Whole 30: What is it and why do it?
Whole 30 is a program co-created by Melissa Hartwig designed to basically give your body a reset. It strips away all the foods from your diet that could possibly disrupt your body from being the best it can be. Take away all the negative impacting foods, and you are left with nothing but wholesome, REAL food. Is it easy? Heck no! It will be a very tough 30 days. BUT, it’s only for 30 days. This, for me, is going to be a reset. To be aware of every bite going into my mouth. It helps you realize just how much junk is in the foods we eat on a daily basis. Have you been irritable, tired, stressed, living off coffee and doughnuts, bloated, gassy, breaking out with acne, having gut issues, fighting constant cravings?? Then Whole 30 is for you, my friend.
What can I eat on Whole 30?
You get to eat real food!!! And you don’t have to measure or count anything. Isn’t that amazing?? You will have plenty of foods to choose from, such as meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, and fruits. You’ll even be able to pronounce everything on the ingredient list!
What do I have to avoid?
No sugar. Real or artificial. Read your labels carefully. Did you know there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels? Look for words such as dextrose, sucrose, maltose, corn syrup, or rice syrup, just to name a few. This is the absolute hardest thing for me. It is in EVERYTHING! Seriously. Try looking on just about any label in your pantry right now and find something without sugar. Go on…. I’ll wait! Couldn’t do it, could you?
No alcohol. I know I know… a part of me just died inside, too. But it’s only for 30 days….
No grains. No grains of any kind, including but not limited to gluten-free foods, oats, corn, rice, wheat.
No legumes. No beans of any kinds, nut butters, or any form of soy, including lecithin ( a sneaky way to get soy).
No dairy. No cow, goat, or sheep milk products.
No carrageenan, sulfites, or MSG. These are sneaky little buggers. Read your labels.
No treats made with approved foods. Don’t recreate a “treat” with approved foods. You’re not kicking the habit that way, you’re just finding a workaround. Which doesn’t help anyone.
There are a few exceptions to the rules.
You are allowed to have the following:
Ghee or clarified butter. There are no milk proteins in these. You can find these on Amazon or health food stores like Trader Joes.
Fruit juice if used as a natural sweetener in a recipe. This is not meant for you to guzzle your OJ every morning!
Certain legumes such as green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas.
Vinegar with the exception of malt vinegar because it usually contains gluten.
Salt. Salt is an exception because most sources of salt contain sugar! Yes!! Sugar in the form of dextrose.
Who’s with me?
I will be starting a Whole 30 challenge group for the month of January. It will be full of support, recipes, motivation, and hopefully the start of an eye-opening journey. This will be my 3rd Whole 30. If it was completely impossible, I would not have repeated it once, let alone try for a third time! So, you’ve got this! Who’s with me?
I have started a new Facebook group you can join here.
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