Happy Labor Day weekend! The August Whole30 has come to an end, and it’s safe to say that everyone who participated saw positive changes in their bodies, their habits, and their relationships with food. We want to send a big CONGRATULATIONS! to all of you who completed the program this month – as we say in It Starts With Food, you’ve already begun to change your life just by changing the food you put on your plate.
Many of you also became better acquainted with some of the more…unique…characteristics of a Whole30 participant. Our friends over on the Whole30 forum put together an incredible thread with a collection of the many ways you can tell someone is “doing the Whole30.” Here are some of the highlights (and a few others collected here and there). Sound familiar?
You Know Someone’s Doing a Whole30 When…
… they go to a restaurant and ask for a salad with no cheese, no dressing, no croutons, and no candied pecans.
… they walk into the sushi restaurant and tell the waiter, “What do you have that doesn’t contain soy, rice, or tempura?”
… they bring their own coconut aminos to sushi.
… they bring their own salad dressing to restaurants.
…people ask them out to dinner and they say, “Thanks, but I’d rather eat at home.”
…”grocery shopping” takes place at more than three locations in one day, and multiple times a week.
…grocery shopping takes an hour longer than usual, because of all the label-reading.
…they look forlornly at the bacon aisle, sigh, and then keep on walking.
…they check for sugar free bacon every time they go to the grocery store, even though they were just there two days ago and they didn’t have any.
… they are visibly disappointed to learn the pre-cooked shrimp at their grocery store seafood counter contains sodium tripolyphosphate.
…you see them in the sausage aisle saying, “Are you kidding me? Seriously? Who puts sugar in that?”
…they pay $4.99 for a small bag of dried cranberries for their salads, because they are sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar.
…they know the origins of carageen, soy lecithin, citric acid, and guar gum.
…they have coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut wraps, coconut butter, coconut aminos, shredded coconut, and coconut flakes in their pantry.
…after spreading peanut butter on toast for their son, they don’t even lick their fingers.
…they hesitantly kiss their significant other who just ate a sandwich and drank a beer.
…their dogs take pills with almond butter instead of peanut butter.
…they buy four dozen eggs a week. For two people.
…they are angry if they see Paleo pancakes appearing on a “Whole30″ Pinterest board
…they know what “SWYPO” stands for.
… they realize coconut butter is totally legal, and dissolve into fits of joy.
…they go through an entire batch of homemade mayo in under a week.
…they cheerfully have four cooking projects underway at 7:30 on a Saturday morning.
…they ran the dishwasher three times on Sunday and still washed several mountains of pots and pans.
… they go to the doctor and refuse to get on the scale.
And finally, our special bonus entry:
…they have this conversation with the Trader Joe’s cashier:
Me: Do you have Larabars?
Cashier: Yes, many kinds. Do you want me to hold your place in line while you run over?
Me: No. Thank you, but I can’t have them right now.
Cashier: But they’re just fruit and nuts
Me: I know, but I have an unhealthy psychological relationship with them.
Cashier: But they’re just fruit and nuts…
How can YOU tell when someone’s doing a Whole30?
Add your own fun observations in the comments below! (And welcome to all who have started their September Whole30. Some of these may already sound way too familiar…)