October 8, 2012 by Darlene McC
Today is the official beginning of week 4; the final fourth of my Whole30. But wait a minute, Dallas & Melissa may not be done with me yet. It bold type they caution:
There is no magic number.
But… but wait… isn’t that what I signed up for? 30 days and then back to pancakes and pizza? Right? Guys?
Honestly, I knew at the beginning that 30 days may not be enough and that, when I was finished, I wasn’t just going to gorge myself on crap. That wasn’t the point of this exercise, and I’m glad to say not the product either. Dallas & Melissa continue to elaborate:
If after a month, your tastes have yet to change, if you’re still craving all your “old” foods, if you’re still a slave to the sugar dragon, or if you haven’t noticed a significant improvement in a particular factor that was important to you at the beginning of this program… please consider sticking with the Whole30 for a little while longer.
The original focus of my Whole30 was joint pain and sugar addiction; some of my joints feel better, but not the ones I started focused on (knee & shoulder). And I’m not eating as much sugar, but I still crave it from time to time. So maybe an extra week or two? (Sorry hubster!) I’d like to be done and set on my nutrition before the holidays hit so I’m not overwhelmed by them; and I’ll need time for the reintroduction. So part of week 4 will be listening to my body and my cravings to see if I need some more time with this.
When I do decide to finish Whole30 I’ll be starting with the reintroduction phase; a process by which I “test” each of the foods that I’ve omitted to see if they make me sick. Should I decide that this is the last week, that will be where next week takes me. I’m fairly certain that grain is out for good; but I miss peanut butter, corn, and Greek yogurt. Fingers crossed that all those are still on the good list. I’m planning to change the times of day I eat those things for sure – I used to begin every morning with yogurt and fruit, but I now understand the importance of veggies and protein in the morning. I’ll likely keep my eggs & hash and move yogurt & fruit for a post-workout treat.
So that’s the plan! Week 4 will likely be more of the same from week 3; minus the serious stress-test. Hopefully sleeping well (especially now that it’s cold out!), enjoying my meals, reduced ketosis, more energy, and less pain. I’ve got a beef stew in the crock pot right now and the promise of left overs tomorrow for lunch.