Since I’ve experienced a Whole30, and knowing I will go back and “reboot” with a Whole7 or Whole 14, from time to time, I’ve gotten so much more in touch with how foods make me feel. I know when I’m eating too much animal protein and not enough vegetables. I can tell when I’ve had too much fruit and not enough vegetables. I can definitely tell when I’m loading up on grains and sugars.
To me, this is what it’s all about. It’s about changing my relationship with food. Now, I utilize food to help me feel well. Sometimes that means some psychological well-being from enjoying a delicious milkshake. Sometimes it means eating a basic meal of veggies and meat. But the food is no longer controlling me. When I make a choice to eat something, I have a pretty good idea of how it’s going to make me feel and I can decide if the mental payoff is worth the physical debt or if it might tip the scales and make me feel so bad that my mood also declines.
I think that’s what a lot of diets, including Engine 2, are all about: helping us create a healthier relationship with our food and empowering us to make educated, deliberate choices about what we eat and why we are eating it. Whole30 is not meant to be something that you adhere to as an ongoing lifestyle. It is meant to give you a clean slate with which to compare how you feel when you eat other foods, so you can then decide the right daily lifestyle diet for yourself.
Clearly, Engine 2 is working for Carol, and plenty of other people. It would not work very well for me though. Whole30 works wonderfully for me, as well and many other people I know personally. So, I encourage everyone to pick something that resonates with you and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t be too discouraged. Try the next one, and you will eventually find your fit.
This concludes our Exploring Whole30 and the Merits of a Paleo Diet series.
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