Now that you’ve discovered that you eat a lot of crap you didn’t even realize …. It is time to start planning your “lifestyle change” when it comes to food.
Was it that hard to cut out foods for 30 days?
What did I miss the most? What can I live without? (Think about your biggest cravings)
What do I want to keep out of my diet and what do I want to stay in?
How do I feel right now? Will I feel gross if I add all my foods back in?
What is my goal from here? (Always have a goal to achieve!)
Chances are that if you just jump back into eating everything the way you did 30 days ago, you’ll be puking in the toilet or walking around like a zombie. You need to plan this carefully and don’t let your day 31 celebration ruin all your hard work.
Here is what I discovered during my first 30 challenge:
Day 31: I added back honey, maple syrup, lots of fruit (unless you still need to drop weight, then you should limit your fruit still) dark chocolate 72%^
Week 1: I added dairy. My body felt awful and bloated so I removed dairy after just three days and I felt great again. I can have a ice cream or a little cheese here or there but no more Greek yogurt for breakfast, milk to drink or cheese on everything (luckily I was never a huge dairy fan anyway- just love ice cream!!) Brandon was okay with dairy and he will eat grass fed cheese and out cream in his coffee but he can’t have any dairy with added sugar like ice cream. We stick with almond milk and coconut milk at our house.
Week:2 I ate a sub (roll and everything) – let’s just say, I spent the night on the couch in tears having stomach pains… I gave it another shot the next day with some bread and the same thing. It took me a week to go to the bathroom. (Pre paleo, I was an every two weeks or so pooper- on e I cut out the gluten, this problem was fixed!) GLUTEN is not my friend and I do NOT touch the stuff. If you must have bread or pasta etc. try making your own with almond flours OR try gluten free options. Brandon feels a little bloated after gluten but for the most part it doesn’t bother him, however, we know gluten is awful for you so we choose to avoid it anyway.
Week 3: I had a gluten free cupcake (sugary and delicious)! This did not bother me and I still enjoy this sweet treat on special occasions. When it comes to sweets, I know that this is what makes my pants tight and what makes my face breakout so I limit the sweets to special occasions and try not to eat more than one a week–this includes dark chocolate and paleo treats!Brandon gets a headache from sugar so he avoids sweets!
The key with getting into a lifestyle eating routine is to LISTEN to your body. Add things in slowly and remove them as you feel needed. Don’t let yourself get back into the habit of feeling awful for food you clearly don’t need (you lived 30 days without them, you’ll survive!) if your pants start to feel tight again or that new found jaw bone disappears, cut out the sugars and limit fruits. If your not able to GO regularly, monitor dairy and gluten.
My suggestion is to try and eat paleo as an introduction to lifestyle change from whole 30 and allow yourself to have something on special occasions rather than every day. Make your ‘cheat foods’ worth it.
Example: Brandon and I are strict Paleo but if we go to Sweetwater Tavern for a date night, he eats the bread! It is the only place he will eat bread because he says that it is worth it for him.
-If I go to Rehoboth Beach, I get an ice cream from double dippers because it is worth it. It is one of the only places that I will eat real ice cream!
Having these places that we don’t go to that often allows us to refrain from eating these items every time we feel like it. So always ask before you eat: “Is this worth it?”
Hope this helps and enjoy your last few days of whole 30!!! You did it!!