White Potatoes Allowed on the Whole30 – Say What!?

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There’s a new Whole30 in town and according to the announcement on July 17th potatoes are now allowed on the program.  For anyone that has done or is considering doing a Whole30 this could be big news.  White and other potatoes (but not sweet potatoes) were once shunned by the program because of their relation to unhealthy fare in the form of fries and chips, etc.

I have mixed feelings about this new allowance.  First – I always wondered why potatoes weren’t allowed.  White and other colored potatoes are packed full of nutrients and fiber.  The exclusion of this veggie because of the relation to fries and chips, in my mind, wasn’t real solid footing for banning an otherwise healthy vegetable.  Even the creators themselves admitted that much.  Any fruit or veggie can be adulterated to the point it’s no longer healthy so singling out potatoes, while still allowing sweet potatoes, seemed a bit silly.

Second – I know the Whole30 as it was spelled out prior to this change totally kicked ass.  The allowed food parameters were strict, but not impossible.  Following the program as it was yielded excellent results for me and countless others given how many glowing reviews are out there.   That being said, it’s hard to imagine that changing it to be more lax would really be a good idea.  Will letting potatoes in lead to the additional changes?

Third – I think the addition of potatoes leads to a bit of confusion.  I’ve already seen comments in relation to this announcement about people asking if other carbs could also be acceptable – like white rice.  The possible confusion I see is people treating potatoes as a carb rather than a veggie.  Will the allowance of potatoes give people license to go carb crazy?  If you look at white potatoes as a carb/starch, then I feel like we’re getting away from the spirit of the program (as I see it).  You have to treat potatoes like any other veggie or else I think you are treading into bad territory.

Could potatoes be the gateway that expands the Whole30 boundaries too liberally and makes the options too broad to make it effective for so many people?  Could the inclusion of potatoes in the Whole30 spoil the nature of the program?  Honestly, I think it depends on the person doing the program.  If your intent is to change your eating habits by doing a Whole30 and you go into it with the mindset that you’ll be eating in a way you probably never have before then I think you’ll still do great.  If you go into with the idea that you’ll be able to get away with “cheating” because certain things are allowed then you’re bound to fail because you clearly aren’t in the right place to make serious changes to your eating habits/style.

Click here for a link to the update version of the The Official “Can I Have…” Guide which now includes potatoes.

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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About the Author
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