Three Months Post-Whole30

It’s been three months since I completed my first Whole30.  (I wrote about it a few times.)  I have not maintained a mostly-Whole30 diet like I had planned.  Oops — discipline is difficult!  But I know have been approaching food differently since then.  For example:

  • Breakfast is non-negotiable.  And it’s big.  One of the best things that came out of my Whole30 was the realization that my day is better when it starts with substantial food.  That’s not the case for everyone, but man, it’s a game-changer for me.
  • I can decide what to eat.  When you take a voluntary break from something (or, in the Whole30 case, lots of things) for a month, you suddenly realize the kind of major power you have over your (food) choices.  I now feel empowered to decide to skip out on the dessert.
  • Not having the bad stuff in the pantry helps.  A lot.  I have made very conscious decisions to not replace things that I don’t want to be eating.  I’m a comfort pantry-stocker — I like to know that I have a bajillion options at my fingertips.  But it’s been really helpful to get those options down to (mostly) healthy ones.
  • Vegetables actually aren’t so bad.  I’m slowly, but surely, learning that perhaps veggies aren’t the enemy of delicious.  Currently, I’m loving cabbage and Brussels sprouts, along with cauliflower (rice) and asparagus.

Keeping all that in mind, here’s a peek at what will be on my menu soon:

healthy garlic herb chicken salad
pinch of yum’s healthy garlic herb chicken salad
brussels sprouts, pecans, and bacon, with lemon and egg
borrowed salt’s brussels sprouts, pecans, and bacon, with lemon and egg
marinated cherry tomatoes with burrata and toast
half-baked harvest’s marinated cherry tomatoes with burrata and toast
crispy sausages and greens
bon appetit’s crispy sausages and greens

Have you done a Whole30?  How were your eating habits looking three months afterward?

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