Hello beautiful people.
Just a quick update on my second round of whole30.
To be completely honest, my second round isn’t at all that exciting. The newness and that sense of adventure from doing something completely new for the first time is gone. I have been tempted to quit a few times, because the experience is totally different from the first round.
My first whole30 experience was life changing, I saw dramatic results. I lost weight, my energy levels improved, I got clear skin, I slept better, I no longer felt bloated and I experienced that overall wellness feeling.
At the end of my first whole30, I didn’t want to stop. I was enjoying this new way of eating. I was in love with it so much that I decided to extend it to a whole60 which I now think wasn’t a good idea. I won’t be doing the whole30 anytime soon, I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve on this program. I feel healthier, and I’m now more mindful of what I eat.
Everything was going well with my whole60 until a surprise getaway. When I was on day 45, I had an epic fail. I broke the rules and ate some off-limit foods. My darling hubby surprised me with a short getaway, and he waited to announce it until the night before we were due to leave. I went into a panic mode, I don’t like such surprises. It doesn’t work very well when you have two little kids, ferments in progress and are on whole30.
However, I did my best to prepare; packed our bags, loaded the cooler box with whole30 approved foods and sorted my ferments. I felt better the next morning and I was extremely confident that nothing was going to get in the way of my whole60.
My first day away went well, but things went pear-shaped from day two. We were out most days, and I tried my best to stick to whole30 but my options were very limited at restaurants and cafes. On the second day, we went out for lunch at this cafe and I ordered a chicken salad.
I was feeling so proud of myself that I was sticking to my whole30 until the salad came out. That’s when things fell apart; to say it was disgusting would be an understatement. I was starving and the salad in front of me was inedible so I did what anyone in my position would have done. I went around the table taking food from my husband and kids plates. I started the day with a whole30 approved breakfast and I ended it with panini, fries, and italian pasta.
The days to come weren’t so pleasant, it took me almost a week to recover from that binge eating. I had a bad case of bloating, and gas; it was awfully unpleasant.
As you may already know, one of the rules of whole30 is that if you cheat, you have to start from the beginning. So I had to go back to day one and today is day 17. I would have finished last week if I hadn’t cheated, but oh well life happens.
My getaway binge eating made me realise just how much I miss food and no longer want to be restricted. I really miss food. I miss having variety and the freedom to choose what I want when I want. Don’t get me wrong, whole30 was a great experience. But it’s called whole30 for a reason. It’s only meant to be used as a short-term nutritional reset program to help you break away from sugar and carb cravings and build healthy eating habits. It’s not a lifestyle.
You can do whole30 multiple times but I wouldn’t advise doing it consecutively. Once every six months would be what I recommend. You need to give yourself time to evaluate your first round and put what whole30 has taught you into practice.
What has kept me going despite wanting to quit? Honestly, it’s the commitment I made to a group of friends on their first whole30 who joined me on my second round. I can’t let them down so I’m choosing to stick with it for them. However, I’m looking forward to completing this round so I can go back to eating all my favourite foods.
But what I’m really excited about the most is the reintroduction phase; finding out the foods that work well for me and those that work against me.
I love whole30, and once I’m done with this round I would like to maintain this way of eating with less restrictions. I definitely won’t be falling back into old eating habits. In the long run, I’m leaning towards a more flexible whole30/paleo diet. To be specific, I’m going to take the 80/20 paleo approach which means 80% of the time I eat well but also get that 20% to live a little and indulge in the not so healthy foods. I love it already.
Have you done two consecutive rounds on whole30? How was your experience? I would love to hear your experience if you are currently on whole or have recently finished.
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