I decided to end my Whole30 two weeks pre-mature. I didn’t go “off the rails” or anything like that. It was just a personal decision I made over the weekend.
Here are a few factors that weighed in on my decision:
- Gastric Sleeve: I honestly do not think the Whole30 is such a great plan for people who have a reduced-size stomach. It was extremely difficult for me to eat the meals (even breaking them down into 5 mini-meals) and ever feel satisfied.
- Plated Fats: Again, I am not blaming VSG, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that my body does not tolerate plated fats at all. I was having very bad bathroom issues (not to go into too much TMI) and was having major abdominal cramps after every meal.
- Lessons Learned: I learned a lot of great lessons through my Whole30 journey. I KNOW we don’t need to have carbs at every meal to feel satisfied. We don’t need to have senseless snacks in our house for ourselves or our children. Over the last two weeks I have completely overhauled our refrigerator and pantry. I have overloaded the fridge with fruits and vegetables. I have said NO to food for both myself and my children more times that ever. We have truly changed our lifestyle.
- It’s too much for me: This may seem like a total cop-out, but Whole30 gave me so much anxiety and I was moving into depression and it was totally not good for my mental health. Yesterday, as I was having an all-out panic attack in the parking lot of Kroger (tears, shaking, hyperventilating, the works) I had to stop and ask myself, “Is this really worth it?” and the answer is a resounding “NO.”
Honestly, I have learned so much from this experience and from my family taking this journey with me. So many Whole30 concepts will be ingrained in my life (hopefully forever). I am proud that I made it this far and I am totally giving props to the Rockstars who make it 30 days and beyond. My BFF is rocking it and I am super proud of her! But I am also realistic that this is not something for everyone and it is definitely a different way of resetting your diet in such a positive way.
As for my skin issues, I have to say with 100% truth that my skin has been looking better; not perfect, but much better). I do think I have a dairy issue and I am confident that I will not be adding a ton of dairy back into my diet anytime soon. Honestly, I didn’t miss it. I also did not miss rice (my stomach literally HATES rice) nor did I miss most beans.
My joint pain has been so much better as well, but I am not sure if it is directly from Whole30 or that fact that I have been listening to my body much more and am really trying to listen to my body and take breaks when I need to.
In the end, I am happy I even made it this far. The first few days were HELL and that just goes to show how crappy I had been eating/drinking. I have learned so much and I really did make some wonderful changes in the last 14 days. I am looking forward to moving forward in my journey in a very healthful way!
How is everyone else doing?