When I ended Whole30, I had transitioned to my version of Whole30/Paleo. It allowed me to eat clean but still have some treats like chia seed pudding and wine. Then my family went to Maui for 12 days (10 days vacation + 2 days travel) and clean eating came to an end. I ate plenty of clean meals while on vacation, like breakfast and most lunches, but I still ate a lot of “off plan” foods like fish and chips, fish tacos with tortilla shells, bread, pizza, burgers and fries. Oh and carrot cake. I can’t forget the yummy carrot cake!
Do I regret it? Nope! Not one bit!
I probably should regret all the “bad” food choices I made, but I am so freaking tired of feeling guilty about food. Why should I feel guilty for eating fries and burger? I shouldn’t! Do I eat like that all the time? No! Not even close. I have decided my personal war with food is over!
What has changed from before? Me. I have changed. Being on Whole30 has really changed my life and my entire outlook. I have stopped counting calories. I have stopped looking at food as the enemy. It was hard starting Whole30 but every day on it, because just that much easier.
This time I don’t feel like an absolute failure.
Years before when I would come off vacation, I would continue my vacation eating even after vacation. I felt that since I wasn’t able to maintain a strict diet on vacation, I had failed so I might was well give up.
Not this time
Am I a failure for not being able to adhere to a strict diet while traveling 25+ hours (round trip), dealing with jet-lagged babies, and staying in a hotel room for 6 days without access to a kitchen? No. I still made clean choices for most of my meals, but there were a few others that were anything but clean. That is ok. Vacation is not real life.
Back to Normal
Now that we are back to our normal life, I am back to my normal eating. Maybe I am “back on track” or maybe I’m just back to my new normal way of eating. I don’t know. Feeling this way is new to me. I can tell you I was glad to fill my fridge with the healthy foods I’ve grown accustomed to. More than that I just glad to be back into my routine.