|Mini-Fritatta muffins with Bacon... mmmm! Def a PRO.|
Whole30 program "Pros":
- Focus on veggies
- Learning new ways to prepare meat & incorporate into diet
- No added sugars= increased awareness of how much sugar I was eating
- Focus on quality ingredients, from organic produce to sustainable meat
- Inclusion of healthy fats such as coconut, avocadoes, and olive oil
- Stops me from using bread as a filler at every meal
- Body is feeling good- no bloating, inflammation, or stomach irritation
Whole30 Program "Cons"
- Find myself eating lots of fruit, and going over my recommended sugar amounts anyway
- I don't really want to eat this much meat!
- This is definitely a hard diet to maintain while simultaneously being a person in the world
Overall, I think that there are more pros than cons to the Whole30 program and to Paleo-based eating in general, but I am starting to think about what Day 31 will look like for me. Which foods will I choose to re-incorporate; which will I decide to live without?
My post-Whole30 daily diet thoughts so far:
|a typical #Whole30 grocery haul for the week!|
- Focus on Vegetables
- 2-3 servings of protein from:
- sustainable meat & eggs
- nut butters
- cottage cheese/greek yogurt
- 2-3 servings of Fruits
- 2-3 servings of Whole grains
- Chocolate in moderation (2-3 servings per week)
- Refined/enriched grain items
- Milk and cheese (not including cottage cheese/greek yogurt)
- Added sugars, although prioritizing honey & maple syrup as sweeteners when applicable
*Note- Baked goods with refined flour and chocolate are my downfall. Chocolate chip cookies! I need to indulge in these treats sparingly without "treating myself" to 2-3 cookies per day.
I'm trying to keep an open mind until the end of my Whole30 program, and after I re-introduce some of the eliminated items, before I make any firm opinions or decisions. Overall, I think I have already learned a lot about my eating habits, my diet pitfalls and weak points, and I've expanded my recipe repertoire a LOT! All positive outcomes that will contribute to my health in the long-term.