I quit the Whole30 and I don’t feel bad about it. I was seven days in the program when I realized it wasn’t for me. Trendy programs and quick diets have never been ideal for me (notice how I am using the pronoun “me” almost in every sentence). As soon as I started the program, my entire focus was on complying with every single rule: don’t eat any type of sugar, don’t eat dairy, don’t do this, don’t do that... blah blah blah. I spent more time worried about not fucking up and focusing on everything I couldn’t eat instead of focusing on the real problem (learning how to eat healthy and nutritiously). The more I couldn’t have something the more I longed for it. I was craving all sorts of things that I hadn’t craved in a long time, things that had gluten as well even though I’ve been gluten-free for quite some time now.
Like many of you, one of the commitments I made to myself this New Year was to eat healthier. However, I want it to be a lifestyle, a permanent change and doing the Whole30 was going against all the goals that I had set for myself and my relationship with food. I want to forever change the way I eat not just for 30 days. Limiting myself to eating healthy for only 30 days, in my mind, it meant that after those 30 days, I was going to binge on all the food that I couldn’t eat while I was on it. Now now, I did do my research and I know that even though the Whole30 is not a diet but more like a kickstart to commence that permanent lifestyle change, as long as I had that 30 day mark in my mind, I wasn't going to be focusing on the real problem. To me all of this diet thing has a lot to do with psychology.
Even though I am not practicing the Whole30 program, I am still eating pretty much all the recipes that are Whole30 approved and will still be using recipes from their cook book from time to time. My main priority as far as diet goes is to keep eating really clean. For example, I am trying to eat lots of greens, fruits, meats and all sorts of veggies. I am still drinking my coffee black and trying to avoid added sugars, artificial sweeteners, gluten and dairy. However, I also believe that dieting should be a balance. With that said, if during the week I ate really clean and crave a gluten-free pizza, you best believe I am gonna have that pizza. Am I going to eat pizza every week? Probably. Jk. Totally not, I hope. But I am going to have some if I feel like I really want some. The same goes for ice cream. If I am doing really well and eating really clean, then I will certainly eat a small cone if I feel like having one.
Since I have officially and publicly stated my new diet and fitness goals, now I have to adhere to them. I am going to continue sharing healthy foods, recipes and snacks. I will also be tracking my progress and posting some before/after pictures. Please still send me your health recipes, whether they are Whole30, Paleo, etc. I don't care much about the labels as long as it is a healthy and sustainable meal. :) I would love to hear your personal experiences with any diet programs you might be doing, let me know in the comments below!