Well, Whole30 is done. This wraps up 30 days and I’m left feeling….meh. Not because the challenge wasn’t a good one, but because I thought it would end on a high note. That’d I’d be feeling fantastic physically, prepared for the “real world” mentally and equipped with the know-how to EAT RIGHT from here on out.
Instead, I feel a little bit impotent. It took me all the way until Day 26 (?) to hit a real snag, but I absolutely did in the form of an almond-flour-pizza crust. It was Whole30 compliant and tasted great, but I’ve been suffering ever since. Last week I was feeling quite good, so much so that I wondered if I ever wanted to get off of the Whole30 challenge. Ever since the weekend, though, major blargs. I’ve tried to explain it away a couple of different ways, but I really think it just comes down to the overdose of almond flour. Apparently some people can’t tolerate too much, and I must be one of them. But what that means is that it’s Day 30 and I don’t know which way I’m going. Do I stay on it a while longer, to get back to that place of relative healthiness? Do I need to start over completely? Do I just move on, since I’ve done the 30 days and I’m quite interested in shifting at least over to a Paleo lifestyle now (including at least honey, greek yogurt and CHOCOLATE?) I’d really like to do that last one, and I had pinned on my mental calendar that tomorrow I would have yogurt for breakfast and a latte with lunch. The book says to introduce dairy in this way and I’m quite game! But on the flip side, I really want to know if the dairy “hurts” me or not, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to accurately gauge if I’m not feeling my best before the reintroduction. What to do?
The funny part is that while this lifestyle is by NO MEANS easy yet, it has definitely become a habit and it almost feels easier right now to stay on it than to start picking it apart. I want to keep figuring out meals, ideas, ways to make this easier, ways to stay varied. It’s been a good vegetable week in that we’ve had some new ones, which keeps me teased enough to want to continue. Not that I couldn’t continue while also adding a bit of this-and-that as well! But I don’t want to fall completely backwards either. So.
Tomorrow might be a game-time decision for me. I had a crappy food day today (up until a surprisingly yummy dinner my hubs revealed in the slow cooker) so tomorrow I’m not opposed to the “usual” vegg breakfast, I’m excited for my tuna salad, and we have a Paleo delivery service that will supply dinner starting tomorrow for 10days. So really I don’t NEED to change anything up just yet. But we’ll see. I promised myself some dairy tomorrow and if the morning requires it….dairy I may have. I don’t know how it will make me feel but I can tell you for DAMN sure that I will like the way it tastes!