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.
Andrea Bates says
Essentially, you’re taking the things you’ve learned work for you and adding them to your life while you make decisions and food choices that work for you. At least that’s what it sounds like. 😉 good for You!
Good on you for calling it what it is – addiction. You are a strong person, a determined fighter, a willing learner and active participant. You inspire me daily to do better and learn more. <3