Wednesday, January 25, 2012

No More Whole30!

Whole30 banner I used to have.
Some of you may have noticed that I took the Whole30 challenge banner off of my blog. Honestly, when I first started the Whole30 challenge, I was super excited and fired up...

I'm still using the cookbook! :)
I was making my own homemade "yummy" sauce, using homemade mayo... I was eating very strict paleo, and not touching ANY dairy, or ANY sugar, or ANY... well, much of anything... that wasn't just plain and straight vegetable or meat. I even finally got Melicious' Well Fed cookbook and rejoiced! I was so happy! (I won it in a Twitter giveaway contest!)

But then came week 2, and I know for sure that I just wasn't mentally prepared for the Whole30 challenge. I am still fairly new-ish to Paleo, as I've been doing it for a little over 6 months off-and-on, and getting THIS strict... I just wasn't ready for it.

I was tired of being paranoid about my food, not being able to make my (dare I say "super?") healthy treats, just because they weren't Whole30 compliant, and not being able to use most condiments, and having to make most of them from scratch.

I love this whey. :)
Plus, school started again, and that added extra stress to my life. I don't want to stress and worry over my food. I want to live a mostly Paleo life, and not beat myself up and feel like an utter failure when I realize there's butter on my steak, or cheese in my lettuce-wrapped burger. I don't want to say no to beef jerky just because it was a little bit of sugar in it. And I want to be able to supplement with unflavored whey powder when I'm struggling financially, or in a huge hurry. I'd rather eat something healthy that is still Paleo, even though it's not Whole30 compliant... than starve. And honestly, trying to do Whole30, I found myself avoiding most foods, and not getting enough calories... especially when it came to snacks to bring to school. I can only eat so many boiled eggs days in a row before I start to really feel sick.

And so... no more Whole30! I'm still eating Paleo, but I'm listening to my heart and to my body. Making low-carb, grain-free chocolate chip cookies makes me happy. Mixing up whey powder with full-fat coconut milk in the morning when I'm pressed for time and still need protein makes me happy (plus I hate having to constantly CHEW all the time... please tell me I'm not the only one!)...

Not doing Whole30 (for the time being) makes me happy. I just need balance right now! Sometime in the future when I've been eating Paleo for a while longer, and have more recipes under my belt, (and a stronger resolve), I'll try Whole30 again.

But for now, I'm back to my norm! Gluten-free, low-carb, low-sugar, Paleo eating! As close to 80/20 as possible. :) The 20% is mostly reserved for Korean comfort foods and sushi. :)

Have any of you finished/tried/ditched the Whole30 challenge? How was it for you? Had you been eating Paleo for a while before you started, and did you find it obsessively mind-consuming? Lol.


  1. I looked at the Whole30 thing, but a while ago, but as I thought about it I knew that I would not do it.  for all of the reasons you wrote about.

    Have you read up on Primal?  Very similar to Paleo with some amusing twists.  I forget the details, but I think they add something that Paleo shuns and the addition make sense to me. The amusing part is that the founder doesn't wear shoes  :o because our feet weren't intended for shoes.  He has some weird footgear for when shoes are essential.

    Anyway, I think you've done well in going back to Paleo.  I'd think it would have been tempting to just ditch all of it--but you didn't.  Victory!  :D 

  2. Thanks, Deb! :) V for Victory! Lol.

    Paleo and Primal are used interchangeably, from what I understand, and both are used as frameworks... some people being more zealous in their adhesions to the "blueprint," with other people being more flexible and tailoring these "diets" to their own bodies and personalities.

    I think I'm definitely growing into the latter! ;)


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