After the Whole30. Now What?

Are you starting to get the feeling that I’m beating this Whole30 experience to death? Fair enough.

Probably because I kind of am. But let me explain why.

The 30 days I was on the Whole30 impacted me more than I could have imagined. I honestly wasn’t sure if I was even going to finish it in the first place. But since I did, I have gained a bit of confidence in myself. And now I know I actually have self control-who knew?

But since finishing the Whole30, things have not been amazing. And here is why…Trying the Whole30 diet was one of the most difficult things I've done. Now I'm trying to live life After the Whole30. Trying to figure it out.

*The biggest thing I have noticed is that I have been very confused about food. I feel as if I was brainwashed into thinking if a food isn’t Whole30 compliant, then it’s automatically bad for me.

That just isn’t the case. Logically, I know that.

Even so, I feel a pang of guilt if I decide to have black beans as the protein in a salad. Or if I decide to eat a sandwich, with bread (!!), I may as well just have a chocolate shake for lunch. Or, God forbid, I eat yogurt for breakfast!!

*I have been much more aware of my body’s reactions to foods. And to be honest, it’s a bit annoying.

I’ve been working on making adjustments to my diet so I can feel good again, but I also want to be relaxed about what I eat. I didn’t like being on such a strict diet. And, I enjoy eating out on occasion, and while on the Whole30, eating out is just not in the cards.

*Chocolate and I don’t have the same relationship as before. It makes me ill. Not if I have just one bite. If I have more than four bites of chocolate, I will be hating life for awhile after.

Yes, this is a good thing. I don’t need to be relying on chocolate to get me to 5 pm. But it was very unexpected for me. I saved an Easter candy stash for myself while I was on the diet. Once I was off, I kept trying to eat it, but it kept making me feel sick. So I got rid of it.

*I was never as close to ice cream as I was to chocolate, but I was a big fan. WAS.

*I had to make clarified butter. Regular butter is out now. Because now I know for a fact it makes me feel bloated and disgusting.

*I have to find a low sugar coffee drink because I am much more aware of

And let’s face it, anything good from Starbucks has at least 40 grams of sugar. (Seriously. Check their nutrition facts.)

So now, I am really working on finding a happy medium. I know which foods make me feel good, and I know what makes me feel awful.

But I’m fairly certain, and this pains me to say it, that I will go back to the Whole30 Diet way of life. At least 80% of the time. Because, you know, 80/20 is a nice, healthy, happy way to live. Right?

Have you ever tried the Whole30? What was your experience?

If you’re thinking about giving it a shot and would like some help on getting through it, check out My Whole30 Tips.

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  • Reply Rob Taylor

    Bravo for making it. We attempted to do it… While traveling. Yeah, no. I’m going to go read your other post about conquering it, because I would love to see how different I might feel following such a reset.

    June 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      WHILE TRAVELING?!! I think that would be impossible. Seriously. If you decide to try it again, make sure you’ll be home for the majority of it. And, thank you!! The main reason I made it was to prove to myself that I could. 😀

      June 8, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Dianne Mueller

    Hi Mama By Fire, This is WadingThroughMotherhood’s mother. I enjoy reading your articles and voting for you. The last couple of days when I and my friends vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs it is not registering. I thought I would let you know. Dianne Mueller😊

    January 9, 2018 at 10:38 am
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Of course! I know who you are!! <3 Thank you so much for all of the votes, and for letting me know they aren't working anymore!!

      January 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

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