon, or sausage and whatever veggies I have on hand. I think I’ve eaten it every day for breakfast in my April Whole 30.
How has your life changed since Whole 30?
It’s changed in so many ways and all for the better! In addition to what I’ve listed above, I’ve joined an amazing community that has helped to keep me accountable. It really helps when you’re surrounded by like-minded people and plus other people have really good meal ideas so it helps keep it interesting.
In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?
I had always worked out before Whole 30 BUT my biggest accomplishment was being able to wake up for 5 am workouts energized and ready to go!
What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?
Focus on the huge life changes that you will gain instead of how hard it is. Thirty days seems like a lifetime and the restriction seems like a bit much but it is truly the biggest accomplishment and greatest feeling to say you completed 30 days and plus you get the chance to find your food freedom at the end of it all.