Ok. I haven’t read the book. I’m sure there are important reasons in regards to emotional response to food or something idiotic like that. But I do NOT agree that we can’t enjoy healthy, whole foods that are encouraged on the Whole30 diet if they are “whipped up” somehow to remind us of foods we love.
I’m speaking specifically to YoNananas. I have no desire to use this machine for myself, nor do I enjoy banana ice cream. However, while searching the forums about something else, I came upon a spirited scolding from a Whole30 “moderator” to the group about the dangers of YoNananas. Now, if you are not familiar with this contraption, it is magic. It takes frozen bananas (and add-ins if you want, like other fruit, cocoa, etc.) and pulses them somehow into the texture of frozen yogurt. My kids absolutely LOVE this thing, they beg for “banana ice cream” and I am thrilled to have found a way to let them enjoy unadultered bananas in a fun way. There is NOTHING ELSE in the “ice cream”. Ingredient list: bananas. So WTF? We aren’t supposed to have it because it “replicates the reward sensation of ice cream?” Puhleeeze.
To me, this is a lifestyle change focused on what we put into our bodies and finding ways to eliminate things that are bad for us. I’m all for the whole-foods-only mantra and hope that even after this challenge I can continue eating only the most wholesome and “real” foods out there. I’m also hoping to gradually shift my kids’ eating to mimic this (with allowances for, yknow, life). But if a magic machine turns my whole bananas into “ice cream” or a thin slice of fresh veg pan-fried with coconut oil turns my food into “chips” then so be it. I have no problem with enjoying food in this way.