Whole 30 is done!
Today begins reintroduction. I'm skipping reintroducing alcohol, because I already know that it triggers a worse-than-average migraine for me, so no need to repeat that! I had a Whole 30 breakfast, but I'll have some beans with lunch and dinner and see how that goes.
My main hope with Whole 30 was to reduce migraine frequency, and unfortunately it did not help in that way at all. That's a real bummer. I was really hoping that a previously undiscovered food intolerance was playing a significant role in the migraines, but I guess it really is just perimenopause hormonal stuff that I can't control.
My second goal was to get rid of the belly bloat, and it worked brilliantly for that. I still have more fat on my belly than I'd like, of course (it would need more than 30 days to get rid of that!), but I'm talking about the painful, heavy bloated feeling that was becoming a daily occurrence before. It disappeared from day 1 and hasn't returned.
I was also hoping to lose two or maybe three pounds. That seemed like a reasonable goal. I lost four. I'm hoping it was all fat, and not muscle! I haven't been lifting weights quite as regularly as I had been before, so I hope I didn't lose muscle. I think at least some of it was fat, because my clothes do seem to fit a bit more comfortably, and my waist measured a quarter inch less. Not a huge difference, but I'll take it!
So overall I'm definitely considering it a success! Probably the single best thing about it was that I REALLY boosted the amount of veggies that I eat. I don't want to give that part up - I really enjoyed it! And even though my husband and daughter didn't do W30 with me, they ate more veggies too simply because I was preparing more. I didn't feel as deprived as I thought I would, and I think that's because I tried new fruits and veggies that I'd never had before, and that made it fun.
I thought about turning it into a Whole 60, but instead, I think I'm just going to take the reintroduction phase a little slower than it says, and see how things go.
I'd love to hear how it went for the others who did it! Since you guys had done it before, are you still going to do the gradual reintroduction? Or will you just go back to eating the foods you know you can handle?