I’m almost finished with day three of my Whole30. So far so good. I think my timing for starting is good for me because I’m not having too many cravings, I’m not hungry and I’m not prowling for food. Could it be that I’m eating right so my body is happy and satisfied?!?! What a thought!
One thing that I’m sort of struggling with is making sure that my food is whole. Let me explain. According to Whole30 plan, we are not supposed to make fancy, compliant pancakes or desserts that replace the ones we like because the goal is to shift one’s entire way of eating. We want to change habits, not just lose a couple of pounds. There is this acronym SWYPO which means (and I’m not making this up) ‘sex with your pants on.’ The idea is that having sex with our pants on, while satisfying and meeting our needs, is not nearly as good as with our pants off. Instead of having sub-par experiences with compromised foods that are compliant in ingredients but not in spirit, instead we aim to enjoy the foods we are eating. Find new favorites. You get the idea. So the other day I was eating spaghetti squash with tomatoes and it was just meh. I added a tablespoon of cashew cream and it blew my mind! So good! It was like vodka sauce! Later I was in a cycle of self congratulation with myself and realized I may have accidentally SWYPOed! I started dialing everything back to basics after that and was essentially looking at a plate with squash, lentils, vegetables and never shall they touch! I couldn’t imagine the author wanted me to do that and I realized the idea isn’t to restrict foods, necessarily, rather explore and integrate whole, healthy foods. Almost everything is an imitation of something, this is no different. When I try making Whole 30 brownies is when I need to regroup!
Tamara, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.
I LOVE Whole30 and have done several full ones over the past couple of years. Adding the cashew cream is absolutely not a problem, but plantation chips are a SWYPO. Anyway, not here to tell you how to manage your Whole30, but to give you my 2 favorite Whole30 recipe websites. I have the cookbooks too, but most of the recipes are on the website. These 2 ladies do an amazing job of blending unique flavors — food the entire family will love and it introduced me to some new flavor combinations. You will be shocked at how good it tastes! Plus they dummy it down for people like me and the recipes are easy (even if there are a bunch of ingredients).
Good luck!! 🙂