Lastnight, after I made the decision to end my Whole 30 on Day 17 and made it official by posting it on FoodieRN, I started to feel like I failed. I was more than half way through the program. Why didn’t I just stick it out for 13 more days?
I discussed how I felt with my husband because (lucky for him) I tell him everything. His first question to me was, “Why did you want to do the Whole 30 in the first place?” That was an excellent question. The reason I wanted to do the program was because I liked everything I had read about the program. I read the book Well Fed and agreed with most of the information. It has helped thousands of people become healthier. My main reason though was I wanted to see if it was something I want to promote on my blog because I will never promote something I don’t fully believe in.
His next comment to me was, “Well, okay, so you did the program to see if you want to promote it. Now, you know that it might not be right for everyone, including you. You believe everyone has a diet that is right for them and what works for one person might not work for someone else, right?” He was right (I hate to ever admit that). I do believe one person’s food can be another person’s poison. Everyone is unique and there is not one diet that works for everyone. Also, I believe diets don’t work and that we shouldn’t be on diets. Instead we should make sustainable lifestyle changes that support our bodies. I believe we should eat food that nourishes us and makes us thrive and remove food that makes us sick because it makes us sick and not because it is on a list that someone else created. We are the expert of our own body. I have spent the last six years learning what does and does not work for me. I know what food nourishes me, as well as what “poisons” me. Why was I doing a program that was now dictating what I could and could not eat and making me obsess about my food?
My husband then said, “It sounds like you didn’t fail, but succeeded. You now know this might not be a program you want to support. You know it might not be what is right for your coaching clients.” Again, he was right (I am sure he is loving “hearing” me say that twice now). Even though the Whole 30 might work great for people who need a drastic change. It is not right for everyone. My goal is to help others learn what makes them thrive and healthy that is specific to their body and only their body. So at first I thought I had failed, but now I see I succeeded.