What is Whole30®?
Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Whole30® the Elimination Diet
The rules of Whole30® and why you should consider doing it.
Whole30® is becoming a popular eating lifestyle change that people, like me, continue to follow the rules of it beyond the 30 days. It was created by co-founder Melissa Urban in 2009 when she blogged about a 30-day experiment that transformed her health. This diet is an elimination diet that you do for 30 days and then slowly reintroduce items one at a time in order to see what you may be sensitive to eating. Essentially, it is a whole foods diet where you eat meat, vegetables and fruit (they recently added a new plant based version of the program). So, let's get into this.
The Whole30® Program Rules
The Whole30® program has two Phases: 30 days of elimination, and 10 days of reintroduction. For 30 days, you will eat meats, seafood, eggs, a lot of vegetables and fruit, and natural fats. You can find more information about the program by going to The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
What can I eat?
Meat. All red meats are allowed except pre-marinated with sugar added. You need to read the label.
Poultry. So. Much. Chicken
Pork or Bacon. As long as there is no sugar added or sulfites
Fish. You can even eat the canned stuff.
Veggies. Your options are limitless.
Fruits. All fruits are allowed
Fats. Natural fats - (my favorite Avocados)
What is not allowed?
No sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners. Nope, not even honey or monk fruit.
No booze. Unless you’re talking about the trace amount of alcohol in kombucha or extracts
No smoking. Any kind of smoke
No beans or legumes. No chickpeas, no peanut butter.
No processed additives. Carrageenan, sulfites
No fake treats, even with Whole30®-approved ingredients. Sorry, cauliflower crust pizza and paleo pancakes, you’re off-limits. This rule is all about building a healthier relationship with your food, and we think it actually works.
This sounds impossible!
Whole30® can be challenging if you are not used to preparing all of your meals at home. There are a few services that offer keto and paleo menus but, none that do Whole30®, yet. However, I found that it was easier to prepare meals because I made simple recipes. I created my own spice blends (hence this brand) to season my meats and vegetables to make wonderfully flavored meals that did not ever make me feel like I was giving something up. Giving up sugar was a challenge the first few days as I went through a withdrawal. Once that was over, it was not difficult to make better eating decisions. There are also many companies that are creating sauces, dressings and different condiments that are Whole30 Approved®. I found that on day 29, I was asking myself why I would not continue eating this way as I was feeling better, sleeping better, and was starting to lose weight. I have basically moved more into a Paleo type of diet and follow Whole30® about 95% of the time. My spice blends are all created for the Whole30® lifestyle and because they are, they are also Keto and Paleo. It does not matter which of these you pick to follow, they all have health benefits. I hope that you find this information helpful and you can always go the the Whole30® site for more information. I am providing a link below.