I was talking to my daughter back in December, and she mentioned she was going to do Whole30. When she explained what it was, I was intrigued. I’d been eating a lot of sweets throughout the holidays, and I felt my sweet tooth was out of control.
I scoured the Whole30 website, downloaded all the downloads, and ordered several of the Whole30 books (Whole30, It Starts with Food, and Whole30 Cookbook). I searched YouTube and Pinterest for recipes and tips and followed the Whole30 Facebook page and Instagram account.
Whole30 isn’t a diet. It’s a healthy way of eating. Or think of it as a reset. It Starts with Food is a must read! It explains all the science behind the eating plan. But don’ t let the sciencey part turn you off. It’s fairly easy to understand, and you’ll know why certain foods are off-limits.
The idea of Whole30 is to eliminate foods that might be causing problems (and slay your sugar dragon). Then, at the end of 30 days, you slowly reintroduce those foods (well, hopefully not the added sugar).
Here’s what’s not allowed during the 30 days:
No added sugar or artificial sweeteners
No legumes (this includes peanuts and peanut butter)
No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites (except naturally occurring sulfites)
Clarified butter or ghee
Fruit juice as a sweetener
Certain legumes (green beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas)
Vinegar (make sure no added sugar; avoid malt vinegar)
Eat good food for 30 days, such as:
Fruits (limit dried)
Meat, fish, seafood, eggs
Potatoes, sweet potatoes
Healthy fats (avocado, coconut, nuts, nut butters, seeds)
Eat three meals a day; make sure they’re large enough so you won’t snack. Minimal snacking is okay if you find that you need a snack, but it means you aren’t eating enough at your meals.
Read labels. Added sugar is in tons of our packaged foods.
Don’t stress about buying organic, grass-fed, pastured, or free range. Buy according to your budget. Just eat good food.
No cheats, slip-ups, or “special occasions” or you have to start Whole30 over.
You’re not to weigh or take measurements for 30 days, except just before you begin and after you’re done with the 30 days.
Meal prepping a few days worth of foods will help save time and will help keep you from eating something you shouldn’t when you’re starving or don’t have time to cook. Here’s a list I started that I’ve gleaned from the web:
Bake or roast potatoes, sweet potatoes
Mix up trail mix (nuts, seeds, shaved coconut, small amount of dried fruit)
Chop and roast veggies
Make ahead egg muffins, salad, soup, homemade mayo, clarified butter, tuna salad.
I was going to wait until February 6 to start Whole30, because I’d planned on participating in the Beachbody Health Bet from January 9 through February 5, 2017. One of the qualifications for the Health Bet is drinking Shakeology five times a week. Shakeology isn’t allowed on Whole30, because it contains stevia and other off-limit ingredients, and the creators of Whole30 don’t want us drinking our meals.
Well, after I binge-ate some pound cake late one night the week after New Year’s, I decided I needed an intervention right away, so I started a non-compliant Whole30 on January 5 (non-compliant because of the Shakeology).
This is just a quick overview of Whole30. I suggest going to the Whole30 website for more information and start reading It Starts with Food.
Would you like to do Whole30 with me starting February 6? Comment below. I’d love some company and accountability!