I am not doing Whole 30.
It is almost January and you will likely start hearing a lot about Whole 30 and cleansing. I am a big believer in eating clean. Much of my own belief system is in line with the key principles of a Paleo lifestyle, but there are a few reasons I don't love the Whole 30 trend.
My personal approach to food is that it is the key to a healthy life and that food is our medicine. I love researching to learn how different foods affect us on a daily basis. The key factor behind so many ailments and illnesses is inflammation in the body, and I strive to eliminate the foods that cause it. I use food to heal anything that is bothering me. Sinus issues? Try Apple Cider Vinegar. Joint pain? Try turmeric. Possible stomach bug? Coconut oil pronto. Food can help us in so many ways.
One reason I don't love Whole 30 is because many people do not understand it. There is so much misinformation out there regarding sugar and some people choose to eliminate fruit during the cleansing process, and in my opinion, this is the worst thing we can do for our bodies. Certain foods like fruit contain medicinal qualities that our bodies need, another one of them being RAW honey. (this is not the honey bear honey that looks cute!) Raw honey is not allowed on Whole 30 and I cannot stand behind that. Starting our day with warm water, raw honey and lemon juice is one of the best things we can do for ourselves to remove toxins and fight off various germs.
With that said, everyone should do what makes their bodies feel best. My top three principles for clean eating in the month of January are listed below.
Great substitutes: raw honey, cacao (not cocoa)
Great substitutes: Almond milk, coconut milk, ghee (clarified butter)