So Friday will be my last day of the Whole30.
That’s 3 days early. So I’ve done the Whole27.
And I’m ok with that.
Let me explain.
I’ve LOVED the Whole30. I’ve eaten real, good food for 27 days, and it’s made me feel great. It’s honestly the first time in a LONG time that I haven’t been obsessed with food, and still lost weight. I’ve eaten when I want, I eat the amount I want, and I eat what I want (as long as it’s compliant). And I’ve still managed to lose 8 pounds (and counting! I may be down more before Friday!)!
For me, 8 pounds over 27 days is AWESOME. I’m proud of that.
And I plan on implementing a lot of this on a regular basis. I haven’t done the full reintroduction yet, but here’s what I’ve figured out so far. I found out that corn doesn’t agree with me (ate a tortilla on Saturday- which yes, “broke the rules” but was my only option at the time), so I’ll be limiting it. There will be exceptions for the occasional chips and queso. Duh.
I also realized I’m eating WAY too much dairy. While I may not have a sensitivity to it, per se, I was dependent on it for flavor…and I don’t always need it. I can have healthier meals without cheese on top of everything.
I also think I have a slight gluten sensitivity, so I’ll be cutting back on that. I don’t think I need to totally cut it out, but not eat as much.
I totally consider this round of Whole30 a success because I learned a lot about food, myself, and how the two interact.
So why am I quitting 3 days early? Well, for special things.
See, I’m headed to Hot Springs for AWBU, and while it’s possible that with some packed snacks, I could stay compliant.
However, I grew up in Hot Springs. When we return to visit family for the day, it’s eating pizza or cheap food with the family. I don’t get to go to the places I love and miss.
This is a special trip. I’m going by myself- so I get to choose where I eat (I mean, I’ll meet up with other bloggers there…but I’m not at the mercy of anyone else).
I’m not gonna go crazy. But I’m out of food control for a few meals when the conference food is served to me. I plan on making conscious choices as to what to eat and what to avoid.
But I’m planning a few special things. I want to lunch at my FAVORITE place- Cafe1217. I know that the food is healthy (I get a mixed salads and soup there. Always)…but I might splurge if they have my favorite pie. I haven’t eaten there since grad school when I would go home to visit mom. So by golly, I’m eating lunch there Friday.
I am also planning on eating brunch at the Arlington. Which will have TONS of compliant foods (meats, salads, fruit)….but I’m planning on a splurge of a homemade donut there. They are the delicious things of my childhood memory, and by golly, I want one.
I may be up a couple pounds after the weekend (which will likely be water weight from eating out every meal) but I’ll be ok.
I’ll return to eating healthily, and avoiding things my body doesn’t love. Then I’ll go to Cleveland in a week and have a splurge at the Iron Chef place…and when I get back I’m gonna do another round of strict Whole30 eating. Another round that’s actually Whole27 too….because there will be 27 days between Cleveland and Vegas. So I guess 27 is my lucky number. 🙂
I’ve LOVED this time of Whole30. I’m definitely carrying over many of the things I learned. And I’ll be back for another round very soon.