It's February! What do I do now?
Hey all. You're so close to being done with your Whole30. February 1 is just around the weekend bend--do you have a plan for what you will do? If you're anything like me, your plan might involve diving headfirst into a plate of brownies/crockpot full of queso/pint(gallon) of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Before you Tazmanian Devil through a bag of Cooler Ranch Doritos, I need you to pause.
It has taken me three Whole30's to finally commit to the reintroduction. This is the first time that a Whole30 hasn't totally emotionally drained me. I am going to eat legumes on the first day, while keeping the rest of my diet Whole30, and see how my body reacts for days 2 and 3. On day 4, I'll try the same pattern with some dairy. Then, on day 7, I'm going to try some non-gluten grains. Pending my body's reaction, I'll make a plan for the rest of February. I'm not ready to say I'm going to make a plan for the rest of my life (because #brownies) but, I'm hoping this time I find a way to manage clean eating with the occasional treat.
What I learned this time is, I'm really not good at moderation. What the heck does that mean anyway? If you eat only 1 treat a day, is that moderation, or is it a habit? I need black and white rules in order to feel successful--but I'm not sure what they're going to be after February 10th yet. I do know my rules will include some wine (because #cabernet). Point being, if you don't make rules for yourself, how are you going to measure your successes going forward? I'm a big advocate of naming the boundaries (holla Teachers, name the expectations), because witout the boundaries, how will you know when you've been successful? I urge you to think about what you'll do on February 1--they don't have to be my rules, but I really think you should make some.
How will you know when you're successful?
With Love and Lettuce,
Anna and Rachel