Gene – 63 – Medway, Maine

Many of us have been rooting for and admiring Gene’s determination since he first joined our Facebook group. He’s been a pillar in our group and always has a kind word of support for others. We’re SO proud of everything you’ve accomplished, Gene, and can’t wait to hear the giant list of NSVs when you’re done! Just check out his before and after photos!!!

How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round?

I started my first round last July and am going to do a full year.

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?

I heard about the Whole30 from my daughter and after some research, the plan made sense to me. Plus, I had numerous medical issues.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?
My biggest NSV, and there were many, was after going to Vision Care of Maine and getting an injection in my left eye for 21 months in a row, because of Diabetic leaking, I haven’t had one for 7 months. I took a medication for high triglycerides and they are at 100 down from 255. My cardiologist cut another medication in half because my resting pulse was below 50. I also had to take a muscle relaxer because of inflammation in my Sacroiliac joint and it is very rare when I take one now. I used to sleep with a CPAP machine because I stopped breathing at night because of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and I no longer need it. My cholesterol is dropping and I may have to cut back or stop taking my medication for that. My scale victory is 57 pounds lighter.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?

The things that helped me the most was never being hungry and reading the daily posts on the Facebook group. There are lots of good ideas and information.

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?
My favorite Whole 30 recipe is the roasted root veggies, served with pork loin, slow cooked in 100% apple juice.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

My life has changed in so many ways that it would be hard to list them all. The biggest change would be that my medication list has shrunk by 4 meds and another cut in half; plus, I have so much more energy. I am 63 years old and feel a whole lot better than I did last July when I started my journey for better health. In fact, I live 30 miles away from Maine’s Mt. Katahdin and will be going to the top in June.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?
The only other healthy change is I try to be active every day.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?

Messages for those just starting would be to read It Starts with Food first, Whole 30 second and, most important, Food Freedom Forever. Also, become a label reader and when the going gets rough, hang with it. I used to be a stress eater and am not any more. I almost lost a brother in December and my youngest brother had surgery in February and came out of it paralyzed. It would have been so easy to buy a giant bag of chips and diet soda, but the things I learned from Whole 30 helped me on my journey. 99 days to go…

If anyone has questions for me, you can PM or ask me in the group and I am willing to answer them anytime.