I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the Whole30. It’s been around for a few years, and with the increased focus on health these days, it’s gaining popularity… especially this time of year. There are recipes on Pinterest, testimonials on Facebook and Instagram, and everyone is wanting to give the Whole30 a try. But, do you know why Whole30 comes so highly recommended by those in the health and fitness industry? I want to outline everything that you should expect if you really want to commit to a Whole30, because it is not an easy 30 days. However, it is more than worth it.
The purpose of the Whole30 is to focus on eating real, whole foods, and to create a lasting habit by eliminating any and all junk for 30 days. Your foods need to be so real, they shouldn’t have a label at all! If you need to buy something with ingredients, it should be as few ingredients as possible.
If you follow the eating plan, you will find yourself with no cravings, more energy, and your body will be able to heal itself. You’ll be reducing inflammation and allergies, healing leaky gut, and even on the track to reversing autoimmune disease.
You can eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, some fruits, and some oils, nuts, and seeds for much-needed fat. This allows for a lot of variability with your meals, and also guarantees that you won’t get bored. You don’t have to eat the same thing over and over, and you can still be enjoying your food. You can have amazing meals like this Sweet Potato Chili.
Now, for the really important rules–
- No added sugar of any kind. Even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup are not allowed.
- No alcohol. Even in cooking, alcohol is not allowed.
- No grains. This includes wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and quinoa.
- No legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, peas, chickpeas, lentils, all forms of soy, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either.
- No dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products.
- No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. Check the labels on your almond milk and coconut milk!
- No creating “Whole30 Desserts or baked goods”. The point of this plan is to break bad habits, not transform the ingredients in them 😉
- NO CHEATING.
If you’re looking to do an overhaul on your health, eating habits, and everything else involved, then I suggest looking into the Whole30. While it’s not for everyone, it can help many people get over sugar addictions and get on track.
It’s only 30 days. In 30 days, you could be well on your way to a better life. Less joint pain. No more headaches. Lower blood pressure. Stronger immune system. Faster healing. Less sickness.
Remember your WHY. Why Whole 30? My WHY is always my family. I do everything I can so that I can set a good example, heal my body, and be around for them.
Isn’t our health worth 30 days?