I just posted this on a Whole 30 group in response to someone who is frustrated with their stress-induced eating now that they have completed the Whole 30.
Hang in there! This stuff takes practice and time and we have to learn lessons over and over and over. I have 4 years of blogging showing how I make the same mistakes over and over. That is ok, though. We learn a little each time and get a little stronger each time. Here are three things to keep in mind:
1. Emotional Freedom Technique. It can free you from your frustration in minutes or less. It is so simple that it is easy to overlook. Here is the website with instructions: http://www.emofree.com/.
2. It is about little steps. You took a giant step with the Whole 30, learned what works, and you will always know what to do. Living your life that way permanently right off the bat would be more than tough, but incorporating changes and learning over time is ok. There is a great book by Jeff Olson called The Slight Edge that will give great perspective. It is about how every little thing we do or don’t do either adds up to something big and good or something we will likely be less than enthusiastic about. It is an easy and thoughtful read.
3. Have you heard of hormesis? I use it as a bit of a game. It is about facing a challenge and temptation and ultimately defeating it (I don't always win), but each time you do you grow a little bit stronger. I love, love, love this blog author - it is a great pep talk and can help you appreciate what you accomplish in a different kind of way: http://gettingstronger.org/