Happy Tuesday! Anyone else look at the calendar today? If you started your Whole30 with me on January 6th, today is your last day! So you might be asking yourself, what’s next?
Reintroducing Foods After 30 Days
Well first and foremost, let’s talk about how the last 30 days went. After removing grains, dairy, legumes, sugar etc, did you reach the goals you wanted? Maybe that was losing weight. Or managing health problems, such as stomach issues or chronic pain.
When I did my Whole30 last year, I realized I stopped needing to take pain medications. In fact my fibromyalgia pain was pretty much gone. As was my asthma. But did that mean I would have to eat within the Whole30 guidelines all the time? No.
There are a number of resources on the internet on how to reintroduce foods gradually in order to see which ones you need to keep avoiding and which ones are OK. Melissa and Dallas, the creators of The Whole30, have a great plan outlined on their website. That was the plan I followed last year.
- Day 1: Legumes – I tried lentils and beans. No reaction. Chickpeas gave me gas so I avoid those now. And I didn’t have to try soy again. I’m clearly allergic (horrible stomach issues, itching, swelling, etc).
- Day 4: Non-gluten grains – I tried gluten-free oats, quinoa, and corn. No reaction.
- Day 7: Dairy – I already knew the answer to this. Dairy causes stomach indigestion. Clearly by body is telling me no.
- Day 10: Gluten – I began eating gluten. The first day I was fine. In fact I was fine the second day as well. But by the third day of eating gluten, my fibromyalgia pain came back!
Conclusion: I need to be gluten, dairy and soy free.
But what if today isn’t the first day you ate non-Whole30 approved foods? What if you didn’t make it the full 30 days?
What to do After a Whole30 Fail
The first time I did the Whole30, I made it to week 2. Then I got caught unprepared at a golf tournament. I didn’t bring any food with me and the supplied lunches were sandwiches, chips and soda. After that I tried to get back on track, but I just couldn’t find the motivation.
So what do you do after a Whole30 fail? You try again. Didn’t make it through January? That’s OK. Take a break and try again in March. Use what you learned during your first attempt to make sure you succeed during your second.
Try using some of the tips from Surviving a Whole30 Weekend. Whether you failed because you were caught unprepared or because you got stressed out, plan ways to avoid these problems from happening again.
But while you’re waiting for your next attempt, don’t use this time as an excuse to go wild.
Just because you couldn’t make it the full 30 days doesn’t mean you should forget everything you know about healthy eating. Whole, natural foods will always be better than processed fake foods. Sugar, whether real or fake, isn’t good for you. If you know you have an existing food sensitivity, you should still be avoiding that food.
Life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Look for a middle ground until you’re ready to give it another shot. And keep experimenting with paleo recipes. You might start to notice you don’t need the Whole30 excuse to eat within the Whole30 framework.