Alright, now that you're all caught up, I'm done with the Whole30! What a month!
Things That Were Easy: Honestly, my perspective didn't change much here. This wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be, and it got easier over time, not harder. I spend most of my work travel for the second half of Whole30 in Portland, where it is SO EASY to eat in a compliant way. People in Portland eat weird anyway, so restaurants weren't weird AT ALL with me customizing my meals. That and a few Whole Foods trips in Portland led to really easy work travel through weeks 3 and 4.
Things That Were Hard: Celebrating sucks on Whole30. Like, really sucks. I had the best quarter of my career and I couldn't even have a glass of wine. Or champagne. I didn't want to celebrate with food, but man, did I want to celebrate with wine! It is such a part of my life - and one that overall I don't think is a bad thing, so that made it harder. If I thought wine was bad for me, that'd be one thing. But I firmly believe in the benefits of a glass of red wine a few times a week, and I know I feel relaxed and content with one in hand. So when I succeeded at work, I wanted to celebrate right then and there. And that was super hard. Super unfairly hard. But as I realized, I'll just have to do better next quarter and celebrate then :)
How I'm Feeling: Really good. I definitely lost weight but I don't know how much. I for sure lost inches, but again I don't know how much - I didn't do before measurements due to life chaos. I always have pretty clear skin, so its hard to measure that. I've been sleeping terribly, mostly because of work stress (and I think a glass of wine would have helped my sleep), so I can't look at that for a result. But overall, I feel like I have a healthier digestive tract, I'm feeling better about my sweets cravings and ability to reach for water or a healthy snack when needed, and I'm not diving face-first into donuts and ice cream and cheese. I'll definitely do Whole30 again, and I will make more of an effort to stick on this plan - especially when I'm traveling and tend to make worse choices.
Final Thoughts: I think that going into this, I thought I would have a more profound perspective at the end. But I don't. I'm pretty sure I don't have any food allergies or sensitivities, which I already knew, so that's not a big issue for me. I think more than anything I'm happy to have succeeded at something so challenging given my work travel. I use it as an excuse sometimes for why I can't accomplish goals, and I've realized that's crap. So moving forward, work trips cannot be an excuse. Period. And here we go back into the normal world!
For those of you who did Whole30, how long did you wait before doing it again? What were your reactions afterwards? Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments!