There have been a ton of good questions to come out of the Group Whole 30. So I thought I would share some on the nutrition blog! I am sure some of you not doing the Whole 30 might have some of the same questions.
When reading the packet it says butter is ok – is there a certain amount that is acceptable? should we just stick to ghee or other oils like coconut or macadamia? Yes, ghee and clarified butter are ok, just be sure to get the organic butter with grass fed cows if at all possible. Here are directions and more info – http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/
V8? thoughts? You are missing out on so many wonderful nutrients when you are only consuming just the juice – especially fiber! This is the same as having an orange juice on the whole 30, which is a “no no”.
Sodium levels. Table salt is a good source of iodine, however when eating out you never know where it is hidden in your food. For a full meal I would not use anymore than 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Penzys spices are amazing; however I am in love with just plain pepper. This is a great link to some good Paleo friendly choices. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/09/whats-in-my-spice-cabinet/ .
I have been getting my meat from Whole Foods – they say it is grass fed – is their meat good quality, or should i order from Yonder Way? Whole Foods has excellent quality meat if you are getting it from the counter, ask them where the beef is from, I know they have a few local farms they work with. You want to try to be as local as possible; this will help with seasonal allergies. So look for grass fed, organic and local if possible. Yonder Way is very tasty and covers all of the above; however Whole Foods is good as well.
Bacon? Bacon is fine as long as there are no preservatives, sugar, soy or any kind of grain. Be very careful and read your labels.
I am incredibly busy. I want to try and get better but don’t know where to start. Breakfast is hard in the morning because I am usually up and then out the door which is why I usually drink v8 to get some veggies. This is a link to my favorite breakfast easy recipes. Make a big paleo quiche (egg, any ground meat, fresh or frozen veggies) and cut into squares. There is no alternative to real food – i e – fresh fruit, veggetables and meats. This link should help out.
Sweet potatoes are ok in a small quantity if mixed with another veggie if it is not post workout.
Why no soy? I am so happy we are doing this challenge. I know many people drink Soy because they think it is healthier, however it is not. Soy contains phyto-estrogen and has been directly related to infertility, basically by consuming soy you messing with your body’s delicate hormonal balance. Studies are contradicting; however I have done a ton of research on this and strongly feel that people at all ages should not consume soy. I encourage you to research this on your own. The Whole 30 feels the same way about soy, please see the attachment for detail on why. This is from the Whole 9.
Coconut milk is the only milk Whole 30 approved, be sure to read you label and make sure there are no preservatives. Taste of Thai in the Asian foods area is a good one to purchase. Hope this helps.
What about ibuprofen?
I am not going to tell you that you cannot have this on the Whole 30, however I don’t recommend it. First, why are you taking this? I think sometimes people over consume and tend to hide underlying or “push to the side” other health problems.
I am not a doctor and I know some doc’s recommend one ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steriodal anti-inflammatories) per day. While these do suppress the inflammatory process and help with pain they actually slow down your healing process, and cause the “healed” tissue to be less strong. So allow your body’s healing process run its natural course, and don’t band-aid it with Advil. (This is coming from Whole9 as well)
It is very important to maintain an omega 3 and omega 6 balances to keep inflammation in check.