“You couldn’t do the Whole30 as written as a vegan; you’d have nothing to eat but vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds!” (The Whole30, page 121).
Starting this Sunday, I’ll be starting the Whole30 (google it if you live under a rock), completely vegan. No alcohol (yikes), added sugar, grains or legumes, just the impossible diet of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The Whole30 is generally pretty dismissive of the vegetarian/vegan community, and the many rea…sons that veg*ns choose to avoid animal products, but I’m going to spend 30 days continuing to eat super healthy, super green, super delicious vegan food.
While I was initially motivated to try this because some book told it was impossible (real mature, I know), I am hoping to get more out of this experiment than just an opportunity to prove someone wrong while waiting 30 days to have another bean burrito.
I love vegetables, and generally do a good job of eating lots of them, but sometimes I let them let fall to the wayside in a given meal because it’s so much quicker to supplement with a can of beans or some quick cooking, no attention required quinoa. That won’t be an option on the Whole30, and hopefully this month-long experiment will have the long-term side effect that I keep making an effort to center my meals around vegetables as much as possible.
And on a super personal note: I suffered from an eating disorder for many years when I was younger. Part of my recovery involved me eating whatever the hell I wanted for many years because restricting food in any way (apart from animal products, which I eliminated for moral reasons) was triggering and brought back all of my old, unhealthy impulses to vigorously control what I put into my body. Of course, I wasn’t happy or healthy eating that way either, and I now feel like I can be mindful of what I eat without going back down that rabbit hole. I like to think that adopting a super restrictive eating plan for 30 days can be my way of saying “Fuck you, I finally won” to my old disordered eating past.
I’ll be posting details of what I eat on the Whole30, as well all the recipes I come up with in case you’re inspired to try this too. Wish me luck!