Confession time. I’ve never made it through an entire Whole30.
I’ve tried four times and haven’t ever made it to day 30. The first three times I had an excuse. I was still nursing my youngest and cutting out grains made my supply tank and I dropped weight too quickly. But this last time I wasn’t breastfeeding, I just have terrible self-control.
I’m great at planning the meals and I even find all the vegetable chopping therapeutic, but I cannot for the life of me NOT eat something delicious if the person next to me is eating something delicious. If you offer me a cookie I will always say yes. ALWAYS.
What’s this Whole30 thing, you ask? Basically it’s a reset button for your system to reduce inflammation and improve your health. You can read all the details here.
Anyhow, even though I’m a big failure at whole30ing, I still love (attemping) whole30s. Here’s why:
-I realize how few veggies I’m eating in my typical diet. It’s so easy for me to eat an egg or oatmeal for breakfast, a quesadilla for lunch, and beans and rice for dinner. Sure, it could be worse, but there’s nary a vegetable in the mix. When I do a whole30 and am eating lots of veggies at every meal it helps me make it habit that extends beyond the whole30. I actually start craving greens.
-My skin looks so good. A week into the whole30 and my skin is so clear and glowing. I assume that means it’s good for me.
-I kick that sugar habit. I LOVE sugar. I also feel absolutely terrible when I eat it often. The whole30 really helps me get out of the cycle of sugar cravings and crashes.
-My afternoon headache/lethargy disappears. You know that 2pm awful feeling? I used to drink a couple of cups of coffee in the afternoon to perk myself up, but since my autoimmune issues (IC) have flared up and coffee makes me writhe in pain (wah!) that afternoon headache is the bane of my existence. But after a couple of weeks on the whole30 I don’t have it anymore.
The first 4-5 days really aren’t any fun (sugar cravings are REAL), but it’s worth it. Maybe someday I’ll even finish all 30 days!
Anybody else a whole30 failure? Love whole30? Hate whole30? Let’s chat in the comments 😉
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