To Paleo or Whole 30

Potatoes are not Paleo. Cheese is not Paleo. Heck, bread, definitely not Paleo. I’ve learned that on the diet I currently have, I could not survive Paleo. And I’ve never been a fan of Paleo anyway. So why this sudden realization?

Well, there’s a few reasons. Number one, my boyfriend started Crossfit last week (and started his own blog). And Paleo and Crossfit go hand in hand. I told him flat out that I will not be cooking Paleo meals for him. I like my food too much, mostly the grains and dairy. He, on the other hand, is slowly considering it.

Number two. One of my friends just dropped almost 20 pounds in a month of The Whole 30, which is a diet that is like Paleo on crack. While I admire his ability to give up beans and honey and beer, I do not think I have that much will power. However, I did read that you CAN eat green beans on The Whole 30 diet, while you can’t on Paleo. (I think this diet wins over Paleo right there!)

Anyway, when my boyfriend made the comment that we should try Paleo, I might have laughed. Why? Because of what we were having for dinner (which I like to think was fairly healthy). See the above picture.

While the roasted tomato chicken certainly fits the bill for both, those potatoes do not (as much as I’d want them to.) The olive oil on them, though, is approved. And those green beans only are approved for The Whole 30, the powdered Ranch seasoning on them, not approved by either due to dairy.

So what’s a girl to do? Do I bite the bullet and try Paleo with him? Or do I continue to just force my idea of healthy meals with low-fat meats and veggies (beans included)?

I’ll be doing research this week, so any input is good input. Comment below. Thank you!

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  • Reply hannah October 27, 2014 at 12:07 am

    You can eat white and sweet potatoes on whole 30!

  • Reply Gloria October 27, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Life is about moderation not starvation!

  • Reply Rachel October 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    You certainly don’t starve on w30 or paleo—promise! And if you’re big into dairy maybe consider being primal? You CAN have potatoes while paleo/W30 (in the correct context) and you CANNOT have peas while W30. Start here:, read the book “It Starts with Food” (libraries often carry it), and Chris Kresser’s “Personal Paleo Code” (deals with the idea that “my” paleo doesn’t have to be the same as “your” paleo) and whatever you decide–good luck!

    • Reply Roni October 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you! Good catch on the peas. I was so excited about the green beans that I mistyped. Peas or no peas, I’m just glad green beans are included. I’ll take them any day. I’m looking forward to learning how to eat better!

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