“My mentality has absolutely changed and so has my body physically: Katelyn’s Story”

Knoxville, TN
Katelyn Liles

I am so excited that I made it to Day 30!

The truth is, I didn’t really think I could do it. I’ve researched the Whole30 programs many times and always told myself I couldn’t do it. However, Melissa’s “tough love” hit me square in the face. She wrote, “This isn’t hard. Cancer is hard…”

I should know. I am a cancer survivor. Reading that was the final push that I needed, and with the accountability of a friend doing it with me, I was able to complete my first Whole30. (And Melissa was right. For me, completing a Whole30 was NOT as hard as having cancer.)

During my Whole30, I worked to heal a poor relationship with food, kick a horrible Diet Coke habit, and gave myself the confidence that I needed to continue to live a food-conscientious and healthy life. But there was an even bigger demon that I fought during this Whole30. I am eight years cancer-free. I faced a very aggressive cancer and a profound amount of chemotherapy. My doctors said that my metabolism was basically shot and would no longer work the way I wanted it to because of the chemo.

I have all kinds of health issues related to the amount of chemotherapy I experienced. As a result, thought of my body as “whatever chemotherapy left over.” This past December, I realized that I was thinking of my body that way and I decided that I was no longer going to give cancer or chemotherapy power over me. I wanted to change my mentality and prove to myself that I can do whatever I set my mind to. Completing the Whole30 program was just the thing.

My mentality has absolutely changed and so has my body physically. I lost several pounds, and my NSVs include clear skin, healthier hair, flatter tummy, more energy, no more midday slump, loving my body, respecting my body, and more confidence. So thank you, I am so glad that I did this!