This original post I wrote back in 2015 when I was participating in my 3rd Whole 30. I’m not currently on Whole 30, but back on AIP Paleo, which is similar. I know there is lots of interest around the Whole 30 at the beginning of the year, so I wanted to repost for information. I’ll update with new info as I have it available. Message me with any questions!
I’ve had a lot of questions about my Whole30 journey, and there is a ton of information online about the program–like, here and here and here and here–but I wanted to offer up a few tips that I found helpful.
What is Whole30?
Simply, Whole30 is a 30-day food cleanse that eliminates psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. No cheat days. No 80/20 .
What does that include?
Sugar. Dairy. Grains. Legumes. Alcohol.
What CAN you eat?
Lots and lots of REAL, WHOLE foods. The Whole30 is based-on a Paleo diet of protein, vegetables and fat. Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. More detailed rules here.
That sounds hard. Is it?
Depends on your normal eating habits, but yes, it’s challenging. But you can do it.
What you will discover:
Sugar. Holy Cow.
How much eff-you-see-kay-eye-in-gee added SUGAR is in E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Srsly. It’s insane. This program will teach you to read labels. Even after more than a year of my first Whole30 I pick up and read every label I buy.
You will be amazed at how possible it is for your energy levels to stabilize. Most of us just accept the fact that we wake up tired, get sleepy after lunch, and crash at the end of the day. This program will help you discover how to maintain energy levels through out the day.
I still look back at photos of my when I did my first Whole30 and OMG I want to make out with that person. Really. I looked awesome. My hair was shiny, my skin was glowing, I wasn’t bloated or puffy. It was the youngest I’ve looked in years.
You will learn how making these changes can truly affect your live for the ling term. I don’t eat on the Whole30 plan year around, but things I picked up during my first one, I still do. And those little changes have made a huge difference in my future health.
Tips for Success:
Read the book “It Starts With Food.”
I would suggest trying to read most of this book before you start. It’s really helpful at explaining the science behind the program and for an analytically obsessive brain like mine, this was extremely helpful. Especially when I got questions about it from others. I really wanted to have the answers.
Sign up for the Daily Emails.
It’s $15 but so worth it in my opinion. I was given this advice by a friend during my first Whole30 and I recommend the same thing to folks beginning. The daily emails are SUPER helpful and are packed with resources, statistics and information.
Prep. Prep. Prep.
I can’t stress this enough. The more you prepare the less chance you’ll cheat. Life happens. And you cannot for 30 days avoid any and all situation that would tempt you to make an unhealthy food choice. I prep every Sunday for the week and it is ESSENTIAL to my weekly success.
Find a support group.
There are tons online. Lots on Facebook. Better yet, get a group of friends together and do it together and help each other be accountable. More than once I’ve called a fellow Whole30-er and begged them to go to dinner with me to avoid smashing Chick-fil-A down my throat.
There are a ton of resources online, and I’ll be posting more about my journey this month, including my favorite recipes, websites, and tips.
If you’re interested in joining me, let me know in the comments and I’ll connect with you on FB in a support group.
May the odds be ever in your favor!