As some of you may know, I am currently in the midst of my second round of Whole 30. If you are unfamiliar with what Whole 30 is, the intent is for it to be used as an elimination diet–to strip certain food groups from your diet for an extended period of time and then strategically add them back in to have a better understanding of what certain foods do to your body.
These food groups are added sugar (of any kind – including honey, stevia and Paleo sugars like coconut sugar and maple sugar), alcohol, gluten and non-gluten grains (rice, quinoa, oats, etc), legumes (peanuts, beans, peas, chickpeas, etc), and dairy (ghee, or clarified butter, is an exception). On top of these food groups, you cut out additives like carrageenan, MSG and sulfites–really any processed foods.
Aside from being used as an elimination diet, the other goal of the Whole 30 is to change your relationship with food. You are not allowed to recreate desserts, breads, tortillas, etc with “approved” ingredients–because in your brain, a slice of cake is still a slice of cake whether it’s made with refined sugar and wheat flour or coconut sugar and almond flour. That isn’t to say that the Paleo version isn’t a healthier choice, but the program is about making good food choices for 30 days.
Lastly, you’re not allowed to step on the scale, take any body measurements or count any calories during the 30 days. Because, as you’ll notice, this diet isn’t about losing weight (though I promise you will). It’s about learning to listen to your body and see weight change without stepping on the scale and other non-scale victories (i.e. clearing up acne, getting thyroid disorders under control, learning that it’s the sugar you are putting in your coffee every morning causing your midday crash).
It may seem overwhelming and it does take a lot of planning to be successful (one slip-up means you go back to Day 1), but hopefully some of the resources I’m providing here at Whole Life Handbook will inspire you to do it and help get you through it! Here’s an overview of what I ate during the first week (including links to recipes!)