I am really excited as I am heading away with friends tomorrow to Amsterdam! It is going to be so much fun, and a great way to relax after completing my Whole30!
So this was my 8th Whole30! I done my first one back in 2011 and now do one very few months or so, it varies depending on what I have going on, or how much I feel I need a reset!
Like all my past cycles of this 100& Paleo challenge, I found this one challenging but doable. The first week is usually fine for me, but I find things get sticky for me around Day 10-17 when Day30 seems aaaaaages away.
That combined with the fact that I had three social events on in May which all involved delicious looking cakes but from which I refrained eating. I think that is the toughest thing! Seeing all that bad food around you but you can't have a morsel! And of course when you CANNOT have something you always want it!
One thing the Whole30 does make you realise is that even seemingly healthy things are still full of hidden nasties! It is so difficult to eat out sometimes unless you are ultra careful and ultra pedantic about ordering, otherwise you might end up with something on your plate which wasn't stated on the menu and which is not Whole30 compliant. Like happened me one day I ate out for lunch. I ordered a lovely looking salad with delicious chicken and avocado (which is so rare to get on a salad here for some reason!). I was really specific about requesting no dressing and olive oil on the side and then it arrived with a load of grated cheddar randomly thrown on top! What was the need for that I ask you!? Needless to say I politely asked for it to be removed.
The one time that a Whole30 is very difficult is when out and about and busy. If you are not prepared for this you will suffer! BADLY! I know, I know, I should be a dab hand at this kind of thing by now but I got caught out. I went shopping one day and went unprepared. Thought I would have loads of time to stop and get something to eat but it was impossible to find anything I could eat in a shopping centre (I should have know this!) For some unheard reason it is nigh on impossible to get something to eat in a shopping centre (mall) that is not a cream bun, a scone (geez the Irish really do love a good scone!) or a bloody pannini. Not everyone wants a damn sandwich! And if you ask for a salad you either get one of two things - a halved boiled egg served with a leaf of soggy iceberg lettuce and tonnes of potato salad and coleslaw (sure a salad is not a salad without a bit of potato salad don't ya know!?) or an elaborate affair with delicious anti-pasti selection with everything priced separately and costing about €3.50 per salad meaning your plate costs about €25!
The moral of the story. Be prepared.!
All in all I am happy with how it went and I look forward to my next cycle of it. If you are considering doing a Whole30 I say go for it! You learn so much about your eating habits and you learn not to have such an unhealthy relationship with food. Retrain your habits, cut out sugar, reduce inflammation and heal your body. Hit the reset button. Do a Whole30!