The week we stopped following Whole30, I thought we would probably just go back to a similar eating pattern as before while being a bit more conscientious about what we were putting into our bodies.
This was partly due to the fact that is was expensive, and we wouldn’t be able do a better job than that due to our fiances. As it was, we ended up cutting our 30 days to about 10 days because the alternator in our van died and we needed that fixed ASAP.
What I didn’t fully take into account, was how our bodies would respond once we went back to eating like we did before starting Whole30. Mind you, I thought we did a pretty good job of eating healthy foods, trying to eat a good amount of fruits and veggies, and not having chips or other junk snack foods sitting around.
We were doing great!
While we were (mostly) following the program, I felt more patient and better able to handle my children when they couldn’t get along or misbehaved. Now, my kids are not horrible children by any means, and usually get along pretty well together most of the time. However, I noticed that they were even more well-behaved while we were following Whole30. There was even a sweet moment where my 5 year old was “reading” a seek-and-find book to his 3-year old brother without any arguing.
Now it’s just the opposite.
This past week, I’ve noticed that mine and my children’s attitudes have changed for the worse since stopping Whole30 (and we were even cheating some). I feel more irritable and less patient. My children are teasing each other more, picking fights, and misbehaving more than normal.
On top of that, my body is starting to rebel more. Previous to Whole30, I would start feeling gross whenever I ate too much junk. I’m getting that same feeling now on my normal diet. I guess that’s a good thing in a way, but now I have to figure out what the triggers are. I’m planning on going back to eating a diet closer to Whole30 as best as I can, as well as using my Young Living Peppermint Essential oil more to support my gastrointestinal system.
It became even more apparent to me how much our bodies need more nutrient-dense foods and supplements to support a healthier lifestyle.
I also need to try to be a little less naive, and figure in a better transition phase when doing something like Whole30.
What have you learned lately?