Whole05

Ok listen. I survived the Whole30 for 5 days. I learned that I can live without chocolate or donuts or dairy or breads or sugar. It was a challenge sometimes, but I did push through the cravings for all those things–mainly chocolate. I also learned that strictly following the Whole30 doesn’t make me feel the best. Sure, my body feels great, but I don’t feel like myself.  ?

I don’t think the Whole30 is for everyone. I know all of the arguments: it is only for 30 days, you really can live without it, you can always go back to eating grains and such, it isn’t a restrictive diet it is a way of life,  etc. But I don’t feel that the exact Whole30 is right for me.

Therefore, I have decided to kind of make my own eating plan. I don’t want to restrict what I eat. I love the benefits of eating the Whole30 way. I definitely feel much better and not as tired. Maybe I have the wrong mindset about it, I don’t know. I just think that I would feel better if I ate healthily without excluding anything from my diet and exercising as much as I can.

For that reason, I don’t believe that I am quitting. I know I said that I started this to see if I could finish it. Well, I have realized that I could if I felt it was benefitting me. I don’t view whole grains and dairy as bad food. I realize that most Whole30-ers don’t either. In my opinion, for me to be really healthy, I need to eat some of every food group. Still limiting the sugar to special foods. Still staying away from processed junk. I absolutely love almost all of the Whole30 foods that my family has made, and I will most likely still eat what my mom (who is still doing the Whole30) eats for meals. I just might add in some yogurt or a piece of toast.

So there:) I didn’t really know how to say this without making it sound like I was quitting. So don’t think that! Because if I thought that I was being a wimp about it, I would push my way through.

What do you say about choosing ‘your own healthy’?

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2 thoughts on “Whole05

  1. Ann says:

    Five days??!! 😉
    You definitely should do what feels best for you. I would encourage two things though:
    1) Read “It Starts With Food” to get the science behind eliminating certain food groups so that you can decide how you feel about including things like wheat and dairy. (And read other things, too, for other perspectives.)
    2) Check out this timeline: http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/

    Most people don’t feel good on day 5 of their Whole30. Your body is going through lots of adjustments. If you decide to give it another try, I think you need to make it to at least day 15-20 to experience the benefits. The first week to 10 days aren’t super great.

    No matter what, making intentional decisions and commitments to your health is commendable!!!

  2. BeccaJR says:

    Ha, ha, yes:) I have made a food plan that I plan to start in about a week and a half…when school lets out. Until then I am eating pretty much how my mom is eating.

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