We are 7 days from beginning Whole30 together. Time to get to work! First, let’s review what Whole30 is and isn’t.
Whole30 IS NOT a “diet”.
Whole30 IS a 30 day program that “eliminates foods demonstrated by science and our experience to promote unhealthy cravings and habits, disrupt your metabolism, damage your digestive tract, and burden your immune system”. (The Whole30, the 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom)
Whole30 lasts for 30 days, although you can continue it for as long as you like.
Whole30 can be done by pregnant or nursing mommas (I know, I have done it!)
Whole30 is not about losing weight, although it certainly can happen.
Whole30 is about changing your relationship with food.
If Whole30 isn’t about losing weight, why would you want to do it? I did my first Whole30 several months ago because I was unhappy with how I felt. When I had begun taking Plexus supplements several months earlier (this is an affiliate link, which means that when you purchase using my link I will receive a small commission), the joint pain and fatigue that had been plaguing me for several years disappeared. I had more energy than I had had in 10 years! In spite of the improvements, my weight continued to creep upward.
You guys know that I was overwhelmed and had firmly closed the door on trying a “diet” because dealing with my kids food allergies had left me severely burned out. Apparenlty that tiny voice in my head hadn’t gotten the message. It kept whispering, “There has to be a way”. A friend’s appropriately times Whole30 post did the trick! I jumped in with both feet and saw yet more improvement in how I felt. In spite of quitting my first Whole30 a week early, I lost 6 lbs and felt crazy energetic. Plexus plus Whole30 equalled a very happy, energetic momma that easily kept up my 8 kids and finished my college semester with flying colors!!!
So, what can you eat while doing your Whole30? Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables (yes, including white potatoes!), fruit, and natural fats.
What’s on the no-no list? Sweeteners in any form ( including stevia and “fake” sweeteners), alcohol, grains, legumes, or dairy. Do not paleo-ify baked goods with Whole30 approved ingredients.
Can Whole30 be done on a budget? Absolutely!
Can your kids do Whole30 with you? Yep! Although, I confess that I will most likely give my kids rice to compliment their Whole30.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about what kinds of meals can easily be made Whole30 compliant. If you are local to me, don’t forget that we are meeting at Pop’s Ice Cream and Coffee tomorrow night at 7 pm.