We’re about a week out from the completion of our Road Trip Whole30, and it’s time to start thinking (and talking) about what some of you are going to do when your 30 days are up. More on this topic as the big day approaches, but today we’d like to hit on a question reader Diana posted on our site last week. Diana wrote:
I was just looking for some input from those of you who have completed the Whole30. My 30 days are coming up on a week from Monday. I don’t want this to sound like I am going to jump back into old habits because I don’t plan to….this has been an incredible experience. But I am honestly just wondering what it was like for those of you who have completed the program when/if you reintroduced non Whole30 foods back in. I mean, while I don’t plan to drink wine as much as I did before Whole30, I’ll likely have it again… and what about sugar? How did that affect you and do the effects now solidify new habits (i.e did sugar make you feel yucky so now you don’t eat it)?
I think one of the biggest things I wanted to change with the Whole30 was the “cheat” mentality, but I am not sure how or when to reincorporate these things without that mentality…..it’s been with me for so long.
So today, we’re throwing Diana’s questions out to YOU, our readers. If you’ve completed a Whole30, share your Life After the Whole30 experiences here. Talk about how and when you introduced non-30 foods back into your diet, and how it made you feel. Did it send you off the rails back into old habits, or were you able to better manage your food choices after completing the 30 day program? Have you maintained that happy, healthy mentality going forward, or did time and life factors erode the consistency of the good habits you built here? Did you have to go longer than 30 days to reap the full benefits, and (for those of you who have been with us since the beginning) has your second or third time around made the most difference?
We’ll share more here about life post-Whole30 in the coming weeks, but for today, we want to hear from the real experts – those of you who have talked the talk and walked the walk. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Diana for the excellent question!