Whole30 Part 1: What it Is
The Whole30 is not a crash diet or a weightloss program where you restrict calories or count macros. However, millions of people since 2009 have seen stunning results in their overall health and, yes, many of them have also experienced weightloss.
So, What is the Whole30?
Unlike the other diets I’ve been discussing that are long-term lifestyle changes, the Whole30 is a short-term experiment to determine foods that could be causing inflammation – and thus weight gain and disease – in your body. Whole30 includes 30 days of eating only Whole30 compliant foods, plus an additional 10 days of reintroducing the foods you removed from your diet to see how you react to them. The ultimate goal is to take what you learned about how foods react for you and create a long-term optimal eating plan that helps your body and mind function optimally.
During the first 30 days of Whole30 you eat moderate portions of real foods: high quality meat, chicken, seafood, and eggs, fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit and plenty of natural, healthy fats including seeds and nuts, along with herbs, spices and seasonings. This could be described as eating very strict Paleo.
There are no grains (even gluten free), dairy or legumes allowed, no form of added sugar is allowed (e.g., honey, maple syrup or stevia) along with certain additives like carrageenan. This requires you to really watch labels because sugar is added to more than many people realize!
During the Whole30, sugar cravings are meant to be dealt with in a positive manner that will help you fight those sugar dragons far into the future.
Participants also are not allowed to consume foods that immitate “junk” food if they are made with compliant foods (e.g., banana pancakes made with eggs and bananas, almond flour tortilla chips, etc.). And, no, alcohol is not allowed even for cooking.
There is no restriction to the amount of Whole30 compliant food you can eat. However, you are highly encouraged to only eat when you’re hungry and try to stick to three larger meals each day with enough calories to keep you full until your next meal.
The Ultimate Goal: Food Freedom
The real goal of the Whole30 is to gain Food Freedom, that happy place where you’re consistently eating what your body needs to survive on a daily basis where you aren’t feeling restricted and can also enjoy your food. That will look different to each and every single person. After completing a couple rounds of Whole30, I know that while I tend to crave it, sugar is actually very inflammatory to my body. It can trigger anxiety, depression and rapid weight gain for me. Ever since I can remember, I would have hypoglycemic episodes after eating sugar, especially in the mornings on an empty stomach.
Sound like a challenge? No, it’s not easy and you’ll get your dose of tough love during it. But it’s only 40 days and it will change your life and your relationship with food!
What I’m Loving Now!
Are you interested in completing a Whole30 in October? If so, I have a special offer for you. I’m working on my Whole30 coaching certification and am hosting a free Whole30 online coaching opportunity, starting Saturday, September 29 and running through November 10, which includes the 10-day food reintroduction period. This is a $145 value for free! My goal is to make it fun and interactive while giving each participant the one-on-one support a coach can provide.
That’s not all! If you refer a friend to my group and they complete the full Whole30 – even if you don’t join yourself – you will receive a gift from me.
Click here to join my October Whole30 group, refer a friend or have a question.
P.S. All information referenced in this blog post can be found on Whole30.com.
P.S.S. Remember I’m not a medical professional. All information shared on this blog is based on research and my own personal experiences.