Real Food Y'all Posted February 5, 2014 Share Posted February 5, 2014 Yesterday was the final day of my 2nd Whole30. My first one took place in September of 2012. Between the 2 W30s was a over a year of mostly SAD-eating, with a few paleo recipes here and there. Every now and then, I would get super motivated and try to eat right, but it never lasted more than a few days before I fell off the wagon. It seems the only way I could ever reach a healthy eating goal was if I put that goal within the confines of a Whole30. My first W30 was so different. I enjoyed the food I was eating, but my family was eating "normal" food around me, and I felt left out. I knew I was supposed to reintroduce foods slowly when it was over, but I really just wanted it to ALL be over so I could eat what the rest of my family ate again. The closer I got to day 30, the more frustrated I got, and around 10PM the night of day 30, I caved and ate a bowl of ice cream. The next day, I tried to forget that happened and follow the reintro protocol, but by the NEXT day I was back to joining in on my mom's casserole like a W30 never happened. This time was different. I now live with my boyfriend, who's also a SAD eater, but was more supportive of my choice to W30. I do spend a couple nights a week with my parents, due to their home's proximity to where I work to save on gas, but I always just brought all the meals I'd need for that stay in a cooler. For some reason, it just wasn't as big a deal this time to be eating differently than those around me. I never had any sensation of OMG-when-is-this-gonna-be-over. I struggled with fewer temptations and cravings. (Don't get me wrong, I HAVE been fantasizing about sinking my teeth into a cheesy piece of takeout pizza, and I WILL, but I don't mind getting through the reintro phase first.) I had to force myself to eat some rice today just to get this reintro thing started. One of my biggest reasons for Whole30ing, both times, was my ridiculous sugar dragons. I could eat a couple pints of ice cream or half a can of Nutella in one seating, EASILY. With my first Whole30, I allowed myself as much fruit as I wanted, but this time I limited it to one serving a day, often none. I'm not having sweets cravings very much at the moment (mostly just that pizza!), but I do fear what will happen whenever I do decide to let myself taste something sweet. I REALLY don't want to go the rest of my life without a sweet treat, but I fear that one piece of birthday cake on my daughter's birthday (coming up in a couple weeks) could lead to me sitting in the fetal position on the kitchen floor with a jar of Nutella and glazed eyes. Anyway, I really want to plan to keep up the paleo style of eating, but just to let myself have a break from it once or twice a week. I work full time, have a side freelance business, and a small child, and during the W30, I felt like I was literally cooking all weekend to prep to get through the week. Now that the W30's over, I need to take some time to focus on other parts of my life that need attention. Hopefully I can still keep up a MOSTLY good diet for a long time, instead of the MOSTLY bad diet with a few paleo recipes here and there, like I was. Wish me luck. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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