Here are 5 lessons learned upon completion of my second round of the #Whole30.
- The cravings are more powerful.
- Line up support: You cannot do it alone
- Have a goal in mind and a reason why you are doing it
- Have a plan if you’re going to travel
- Have a plan if you’re going to do an athletic competition
1. The cravings are more powerful
The funny thing here is that we really hadn’t modified our eating habits after completing the first Whole30, we kept to a majority of healthy foods, but this time through I was really craving a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast. I hadn’t had a bowl of those for over 5 months. Be prepared that when you get into the second week those cravings might surprise you. And when they do…
2. Line up support: You cannot do it alone
Lucky for me my wife helped when I wanted to stop. And I helped her when she wanted to quit. Have someone in the same house going through it with you. And you both (or all) should…
3. Have a goal in mind
Have some reason why you are doing it. You want to lose weight, improve your sleep, curb that sweet tooth. Doing it just to say you did just won’t cut the mustard and will make it all the more difficult.
4. Have a plan if you’re going to travel
I went to a conference in Phoenix the final two days of my Whole30 month. Don’t worry I didn’t cave but it was made all the harder to comply because I figured I would just pop down to the grocery store and get some stuff to cook in my room. Problem, No microwave in my room. Also no fridge. So that plan was out the door and all I had for dinner one night was a couple of salads with no dressing on them. The second and last night went to a restaurant with an old grad school buddy and was able to comply with the rules. I kept asking the server questions, “What is that prepared with?” “Any dairy in it?” I was doing good until I noticed parmesan cheese on the kale salad, but only mere hours away from completing I didn’t eat it.
5. Have a plan if your going to do an athletic competition
My 5k that I have been training for was on the morning of my last day of the Whole30. It was also the next day after traveling. It was also in Phoenix. See how the universe was conspiring against me. I bonked the last half mile, but I will save that tale for another post. Bottom line, I needed some sort of Whole30 approved carbs the night before or even a couple of days before to have the energy to run. Have a plan and do your research if you are going to run or do a competition.
But we finished it! And it was good for us. But it was hard and I am glad it is over. How glad? Well one of those hotel make your own waffles and load it up with butter and syrup kind of glads. By the way not a good idea to have shocked my system with that gluten and sugar nightmare. But it sure tasted good.
“While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come.“
1 Timothy 4:8