One of the biggest objections I hear against starting a Whole30 is “There are too many rules.” That makes total sense — listing off the ingredients someone following Whole30 can have (meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, some seeds, some nuts) is easier than listing what they can’t have (added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, soy).
But when you look at the program overall, there are only three rules:
- No added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, or soy.
- No recreation of baked goods, junk foods, or treats.
- No weighing or measuring yourself for the full 30 days.
While these rules may be hard, they’re also pretty clear. Where things get tough is when you start diving deeper and reading about the meal template, only using bars as “emergency food,” eating everything organic and local, no smoothies, etc. That’s where rules vs. recommendations comes in.
This post on the Whole30 website has been really helpful for me while navigating all the steadfast rules of a true Whole30, while not getting too tangled in having the “perfect” Whole30. Let’s be honest: there’s no such thing as a perfect Whole30. Should I say that again for everyone in the back? THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT WHOLE30. Follow the three big rules, and tackle the rest as best you can.
This whole long preamble was just to say — if you’re snacking on Whole30, that’s okay. It might be worth exploring increasing the size of your meals if you’re always on the verge of a hungry breakdown and gnawing on an RXbar, but for day-to-day life, snack away. You might run into folks on the interwebz that think you’re wrong, or that you aren’t practicing “the spirit” of Whole30. I have some choice words for those folks, and they aren’t fit to print. Live your life. Live your best life, but live your life.
- An apple or banana with an approved nut butter (add some cinnamon and/or shredded unsweetened coconut for extra punch)
- 1-2 hard-boiled eggs spread with your favorite approved condiment
- 1-2 egg cups spread with your favorite approved condiment (see above for condiments)
- Veggie sticks (carrots, cucumber, zucchini, bell pepper) with your favorite approved condiment (see above for condiments)
- 3oz can of tuna or salmon mixed with your favorite approved condiment (see above for condiments)
- Emergency snack bars (check your labels — not all varieties are compliant!!)
- A piece of fruit and a small handful of nuts
So tell me — what have you been munching on? How is your Whole30 going?