How to do France on the Whole 30

June 2, 2017

We just returned from 16 wonderful days in France, where the culinary delights are many. French food is known for its liberal use of butter, sugar and bread, all forbidden on the Whole 30.

And oh! the cheese! Also forbidden.

While there, I answered the question, “How to stay on the Whole 30 during a trip to France.”


Chewy, grainy deliciousness.

But before I tell you the answer,  let’s look at some of the temptations I faced from the French food I was offered:French-foodFrench-food


Trust me. This has sin.


Non-non-non legumes!


Oh, God, the CHEESE!

Less sin. But it’s still there.


Maybe I should show you the desserts.


Definitely NOT a Hostess cupcake, but cleverly designed to look like one.


Artistry. And sin.


Uber-chocolate and gold leaf.

So. How do you stay on the Whole 30 in the face of all this temptation?

You don’t. You enjoy every morsel guilt-free, because you’re in FRANCE!

And you do not eat this kind of food at home.

At home, you eat on the Whole 30. Which I am doing now. With very fond memories of 16 days of fabulous, delicious, delectable and rich French food.





13 comments on “How to do France on the Whole 30
  1. OMG! I love you for this post…YES, YES, YES….YOU DON”T!!! You enjoy life, food, adventure and keep your health in perspective. So glad you had a wonderful time. J’adore touts les choses francais,mon amie!

  2. Gérald says:

    Never feel bad for feeling good could be my motto !

    If you wish to keep eating good French food back in the US (even not up to the same caliber as in the high cuisine restaurants that you tried), you can try some of my recipes. All of them have been tested with ingredients found in the US.

    Just enjoy:

  3. Kim Acedo says:

    I agree!! Something I tell my clients is you have to ask yourself “Is it worth it?” Sometimes it is, so go for it!

    Do glad you indulged and enjoyed!

  4. Jess says:

    I’m so glad you indulged! I was scrolling through these pics thinking, at least take a bite!!! <3

  5. Jennifer says:

    That is great. The whole time I was looking at the pictures I was thinking, you’re crazy if you stayed on the whole 30 because I would have said, “Whole what?” and had everything! So glad you’re human.

  6. I agree. When I’m on vacation I want to experience the culture, food and everything else in all it’s glory without restriction. So glad you enjoyed it. Drooling over your pics.

  7. Thank goodness! I was worried about you. What beautiful delicious food. And good for you – getting right back on your eating plan!

  8. I knew I liked you! I was a little worried about you after reading the title but should have had faith that you would do the “right” thing! I couldn’t stay on Whole 30 at home, never mind in France!

  9. Anosa says:

    Wow! 16 days!!!! I normally travel over the weekend or sometimes at most is one week. I am sure you’ve done, visited and ate everything that is in your bucket list while you stay in France!

  10. Sapana V says:

    Spending 16 days in France must be an adventure. I like the dishes. All look tempting.

  11. Cheryl says:

    This is the BEST! There is also a wonderful lesson here, everything in moderation. Enjoy you vacation then get back on track when you return home. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!

  12. Haha I was wondering where this post was going because there’s NO way!! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and went back to it after you got home 🙂

  13. Jess says:

    Still one of my all time favorite posts! So happy you indulged, you deserve it!

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