What’s the point of Whole30?
Whole30 doesn’t really use the word “diet” in its own description. It is a program. A 30-day program followed by Whole9Life. Whole30 follows some of the same principles as Paleo, in terms of eating fresh, healthy food, eliminating sugars and processed junk, and maintaining an overall healthy eating style. Whole30, however, knows that a huge problem many of us have is simply our relationship with food. We overeat, indulge in crap that our brains say taste good but our internal cells say doesn’t do it for us. In just 30 days, the Whole30 program can change how you view food and your outlook on food in general… believe me, my husband and I have completed Whole30 and we loved it and are continuing to have a super healthy relationship with food even after the 30 days ended. Whole30 makes changing the way you eat easy by asking you to just commit to 30 days and see how you feel when it’s over. That’s all the program asks for… 30 days. You can do just about anything for 30 days, and from the forums and websites out there, it seems a lot of people have taken the same path that my husband and I have… 30 days was great, and we don’t want to go back to feeling sluggish and terrible on a daily basis. So we stuck to it and can now slowly reintroduce other items if we want to.
So The Whoel30 program is more about changing how you view foods. You can’t re-create baked goods on this diet (like Paleo pop tarts or something), even if you use approved ingredients. The point of Whole30 is to change how you eat, which includes snacking habits and other unhealthy habits. For more information, check out The Whole30 Program Rules.
The food rundown:
IN: meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, nuts
OUT: sugar (real or fake), dairy, processed foods, alcohol, grains, legumes (including peanuts), carageenan, MSG, sulfites
Health Benefits of Whole30:
The health benefits of The Whole30 Program are incredible. I can speak from my own, and my husband’s, personal experience on some of these. As always, not everyone will experience every benefit, and everyone should check with their personal physician prior to starting an eating program, don’t self-diagnose. Some of the health benefits you could see on Whole30 are improved blood pressure, fewer allergies (I can attest to this one myself), less heartburn (both me and my husband experienced this benefit), some skin conditions could get better, less joint pain (husband had this benefit), lower cholesterol, better mood (both my husband and I definitely still have this going on), fewer migraines, less depressed, more healthy relationship with food, less snacking, weight loss, overall healthier eating. For more of a list, check out the Discover The Whole30 article.
The Whole30 – feel like this is a bit of an obvious resource. Everything you need to know about the program from the people who wrote the books on it. I would recommend purchasing the book because that made it easier for me to stick to the program, but it isn’t a requirement.
Whole9Life – recipes, also brought to you from the folks who wrote The Whole30, great overall resource for continuing the program.
BuzzFeed Recipes Article – Whole30 recipes everyone will like, they all look really good!