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Whole30- why no potatoes? Or can we?

January 3, 2015

This is day 3- 10% of the way through! Today had me researching the question, “So why CAN’T we eat potatoes?” I mean, I don’t even buy into the Paleo idea- we are Christians and believe men and women cultivated from the very beginning, so let’s eat all those cultivated foods, okay? (I’m pretty sure someone cultivates dark chocolate truffles somewhere…)

DAY 2: Date night dinner. We had citrus/fennel salmon and cumin roasted carrots with salad. The kids had tuna with homemade mayo, carrots, peppers, corn (not whole30 approved, but mama approved) and honeydew.

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However, I did a little reading before I popped the spuds in the oven to go with our beef tonight, and it turns out there is a reason for some people to avoid them. Part of the reason we are doing this 30-day challenge is because several in our family have leaky gut problems, resulting in a variety of digestive issues. The Whole30 is an elimination diet of sorts- it gives your system a break from common inflammatory foods, and then later on we will start adding things back and we will have a much better idea of what is causing the problems. (That’s a super-simplistic explanation- Google “why can’t I eat potatoes on a paleo diet” for more info.) WHOA– THIS JUST IN…POTATOES OKAY ON THE NEW WHOLE30 program. Why didn’t I see this before?? And who wouldn’t want to do “the new” Whole30 program vs. the old one??

From Melissa Hartwig “Recommended consumption depends entirely on your individual psychological and physical context. If you are active, healthy, and lean, you may include potatoes every day in some form or another, to ensure you are getting adequate carbohydrates to support your activity level. If you’re sedentary, overweight, and otherwise metabolically challenge, you’ll probably eat none during your program (or very few, in very limited amounts).”

Potatoes can be inflammatory, so we will watch for that. And we will not eat them daily, but add them several times a week because we grew HUNDREDS of organic potatoes this year, and it’s rough to go down to the basement to get sweet potatoes and squash and see those other eyes begging me to add them to the menu.

On other notes,  I’m having some withdrawal symptoms, too. I know that 3pm “I should have something sweet” urge has been rough. And the guys have worked really hard outside several days this week; keeping everyone full has been a challenge. Not because we don’t have enough food, but I think my mentality has been “cut out the bad stuff” without majorly increasing the meat and veggies. We’ve had our usual portions of good food and we need more. So I’ll be working on that. And also searching for more one-pot stews and soups (without potatoes, of course- just kidding).

Lunch for Day 3: Leftover “fried” chicken salad with bacon, olives, and yellow peppers & Leftover “fotato soup”. The kids had leftovers of all kinds.

Day 3 dinner: steak, a big salad, and POTATOES!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich & Melissa permalink
    January 3, 2015 10:13 pm

    Thanks for keep us informed. So encouraging! Keeping it real with grace!

  2. erikamay85 permalink
    January 7, 2015 1:33 am

    I might be a fried potato addict: morning hash (with equal amounts of veggies mixed in), plain chips, fries, jojos, rosemary roasted taters….my body loooves salty greasy potatoes when my blood sugar drops. Its kind of embarassing how much i eat them but its very effective for reliving light headedness or headaches from low blood sugara.

  3. erikamay85 permalink
    January 7, 2015 1:34 am

    Also, it doesn’t make sense its not paleo! its a freakin’ tuber! full of vitamins at that!

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