I did my fourth and final "perfect" Whole30 back in February. Whole30 is an elimination diet where you cut out inflammatory foods for a full 30 days with no cheats, no treats, no sugar, no dairy, no grains, no Paleo pizza and no desserts. Just protein, veggies, and fat for 30 days straight. When I wasn't doing Whole30, I was still doing Whole30... in that I was mostly eating protein, veggies, and fat and was definitely not eating pizza for any of my meals.
Why did I I keep doing it? I had a really bad relationship with food AND was trying to lose weight. I thought Whole30 would help with both, and it did to a point. I learned a lot about food, ingredients, and how different foods make me feel, but it's not something I can do for my whole life. I want pizza and pasta back in my life again. I am learning to eat food with treats in moderation. So yes, my last Whole30 was my final Whole30!
I finished my fourth Whole30 on March 1. Whenever I've finished a Whole30, I have two thoughts: "Crap. I am so scared to eat any other foods. I am so afraid I am going to binge. I am so afraid I am going to feel like crap" and also "OMG. I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT EVERYTHING I WASN'T ALLOWED TO EAT FOR 30 DAYS."
And what happens?
Well, on March 11 this happened.
I ate half of this pizza. And then a million other things that weekend. And I felt like crap. So I kept eating more. And the things I was eating weren't even good. I ate half of a really crappy chocolate cake THAT WASN'T EVEN GOOD.
I don't want to do Whole30 anymore. I don't want to binge after being so restrictive. I want pizza in my life, but I need to learn how to eat pizza without eating all the pizza. I started scheduling pizza into my week: PIZZA FRIDAY!
I started making single portion pizza with pretty decent ingredients AKA not a Lean Cuisine Pizza. It gives me something to look forward to on Friday. I know I get to eat pizza, but I have a safety net where I know I can't binge. I am only making a single portion pizza, and I always make sure to eat a giant leafy green salad with it. I've been doing it since the awful pizza binge, and it's been working out pretty well so far.
I don't count calories. I am really bad at it! I don't count WW points. I want to make sure I am getting enough protein and veggies and not too many carbs or sugars. I use 21 Day Fix containers to make sure I am getting everything I need, so the measurements are based off of that meal plan. The containers look small, but if you think about them as measuring cups and not containers to eat from, you will see they hold a lot of food!
Trader Joe's whole wheat Lavash Flatbread (Counts as 1.5 yellow)
1/2 cup (purple) Tomato Sauce of your choice (I try to find sauces that are mostly tomatoes and spices. No soy or sugar. I haven't given up on everything Whole30...)
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (Not on the food list. Counting as .5 yellow for the sugar content. Actually measure it out using a tablespoon. Seriously.)
1 blue container Mozzarella Cheese
1 red container of chicken or other protein of your choice (I also liked sliced Trader Joe's chicken sausage as a topping!)
veggies of your choice
Directions: Set oven to 375 degrees. Assemble pizza. Do you need directions to do that? Bake for 11 minutes. Yum.
What are your favorite pizza toppings? I am always looking to try new combinations.