My Diet is the Anti-Whole30

Whole30. Have you heard of it?

Perhaps you have seen some bloggers or other social media figures try it out. I had seen a handful of bloggers mention it or try it for themselves in the past, and I noticed that Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner and Robyn @ The Real Life RD (both ladies I adore!) are currently partaking in the program.

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In case you have no idea what the Whole30 Program is, it’s essentially a 30 day eating program that cuts out certain food groups (such as dairy, legumes, added sugars, and grains) that could have a negative impact on overall health.

It’s not a diet in the sense of cutting out food groups for the sake of attaining a certain body shape or weight. It IS a diet that completely cuts out “psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.” Learn more here.

Both Jen and Robyn are participating in Whole30 mainly for health reasons (skin issues, overall energy, etc.), and I’ve enjoyed following their Whole30 experiences so far. I especially love Robyn’s persistent message about NOT restricting on Whole30.

It got me thinking: Huh, maybe this would help with that nice zit and dry skin on my face. Or the discomfort that I currently feel in my intestines. Or my raging sweet tooth…

But then I started thinking about a few things:

  • In college, it would be a pain in the butt to scope out Whole30-approved foods in the dining hall.
  • I would really feel uncomfortable declining a whole host of foods or requesting uber-specific cooking instructions when eating out.
  • My current diet is the anti-whole30.

…And I just don’t want to change it. I could. But let’s take a look, shall we?

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Wednesday’s breakfast was Kylie’s “banana pudding for breakfast“. It includes yogurt, peanut butter, oatmeal, and honey. All foods in red are no-no’s in Whole30.

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Wednesday’s dinner was two hard-boiled eggs that were marinating in teriyaki sauce + salad with cheesy, saucy pasta.

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Yesterday’s breakfast was leftover green pancakes (made with oatmeal, milk, and maple syrup) topped with Greek yogurt and banana cream sauce.

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Yesterday’s lunch was a Flatout wrap with avocado + egg + sriracha and cheese + egg. Plus some carrots, crackers, and hummus.

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A couple more breakfasts from this week with dairy, oats, some kind of added sweetener, and peanut butter.

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Check out this fabulous late night yogurt mess with peanut butter and granola.

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This delicious and wholesome dinner was brown rice + chicken (marinated in a lime, cilantro, olive oil and honey) + zucchini sautéed in olive oil.

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A meatless lunch of quinoa, avocado, roasted broccoli, hummus, and sriracha would not make the cut.

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Nay to this gem.

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Hey, look! This could work! Salad and chicken….marinated in honey mustard and olive oil, darn.

You get the point— I need dairy, oats, legumes, and sriracha.

Now, I’m not saying that I couldn’t ever commit to Whole30, and I am NOT trying to bash Whole30 whatsoever. I think it sounds like a great and wholesome eating program that aims to help people feel better. After all, I’m writing this post because I’ve been contemplating how Whole30 could be beneficial for me.

At this point in my life, I truly believe that I could do Whole30 without the temptation to restrict (calories, carbs, or fats). However, I realize that Whole30 would be a drastic change to my diet. Maybe Whole30 would “change my life” (as their website says) for the better, but I don’t currently see the benefits outweighing the costs:

  • No oats, rice, pizza, pasta, quinoa
  • No milk, yogurt, ice cream
  • No peanut butter (← problematic)
  • I would have to make my own nut milk.
  • I would have to ask every dining hall station what kind of oil/added sugars they use to cook the food (i.e. I would not be able to eat in the dining hall).
  • I would not be able to enjoy eating out with friends.

…even if it is just 30 days. In college, that is too much added stress.

Yes, it would be awesome if Whole30 helped me have fewer skin problems, a GI tract that basically never feels icky, and a little more energy around the clock. However, for me personally right now, it is not attainable. Maybe some other time.

I do love to eat healthy foods most of the time, and I feel pretty great as a result. So I guess I will appreciate how great I feel right now and not think about how great I could feel on Whole30. 🙂


 

P.S. I’m currently very averse to many foods because when I was blending a green smoothie earlier, the motor started smoking and it made the smoothie smell and taste DISGUSTING. I sadly threw the first batch out and made it again, but I couldn’t get the nauseating odor/taste out of my head. When I ate peanut butter later, the taste of it was almost like the nasty blender taste for some reason. As a result, I’m averse to peanut butter right now and it’s freaking me out!!!

Anyway, here’s some positivity to end this post:

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Linking up with Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud party today!

So tell me:

Have you ever tried Whole30?

Would you try it?

WIAW: Dorm and Dining Hall

Why hello there!

I’m seriously going to be so excited whenever I manage to get a post up while I’m in school. Keep in mind that I’m writing these while classes have not even started yet…

Anyway, I have FOOD for you all today! Lots of it. I’ve always been interested in seeing what people eat in college (especially the food at UCLA, where Julianna goes), because there’s the infamous “Freshman 15” that creeps up in the back of everyone’s mind. I can see how that could happen quickly because all of a sudden, there are all these food choices around you in the dining hall, and it’s tempting to want ALL OF IT. Not to mention the free pizza that’s at every social event.

I think I’m quite fortunate to be at Boston University, where there are so many healthy options beyond the salad bar. The Sargent College of Health and Rehab Sciences (my college within BU!) has a food program called Sargent Choice, which just ensures the availability of healthy, wholesome meal choices. They’re so delicious too! {Not as good as your food though, mama.}

Alright, onto the noshes. Here are some of my eats from the past week!

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Joining Jenn‘s world wide food party!

Breakfasts

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In dorm: multigrain bread with sunflower seed butter and banana + apple with peanut butter

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In dorm: oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, jam, and half a banana

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In dining hall: cottage cheese with natural peanut butter (!!!), jam, and a sliced banana

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In dining hall: oatmeal with cinnamon, jam, peanut butter, and half a banana + cottage cheese, strawberry yogurt, Sargent Choice granola (that I accidentally dumped in there…oh well!), and the other half of the banana + a chat with God 🙂

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In dining hall: whole wheat French toast (basically, the answer to my prayers) with peanut butter and banana + scrambled eggs with ketchup + glass o’ milk

Lunches

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FYSOP lunch every day: huge turkey, muenster, lettuce, tomato sandwich + kettle cooked potato chips + an unpictured chocolate chip cookie 😀

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In the fancier dining hall: seafood stew (really tasty!) with naan + salad

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Restaurant with family: I shared bites of yen ta fo soup, shrimp pad thai, papaya salad, and basil pork. Mostly shrimp pad thai and papaya salad!

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In dining hall: salad with cowboy caviar, feta, and a hard boiled egg + black bean burger on whole wheat with some fancy pico on the side

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In an on-campus food court: eel-cucumber-avocado-brown rice sushi

Snacks

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Lots of apples (with and without nut butter)

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Handy snacks in my dorm room: Wheat Thins, sweet and salty peanuts, mixed nuts

Dinners

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In the dining hall: Firecracker tofu + brown rice + veggies x2

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In the dining hall: Mexican rice with pastor chicken, salsa, and cilantro

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In dining hall: sweet chicken sandwich on whole wheat bun + salad with hummus and feta

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Dinner with family on Labor Day: clay hot pots (mine was the eel one on top left)

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In dining hall: salad with hummus + grilled salmon with soba noodles (more like chow mein noodles)

Desserts

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Ice cream social = free ice cream!! Vegan (soy) tahitian vanilla + strawberry added after this photo was taken

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Insomnia cookie! Oatmeal raisin. Not reallyyyyy worth the $1.50.

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In dining hall: plain yogurt + a dollop of strawberry yogurt + Sargent choice granola

And that’s a wrap! There were definitely more snacks in there, but I’m not going to take a picture of every banana I eat. For both of our sakes.

I hope to update you all on college life (since classes started yesterday) soon! I have a “Weekly Moves and Grooves” (aka weekly workouts) post in the works for ya too.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me:

What have you been snacking on lately?

Has there been a food you’ve tried just for the hype/experience?