Why We Stopped Whole30
Okay, I really debated about whether or not to quit whole30. After all, we were doing it as a family and it was going decently well except for a few things.
- My husband was losing too much weight and had zero energy. Where was the tiger blood?
- I wasn’t feeling much different just exhausted from the constant amount of prep and kitchen work for the whole family. It was a ginormous time sucker.
- It costs a whole lot.
My husband and I discussed quitting several times, but every time we talked about it, we decided it wasn’t an option. We wanted to do it right 100% for 30 days to get the full benefits.
We finally realized we were continuing to eat this way for the wrong reasons. Instead of doing what was best for us and our family, we were continuing to do it just because we said we would. I wanted to keep at it for the blog, but then I realize that’s not honest to you guys. I do think whole30 can be super beneficial, but it was just plain exhausting and expensive for us when we already ate really clean.
We know that whole30 doesn’t happen in a vacuum (the rest of life still keeps happening and sometimes at a fast pace) but we did our research and made adjustments to get every benefit we could along the way. Despite our diligence we still we still felt weary and weak on day 18.
We were very careful about getting enough good fats and having balanced meals. We ate often and well. So why weren’t we feeling well? We looked up on the whole30 website to figure out why we were getting the benefits. It turns out if you are already eating really clean you don’t exactly get the huge benefits.
As the program was designed, Whole30 was an endeavor in finding where we had an unhealthy relationship with food and we accomplished that. Had we not been working for over five years to become in tune with our diet or learned the relationship between how we feel and what we eat, I think staying with the entire thirty days would have been much more important.
Are we going off whole30 to binge on pizza hut? Nope, no way. We are still 80% grain-free, sugar-free and always gluten and soy-free.
Note: We stopped on Friday and both feel great! We did have a treat and you know what it didn’t taste good. Whole30 taught us how unnecessary sugar is and dairy doesn’t have to in every meal! My husband even has a stronger conviction about limiting refined sugars after doing whole30, so it was absolutely
Why I think whole30 is still worth trying:
- I think if you just don’t know where to start with cleaning up your diet, then whole30 will teach you SO much. Whole30 teaches you how to fuel your body and what’s not good for it. You will learn to read labels like a ninja.
- Whole30 rules are awesome if you need a strict structure to get a grip on how to eat.
- Whole30 has such a following that you will be in a big community with a lot of knowledgeable people to encourage you.
If you are still doing whole30 I really think you can get great results. Our bodies are all made so different. Check out my whole30 Pinterest Board for some inspiration for this week!