Last week, Jenny Maas, a reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Press and a graduate of New York University’s journalism and food studies departments, included our Organic Sweet Potatoes in a recent blog post about 9 Healthy, Delicious Foods she ate on Whole30.
Whole30 is a program started in April 2009 and presented in the book, It Starts With Food. The program is a 30 day elimination of food and drinks that could be causing diet-related ailments. The 30 day cleanse provides an opportunity for your body to reset itself, and allows participants to see how the recommended foods to avoid may be impacting your body. At the end of the 30 days, you can choose to slowly re-introduce foods into your diet or keep them out if you noticed a significant change during the 30-day cleanse.
Whole30 Foods to Eat
Participants in the cleanse eat real, unprocessed foods. As Whole30 describes, the program rules are simple:
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
Whole30 Foods to Avoid
During the 30 day cleanse, participants follow eight rules for things not to eat (or do). Whole30 says that
Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
The Whole 30 “No’s” are:
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, whether real or artificial. This includes maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.
- Do not consume alcohol (or tobacco) in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains, etc.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and all forms of soy (tofu included).
- Do not eat or drink dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
- Do not weight yourself during the 30 days.
This may seem like a lot of things to give up, but remember it is only for 30 days, and Whole30 has plenty of testimonials from people who have tried it and had positive results. They also provide a lot of resources including shopping lists, recommended foods, and recipes. If you want to learn more about Whole30, click here.
Jenny has several posts on her blog, That’s So Grown Up, about her experience with Whole30, so if you’re interested in learning more about the cleanse from a personal perspective, we recommend checking it out. In discussing the positive benefits she got from Whole30, she mentioned not only cooking more, getting compliments from grocery clerks about her healthy diet, and feeling better, but also discovering new foods – one of which was our organic sweet potatoes. She said,
Yes, even though Whole30 does ask you to give up a lot, there are things, like bacon, you can still indulge in — in moderation — that won’t interfere with your elimination diet. But even though you can have that deliciously fatty bacon, if you want to make the most out of your Whole30 you are going to want to eat some deliciously healthy foods too. Here are my favorites, most of which I had never eaten, let alone heard of, until I we started our Whole30.
Tommy’s Superfoods Organic Sweet Potatoes Top The List
Jenny found our Sweet Potatoes at CostCo, brought them home, and it was love at first bite. In her words,
Oh Tommy’s, we like the things you do. Oh Tommy’s, if I could I would eat you (all the time). We found a big bag full of individual steamer bags of Tommy’s Superfoods Sweet Potatoes in the freezer section at Costco when we were doing our initial Whole30 shop. They don’t have any kind of preservatives or a weird sauce or anything. Just a delicious seasoning. We went through those steamer bags real fast. We now have two more big bags in the freezer. You can take from that what you will.
We’re so glad that Jenny loved our organic sweet potatoes and that they helped her enjoy the Whole30 cleanse. It’s always wonderful to hear from our customers about what they love about our vegetables and how they fit onto plates – whether on it’s a regular night at home or a meal that within a special diet like Whole30.
All Tommy’s Superfoods veggies are non-GMO verified and perfectly seasoned. Many are vegan. We’re committed to fresh healthy eating, from farm to fork.
Want to read more about the products Jenny enjoyed during Whole30? Click here to visit her blog. Have you enjoyed Tommy’s Superfoods while doing Whole30 or another special diet? Leave us a comment and share your Tommy’s Superfoods story.