Today would be the last of my Whole30, but it should be pretty apparent by now that I decided not to go through with it. I’ve come to find that while I absolutely love the idea of Whole30 and what it can do for people, I don’t think I’ll be doing one or attempting one again anytime soon.
Let me preface by saying this isn’t a post that bashes the Whole30. In fact, I still love the program. There are so many positive things that it does for so many people as well as myself. At this point though I’ve found my balance with food so it was silly of me to go and try to change anything.
It was pretty clear week 1 that this Whole30 wasn’t meant to be. The biggest drawback for me and the Whole30 isn’t the cutting of grains or sugar, but the fact that it’s really hard to balance it with life and social obligations. I was 4 days into my second round when I got a call from my boy friend saying his boss wanted to have us over for drinks that upcoming weekend. My initial thought was that he was joking because almost the exact same situation happened in my last Whole30. The first time it happened, I reluctantly agreed to dinner (duh, it’s his boss- not a choice), but called the restaurant ahead to make sure there was something compliant to order. I also made myself look high maintenance by not eating the appetizers, not drinking, and turning down dessert. This time, I had no choice to laugh at the repeat situation and accept it for what it was. I went into the night ready to stick to the program, but i couldn’t without being incredibly rude. I said “no thank you” to the drinks, which was kind of sad considering they shipping them in from Germany, but the only food they served consisted of cheese and bread so I had no option but to fold.
After that night, I had the intentions of “starting over” the next day and extending so I could complete the challenge, but a week later I got an email from my boy friend’s mom inviting us to a dinner party. Not one dish on the attached menu was compliant and I realized ha! It’s time to let it go.
The eating portion of Whole30 really isn’t hard for me and it would be a breeze if I were a loner or cared less about community. I have come to believe that sharing meals with people is a huge part of fellowship and a time to build and maintain relationships and while it can obviously be done during Whole30, it’s not easy. I don’t want to let my diet be any sort of a barrier in my life especially when I can now find balance without it.
- I found my answer to over eating
- I learned how to fuel my body like I actually care about it
- I learned how to build my plate to make sure I’m getting a wide variety of nutrients
- I learned that I could run faster when eating better
- I realized that it’s okay to say no to food when I genuinely don’t want it
- I started having much more energy, focus at work, and it became easier to wake up in the morning
- My hair and face are less oily
- I learned to cook using quality foods
- I learned how to read labels
- I lost some weight
- I fell in love with veggies
- I found balance in what I like to eat combined with what I want to put into my body
- I eat whole30 compliant and paleo anyways so there’s no need to put parameters around it
- It limits me in social situations, which doesn’t work when you are focusing on pouring into relationships
- I love greek yogurt, oatmeal, and quality cereal
- I’m a huge cutthroat rule follower and I put too much pressure on the challenge part of Whole30
- Not drinking wine doesn’t work in any aspect of my life
- I don’t mind certain foods that it cuts out and I don’t have any intolerances
- It challenges you to learn about food and how to prepare it
- It opens your eyes to what you’re putting into your body and what’s in grocery stores
- You’ll probably learn that you love a lot more food than you realize and it’ll change your taste buds
- It can give you insight and clarification to any food allergies or intolerances you might have
- It can help you sleep at night
- It can help you lose weight
- It could help you run faster
- To gain control over food
Moving forward, I love the food that Whole30 entails so I’m still going to be eating and making my paleo/whole30 inspired meals since I love the heck out of them and they are my speciality. The funny part is that while I probably won’t ever do another Whole30, I can go 5-7 days on end without breaking one of the guidelines without even noticing it. I just don’t want to put the pressure on myself or limit/restrict myself in anyway when I feel like I want something. Like I said, I’m in a really good place with balancing food, so why go and change that?
I still encourage Whole30 for people who are curious depending on their reasons and circumstances. I’m still excited to continue the RunningWhole30 group with Gretchen because even though I won’t be doing whole30 along side these runners, a) my diet is naturally almost identical and b) we’ve been there so I’m happy to give advice to anyone who needs it!
Do you feel like you are balanced with food?
What are 3 foods that you couldn’t live without?
Who do you eat dinner with throughout the week?