So for 2019 I’m starting the new year off my doing the Whole30. I really like the whole idea of it, really focusing on real whole foods and cutting out a lot of processed food that has been a little too common lately in our household. (I still love you Beyond Meat!)

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(I wrote a blog post a while ago if you could do the Whole30 vegan if you wanna check it out.)

First things first: What is Whole30?

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“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.

Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.”

Basically cutting out grains, dairy, gluten, sugar, processed foods, preservatives, and eating a whole food, plant based diet

Sounds good, right?

Whole30 Rules

  1. No sugar or sweeteners of ANY kind (no maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, coconut sugar, sucanat, cane juice, stevia, xylitol, etc.)

  2. No alcohol

  3. No grain (that means no wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, quinoa, etc.) as well as any  grain derivatives (which means rice oil, corn oil, cornstarch, rice syrup, etc.)

  4. Limited legumes: beans, peas, lentils*

  5. Limited organic non-GMO soy*

  6. No peanuts (yep, that means no peanut butter)

  7. No dairy (not a problem)

  8. No carrageenan, MSG, sulfites (common additives, check your almond milk or just make your own)

  9. No making “healthy” or “compliant” treats or foods made with approved ingredients (no pancakes, no “nice cream”, etc)

There is an asterisk by numbers 4 and 5 because with the traditional Whole30 legumes, beans, peas and soy products weren’t compliant but since we aren’t consuming meat it is allowed. Since I am going to be training during the duration of the Whole30 I will be eating non-gmo and organic soy products like organic sprouted tofu for protein.

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How does a vegan Whole30 differ from the traditional Whole30?

While the tradtional Whole30 doesn’t include dairy, it isn’t very vegan friendly. There’s a lot of eggs (so many eggs!) and meat. When I was reading the first book they even suggested if you don’t meat or eggs that you may want to start for the duration of Whole30. Wtf, no thank you. With some of their latter books like Food Freedom Forever they now have a vegan protocol. Traditional Whole30 there are no soy or beans allowed, but with the vegan version tempeh and non-gmo organic tofu and properly prepared legumes are allowed.

Why I Am Doing A Vegan Whole30

After the Daytona 50 ultramarathon, I let my good eating habits slide big time. It was a combination of celebrating a race, off season, and holidays that kinda turned everything upside down. I’ve always battled with sugar and bread cravings and lately they’ve been really bad. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with unprocessed carbs or natural sugar but we can all agree that there’s nothing healthy about jelly beans and vegan doughnuts.)

I’ve also gotten lazy and been super reliant on processed veggie burgers and fake meats for dinner. Doing the Whole30 Vegan seems like a challenge and a good way to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with some new foods and recipes. I also have an ambitious race schedule this year and want to fuel my body the best way possible. Doing the Whole30 Vegan doesn’t feel restrictive to me because I will basically be eating a whole food plant based diet and not focused on counting macros.

So basically, I want to start the new years off with a whole food, plant based reset and tame my sugar cravings.

Keep an eye out, my next few posts will have my grocery list, meal plans for each week and other fun stuff. 

Let me know in the comments if you guys have tried the Whole30 before or a vegan version.


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