I have discovered a nutritional strategy that has transformed the way I think about food and my eating habits. Whole30 has allowed me to take control of my diet and learn how my body reacts to the foods that I consume and thus I have learned to make better choices about the foods I will use to fuel my body.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is NOT a diet! Whole30 is a nutrition program that was designed to reset your eating habits, your health, and your relationship with food. There is a fantastic book by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig called It Starts With Food. In this book, the authors discuss how certain food groups can have a negative impact on our bodies and our health.
They designed Whole30 as a means for determining if these certain food groups are affecting your health. How do you figure that out? You eliminate the food groups from your diet for 30 days to allow your body to heal and repair any damage that these foods may have caused. Once the 30 days is over there is a reintroduction period where you strategically reintroduce the foods back into your diet so you can determine how those foods impact you and what affect they have on your mood, body composition, digestion, sleep habits, and cravings.
Now you are probably curious as to what foods are eliminated during Whole30?
Here is the list of food that are off limits:
- Any and all added sugars including honey, agave, table sugar, and maple syrup
- Legumes like peanuts, beans, soy, lentils and peas
- Whole grains including wheat, oats, corn, rice, etc.
- All dairy products including milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter
There is some great information in It Starts With Food regarding why these foods should be eliminated from your diet. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend the book.
Now I am sure you are probably wondering, “Well, what can I eat on Whole30?”
You can eat plenty of:
- Meat, seafood, and eggs
- Nuts, seeds and other natural fats.
I am fairly certain that many of you are probably thinking “There is no way I can eat like that for 30 days”. Well, I am here to tell you that you can do anything for 30 days. Sure, Whole30 sounds intimidating but I promise it is absolutely worth it.
Whole30 has changed so many people’s lives. It has helped people lose weight and change their body composition. It can result in improved energy levels, better sleep, improved focus, better digestion and a more stable mood. There are even reports of improvements in lifestyle-related diseases and conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, asthma, migraines, the list goes on.
As for my personal experience with the impact of Whole30. I can tell you that while following Whole30 I have noticed:
- A definite increase in my energy level
- Better sleeping habits
- A reduced amount of bloating and puffiness
- I have lost a few pounds
- A significant decrease in the sugar and carb craving that I developed over the Christmas holiday
- A significant improvement in my sinus and nasal congestions that always seems to plague me.
I am confident that if you try Whole30 and commit to just 30 days of the program you will feel amazing. You will be surprised and amazed at how good you will feel and be shocked to learn how some of those foods were impacting you.
You may be thinking that Whole30 sounds hard. I am going to use a quote from the creators of Whole30. “Beating cancer is hard, birthing a baby is hard. Drinking your coffee black for 30 days is not hard.” The program does require some effort and planning but is not HARD.