Monday, August 5, 2013

Weekending: The Final Whole30 Push

Ahh the weekend. My favorite time to relax, catch up on sleep, see friends, drink bowl sized servings of coffee, hang with my main squeeze and tidy my apartment. If we're being perfectly honest, this weekend was a little on the mellow side for my liking, with the main reason centering around Whole30.

Don't get me wrong - I like snoozing & loafing as much as the next 20 something, but it is usually prompted by a late night out with friends grabbing drinks, dinner and a movie, date night, etc. With Whole30, I've been spiraling down the hole of extreme boredom, with an overwhelming feeling of not being able to do anything.

I realize of course I'm being a bit dramatic. My entire life does not should not center around a 7 p.m. glass of wine...and yet it more or less does. Okay not really around alcohol, but social activities that involve eating or drinking.

When you can't eat without the fear your brunch omelette was sauteed in canola oil, that your chicken was rubbed down with a sprinkling of brown sugar before served to you, that you can't stuff a pre-snack into your mouth to make it through HH sitting looking like a weirdo when you don't order anything, or the fear that you will get hungry at some point during your friend hang out and you need at least 30 minutes to get home to then prepare a wheat/gluten/grain/sugar/soy/legume/dairy free meal is EXHAUSTING. And it's starting to spill over into too much of my life. I'm over it.

It is safe to say I am beyond thrilled to be on day 28 of 30 in this Whole30 journey. This challenge has changed my mindset, my determination, my eating habits and my body in such an amazing way that I will likely recommend it to everyone I know (that means you friends! I'm comin for ya with my Whole30 peer pressure!). But I am SO EXCITED to close this chapter and get into a new normal.

My new normal will be 90/10 paleo. I never in a million years thought I could get away from grains completely (wheat was tough enough but brown rice too? No way sister), and I am shocked to be standing at the end of this journey having walked away from my favorite quinoa or brown rice stir fry recipes for an entire month.

My new normal will include a weekly sugary treat, a weekly indulgent meal, and wine or a mimosa whenever I please. I will skip the gluten and grains, but you can better believe I won't be checking the labels of my favorite gluten free BBQ sauce for a "contains less than 2% sugar" soul crushing message.

In a few days I'll post my "must have" foods and recipes to survive Whole30, because it really is doable. But now, I'm back to day dreaming about my Friday night plans of celebrating the completion of this month with dinner at Pizzeria Bianco and a personal bottle of wine with my favorite, supportive boyfriend, who I could not have made it through without.



  1. It's awful and wonderful all at the same time, isn't it?! Congrats on finishing! Now you can get back to some degree of normalcy. ;)

  2. I am in awe of your determination!! I still try to minimize dairy and eat mostly protein and fruits/veggies, but the social aspect of Whole30 would MURDER me. No beer?!?!? No way.

  3. Coming up on the social aspect, too. I'm on day 5, and already would have had guaranteed failure if not for a social support circle.


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