Fast Track vs Slow Whaaaa?
When I did my first Whole30 back in 2014 I honestly didn't completely understand the reintroduction phase, so I didn't do it correctly. Maybe because there wasn't all the books, support and info we have at our fingertips today...
Now, after having quite a few resets under my belt, and taking the tests to become an official Whole30 Certified Coach, I cringe when I hear someone dove face first into a pizza on Day31! What was the point of the last 30 days if you're going to do that?? Zero, zilch chance of those people finding their food freedom forever. I want to help you understand the importance of the Reintroduction process. I encourage you to take it seriously and follow the reintroduction recommendations....
The Reintroduction is our opportunity to make the most of our efforts for the past 30 days and actually learn something about how the foods we've eliminated while Whole30-ing effect our body. It's our chance to design the perfect way of eating that makes us feel our best...that we can take with us for a lifetime. That knowledge is golden and is unique to us. Hence....Food Freedom.
The Reintroduction is the heart of the Whole30, so don't skip it.
It's very common for people to feel nervous as Day 31 approaches, so here's all the info you need to plan for your Reintroduction and life after the Whole30...
There's no right or wrong answer here. Whether you "Fast Track" or "Slow Roll", just remember to learn something, so pay attention and introduce foods back in one at a time.
If you don't miss a certain food, then don't bother to reintroduce it. You don't have to
If you're going to follow the Fast Track schedule and want to work alcohol back in, it's recommended that you start with that on Day 1, before the legumes, and make it a gluten-free alcohol like wine (or bubbly...you know me. LOL). If you do this your schedule will last 13 days instead of 10.
The order of the Fast Track is designed for a reason but here's a note on that from the Whole30 site:
But what if something gluten-filled appears first—before legumes? We’ve created the reintroduction schedule in this specific order, going from food group least likely to mess you up (legumes) to most (gluten-grains). However, the order is really most important if you’re going to reintroduce all food groups in just ten days. If you decide to stretch it out longer, feel free to reintroduce out of order—but know that if dairy or gluten comes early in the process, you may need extra-extra days to recover.
I also recommend you take your healthy lifestyle a step further and read the book Food Freedom Forever which can help you kick that yo yo dieting to the curb...forever.
I'd love to hear your plan! Fast Track or Slow Roll? Which one speaks to you?