What is Whole30?

whole 30Some of my readers have asked for a more thorough description of the Whole30 plan. I’m sorry I jumped right in on my earlier posts without really explaining the concept.

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
  • alcohol
  • 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:
    1. they promote an unhealthy psychological response (think craving),
    2. they promote an unhealthy hormonal response,
    3. they wreak havoc with our gut, or
    4. 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?

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  1. Liz Brown

    Okay. Decision made. I am in. I’m not entering your book giveaway though, as I already bought it and have been reading it. I am going to buy the cookbook but haven’t decided on the format yet. I bought the book in kindle format but I’m not sure whether or not I would like a cookbook in that format. My husband is going to attempt this also, so now it falls to me to come up with meals he will enjoy eating and something he can take to work for lunch. I am, however, not starting on January 1st. I will be starting on January 2nd. Hopefully that will give me enough time to have food in the house that we can eat.

    • Good for you, Liz.

      I’m making a few batches of the Ground Beef Master recipe in the back of the book. I’m going to freeze them in one pound packages so they can be whipped out and added to a stir fry on those days I really don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking.

      • Liz Brown

        I just bought the Well Fed cookbook on kindle. The price was a lot cheaper and I read some reviews where the pages come out of the paper version. I also had the idea that I can take my kindle into a store and make sure I have all the ingredients just by bringing up the recipe. So…..now on to more reading so I can do some prep during the next few days!

  2. Beverly

    Are there any whole 30 post that are NOT attached to The Whole9 Whole30 but are just real honest feedback.

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