Thursday, March 30, 2017

Whole 30: What Stuck and What Didn't

It's been a few months since we finished up the second (and failed) round of Whole 30. We've been slightly Paleo, mostly when convenient, ever since. I've seen that a few other people I know have recently started the Whole 30 diet, so I wanted to share what we've consistently kept up and what we haven't.

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What Stuck

Almond milk
Unless I'm baking, you pretty much won't find regular milk in my house anymore. We drink Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk. It's soy, carrageenan, and lactose free. I like the flavor better than real milk and the fact that one glass is only 30 calories. We also switched our iced coffee from Starbucks to Califia. The bottle is larger and I think they actually taste better. They can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, and Harris Teeter. My favorite flavors are the XX Espresso (found most places) and Salted Caramel (only at Target).

Paleo recipes for dinner
Most of what I cook during the week is still Paleo. Or a version of it. I might make a Paleo meal and then add rice to it. Mmmm rice.

No soda
This mostly applies to me. Aaron still drinks soda at work. I am about 95% off soda. I'll have one every once in a while. Mostly, though, it's water, tea, coffee and sparkling water. Those sparkling waters are the only things that keep me from soda, though. Sometimes you just don't want water!

Less snacking
I really don't snack as much as I used to. That's from Whole 30. I make sure my meals are enough that I don't need to snack. I do eat something before working out, but that's about it these days.

Reading all the labels
Once you start reading labels, you can't stop reading them.

What Didn't Stick

Gluten Free
Sometimes we do gluten free. I have all of the flours and such and I have some really good gluten free recipes I still make. But I've also added rice (basmati and brown) back into our diets and good whole wheat bread and English muffins. I haven't noticed that much of a difference, probably because it's still not as often as before Whole 30.

Whole 30 doesn't want you doing any added sugar. For the most part, we stick to natural sugars, such as honey and maple syrup, but I also have some sugary snacks in my house like Milano cookies. Those are definitely not compliant.

Soy (really, soy sauce)
Legumes, including soy beans, are no nos on Whole 30. This one I really haven't stuck to that much. The big example is soy sauce. We make a lot of Asian dishes and when I run out of coconut aminos, I fill in with soy sauce. We don't drink soy milk or do much else with soy, so I don't feel that bad about it.

Whole 30, like any good diet, is a great way to teach you what does and does not work for your body. We've definitely kept some of the best parts of the diet. And at the end of the day, I still live by my favorite saying, "Everything in moderation." Have you tried Whole 30 or another diet recently? What parts did you keep?


  1. Great post. I like to see what people keep and ditch with things like this. I think this is why programs like Whole 30 are helpful. It's short enough that you can stick to it and you find little changes that will stick that are for the better. I want to try the Califia iced coffee. :)

  2. Nice post! I'm with you in that I'm pretty much off soda, and sparkling water is a lifesaver in this regard! I've been able to wean myself off sparkling water to regular water, but it took a *really* long time, and I'll still get some sparkling water for when I'm struggling (my coworkers surprised me for my last birthday with a huge case of sparkling water, ha <3) And for some reason it never clicked in my head that I wouldn't be able to have soy on Whole 30. No tofu?! (Yeah, I'm one in a million who loves loves loves tofu!)