I didn't think I'd ever do a full Whole30 again. It's just so intense, and I was well acquainted with my own nutritional parameters and what I needed to do to balance eating that benefits my body with eating that is just for fun.
Except that somewhere along the way, between the hospital onion rings and the late nights of work fueled by Ritter Sport bars, I lost my nutritional equilibrium altogether. Even though I'd done three Whole30s before, and I should know better. When I eat my feelings, I cease to know better. I'd been eating my feelings a lot.
So when an Instagram friend announced that she'd be heading up a group that would do the Whole30 together, I thought about it for a few minutes, and then I knew that it was the right thing to do.
Normally, I prefer to go solo for this sort of thing. This time, though, I felt like support would be a good thing, that knowing that other people were doing it would help me stay the course. Jarod decided to give it a go as well, so now we're eating Whole30 compliant dinners as a family*. I really like this part, that I am feeding my family food that I know is good for them, and we are all in it together.
I'm at the end of day two, and I feel okay about it. I don't like going without chocolate, but I'll live. The thing I forgot is that, though I'm giving up a few foods that I really enjoy, the meals are pretty delicious. In the end, I hope to walk away with better balance and some new dinner recipes that will help me retain that balance for longer.
I will let you know how it goes.
*A good many of the dinners I cooked before were Whole30 compliant, so much of the food isn't anything the kids aren't accustomed to. We have always eaten dinner as a family, with everyone eating the same meal. If we hadn't had that habit already, I don't think it would be fair to ask them to be part of this. It would be too much change at once. Their breakfasts and lunches often are a bit different than mine, especially since Zinashi is still adjusting to being gluten free. I don't want them to think of this as something that I decided to do that ended up being really horrible for them because they were unprepared.