I can’t remember exactly what it was that set me off down this line of thought, but I have thinking about my next Whole 30. I had intended to complete another Whole 30 in July this year, a half year check in since my January Whole 30. Despite my best of intentions to live an 80/20 life of food, it hasn’t worked. If I’m honest, I’m not sure it has ever worked for me.
When I am good, I’m really good. If I am not tempted by anything, it’s all super easy, but if I have the taste of something, that’s it – it’s a lost cause. While I can’t pinpoint the exact time that I started thinking about my next Whole 30, I am quite sure it was after I had eaten a lorry load of junk during (and after) a training session at work. It’s just so easy to slip back into eating garbage. Yes, my willpower could do with a bit more exercise, and maybe some would say that I don’t want it enough (it being losing weight). Maybe sometimes, that is true – with so much else going on, sometimes I forget that actually I do need to do something positive for my physical health. Perhaps it’s an addiction to sugar (most of my foods of choice tend to be sweet things). I don’t know, but I know I need to change.
“Generally speaking, if you have a long-standing medical issue, an autoimmune disease, or a history of tenacious cravings for food addictions, you’ll likely find 30 days isn’t enough to see the full potential of your results.”
I am lucky not to have any medical issues or autoimmune diseases, but my relationship with food is still, three Whole 30s later, poor at best. Have my Whole 30s been failings? No, not at all. I’ve learnt lots about myself during and after each one. I just don’t think I have done them for long enough. I could consider doing a Whole 45 (45 days), or 60 (60 days). I could, but I’m not. I’m considering a Whole 100.
I want to have a really good stab at it. I wrote a while ago about something that really gets my goat – the New Year’s “it only takes 21 days to form a habit” rubbish. For me, 21 days just isn’t long enough. Thirty days isn’t long enough. Perhaps 100 days will be enough for my brain and body to realise that there really is life without sugar all day every day, and that the life after that can be pretty good (if the 30 days are anything to go by).
I’ve tried to read about what sort of things to expect, and it seems that food boredom is top of the list. I’ll be rolling out my well used copies of Well Fed 2 and Nom Nom Paleo and working my way through some of the new-to-me recipes in there. I am also considering buying another paleo cookbook, but I haven’t decided which yet. In terms of when to start, I am going to postpone until after my Mum’s birthday, as we are planning to go out for food (probably Wagamama), so factoring in some time for batch cooking, I think I am looking at a start date of Monday 9th May, making the 100th day Wednesday 17th August.
As for blogging, I won’t be blogging every few days as I have done in my previous Whole 30s, but will do a round up once every 10 or so days. I am currently thinking what to do about my Weigh in Wednesdays, as the consensus is to stay away from the scales during a Whole 30.
Anyway, that is my current plan. I have Friday off to exercise my inner domestic goddess and get some batch cooking done, and help batten down the hatches.