Whole30: the basics

Hi, Friends!

I just got accepted as a Whole30 coach and I am SO excited! I am extremely passionate about helping people change their relationship with food and Whole30 is one of the most successful programs in doing just that. I will go into more detail about the coaching in another post, but I have been getting a lot of question on the Whole30 program so I’m breaking it down the best I can in this blog post.

Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Whole30 because it completely changed my life. I was sick most of my life with stomach issues, in and out of hospitals and had pretty bad anxiety. After my 2nd round of Whole30, I figured out that gluten and some types of dairy really bother my stomach and increase my anxiety so I stopped eating them as a result. I feel the best I have ever felt in my entire life. I finally found a healthy relationship with food through this process so obviously I want to share it with everyone!

What exactly is Whole30?

Whole30 aims at achieving “non-scale” victories, like increased energy, clearer skin, fewer cravings, and an overall healthier relationship with food. It’s also really helpful for people who are struggling with GI issues. Although people usually lose weight on Whole30, that is not the main goal.

Whole30 cuts out foods that have inflammatory properties as well as all added sugar for 30 days. After the 30 days, there is a reintroduction period where you reintroduce foods every couple of days to see how your body reacts to those food groups. You eat Whole30 in between those days, so plan on your Whole30 being more like 40 days. Reintroduction is essential…please don’t skip this part!

The following things are eliminated from your diet: grains, soy, dairy, legumes, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and all alcohol.

Sound hard? Maybe, but it’s worth it. Plus, as the Whole30 book puts it, “Quitting heroin is hard. Beating Cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”

Think about how many diets you have started and stopped and started again. Once you change your relationship with food, you don’t have to rely on willpower to say no to junk food, you simply do not want it anymore.

Finally, remember Whole30 is not meant to be followed forever. Although you could, it’s pretty unrealistic that you are never going to eat something Whole30 restricts if you did not have a reaction to it. The goal is to find what your body does well with and develop a healthy relationship with food, not to limit yourself from everything not on Whole30 or AIP forever.

You can also check out the Whole30 website here.

As always, feel free to comment or email me with questions!

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