Well I made it the 30 days!
Today is Saturday and while I do not normally have big plans on weekends, I do try to get out and make the most of a nice day. Maybe a walk is all but still nice to get out. I was feeling bad for not taking advantage of a nice day when I realized “it may be sunny but it’s -20 and over a foot of snow on the ground, take this time to relax guilt free”.
So I took a break from binge watching Riverdale (omg Archie am I right!) to do a little recap on my whole30 month.
I would like to start by just saying I’m really glad I saw my goal through and that right there is the best part for me. Sure I actually did notice some changes but those are the result of sticking to the goal that I set.
One thing that, maybe due to lack of research on my behalf, I learned is the reintroduction phase is an additional 12 days post whole30. I was not going to do them because 12 more days is almost half of another month!! Excuse me but that’s a lot of extra time to sneak in at the end. Then after reading further I saw that those who don’t do it, generally regret it. The idea is to reintroduce one food group back in at a time which I will further detail in a reintro post, but anyway I did decide to do it.
So, anyways I’m in the reintroduction phase right now but thinking back on the month – did it change my life? Not really. I mean definitely not in the way that I read so many people describing. Then again, I started at a spot where I was already making 98% of all of my meals at home and rarely buy lunch. Obviously if you were eating 98% fast food it would have a bigger effect? I did notice changes though, my clothes fit more comfortably and I felt in control. I never even once seriously considered eating something off plan. That level of control did surprise me as I don’t often see or feel it but I had made up my mind this time.
After the reintroduction where I find out if any of the food groups causes reaction then I will likely continue to eat pretty basic and as I have been the last month with obvious exceptions. Another thing I learned on the w30 website is that Melissa, the blogger behind whole30 says that it’s not meant to be forever. The point isn’t to say I will never eat dessert again. It’s so that you eliminate potential problems from your daily consumption, add them back one at a time, and then going forward you will know that dairy messes up your gut but that it’s your birthday and your friends got you an ice cream cake and you can make the decision of yes, this might effect me but I am willing to face the consequences and enjoy this. No guilt. Move on. (I also just remembered that my sister told me that Dairy Queen ice cream cakes don’t contain dairy…which is weird because ice cream…? So good though right.)
I got a passion planner for Christmas and I just reached the first months end. I love that at the end of the month it prompts me to reflect and write down some answers about the month. I wanted to share what I wrote for
“What were the three biggest lessons you’ve learned in this past month?”
- Time passes regardless of effort. This is obvious but what I mean is that if I hadn’t set a goal January would have still flown by and we would still be right here in the same moment now but without any progress or changes. So even if 30 days felt long at times, not doing something doesn’t make time wait or feel longer or anything.
- Lots of people who make healthy choices go through phases 100% and 50%. I had been feeling guilty about making good changes a few years ago and then letting the old habits come back. Something I read on the W30 page written by the founder was that she often has to bring herself back and do another w30 when things get a bit out of control – like eating cupcake tops in bed. I realized, oh she lets her habits come back too. Maybe 100% all of the time isn’t realistic and that happens to other people and you just have to find your way back to a place you can feel good about.
- Sometimes bending the rules to best fit you and lead to more success is better than trying to do something that isn’t sustainable. This is how I feel about making smoothies on the w30 even while strongly discouraged. I see the point but at some point I needed to analyze and say “is having a smoothie with compliant ingredients really an issue? If I deny myself this, will it lead me to dig in the back of the freezer and find that Christmas chocolate that I froze?” I just found that bending the rules to best fit me, while staying within allowed ingredients was the best way for me to get to the end goal. I did make a pancake but only once and that was a choice I decided was ok for me.
Must get back to Archiekins. Happy snow day !