Day is January 31st, so I am officially off Whole30. So, how did I do? What am I reintroducing first? Would I do it again? Well, those are great questions, thank you, and read below to find the answers.
Week One – not so bad. See week one post.
Week Two – hell. See week two post.
Weeks 3 & 4 – plagued with stomach flu, and the actual flu. So, a different kind of hell.
Week two is awful for everyone and the only thing that keeps us going is the thought of Tiger Blood in week three. I expected to feel great on the Sunday starting my third week, but I felt awful. I had no energy and felt like I was severely lacking nutrients. I cursed the Whole30 and decided that I was not eating enough and I would become malnourished. On Monday I felt even worse, then starting vomiting all night. Oh, that’s why I wasn’t feeling well. Stomach flu hit our family hard and anything I tried to eat just came back up. At one point I searched my fridge for anything I could keep down, compliant or not, and I came up with Activia yogurt that I bought for my husband. I ate it and kept it down, and cared less that I was cheating. I needed those probiotics in my gut and I did feel a little better after eating it. I would be damned if an Activia yogurt was going to start me over on my Whole30 journey, so I decided it didn’t count and I moved on.
I felt better in a few days, plus I added Vital Proteins Collagen Protein (Whole30 approved!) as well as an avocado a day, and I did feel a few days of Tiger Blood. I felt stronger than I had in a long time, and I do think adding those two sources of fat and protein helped a lot. I would say I got a good week of feeling decent until the flu hit our family about 10 days after we got the stomach flu. We all had it, except for the baby, who got her flu shot, and only now, after four days, do I feel slightly better. There’s definitely a sense of being run down, but its not terrible. On the thirtieth day I had a few bites of a grilled cheese my husband made us all. Comfort food, when we needed comforting. It didn’t taste as good as I remembered.
So, my Whole30 was a bit of a mess but I do feel I received a ton of benefits. I learned a few new ways to cook, I understand how my body reacts to certain foods, and I really like the idea of staying on a Paleo-type diet. I haven’t had pizza in over 30 days and I am totally ok! I don’t crave it at all. I’m sure I will have a slice again sometime soon, but I don’t expect to search it out. I feel like cheese made me feel bloated and weighed down, and although I love it, I’m going to try to stay away.
I think, in normal life, the 80/20 rule works well. Eat 80% healthy, and save the 20% for special occasions, a once a week treat, or a wine night. A Whole30 diet isn’t really sustainable, but I do think its good to do once or twice a year to clean out your body. At least the second time around you know what’s coming. So would I do it again? Yes. I would like to do it again in 4-6 months and hopefully stay away from sickness so I can really go clean. Would I recommend it for everyone? Sure, if you have no underlying health concerns.
Oh, and the reintroduction phase? Well, I ate three sour patch kids today and they were delicious. Plus half a Publix doughnut. It was amazing, but tomorrow starts my Whole30-lite/Paleo 80/20. The 20% will be used on alcohol this weekend. 🙂