I'm bumping my ass back on track and doing whole30 (5 days in). Should I avoid bacon because of the small sugar content? I just found some nitrate/nitrite/antibiotic-free bacon at safeway but one of the ingredients is celery salt. I'm sure it's a minute amount, like the sugar, and I don't even know what celery salt is, if it's harmless or not. Should I eat it or return it? I only eat a couple pieces at a time.
If you are going to call it a Whole 30 and follow their rules, then it is NO BACON for you.
If you would like to call this a reset or a getting back on track month, then you need to define your parameters before you start and not make them up as you go along. Decide what's important to you and set up your own guidelines. Write them down, post them on the fridge, whatever, but follow them.
Personally, I think the Whole 30 is too strict. It makes transition harder than it needs to be. Some people do better with super strict though and some people need a gradual transition to Paleo eating. You should know which would work best for you.
My feeling is that Whole30 is too rule-based and doesn't handle nuance well. If Melissa sees one bad thing in something then it's banned. That may be and OK approach to turn around someone who is metabolically deranged, but I don't know. Granted I haven't helped nearly as many people as they have, but I'm a much bigger believer in nuance and understanding why you're eating what you're eating. I will eat a few slices of bacon with breakfast, but I won't have a pound a day. I'll have a handful of almonds in the afternoon as a snack, I won't eat a whole bag of them. We make fun of people who make arbitrary rules about what they won't eat (hint: vegetarians), so we shouldn't do the same. Now that doesn't mean there aren't things you should never eat (hint: wheat), but that's based on tons of science that says unequivocally that it's bad. Basically, you need to weigh the pros and cons of everything you eat and decide if it's worth it for you.
I just responded to this exact question on the site. Bacon isn't off-limits during your Whole30, but it has to follow the same rules as everything else. No added sugar or nitrates/nitrites are often the stumbling block for commercially produced bacon, but if you can find some high quality stuff without the additives, it's good to go on the Whole30.
Have you ever made your own bacon? I'm not sure where you live or what your access to pastured meats is, but I've been making my own bacon for probably four or five months now and I'll never go back to store-bought stuff. You can control the ingredients (including making them Whole30 compliant if you so choose). I don't think, by the way, that you can't eat bacon on a Whole30... just that you need to find some not cured with sugar to fit the rules of the program.
I'm looking into the Whole30 program and it has piqued my interest. However, there are some things nagging my brain about it -- Bacon, other fried items, transfats and carcinogens.
A cured meat like Bacon is considered processed meat by most standards, yes? How is it escaping the negatives associated with processed meats in the Whole30 plan?
Also, the way we prepare bacon is fried -- really hot. Fried really got = Transfats, Yes? Isn't it universally agreed that transfats are bad for humans?
I've been reading recipes that show fried this and that until it is browned. Fried until browned = carcinogens, right?
Am I crazy here or really missing something big in the Whole30 approach to things? I would truly appreciate some rational explanation to these seemingly giant oversights. And I'm open to scientific explanations, but not so interested in explanations that don't involve critical thought.