The Time Has Come!
You did it! It’s day 30 of your Whole30 and you feel amazing! Your energy is high, your sleep is better than it’s been in a long time, your clothes are fitting better, skin glowing, and confidence boosted! I tip my hat to you friend, because I know how hard you just worked and how good this feels! That feeling never gets old!
But whats next? Are you feeling nervous about leaving the rules of the program that you now find comfort in and heading out into food freedom land? Are you worried that your first social gathering is going to leave you downward spiraling back into old habits? These are very valid concerns. And part of the reason why the reintroduction phase of the program is SO important.
But seriously, why is it so important anyways?!
Think of it as a house. Your house needs a good solid foundation to rest on right? Right! That’s your Whole30. You’ve just spent the last 30 days laying the foundation of your house. It’s strong, and ready for the walls and roof of the house to be put on. The walls are your reintroduction. And the roof is your food freedom. You have to test out different materials and pick the best ones to build your walls out of. You take your time trying each one and seeing if its a good fit to hold up that roof. Once you get your walls built, it’s time to set your roof (food freedom) on the top. Without the walls the food freedom would collapse. Without your reintroduction, your food freedom will likely cave in. Why? Well because you don’t really know which foods do and don’t work for you. So how can you choose what to keep in your diet and build your food freedom with, if you have nothing to base your selections off of? So if you look it at it that way, it’s easy to see why reintroduction is such an important part of this journey.
OK- So how do I make this work?!
I have 5 tips to help you rock your reintroduction so that you can move on to your food freedom with confidence and the knowledge you need to make the best food choices for yourself!
Tip #1- Make A Plan!
I feel like I generally get one of two reactions when I tell people this. They either, roll their eyes and say “uggghhhhh I’m so tired of making a plan, that’s all i’ve been doing for 30 days!” OR They nod their head in agreement because they’ve found tons of comfort in making a plan and know how much more smoothly their life has been operating with a plan. If you’re in camp eye-roll, hear me out. Yeah you’ve just come off of 30 days of planning, but guess what, that planning helped keep you efficient and successful. And wasn’t that part pretty nice? The same holds true here. Think about how much easier it will be to breeze through this reintroduction if you have everything planned, prepped and ready to go. You’ll have to think about it so much less, and you can focus more on other things in life. Plan out what food groups you’re going to reintroduce on what days, and what those exact meals will look like. I highly suggest you don’t “wing it” as that is one of the main reasons I see people unsuccessful in their Whole30 efforts, so it could easily happen during your reintroduction as well. Remember you’ll return to Whole30 for two days between each reintroduction day, so have a plan for that too!
Tip #2- Stick To Your Plan!
Sounds simple right? It is. Go into this knowing that you are going to see this reintroduction through to the end. You’ve come too far to throw it all away now and not learn how all the foods you worked so hard to eliminate, really affect you. I always say it’s like shoving your money in a paper shredder. You work so hard to get it and then you just shred it and don’t get any use out of it. Don’t do that! Think about how much you value the last 30 days and how much work you put into them, don’t just throw them away!
Tip #3- Visualize Your Success!
Plan it, stick to it, visualize it, live it. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t even think “I don’t know if I can do this for another 10 days.” Don’t trap yourself that way. Instead say “I can and I will do this because I just showed myself I can do anything I put my mind to, dang it.” See yourself succeeding. Think about how good it will feel to know the effects of the food you’re eating on your body. Visualize yourself out in your food freedom making informed decisions on what, when, where, and how you’ll operate moving forward. See yourself saying “no thank you” to the foods you know aren’t worth it, and won’t make you feel good. Doesn’t that feel good to see yourself in that amazing space?!
Tip #4- Apply Your Knowledge!
You just spent the last 30 days becoming an ingredient label reading, question asking, improvising pro. Keep using those skills! They’re just as important here as ever! You want to make sure you only reintroduce one food group at a time so continuing to hone those skills is important. Tired of being in your own kitchen and want to venture out to a restaurant one of the days? Do it! You have the skills, confidence and knowledge to easily navigate that situation!
Tip #5- Have Fun With It!
I know what you’re thinking….”fun?! This is likely going to make me feel crummy some days and you’re telling me to have fun?!” YEP! I sure am! This is the fun part of the science experiment. This is where you see how much you can get away with, without feeling crummy. You never know, maybe some things during reintroduction will surprise you and you won’t feel that awful! But you don’t know until you try. Keep a log of how you’re feeling so you can document things every day and look back when it’s over. Sometimes those logs contain some hilarious comments and information.
You’re ready to to rock this, I just know it!
I hope these tips help you feel more confident in your reintroduction efforts. But for now, toast a glass of sparkling water to yourself for all your hard work you just put in rocking the past 30 days! You are Whole30 and you are amazing!
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