Nikki Reiland in a pink sweater sitting on a couch smiling

Nikki R.

Bloomington, Illinois

I can honestly say this has changed my life.

I learned about the Whole30 for the first time in January 2017. Having no clue what it even entailed, I told myself I would try out this “diet” (I know, I know). It lasted a day and I didn’t think about it again until late summer when I found myself feeling so out of control with food. I felt like I was hitting rock bottom with my sugar addiction. A friend of mine shared about starting a Whole30 accountability group that September. I knew it was time to take myself seriously. I read the book. I started reading labels in preparation. I even slowly lowered how much sweetener I was adding to my coffee. I went into my first Whole30 taking Melissa’s words about this “not being hard” to heart. I was playing to win! After I successfully completed my Whole30 and started wading through the reintroduction phase…that’s when my eyes were really opened. I had been walking around all my life eating a certain way and not realizing how it truly was making me feel. How did I not know this?! I’m finishing up my fourth Whole30 right now and can honestly say this has changed my life. I’m not perfect, but I’m now working on my relationship with food in a productive way. I feel good! I’m walking taller. And I’m sharing my experiences in the hope of helping others.

Published by Nuala

Danielle Nuala Schoen (Nuala), lives amongst community in the mountains of western North Carolina. She is a massage therapist (LMBT) and RYT-200 yoga instructor with a background in social work. Nuala is passionate about redefining health and wellness in order to center the self-determination and self-actualization of each unique individual, and thereby, the actualization of the collective.Nuala enjoys ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, creek dips, travel, and sharing Whole30 meals with her loved ones.