Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem A.

Chicago, Illinois

This program has improved my body and my health.

Well where shall I start? I am an experienced seasoned fitness and life coach. I started my Whole30 the exact same day as Ramadan started because that is when I am the most focused and disciplined. I have been fighting “hereditary” high blood pressure all my life and always ignored it until a few years ago when I got really bad nose bleeds and had to be forced to go the emergency room. Finally after that scare, I started medication and the blood pressure was under control. Still, I didn’t like the idea of being on meds for the rest of my life so I searched and searched for other solutions.
I decided to do the Whole30 to decrease hypertension and kick the Cookie Monster habit I had. The Whole30 actually wasn’t difficult for me because I was so focused on becoming more healthy and not concerned about weight.
At the end of Whole30 and Ramadan, I feel very “light” and I move so much faster with more energy. Now here is the huge surprise that I was not even expecting: I have not taken any medication since day 1 of reintroduction and my blood pressure ranges from 120/77 to 135/80. That is down from 180/100 to 190/110.
Recently, I was at the Masjid(Mosque) and the brothers were eating boxes of cookies and donuts and cake, and I asked myself, what do I miss eating pre-Whole30? Nothing! There is so much that I CAN eat.
I cook or prepare 99% of my food and read labels even more than I did before. My grocery bill is lower because I am shopping around the perimeter of the Whole Foods Market and not in the processed food aisles.
I have two clients on Whole 30 now and one more is starting next month. This program has improved my body, my health and given me yet another tool to share with my clients. And the Cookie Monster is not an issue any longer. Will I have another cookie? Maybe, but I am not in a hurry to taste one again just yet.

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Shanna Keller, our Chief Content Officer, hails from Boise, Idaho, where she lives with her husband Alan and a poorly-behaved terrier named Olly. She has spent her career telling stories of life transformation on social, web, e-mail and print media platforms. In addition to celebrating Whole30 successes and stories online, Shanna loves to cook, read, and climb.