Whole30 is a 30-day dietary reset aimed at helping you transform your health, habits, and emotional relationship with food. You may not realize that the ailments you're experiencing are triggered by the foods you're eating.
If you suffer from the following, food may be the solution:
- Chronic pain
- Constant cravings
- Low energy
- Weight gain
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Leaky gut syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
Food affects our physical and mental health.
When you follow Whole30, for thirty days, you eliminate foods that tend to be problematic, you then reintroduce each food group back into your diet and asses your reaction. How did you feel physically? Did gluten cause bloat, joint pain? Is dairy leading you to breakout? is sugar triggering uncontrollable cravings?
Through Whole30 and reintroduction you will be able to identify food sensitivities that could be making you sick.
What do you eliminate during Whole30?
- Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial. This includes (but is not limited to) maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, monk fruit extract, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, and xylitol. If there is added sugar in the ingredient list, it’s out.
- Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And ideally, no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn, and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch, and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat most forms of legumes. This includes beans (black, red, pinto, navy, garbanzo/chickpeas, white, kidney, lima, fava, cannellini, lentils, adzuki, mung, cranberry, and black-eyes peas); peanuts (including peanut butter or peanut oil); and all forms of soy (soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy protein, soy milk, or soy lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products like milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.* Recreating or buying sweets, treats, and foods-with-no-brakes (even if the ingredients are technically compatible) is missing the point of the Whole30, and won’t lead to habit change. These are the same foods that got you into health-and-craving trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, even if it’s made with coconut flour.
- Do not step on the scale or take any body measurements for 30 days. The Whole30 is about so much more than weight loss, and to focus only on body composition means you’ll overlook all of the other dramatic, lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat, or breaking out the tape measure during the 30-day elimination period. (You may take photos and/or measurements on Days 0 and 31, however.)
While eliminating the foods mentioned might sound difficult, it's likely that what you're currently experiencing is more difficult than following the program for thirty days. You deserve to live a healthy life. You deserve to live pain-free. You deserve to feel comfortable in your body.