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Today is the day I abandon the Whole30. It has been 28 days, and I'm done. I have more cravings than when I began, especially for sweets and refined starches, and they have not gone away. I have stuck with this thing through some stressful crap in my life, but has it been worth it? Not really. I ate really whole and almost Whole30 before. I limited grains and sugar, didn't drink alcohol, avoided non-fermented soy, used healthy oils, ate a lot of vegetables, rarely had legumes. I already knew dairy was a problem food for me, so I was already not eating that. Has this diet actually made my life better or made me feel better? No. It's just been extra stress. I don't even care about the reintroduction phase, I am just done. I am eating some potato chips right now, and it's amazing. Later, I'm going to have a piece of Halloween candy that I had saved. Screw you, Whole30.

I have felt hungry frequently through this diet. I have tried to eat approved starches and lots of healthy fats, but still something has been missing it seems.

My husband did this diet with me. He has been starving this whole time, and his IBS has gotten worse. His moods have been awful this week. He still craves forbidden foods.
He did loose 10 pounds though. (I did not lose any, but he had entered the obese range - and is probably still there - and I am in the upper end of my healthy range.)

We gave you almost 30 days, and you did not change our lives. Bye.

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Honestly, for a person who already has a really whole diet and no intolerances, it's not at all unusual to have an experience like yours. The really significant results tend to happen for people who have a VERY different diet to start, or have actual food intolerances (I have migraines caused by food) that clear when that food is eliminated. But it was still a learning experience for you - you learned you don't need to eliminate anything you haven't already! Sorry you didn't have a great experience or anything groundbreaking. 

Thing with an elimination diet is that if the things you're eliminating don't do anything negative for you, then eliminating them is just going to make your diet more restrictive and make life harder. And the more mental restrictions (i.e. snacking, meal timing, template, my SWYPO) can help some people but for others (me!) it's not necessary or helpful. They actually made my disordered eating worse, so I had to adapt to do the elimination of foods part while ignoring the recommendations part. 

Good for you for hitting 4 weeks and for giving it a solid go :) 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, SchrodingersCat said:

Honestly, for a person who already has a really whole diet and no intolerances, it's not at all unusual to have an experience like yours. The really significant results tend to happen for people who have a VERY different diet to start, or have actual food intolerances (I have migraines caused by food) that clear when that food is eliminated. But it was still a learning experience for you - you learned you don't need to eliminate anything you haven't already! Sorry you didn't have a great experience or anything groundbreaking. 

Thing with an elimination diet is that if the things you're eliminating don't do anything negative for you, then eliminating them is just going to make your diet more restrictive and make life harder. And the more mental restrictions (i.e. snacking, meal timing, template, my SWYPO) can help some people but for others (me!) it's not necessary or helpful. They actually made my disordered eating worse, so I had to adapt to do the elimination of foods part while ignoring the recommendations part. 

Good for you for hitting 4 weeks and for giving it a solid go :) 

 

 

 

 

This was actually really insightful, thanks for sharing! I'm on day 16 and I ate generally well pre-W30 (though my diet was very different) and I would have thought that I would be feeling AMAZING by now. I'm feeling fine, but just fine. I know that it's too early to judge and I definitely plan on sticking out the 30 days and then doing the basic reintroduction to see if I can pick up on anything. But thanks for helping me understand a possible reason why I feel the way I do. Still looking out for that tiger blood ;)

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