This is my second (and probably last!) Whole 30 post of 2018. You can read my first one about snacks and breakfasts here. Today I’m talking about common objections to Whole 30 or common things people say to me about starting Whole 30, and sharing what I think about each of them! It’s no secret that Whole 30 is a sacrifice, and there are many things I can’t wait to start eating again. [In fact, my last day is today!!! You can expect me to have a fat glass of wine at dinner tomorrow! 🙂 ] But I’m grateful for the discipline it takes to start and complete it; I feel like I started 2018 fresh!
1. I can’t function without my coffee.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker because caffeine makes me jittery and makes my heart race. Which is unfortunate because I LOVE the taste of coffee. When I do order, I always ask for the most dairy-est, sugary-est drinks. HAHA! So I feel you. Black coffee.. no way. Although a lot of people do take their coffee this way! My suggestion is to drink black coffee with coconut milk or Whole 30 approved almond milk.
2. I normally cook for two+ (my partner, roommate, etc.), and they don’t want to participate with me. I don’t want to cook separate meals.
This one is a valid concern. The funny thing is that a lot of meals that are Whole 30 compliant are usually crowd pleasers. For example, steak and potatoes and green beans. Who doesn’t like a good steak?! If your partner/roommate wants to eat it with bread, that would be an easy add for them and easy for you to just eliminate from your meal. Pinterest is the best resource for Whole 30 recipes in my opinion, there are lots of egg bakes and roasted veggie/meat combos that are delicious for you and your partner to participate in together. You don’t really even have to tell them 😉 . For meals with rice bases, you can substitute for cauliflower rice. Your partner might object to this, but rice is fairly easy and fast to cook, so it may not be as much of a hassle to make both kinds to satisfy both parties.
3. I have a bachelorette party and don’t want to give up alcohol!
This is a tough one, and honestly I don’t have a really good answer for it. If it were me.. I’d probably just cheat and drink vodka water or vodka soda with lime. But this of course doesn’t follow the Whole 30 plan.
4. I like to have a glass of wine at night before bed and I’m not ready to give that up.
You probably won’t like this answer, but Kombucha (GT’s brand specifically) is Whole 30 compliant and is fermented, so it gives some of the mild effects of alcohol and is good for your digestion. So it would actually probably good to drink a bottle before bed. And it’s sweet, so you’ll satisfy a sugar craving. I’m laughing as I type this because the truth is nothing could replace a good glass of cabernet. But sacrifices must be made!
5. I don’t want a change in diet to disrupt my current fitness routine.
I personally snack more throughout the day so I can keep up with my high intensity cardio work outs (Cycling, HIIT, etc.). I’ve never had a problem! But if you’re a runner, training for a marathon, or are concerned about a particular fitness program, I suggest consulting with your doctor or a nutritionist about adding in a diet to that.
6. I can’t give up sweets.
Whenever I get intense sugar cravings, I drink kombucha, eat Lara Bars, Cutie oranges, and/or dates. But don’t even think for a second that I’m not dreaming of the day (which for me is tomorrow!!!) where I can indulge in some Girl Scout cookies!
7. I just don’t have that kind of willpower.
If you’re not into it, you’re just not into it and that’s totally fine! Elimination diets aren’t for everyone. I usually just channel the mindset that I’m doing this to jump start my January and start fresh with a healthy body and mind. I sleep better at night, and my skin has cleared and those are enough motivation factors for me! P.S. January isn’t the only time people participate in Whole 30, which is one of the reasons why I’m writing this post now. Many people will be starting within the next few weeks because of Spring Break, or start over the summer before summer vacations.
8. I feel like I’d just get hungry all the time.
Foods that fill me include nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans), avocados, a protein and a starch and veggies. Usually when I hear this, I refer back to the steak and potatoes and green beans scenario. That’s a meal that fills everyone up! [Note that this post is directed mostly at carnivores. I’ve never had a plant-based or vegan diet and I can’t speak to what it’s like to eliminate cheese and grains from that type of lifestyle. But my friend Molly over at Fashion Veggie is a great resource for all vegan, cruelty-free product and dietary questions!]
9. Eating healthy is expensive.
Sorry to be morbid.. but your healthcare bills later in life will be A LOT more expensive if you don’t take care of yourself and what you put into your body now. Just keeping it real! [I am not implying that you will develop a disease in the long run if you don’t participate in Whole 30. I am merely saying that the concept of Whole 30 brings awareness to a lot of foods we consume regularly that are processed and have added sugars or chemicals, which DO have negative long term effects. Hopefully we’re all on the same page! 🙂 ]
10. Whole 30 and elimination diets in general don’t promote body positivity and are damaging psychologically.
Influencers (not just bloggers, but celebrities and other thought leaders) are constantly being blamed in our society for perpetuating an image of perfection and therefore endangering people with mental and/or eating disorders. This is a pretty sensitive subject, but I just have to say how much of a burden it is to feel like I’m being held accountable for strangers’ illnesses that I don’t even know about. I would like to trust my readers and my followers that if I ever post a photo that makes them feel inadequate, or if the fact that I’m dieting for 30 days makes them uncomfortable, that they know they can unfollow. And I hope that they find the strength to seek the help that they need to heal.
On the flip side, “with great privilege/power comes great responsibility.” It is a privilege and a right for me to own this blog and exercise my free speech on the internet. And so it would be extremely irresponsible of me to make off-handed comments like, “OMG I need to lose 10 pounds ASAP, I’m so fat!” when all of you are aware of my sizing measurements. That WOULD be rude and irresponsible and psychologically damaging. Are there things about my body that I’d like to change? Of course! I’m only human. But I generally look in the mirror and feel good about the woman I have become, which allows me to overlook some of my physical “imperfections”. In addition, elimination diets are used for a variety of reasons by holistic doctors, mostly to identify food allergies and sensitivities that create toxicity in the body. It’s no secret that dairy, sugar and alcohol aren’t the healthiest for you! So I personally feel like Whole 30 is a health choice rather than a body image choice.
Do you have any other concerns about eating clean or about Whole 30? Drop them below, would love to chat it out! Remember that a lot of situations in life are mind over matter. If you have a strong resolve, you can do anything!
P.S. This was my most popular outfit on Instagram this month! So I thought I’d pair it with the most popular topic of conversation of the month as well 🙂 . My striped peplum top comes in a lot of colors and is on sale for $21! My denim is under $50 as well, and my mules are on sale for $42! Everything is true to size, I’m wearing a small, my normal size in the shoes, and a 26 in the jeans!