Whole27 edited

Well, today was supposed to be my last day of the Whole30. I was looking forward to crossing that day off my homemade calendar, doing a happy dance, and then having a drink and some ice cream as early the next day as possible.


But best laid plans began to crumble a bit last week.


I loved how the Whole30 made me feel. I really did get the magic energy they claim it will give you. Not quite tiger blood perhaps, but certainly the toddler mother equivalent.


I need all that energy to be a good mom, but the truth is the diet was starting to interfere with my ability to parent well. Cooking from- scratch, compliant meals three times a day for 30 days in a row was hard. And expensive. And time-consuming. I reached a breaking point and no longer felt that doing it up to the bitter end was worth losing my sanity. I was no longer able to use my energy productively in mothering because I was so distracted by how all-consuming the diet was. I do not believe in sticking to a good thing when it’s no longer serving its purpose, so I threw in the towel a couple days early.


There are no plans to go hog-wild and eat crazy food. The Whole30 taught me a lot about food formulas that give me energy. I will need to experiment with how to add in less expensive and easier to prepare foods into those formulas, but I can’t imagine abandoning them all together. The before and after pictures are startling. I feel strong, energetic, and beautiful. I did not change sizes or probably lose much weight, but my body regained proportion, my skin is brighter, and I just generally feel wonderful.


But, I need to be able to eat a nice (not-fast-food) hamburger without worrying how it was cooked. I need to be able to have a sauce that has added sugar. I need to be able to eat deli meat sometimes. I need to have a restaurant as an option on a crazy day. And I need to be able to have a drink at the end of a long non-holiday-ish holiday.


I also have to get my grocery budget under control. This Whole30 was seriously expensive. It worked out OK because we couldn’t eat out or drink alcohol so those budget lines were added to groceries, but even with that it was expensive and not doable long-term.


I’m still processing what I learned so I think I’ll post again some further thoughts on the experience when I’ve had time to think a bit more.