I am three weeks into the Whole 30. Basically, that means I'm eating meat, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, avocado, etc.). I haven't eaten anything I'm not supposed to eat, even though this weekend I was at a conference and confronted with a university cafeteria. (Solution: salad bar . . . and the second day, an omelette bar!)
I'm doing my best to just focus on what I can eat, not what I cannot eat. Because, really, when you think about cheese . . . or muffins, it could make you cry.
Except for the fact that I really feel pretty great. I'm waking up so much easier than usual.
So, the big question is what to do after the Whole 30? I am thinking about what I really miss, what I don't want to live without. I will quite likely transition to a low-glycemic index diet (likeI did before) and add back into my diet whole grains (oatmeal and brown rice and popcorn!) and dairy (Greek yogurt). But I am really going to pay attention to how I feel when I eat those foods.
The truth is that a lot of diets are effective. You could count calories or points or just quit processed food. You could track your food in a dozen different ways and read a hundred different books. What works for me might not work for anyone else. You just have to keep trying.