We moved to Oregon in June 2016. My husband’s parents will be here this month. This means my husband and I can leave our darling children in the care of their grandparents and rest easy knowing they are well-loved and cared for.
So, what does this mean for a girl trying to finish up the last half of Whole30? I’m really wrestling with the answer to this question. There is no cheating on Whole30. If you eat non-compliant food/drink you are supposed to start over at day 1. There is no forgiveness, no grace and no excuses. Maybe I’ll just wait to have date night until day 31 and go hog-wild. That’s been my mentality in the past-well, I already screwed up so might as well have a little fun and eat all the food I’ve given up.
The problem is that I’m really proud of my accomplishment thus far. I really want to see this through to the end of 30 days and make healthy choices part of my life, not just part of a dare or challenge. In order to make this work, I’ve got to be able to go out into the real world and be just as committed to healthy choices as I am in my own kitchen. I’m pretty sure that will require the same approach I use towards making meals-planning and preparation.
I’ve got to plan on being tempted to order whatever sounds or smells good. Afterall, what’s the point of going out to eat if not to have good food? I’ve got to prepare in my mind what my response will be when I see some fabulous dessert on the menu. I’ve got to remind myself that it’s just food. Conversation, alone with my husband, without interruption, is the focus. And I’ve got to own up to the fact that there will be times that I just don’t care about whether or not my meal is nutrient-dense. It’s ok to indulge at a meal. I just can’t let it turn into an excuse to indulge for a week or a month. Here’s some tips I found (while Paleo is specifically mentioned, I think they apply to any healthy lifestyle):
I think I can do this. I can eat healthy at a restaurant. I’ve learned that it’s ok to order food “dry”, meaning without the sauce that might be covering it. I have re-discovered how much I like oil and vinegar on salad. I know I’ll be ok if I don’t have dessert. I can do this. I WILL do this. And next time, I might even do it with a glass of wine if I want to!