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Preparing for life after Whole30


vegasnine

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Hello,

 

I am starting to plan what I will do post-Whole30. I am on day 17 today, but I want to be sure I have a solid plan to transition as being unprepared will lead to bad things.

 

I want to continue most of these eating habits going forward with some reintroduction to see how I feel with certain food groups (isn't that the point?) and while I don't want to do another Whole30 immediately, I do want to springboard from this experience into my "permanent" eating style / lifestyle.

 

I'm not sure the order of reintroduction - any thoughts on this will be welcomed, but I will likely want to test the waters with: some dairy, whole grains (maybe without gluten), minimal sugar (with sugars being very low or zero on the nutrition label but still listed in the ingredients). I don't drink alcohol or eat many legumes (corn I suppose).

 

Just hoping to gather thoughts on this as I have a lot of weight to lose and it is important to me that this Whole30 is the starting point for my new lifestyle not just a temporary change that then reverts back to old ways....

 

Thanks

 

T

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This is the basic 10-day reintroduction (http://whole30.com/step-two-finished/), but most people tailor it based on their previous reactions. For example, I broke down every category into specific foods, beans vs lentils instead of all legumes in one day, milk vs cheese, rice vs quinoa, because I have a feeling certain items will affect me differently. My entire reintro will take about a month...

 

You're absolutely right, the reintroduction is the point of the program and so if you don't do it properly I think you would be doing yourself a disservice. However, the moderators often point out that if there is something you didn't really care for before and are happy without it, then don't plan on reintroducing it. I'm not reintroducing soy, I don't really need it in my body, I'm aware that I need to look for it on labels so I personally don't need to devote a day to try it out. There is also no need for you to go crazy off plan, so if you want to continue with the whole 30 lifestyle, continue it and just go off-plan for the reintro days when you're reintroducing only that food.

 

I also plan on continuing the whole 30 way of life, BUT, life happens and I want to know how certain foods affect me. I feel so much better over the past 30 days, I kind of want to know why I feel good, was it the lack of gluten, is it multiple things?

 

Good luck!

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Browse through the Reintro Section of the forum for tips and ideas.   Having a solid plan and strategy is the only way not to head back for the slippery slope.   Learning to listen to yourself will take some practice.   Most of us knew how to do this when we were children.   You have a willingness to come up with your own plan.  Big Win.   Take kindly the counsel of Whole 30 authors and pioneer members.   Their experience is valuable.   We don't have to rewrite the book and are under no obligation whatsoever to add back any food that marshes our mellow. 

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Thanks. I have read the reintroduction chapter and the article that Higgles posted above. I have been browsing this forum as well (it is the Reintroduction section).

Take notes.  Those who don't follow through with proper Reintros tend to come undone rather quickly within 48 hours... then start all over again and again and again.  That doesn't have to happen... you'll be ready. 

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I completely could see how that would happen - coming undone I mean. That's why I need to plan even this far in advance. 

 

I plan to take all this advice and all the other great information and be prepared! 

 

Thanks

 

T

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