This is something that puzzles me. So, people do Whole30’s for many reasons. They do it to find out if they have food allergies, and if so, then to identify which food through reintroduction. Fair enough. But most people I know do it to begin eating clean, to lose weight, or ultimately to get healthy. For people in the latter groups, I wonder what value reintroduction has.
Whole30 makes you eat basic foods that are easy to digest by the majority of people and that is nutritious. Paleo is like a less-strict Whole30, and to me, seems like a logical progression of post-Whole30 eating behavior. Reintroducing grains, dairy, and even sugar just seems counter-productive to me.
I’ve been told that my motivation, discipline, and perseverance are noteworthy and uncommon. I disagree. I believe that we all have it in us to succeed at changing our relationship with food and making good decisions to become healthier. I think many people take the easy way out and don’t want to deal with some initial discomfort or have to make decisions in the face of our society’s food norms. After all, we live in the culture of the Happy Meal and the $9.99 all-you-can-eat buffet.
Do yourself a favor: skip reintroductions (unless you are just trying to identify a food allergy). Make the natural progression from Whole30 to Paleo or keto. Or just keep eating like you did on the Whole30. There are plenty of recipes out there, and if you’ve learned anything while on your Whole30, you’ve found that clean, wholesome, natural foods are better for you, your body feels better, and you likely lost some weight. There are reasons for that: the food is good for you.