Not only is October my favorite month, but we successfully completed the September Whole30 reset. And we absolutely feel fantastic.
So what’s next?
As of this morning, I’ve been re-reading the major points of Melissa Hartwig’s Food Freedom Forever to get a handle on how to do life after the Whole30.
For me, after Whole30 is over is the hardest part. I’m always nervous about reintroducing foods I know will have a negative affect on me, and I don’t want to lose all of the wonderful good feelings I’ve cultivated over the last 30 days.
But we have a lot of be thankful after this season of Whole30.
Here are some of our NSV (Non-Scale Victories):
- Long-lasting, sustainable energy
- Less digestive issues
- Complete mental clarity
- No brain fog
- Zero bloating
- Less headaches
- Mindfulness of the meal prep stages
- The ability to say “no thank you” in certain situations
- Sharper sight (colors look brighter, richer)
- Lack of cravings
- Less snacking, if at all
- More exercise
- Better quality sleep
- Ability to tackle hard tasks or challenging things after a long day
- More motivation in the morning
- Clear skin
- More creative recipes and flavor profiles
- Zero joint pain or aches
And I’m sure there are others I’ve left out.
Since this was our third time to complete the Whole30, I did notice the hangover phase lasted considerably less time than round one and round two. It took me 12 days to feel better during round one. It took eight days in round two.
But this time, it only took four (excruciatingly hungover) days to feel awesome. That to me was the biggest win of all. The mental clarity part of Whole30 is what I crave. The sustainable energy is also a big one.
It feels good to finish something so rewarding.
Check back tomorrow to see how we celebrated our completed Whole30.