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Why I’m Quitting Whole 30

hans-vivek-216042I’ve accomplished 10 straight days of being 100% Whole 30… day 11 and I’ve come to tell you I’ve quit.

A month ago I decided I would do a Whole 30 in June. This was right before my grand European adventure and I knew I would need recovering after eating all that I wanted. I literally did just that…ate all that I wanted. I had dessert everyday, sometimes twice a day, and it was glorious. Cue #sorrynotsorry.

So when I came back I was jazzed about getting back into the grind , clean eating and my workout routine and all.

First, you have to understand that Whole 30 is not a diet…so stop calling it that. Everyone does Whole 30 for different reasons but it shouldn’t be done for the sole purpose of losing weight. It wasn’t created for that. It was created to help people clean up their diets and eliminate foods that could cause irritations and then teach you how to slowly reincorporate them into a clean 80/20 paleolithic lifestyle.

June 5 I started my second ever Whole 30 with the intent and purpose of cleansing and re-energizing my diet , as well as a way to fast and pray about a few things. Clarity if you will.

So, today… over a third of the way in… I’m quitting. Why? This afternoon I found myself in a high priced juice store asking for an $8 beverage that was compliant with something I wasn’t even enjoying. I thought …what am I doing with my life.

Truth is… I’m a quitter. Also truth, I’m okay with it. I quit when things no longer make sense anymore. I think that quitting gives me an opportunity to take control of my circumstances and say “You know what… I don’t want to do that anymore.” Nope. Not for me. If we can’t #PIVOT in our life… then when can we?

I could give you all sorts of excuses as to why I don’t want to be on the Whole 30 bandwagon anymore: It was too gosh darn expensive, I ran out of good recipes, Being on the go made it too hard, I really need a glass of wine, going out with friends was a nightmare, I already eat clean … but at the end of the day, I just don’t want to do it anymore.

I don’t really expect this to be some grand revelation for you. For me, I found what I’m looking for. I’ve accomplished what I started for.

Whole 30 is a really good jumping off point for those who need a reboot. I am not against it at all. One day I expect that I’ll be crazy enough to attempt it again, maybe for 20 days maybe the whole 30 days… but today I made the decision that 10 is enough.

 

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