Congratulations! You made it through your Whole30! Your next step will be to reintroduce foods to see how they affect you. Please visit our Whole30 Reintroductions support article to learn how to set up your reintroductions if you have not already done so.
Once you have completed your Whole30 Reintroductions, you may be wondering what to do next. The reintroduction period has armed you with the information you need to know to go forward with your healthy meal planning. You have now reached the Food Freedom phase of your Whole30. Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the Whole30 Reset program, described food freedom as this: "Food freedom is feeling in control of the food that you eat, instead of food controlling you." You now know which foods work for you and which ones don't. You feel great, and you want to keep feeling great. Real Plans can help!
You have several different options for what to do when your Whole30 and Whole30 Reintroductions are completed and you are ready to discover Food Freedom. Let's take a look at them.
1. Continue to follow the Whole30 plan, but add the foods you tolerated during reintroductions.
If you wish to continue to avoid most of the foods that are not compliant with Whole30 but found that you tolerated legumes and dairy just fine during the reintroductions, you can turn your Whole30 function off, leave your diet type as Whole30, and manually add legumes and dairy back to the included foods list. Here's how:
Head to Settings->Options->Major Settings.
Slide the Whole30 toggle from green to red to turn this function off. This will allow you to add the foods you successfully reintroduced back into your Meal Planner. Turning Whole30 off will automatically take you to your new My Meal Plan: My Diet page. Leave your diet type as Whole30, but select the foods you wish to add back into your diet and click the arrow to send those foods to the included list. This will allow you to follow a mostly Whole30 diet with the inclusion of your successfully reintroduced foods. You can come back and exclude these foods any time if you feel they become a problem for you. (For detailed information about how to include or exclude certain foods, please click here.)
Click "Next" to review or change your My Schedule page and "Confirm" to apply your changes. Your new plan will be generated to reflect a mostly Whole30 diet with the inclusion of your successfully reintroduced foods.
2. Change your diet type.
Now that you know which foods work for you and which ones don't, you might decide to try a different diet type. Real Plans accommodates many different diet types, including Paleo, AIP, Keto, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and more! To help you determine which diet type would work best for you, click here. This support article will give you detailed instructions on how to change your diet type. (You will need to turn your Whole30 function off as described above to change to a different diet type).
3. Do another round of Whole30.
If you felt great on your Whole30 and do not feel ready to add back any of your reintroduced foods, you can do another round of Whole30 by leaving your Whole30 function turned on. You will just need to enter a new Whole30 start date. This support article will guide you through setting up your new Whole30 Reset page.
You can decide to do another round of Whole30 at any time, even if you have changed your diet type. Just head to Settings->Options->Major Settings to turn that Whole30 function back on, and you will automatically be directed to the Whole30 Reset page to enter your new Whole30 start date. Be sure to click "Save My Whole30" on the bottom left to update your Meal Planner to generate your new Whole30 meal plan.
As always, we are available in chat to help you with your Whole30 and Food Freedom needs, or you can reach us at support at realplans dot com.