So now that my first Whole30 is wrapped up I wanted to define my plans for life after the Whole30. I’d like to continue to improve my health, but shift to what is commonly referred to as “Whole30-ish”. I’m defining my whole30-ish by shifting most of the “eliminate” to “avoid”.
- Avoid added sugar, particularly the processed kinds
- Dates, honey, and maple in MODERATION
- Don’t stress small amounts of added sugar (even the bad kind)
- Avoid alcohol
- Make it a special occasion and a choice. I don’t feel great after drinking even when I don’t over consume.
- Avoid grains
- Less grey area here. No grains. I might make a rare exception for sushi rice.
- Avoid legumes
- This is pretty easy one. I’m not a peanut/peanut butter eater and the rest of the legumes have never interested me that much.
- Don’t stress the soy lecithin. It was out under no legumes and occasionally shows up somewhere you don’t expect it.
- Avoid dairy
- Sub the dairy out where possible (cashew cream, coconut milk, ghee, etc)
- Occasionally consuming butter or cultured diary products (sour cream, kefir)
- Even less occasionally consuming cheese. I want it to be a treat and a choice, not a staple.
- I haven’t regularly consumed fresh milk in more than a year so that’s not an issue.
- Avoid carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites
- Don’t stress the occasional additive. This allows many deli meats back in as convenience foods.
- Avoid vegetable oils
- I eliminated them entirely for the Whole30 even though it wasn’t strictly required. I have some products in my pantry still, like marinated artichoke hearts and olives, that include canola oil. I’d like to use them up at least.
- Avoid SWYPO
- “Sex with your pants on” is the term coined to refer to making typically carb dense trigger foods like baked goods and junk foods out of compliant ingredients. I want to avoid them because they often push better choices off the plate (like vegetables).
Lastly, I want to keep the infrequent weigh-ins. I know that I can be a slave to my scale and if it fluctuates the wrong way (WHICH IS COMPLETELY NORMAL) I let it ruin my whole day. No matter how much I remind myself how dumb that is, I still do it. So I’m limiting weigh-ins to every other week.
So that’s the plan. Posting what I’ve been eating to instagram has been really helpful making me feel accountable, but I don’t really want my account to just be an onslaught of food photos so I think I will keep photographing my meals, but I may just do a sum up blog post with m weigh-ins.