Holy moly. 28 days in, 2 to go. Well, technically as I write this I have one day left and I am THRILLED. I am mixed with emotions, just hours away from my final day.
I’m quite excited about next week. But to be honest — and call me crazy — I’m more excited about the Reintroduction Phase than I am about being done. Say what?! It’s experiment time –one of the main reasons I decided to endure this challenge. I’m eager to see how my body tolerates what I’ve eliminated and if I should continue without it in my diet. This next phase works like this:
Day 1: Evaluate legumes, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days.
Day 4: Evaluate dairy, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days.
Day 7: Evaluate non-gluten grains, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days.
Day 10: Evaluate gluten-containing grains, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant.
You can choose the order in which you reintroduce the groups, but cannot mix them on the same day. That way there is a control and you will feel how that group affects you. Make sense? Read more here.
Alcohol and sugar, though previously eliminated, are not part of this phase. You are free to reintroduce however and whenever you please. So for me that’s Day 31, ha! I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ll probably have a champagne toast for breakfast. And as far as reintroducing legumes goes, you BET I am having hummus first thing that day. Does hummus go well with eggs? Because that’s happening.
Back to Week 4. This past week wasn’t that much different food-wise, but wow, my energy changed. On Day 25 I jumped out of bed and started unloading the dishwasher. Um, what? As if that was an exciting activity to do in the morning.
I fall asleep so fast and am waking up around 7-7:30 a.m. without an alarm clock. If you know me at all, this is huge. I am not a morning person. Another thing that has drastically improved is my anxiety. I’ve had it off and on since college, but it significantly improved during Whole30. The only time I notice have any issues is when I’ve had caffeine, even just a little.
My next recap will cover the reintroduction phase, then I’ll write one more on my overall thoughts on the program. Stay tuned!
And on Tuesday morning, let’s have a virtual toast! 😉