The Whole30 is a 30 day nutrition challenge with a goal of improving your overall health. With the standard food that most americans eat we develop chronic inflammation and sub optimal intestine function or leaky gut. Our intestines are one of our bodies major defenses against bacteria and invaders of any kind. If our digestive track isn’t functioning at 100% we have a higher chance of getting sick.
The Whole30 addresses these issues and many more by give strict guidelines on what you can and can not eat for 30 days. After the 30 days are up, you can choose it slowly introduce some of the foods you gave up to see how your body responds. You may find that they make you feel terrible and you’ll know that you’re better off with out it.
The thirty days of the Whole30 not only gives your body time to repair, heal and function more efficiently but it’s also a learning process for your brain on what kinds of foods best fuel you, and how great your body can feel without putting toxins into it every day.
There are thousands of testimonials from people who have adopted the whole30 and see improvement or elimination of many lifestyle related diseases and conditions including:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- sinus infections
- skin conditions
- bipolar disorder
- joint pain
- thyroid dysfunction
- chronic fatigue
- Celia disease
There are also countless stories of weight loss. While it is not the most important part of the Whole30 it is usually part of the process.
Sound too good to be true? How can all of that happen in 30 days? You’ll have to order and read the book It Starts With Food. The how and why are laid out in the book and it’s a must read if you want to really understand how nutrition for your body works and not just a fad diet to lose weight.
Here are the program rules. For 30 days straight (no cheats).
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
One last rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. Be sure to take before photos, measurements and weight and then again after the 30 days. What I recommend doing during the 30 days is journaling about your struggles, your success, and how you feel throughout the challenge.
For more info and more details visit http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/