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  1. Strodtbeck84

    Sweet potato cranberry cakes

    As someone who has gone round and round and following the written rules to a T when following Whole30, cakes of any kind should not be recreated- whether the ingredients are compliant or not. Same goes for Latkes (aka potato pancakes. Same goes for those who make “sweet potato toast”. Definitely SWYPO I say no to these, especially if I were following Whole30. Instead of these, I would make a huge batch of Sweet Potato hash (the kind with chunks of sweet potato, onion,and green apple, and bacon) because it’s the bomb and pairs nicely with any meal! always remember to refer to the RULES on the website first before the forum! The forum has helped in so many ways but it can be filled with a lot of false information. Don’t cheat yourself on an amazing program! Just to back my statement up, here is the excerpt directly from the WHOLE30 101: THE OFFICIAL “CAN I HAVE…” GUIDE TO THE WHOLE30® section. Pancakes: No Sometimes, we feel like if we have to have one more conversation about pancakes, we might explode. No, you can’t have pancakes. Yes, even if they’re just bananas and eggs. First, they are explicitly ruled out in the Whole30 program guidelines. This should be enough of a reason, but in case you’re still wondering why (they’re just bananas and eggs!)… Pancakes in any form do not encourage success with the Whole30 program. Reaching your health goals depends on committing to both the rules and the spirit and intention of the program. The Whole30 is designed to change your relationship with food, first and foremost. And the psychological impact of eating pancakes as part of your healthy eating, life-changing plan cannot be ignored. Eating eggs, a banana, and some olive oil is not the same as combining those ingredients into a pancake. There are studies that show that how your brain perceives the food influences satiation. This is often cited with liquid food (smoothies or shakes, as we reference in the back of It Starts With Food), but experientially we see this with whole foods as well, depending on how they are combined. Pancakes bring up a totally different psychological response than frying some eggs and eating a banana. And it’s that psychological response that we are trying to target with the program. You may not have an affinity for pancakes, but we find that most people who complete our program do best without any of these comfort/trigger/reminiscent-of-the-SAD-stuff-you-used-to-eat foods. So, because we need to create one program that applies to as many people as possible, we rule these Paleo recreations out. In our vast experience, this sets everyone up for the best Whole30success possible. And, of course, what you choose to do after your 30 days are up is entirely up to you.