We’ve been over it a million times by now…no two people are a like.
I could honestly end this post right now and it would have the same meaning. This is nothing new but always a good reminder, even if just for me.
It’s crazy/confusing/annoying/amazing that we all thrive off different things. Different foods, sleeping schedules, exercise, hobbies, etc. No one size fits all. No manual for how to be the healthiest or happiest or most successful. In some ways it will never be easy to understand because, whether we mean to or not, we often look to others for guidance, motivation and inspiration. We even look to people we don’t know first-hand…I’m talking about you blogs, podcasts, magazines and celebrities (who are not always the best example).
I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with this because it’s how we learn and try new things. I owe some bloggers my life for opening my eyes to the joy that is almond butter. But it’s not that easy. The comparison trap adds Instagram-like filters over someone’s life and makes every thing they do seem better, prettier or happier. One topic that always seems to be relevant: diet and exercise.
Paleo and Whole30 aren’t new concepts, neither are veganism and vegetarianism. All those buzzwords (plus more) evoke different feelings AND different physical results from people. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease I remember being so confused that my friends could eat gluten without an issue. It just didn’t make sense to my middle school self that something so silly could make such a difference in my health. Because no matter if you’re 5 or 50, you don’t want to hear that you are doing something “wrong.”
Frankly, people have strong opinions on their respective ways eating that they will defend with science, studies and personal anecdotes. Even people I know. But if Whole30 is teaching me anything it’s that you aren’t wrong. Neither am I. Neither is your friend or sister or crazy neighbor. There is no wrong, only “right for you.” Meat, no meat, gluten, no-gluten, beans, no beans, almond butter or
certified crazy no almond butter.
You can talk all day about the “drawbacks” or consequences of me or anyone doing Whole30 (or going vegan, for example) but it’s not for up to you to decide. I’m aware, and anyone making a change should be too. For me, it’s about me feeling happy, healthy and not sick. If anything, restriction like this is embarrassing for me, especially when everyone is #realgirlseatgluten, which I medically can’t eat.
Obviously having a balanced, healthy and open mindset is a huge requirement for any experiment like this (completely different post), but it all boils down to finding your “why.” I believe we all deserve to feel our best, even if it means trying something that we once bashed or assumed was “wrong.” My hand is raised high because I used to think that about paleo/Whole30.
Just a week or so in and I’ve seen a profound (mental and physical) change that I hope others can acknowledge and respect. Just as I will with your lifestyle. Am I riding high on the shiny, newness of the program? Maybe. Will I continue eating Paleo afterward? I don’t know now. But I do know that I will be continuing the 30 days with an open-mindset.