I was intent on starting a Whole30 on the day after my birthday. Kevin was hesitant, but willing to take the challenge on after he thought about it a bit. No sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes, among other things. Basically no happiness.
Kevin got sick on my birthday and didn’t feel well the following day. I cooked a Whole30 approved breakfast for myself and snacked on the carrots and celery that I’d so carefully prepared over the weekend. Then Kevin’s mom brought over a big pot of chicken, rice, and dumplings soup, and I was like, “Whole30 will be there tomorrow…. I can’t let dumplings go to waste.” So I was Whole30 compliant for one meal and one snack.
And we started talking about it. What did I hope to accomplish by taking on the Whole30? I don’t think I have food sensitivities, so that wasn’t it. Mainly, I guess, I just wanted a reset. And to show I could do it. And if I lost a few of the 10 lbs that are lingering around my thighs, hips, and midsection, well, that’s the icing (mmm, icing… Cake.). But Kevin was very not excited about the 30 day challenge, and I didn’t have a noble or necessary reason for taking it on. As I thought about it more, I started worrying about whether cutting out dairy and legumes (specifically peanuts) abruptly and then adding them back in after the 30 days while breastfeeding could raise the risk of Ava developing allergies to those things. That’s probably never happened and not a risk at all, but mama’s gotta worry about something, so why not that?
So we came up with our own plan for January (no sweets, no pasta, no fried stuff, no fast food, no cokes, etc.) and decided to just do our best to remain righteous in our food decisions post-January. It’s manageable and nearly sustainable as a lifestyle (sometimes a girl needs some pasta). It was a good decision for us now. Maybe I’ll do Whole30 in the future, just to prove I can. But today…I’ll take some cheese, please.
Have you tried the Whole30? Or any other cleanse or eating challenge?