I quit the whole30 and I feel the best i've ever felt. I NEVER quit at anything. I quit not because I couldn't do it, but because I refused to do it anymore. Let me explain. I am someone who is conscious of what goes in my body and I eat pretty healthy & clean on a regular basis. I have a few indulgences in the week that make me quite happy, such as pizza, dark chocolate & gluten free pancakes from walker brothers. As my friend said I'm not one to live in a box. I knew the whole30 would be a challenge with always being on the go, working long days, hating to cook & loving food, especially convenient foods like oatmeal & protein shakes. However, I did it & to my surprise it wasn't that hard. I went 23 days without a cheat meal & following the guidelines perfectly. I decided to detox from coffee as well. The first 2 weeks were extremely hard on my body. I had no energy (no coffee), I was super tired & hungry and I was "detoxing" (aka going to the bathroom) all the time. It got so bad that I wasn't even absorbing any nutrients. After week two I felt better and did notice some positives. My skin was extremely clear and I realized it is possible to not experience any cravings. I loved it! But then, everything took a turn for the worse. My workouts were weak, my skin broke out worse than it ever has, my digestion issues got so bad that for the past few days I experienced the worst stomach & back pain & contractions I've ever felt in my life to where I couldn't sleep. It was hard to work. I was not productive at all and napping every day. My clients, friends & family say I look beat up & tired & that I haven't been my bubbly self. Instead I've been irritated and lethargic. I'm not sure what it was in the whole30 program that caused me to feel this way as I have eaten all of these foods before, but my body was not happy. So after learning to let go of my ego & stubbornness I decided I have to quit feeling this way. I really didn't want to, I had only one more week, but I couldn't imagine feeling in this much pain for one more week. I work a lot & have a lot of projects coming up & fitness goals I'm trying to accomplish. I can't accomplish ANYTHING feeling like this. The whole30 is meant to make you feel good and healthy and I felt the exact opposite. So after a breakdown of learning to let go of my ego, I'm finding balance again. I quit the whole30 and went back to Kim healthy! The day i quit, i did an experiment and maxed out at Portillos - burger, hot dog, fries, shake, you name it. The next day, I felt the best I felt in the past month!! I knew something wasn't right after that. After that experiment, i'm now back to oatmeal, protein shakes, quinoa, dark chocolate, coffee occasionally & cheat meals when I feel like having a damn cheat meal. I'm an athlete and I need to fuel my body like one. My body needs carbs and sugars and grains, but the healthy kind. Whole30 did teach me a lot though. I learned that I am in control of my cravings and that I can eliminate them completely. It taught me that I can be creative when cooking. That I can give up coffee if I want to. It taught me that I'm in control & having a balanced lifestyle is important. What it taught me most is thta the most important thing is listening to my body. It also backed up my belief that everyone's bodies are different and react differently to certain foods & ways of eating. I got rid of some bad habits, like putting creamer in my coffee (I can't believe i liek coffee black now!) and being mindful of sneaky sugars. I'm glad I did the whole30 because of what I learned. I'm not saying you shouldn't try the whole30. It's a great experience. To those who have tried, succeeded & feel the way you're supposed to feel after the whole30, I'm proud of you, keep it up! As for me, suck it whole30.