Well, today is my first non-whole 30 day since completing my first Whole30 yesterday. The first thing I have had is gum! That is probably the only non-compliant Whole30 thing I will have today. The Whole30 recommends the reintroduction phase, but I have already done this with a different program (ultra simple diet) about 6 months ago to figure out what was wrong with my stomach and digestive system. For this reason, I will mostly be eating Whole30 approved from now on with the exception of occasion gum chewing and celebrations. Here is the link for the reintroduction phase: Step Two: Reintroduction
Instead, I jump to: Step Four: Life After Your Whole30
1. Continue eating Whole30-ish every meal, every day, as long as that feels good to you. (We say “Whole30-ish” because added sugar may creep back in, like ketchup with your burger. That seems reasonable to us. If ketchup is the worst thing in your diet, you’re doing okay.)
2.When something comes around that is too good to pass up—too special, too sentimental, to important culturally, or simply too darn delicious—make a conscious, deliberate choice as to whether or not you are going to indulge. (Use our Guide to Off-Roading if you need a little help developing your own “worth it” thought process.)
3. If you choose to indulge, take your time. Savor it. Eat consciously. And eat only as little as you need to satisfy the situation, your experience, or your taste buds. Maybe that’s a bite, maybe it’s the whole cookie, maybe it’s 6 cookies—just make sure you don’t fall into automatic consumption.
4. When you’re done, move the heck on. No guilt, no shame, no remorse. You made a conscious decision to eat something you deemed worth it. Good for you. Now let’s move on back to our normally scheduled healthy meals.
So... that is my plan friends!
If you have any questions or would like help completing a Whole30, just let me know! I would be more than willing to help!