Eating only veggies, fruit, and meat for 30 days doesn’t seem that difficult right? I didn’t think so either until I actually tried it.
Those of you that have completed Whole30 know it is not a simple walk in the park. Melissa Hartwig (the author of “It Starts with Food” and co-founder of Whole30)says something along the lines of “Fighting cancer is hard, having a baby is hard, eating clean for 30 days is not hard.” But Gurl, living in a world that is COMPLETELY saturated in sugar, processed foods, soy, dairy, gluten… it kind of feels impossible.
I bought and read the books, did my prep work and meal planning, bought a garlic crusher and food processor, warned my husband that I might be more irritable than usual for at least a week, and then embarked on my Whole30 journey. I was excited, motivated, and ready to be healthy.
The first day was absolute misery. All of the symptoms that I was warned about I was experiencing, but according to the book I would experience it for at least a week… oh great. I warned my husband, asked for extra grace, and then went to bed super grumpy and wanting cheese.
Day two – I was fine… literally fine. I felt great, energetic, and disgustingly positive. Other than some shakes and a small head ache on days 2 and 3 I was completely fine. This couldn’t be right, I had to be doing something wrong. I went over all the ingredients and labels to see if something had hidden sugar or soy but everything I had purchased was Whole30 approved. Maybe I was eating too much fruit – so I cut fruit out for a few days. The results? Still feeling fabulous. UGH! As far as I can tell (after hours spent on the Whole30 website)I was doing everything right. I guess I wasn’t as addicted to things as I thought I was.
So, what caused me to fail? Well, on day 8 after another move (yay for RV living), we went to a Target for some therapy. Per Target tradition, I went to Starbucks first and got an unsweetened iced matcha latte with half coconut milk and half almond milk. Ya’ll – my heart pounded, my chest hurt, and I knew I had messed up big time. I experienced quite a sugar high and then I crashed. I was devastated.
So, I’m starting over.
I actually feel better about this “do-over”. I’ve got the ingredients and Whole30 approved “stuff” (thanks to a 350-dollar grocery trip *insert eye roll*) so it won’t be like starting over completely. Will this do-over mess with my life schedule for the next few months? Yes. Am I frustrated/devastated that a week’s worth of food, meal prepping, and will power went to waste? Absolutely.
But, this time around I am more motivated and determined to stick to a strict Whole30 approved lifestyle. I want to earn my 30 days of clean living; I want that sense of accomplishment and pride of doing something for 30 days and doing it right – no cheating – no matcha lattes.