According the “Whole30” book, most people quit on days 10 and 11. “By this point, the newness of the program has worn off. You’ve already experienced most of the unpleasant physical milestones, but you’ve yet to see any of the ‘magic’ the program promises…and while you’ve been trying really hard to have a good attitude, today you are incredibly aware of all the foods you’re ‘choosing not to eat right now.’” On day 10 I was at my home away from home - Whole Foods - and caught myself, for the first time, dwelling on what I couldn’t have. I went in with a very short and straightforward shopping list: Kombucha, Lara Bars, fruit. But I found myself meandering the aisles very slowly (some guy even asked me if it had just been “leg day”) in a sort of hypnotic state gazing at the strawberry jam… yogurt… cheese… wine… mmm...

Becca! Snap out of it!

Fifty dollars later I left with only Kombucha, Lara bars and raspberries. Which brings me to my next topic; things that are saving my ass.

I still wouldn’t say the program has been hard. There have been bumps in the road (crabby, tired, bloated) but nothing severe enough to even come close to derailing me. I’m no expert, but I must be doing something right. I have come up with thirteen items that are saving my ass, and I have divided them into two categories, “eats” and “non-eats.”

ASS SAVING EATS

ASS SAVING EATS

Eats

  • GT’s Kombucha (One a day in a wine glass = heaven)
  • Intelligentsia Coffee (Stupid expensive. Worth it.)
  • Lara Bars (Official junk food of the Whole30)
  • Avocados (Avocados for president!)
  • Majestic Garlic sauce (makes everything taste better, except my mouth)
  • My Power Supply (awesomely delicious prepared Paleo meals delivered to your door!)

Non-Eats

  • Preparedness (I always have something available to eat.)
  • Creative outlets
  • Massage (because food is no longer a reward and I have to relax without wine somehow)
  • Journaling 
  • Spiritual connection
  • Lots of exercise
  • Lots of sleep