What I’m Doing Instead of January Whole30

Why I won't be doing a January Whole30, but instead learning more about intuitive eating

What I’m doing instead of January Whole30.

After spending most of 2018 eating that way, one of my goals this year is to change the way that Whole30 made me think about certain foods.

For those that don’t know, Whole30 is a 30 day re-set for your system that eliminates many food groups, including dairy, grains, all sugar, and legumes.

It is not meant to be a long term way of eating, although that’s where I, and many others, can go wrong.

I loved the Whole30 way of eating because it helped me figure out how my body reacts to certain foods, showed me how addictive sugar is, and also taught me how to cook things like flax bread, seen in the photo above, for example! It makes you feel SO energized and makes you sleep like a dream (literally). BUT it also made my relationship with "non-Whole30 foods” become a very scary thing.

I’m a Holistic Nutritionist, so in my head I knew better.

But I found myself being scared of foods like peanut butter (peanuts are a legume!), and even though I’m not a celiac, anything that contained gluten, dairy, or sugar for fear I’d get “fat”, have digestive issues, or break out like crazy!

This year my goal is to continue working on my relationship with foods that may not always make me feel the best, but are not "scary" in and of themselves. When I do eat something I wouldn’t normally, I don’t need to make up lost time!

The whole balance thing is a work in progress.

I do encourage those who are completing a Whole30, or something similar this January, that you really think about the reasoning behind it and what you want to get out of it. Learn what you can through the process & think of how you want to relate with food long-term!

Still learning on this journey, clearly! Are any of you doing or have done Whole30? What did you get out of it? Head on over to my Instagram to join the conversation!

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