So I did something very stupid last weekend. On my usual Whole Foods run, I picked up some apple cider vinegar shots, which we enjoy having on occasion for a quick wellness boost. I don’t know if I was temporarily insane or just forgot I was on Whole30 because eating this way feels so habitual and easy at this point - but I didn’t read the damn label before I threw the shot back. As it slid down my throat, I almost choked as I suddenly remembered I was on the program and hadn’t read the label of what I’d just consumed. I frantically flipped around the bottle looking for the ingredients list when lo and behold there it was - “Organic Honey” right there on the ingredients list.
“Oh f*** this has f****** honey in it!” was my immediate response.
How the hell did I forget to read a label nearly four years after my first exposure to Whole30?
How could I have failed a Whole30 in such a STUPID way?!
Because I’m human. And I make mistakes. And all I can do is learn from them and move on.
The bad news - I can no longer count this as another Whole30 completed.
The good news - I’m still going to finish out the thirty days. There’s no reason to throw the towel in on all the benefits I’m seeing just because I ate a little honey.
I debated whether I should say anything to you all - it would be easy to pretend it didn’t happen and count this as another round down. But I've read the Harry Potter books too many times and the second I thought of doing that all I could hear were the words of Dumbledore - "There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
I asked myself why I’m blogging about my health journey in the first place and remembered my entire goal with doing this is to help you find your own #realfoodmagic. And I can only help you if I’m transparent about my own mishaps. You’ll probably make mistakes along the way and that's ok - acknowledging mistakes and learning from them is the only way to keep moving forward and keep getting better.
While I’m at it I am officially removing my first round of Whole30 from my count. As you may have read in one of my first blog posts, I had a huge epiphany when I first tried Whole30 and realized I was emotionally dependent on alcohol to relax. I had no idea until I stopped drinking on Whole30. You can read about the dramatic scene of my revelation here.
Anyway, during my first exposure to Whole30, we attended a wedding. I managed to make my plate Whole30 compliant but was really struggling to stay away from the bar. Two hours in to the reception I caved - I had a margarita. Was it worth it? Obviously not. It wasn’t enough to get buzzed and it was all the harder to resist having another one.
It was a tough lesson to learn but I haven’t cheated on a Whole30 since.
I had previously considered that month in 2015 as my first round because it’s what shifted my lifestyle so drastically - but I ALWAYS want to be open and honest with you all and that includes sharing mistakes I’ve made in my journey. (And one of those mistakes was choosing to do a Whole30 with a wedding on the calendar).
So next time you see me talking about how many Whole30s I have completed, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten how to do math.
Oh and read the damn labels on EVERYTHING, whether it’s your first Whole30 or your fiftieth.
How do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake on your health journey? Is it difficult for you to move past mishaps? Or do you acknowledge you’re doing the best you can and keep going?