Doing the Whole 30

I’ve decided to start 2013 off with a month long detox of sugar, grains (thereby gluten), legumes, and dairy (sob!) by following the Whole 30 plan.  Now it’s not that I’m convinced that most of these are horrible in moderation, although sugar might be classified that way. Rather I want to see for myself what impact, if any, these have on my health.


This process will be easier for me than for some people because I already avoid grains, legumes, and sugar because of the low-carb diet we follow to combat my husband’s diabetes. I do occasionally indulge in these things, especially during special occasions, but I reap the consequences for these indulgences and they are not on my shopping lists or in my day-to-day cooking.

Dairy is a different thing altogether. I love cheese and yogurt and cooking eggs in butter from pastured cows. I put cheese on salads and on my morning eggs and on my spaghetti (made with spaghetti squash) and in my soups and……. On second thought, maybe all the cheese I eat is contributing to the fact that my weight stabilized at a level higher than I would like. Going without cheese for a few weeks might be a good thing.

For those of you new to Whole 30 here is a quote from the Whole 9 website: “Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.”  The Whole 30 is a one month commitment to eating clean, healthy, whole foods including healthy meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats while cutting out foods that may be having a negative impact on your system. It is not meant to be a lifelong plan so much as a wake up call to see what some of these foods may be doing to you.

The negative impact of any of these foods will not be apparent until they have been completely eradicated from the body. This must be a 30-day, no-cheating event. Having a little sugary “treat” or piece of cheese once a week may undo progress toward detoxing these from my system. After 30 days I plan on adding dairy back into my diet, paying attention to any discomfort it causes. I already know what sugar and grains do to my system, but going 30 days cheat-free will reinforce that knowledge.

Knowledge gained from this 30 day “experiment” will help me to make informed choices of food. Is that ice cream cone worth the sugar crash or brain fog? Do I really want to feel bloated for several hours if I eat ___________? Sometimes the answer will be “Yes, it’s worth it!” Hopefully, though, “yes” will come far less often than “no, it’s not worth it.”

So, who’s with me? Are you ready to start the new year with a healthy tune up? Leave a comment below with your pledge to spend 30 days cleaning out your system. Then go to some of the links I have listed and get prepared. The Whole 30 will not work if you eat in an unbalanced way because you have not planned well and shortchange yourself in your vegetable intake. Find some new recipes and plan ahead; on February 1st you will feel like a whole new person.

Whole 30 resources:


  1. RoseAnne,
    i’m going to commit to the Whole 30! I’m not sure how excited I am about it, but I’m motivated.

    • Great, Carrie! It will be worth it; I promise! In order to minimize any withdrawal symptoms plan now to get as much nutrient dense food in you during that time. Start collecting recipes with lots of greens and other veggies. You can do this!

  2. Liz Brown

    Still decided whether or not to do this. Definitely doing the the no wheat, no sugar, no legumes, but not sure on the dairy yet. My husband said he would try whatever I decide to do. There in lies my biggest problem: to come up with enough different things to eat for the entire 30 days. Breakfast probably will be okay as eggs work well. The no cheese will be hard, as well as no milk. I’ve been researching different recipes though, so hopefully I will be able to to come up with ones my husband will like, as well as Matthew. Are you starting on the 1st or waiting until the 2nd???

  3. Wow. I’m intrigued. I’m going to have to really research this tomorrow. Giving up dairy scares me. I know drinking coffee without creamer is not the end of the world, however, I love my creamer! HA! And my dairy. Hmmm. Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

    • I love my cheese – so that will be a little hard for me. According to the authors dairy can be almost as habit forming as sugary stuff. It is a comfort food to so many of us. But I can do anything for 30 days in order to see how detrimental the stuff is for me.

      • Yea, the more I’m looking into this, the more I think I want to give it a try. I mean, I should be able to handle 30 days, and truthfully, cheese IS a total comfort for me. More so than Chocolate. I think I’m going to set a goal to start after MLK day, so that way I can have time to prepare some meal ideas and what not. I’ll def keep you posted! ^_^

      • Giving yourself a little time to prepare is a great idea. Success or failure may be determined by that prep (or lack of prep). I really encourage you to get the book just for the meal prep tips and recipes (let alone all of the reasons for doing this detox/self-discovery).

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