But all in all I feel like this was a good exercise. This time around it’s largely just felt like this-is-the-way-I-eat instead of some big challenge, hence the losing track of days and lack of fancy meal planning. My period has definitely brought on the “give me a glass of wine and some dark chocolate/cheese and no one will get hurt”, but I just keep reminding myself that it will pass. Part of me just really wants to go out to a nice dinner and not be left with almost zero options (salad, no cheese, no dressing), but then I also don’t have a big desire to go gobbling up cake and pizza either.
I was rereading some of the Whole30 documentation to post to my support group and buried in one of the posts about what to do if you start sliding sideways again was, “Give yourself another reset, start over with your Life After strategy, and watch those periods of less healthy get shorter and shorter as the years go on.” THAT is a big reason for doing another Whole30. Eventually what seems challenging becomes routine and efforts become habits.