I’ve been doing Whole30 journeys on and off for nearly 3 years now. I have successfully completed 6 rounds, and am currently on lucky number 7.
It’s a fantastic program and I love it for what it’s built for – to help you move forward and maintain a healthy relationship with food. It is a step towards leading a healthier life than the one you’ve been living.
But this is my last round. I won’t do another full Whole30 ever again.
That sounds really final and really snippy, but that’s not my intent.
I just don’t want to have to go through this massive sugar/pizza/fried food hangover ever again. I don’t want to “fall off the wagon” so hard that I lie in a pile of McDonald’s and Papa Murphy’s for months (like I did after my last round in January). I don’t want to continue my unhealthy relationship with Coca Cola.
I don’t want to use Whole30 as a crutch to get along from fast food binge to fast food binge. I don’t want to tell myself “oh, you can eat this crap today, even though you know it makes you feel like hot microwaved cat barf, because you’re doing a Whole30 soon.”
If I want to be different, I have to do different.
I can no longer just “do a whole30” when I’m in the middle of a slide into a giant tub of ice cream. I can’t “treat yoself” all the time.
I have to be kind to myself by restricting the foods that I know make my body sad, and make my brain all foggy.
Whole30 is an amazing tool, and I am grateful for what it’s taught me. On occasion, I may do a week here and there of strict Whole30 eating.
But for me, I won’t do another round again. I will be living a better-fueled life by eating better foods and feeding my body what it needs, not the fast food and soda I got addicted to.