My Half30 (or How I'm Bending the Whole30 Rules for Sanity)
Have you done a Whole30? It's a rigid, clean-eating, elimination diet lasting 30 days. Last year at this time, I kicked off my first Whole30. I was gung ho. I had post-baby weight I wanted to shed, as well as all the bad eating habits I had developed during two pregnancies and the time in between. It was amazing. I felt better and looked better, and it truly changed the way I approach food.
This year, we tried it again, more as a post-holiday-cleanse. I knew going into this one I wasn't nearly as motivated as I was before. For me, it's all about mindset. If I'm not all in, I'm not usually in at all.
Zach, however, was motivated and eager for this year's Whole30. So we have stuck to it. Sort of. Zach is doing great. For me, it's more like a Half30. I am allowing slip-ups, the occasional mini dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe's (my weak spot), and sweetened creamer in my cold brew once a week. Oh, and wine. (Whole30 devotees everywhere just rolled their eyes.)
Given that my life is pretty inflexible at this point, adding a very rigid diet into the mix just didn't seem like a wise idea. So I am allowing myself some misgivings, and it feels pretty good. So maybe I'm not winning in the clean eating department, but I think I'm making some strides in the mental health arena? That counts, right?
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