Can You Do The Whole30 Vegan?
So first off, let's explain exactly the Whole30 is. Basically the Whole30 program is a 30-day reset where you eliminate certain food groups from your diet that could be having a negative impact on your body. These include: dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. You also aren't allowed baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients (example: pancakes, waffles, bread, tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pizza crust, cereal, or ice cream.) Also, even though smoothies are technically Whole30 compliant, they are not encouraged because they can be high in fruit and since you are drinking them, it's not as satietating as eating an actual meal.
Here's where it gets tricky to be plant based on the Whole30. Most of plant based protein sources aren't considered Whole30 compliant. When I looked on the Whole30 website it's even suggested to consume meat, fish, or egg just for those 30 days.
After some more research basically you can do a vegan/vegetarain Whole30-esqe plan. It's not technically Whole30 because no animal products.
But I think it would totally work. The whole premise of the Whole30 is to change your emotional and physical relationship with food. It's about getting rid of the processed crap in your diet, understanding why you are eating things, and how are they are making you feel.
In the preface of the book the authors Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig say "The Whole30 is designed to change your life." That sounds pretty awesome.
Here are my plant based protein sources for a Plant Based Whole30:
- Organic, sprouted, tofu.
- Organic tempeh
- Organic sprouted quinoa
- Clean, organic protein powders
- Organic edamame
- Organic legumes, preferably made from dried beans (nothing from a can)
And this is what I would avoid:
- Any fake meats
- Veggie burgers
- Anything that isn't organic or non-gmo
- Any product containing gluten
- Fake cheeses
Sounds like fun? I mean it does to me! So even though it wouldn't be an "official" Whole30, doing a vegan version would totally follow the whole point of the Whole30: getting rid of anything processed, eating whole food, removing inflammation causing foods, and having a better relationship with food.
Here's some links to some vegan Whole30 recipes:
- The Big Man's World Best Vegan Whole30 Recipes
- Brit + Co Vegan and Paleo Whole30 recipes
- Organic Authority: 4 Vegan Whole30 recipes
Let me know if you would like to see some plant based Whole30 compliant recipes on the site!