Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge
It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results. I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with my results, but post-op I am still having some struggles with certain foods, as expected. I haven’t been completely 100% keto because to be honest, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to eating such a large quantity of fats, plus, with my low caloric intake, I can’t properly hit my macros because I need protein. With that said, I have decided to change up my diet and I’m looking into more Paleo options: Macros aren’t really stressed, and you are still eating wholesome fats, just not as much.
But what is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is basically a very pure version of Paleo. You could even consider it a jump start to Paleo. It’s essentially a 30 day challenge to abstain from all sugars, and eat only whole foods. No sugar, coffee/caffeine, artificial sweeteners, dairy (oh lord help me), sulfites, soy, alcohol, legumes, and junk food. By junk food, they specifically state that you can’t recreate paleo-friendly versions of junk food: so goodbye cinnamon rolls, and pankcakes. With that said no sugar substitutes as well, no Splenda, erythritol, or any form of sugar alcohols.
The idea behind this is that this purge of any bad food, or healthy alternatives to bad food allows you to change your relationship with food. I know on keto I live off my keto-friendly dupes, so this will be a challenge for sure. However, even though I’ve had my stomach shrunken, I can without a doubt say that the cravings are still there! I’m hoping this detox of sorts will help curb my cravings.
I can have complex carbs; potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit; with the exception of grains. Grains are a giant no-no, FYI corn is considered a grain. According to the Whole 30 Guide, I can have unlimited fruits, fruit juices, and almost type of vegetable. There is a lot of overlap with Whole 30/Keto, and I can have avocados, bacon, meats, and mostly everything else that isn’t on the “No” list. If you are curious, there is a comprehensive guide here.
So what does that mean for the blog and your keto recipes?
So, with that said, you can be Paleo/Whole 30 and Keto, so I’m going to try to incorporate as many meals that are friendly to both lifestyles. However, there will be some exclusively Paleo recipes. I’m not sure if how long I’m going to stay Paleo, so this may only last 30 days. I’m going to give this Whole 30 a go, and I’m going to take it from there. I’ve been doing it for a week, and it’s been fine, although I’m missing dairy something fierce.
Have any of you tried being Paleo or done the Whole 30 Challenge? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear about your experiences.