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6 Whole30 Reintroduction Mistakes to Avoid

February 3, 2021

Today, we have guest-bloggers Andrea Overturf & Whitney Stuart RDN – AKA The Dallas Duo, Award-Winning Whole30 Certified Coaches.


We want your Whole30 reintroduction to be a clearcut pathway into a flourishing Food Freedom experience. Take our seasoned tips and enjoy the process! Remember, you can do the fast track OR the slow-roll reintroduction.  You can find our exclusive Reintroduction Guide & incorporate some of our Snap Kitchen Favorites

Mistake #1: Day 31, TREAT YO SELF

Congratulations! You did it, this is a fantastic feat! And yes, it IS time to reward yourself. But use real self-care instead of food. Food is fuel. In the past, we’ve treated our Whole30 group participants to spa days, manicures, or mini-makeovers. Consider really treating yourself with something that brings you an inner and outer glow. 

Mistake #2: Continue on because you feel FANTASTIC

Remember, you can feel fantastic in Food Freedom, too. That is the goal of this process! Learn more about your body. Whole30 is NOT supposed to be a “Whole365”…meaning it’s not supposed to be a long-term diet plan. It’s designed to systematically reintroduce certain foods to see if/how you react to them.

If we don’t take these steps, it leads straight to more restriction and guilt. Plus, this is not sustainable. Don’t impose that restrictive lifestyle on yourself forever, and don’t forget to read Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Urban.  Bye-bye diet culture, hello food freedom. 

Mistake #3: Eat ALL the food groups and get zero answers

Stick to one food at a time with the Whole30 reintroduction protocol, so you can best notice how each food affects you. Reintroduction is designed so that you begin with the foods that are LEAST likely to affect your system after the 30-day elimination period. The most common reintroduction order: legumes → gluten-free grains → dairy → gluten. With our groups, we have always added a day in the beginning for non-gluten alcohol. But, you can get all the free resources on the process here, from the Whole30 website. Remember, while you’re reintroducing one food, the rest of your diet stays Whole30 compatible, so you can assess how that food works for you. 

Mistake #4: Reintroducing foods you’ve never eaten before

If you’re wondering how your body does with kefir, and you’ve never had that before—stop.

No, bad idea. The reintroduction period is designed to be helpful and resourceful for your current diet. Not for new discoveries. Use Chapter 19 of It Starts with Food and the Whole30 Guidebook HERE on the Whole30 site

Mistake #5: Not writing it down!

Keeping a reintroduction journal is so helpful in reflecting on how far you’ve come and to troubleshoot if you notice any issues. Make it easy—grab our worksheets to document how you feel during each stage of reintroduction.

Mistake #6: Take it a day at a time

Nope, food freedom is all about planning for success! Use our reintroduction guide to get real examples of how to implement all food groups in a healthy and balanced way. 

Andrea Overturf and Whitney Stuart RDN created the Dallas Duo after realizing how much more attainable healthy living was when surrounded by a similar-minded supportive community. What started as a coaching group has evolved into a social wellness brand. When they’re not hosting meet & greets, lectures, and leading a coaching group you’ll find them both giggling over an almond milk americano during the day (they’re both former baristas!) a topo-tequila on holiday, and running intervals on the woodway treadmill at the latest boutique fitness studio. The Dallas Duo social wellness brand focuses on creating meaningful community-rooted events for all abilities. The Duo partners with the latest local wellness brands, businesses, and products in Dallas…and beyond! 

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