There is no way I can do the plan justice in a single post so I recommend you go to the Whole30 website and read everything they have. I also really, really, really recommend the book It Starts With Food which gives you the reasons for doing the Whole30, menu planning tips, and great (but very simple) recipes to keep you on track.
I’m also conducting a giveaway of the book right now on my blog. Go to the post to enter.
But for a brief summary of the Whole30:
What it is:
- a 30 day personal experiment in eating 100% highly nutritious food while cutting out the foods that are most likely to have a negative impact on your health
- a great way to jump-start your commitment to get healthy this year
- a 30 day commitment to not “cheat” at all – the only way to successfully detox and form new habits
- a time of discovery – “Wow! I didn’t know I could feel this good!”
What it is not:
- it’s not a calorie-restricted plan
- it’s not intended as a weight loss plan – although weight loss usually happens
- it is not intended that you will eat this rigidly for the rest of your life, although it would be a good plan to follow most of the time.
What you can eat:
- almost every kind of meat, poultry, fish, eggs (preferably grass-fed meat and poultry)
- most vegetables except corn and white potatoes
- most whole fruits (2 servings per day)
- nuts and nut butters (no peanuts or peanut butter)
- olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, clarified butter
- as much of the above as you need to feel satisfied
What you cannot eat:
- grains (including wheat, corn, oats, quinoa, rice, and other grains)
- sugar or sweeteners of any kind including artificial sweeteners, honey, xylitol, and stevia
- processed foods
- legumes (beans or peanuts)
- dairy of any kind except ghee and clarified butter
- seed oils and vegetable oils
Why these foods are excluded:
- all of them have a negative impact on most people. This impact often goes undetected because we’ve been eating them all our lives and don’t know that we could be feeling any differently than we do.
- all the excluded foods negatively impact us in one or more of the following ways:
- they promote an unhealthy psychological response (think craving),
- they promote an unhealthy hormonal response,
- they wreak havoc with our gut, or
- they cause inflammation and interfere with healthy immune function.
For more information on the Whole30 plan please go to the Whole30 website where you can get all sorts of tips and download shopping lists and meal planning guides, pantry stocking guides, meat buying guides, and more. You can also take part in their Whole30 forum.
Then join me in making a commitment to follow the Whole30 plan for the month of January. I’ll be posting some Whole30 friendly recipes, encouragement, and more throughout the month. Like my Facebook page where I’ll try to post more tips and meal ideas.
Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway of the book It Starts With Food which will really educate you on all the science behind Whole30 and lots of practical how-to’s so you can navigate successfully through the month.
Come on! You can do (give up) anything for 30 days! How badly do you want to feel great?