My Whole30

Wow! So, over one month has passed since my last post, but I return to say that I have successfully restarted! Today is Day 11 of my first Whole30.

The Whole30® Program, created by Whole9

As promised and as planned, I started gearing up towards the end of May and into the beginning of June (translation: began weaning myself off the occasional candy fix and tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant). After returning from a brief business trip, my eating turned to business: enter the Whole30.

What exactly is a Whole30?

A few of my prior blog posts have referred – in passing – to a Whole30 without much discussion on what it is. In short, it requires eating very strict paleo for 30 days (although some people choose to do a Whole45 or Whole60). The theory behind the Whole30, created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole9, is that in choosing the food we eat, we should understand the science behind how our body breaks down food and uses it. Ultimately, however, it is a personal experiment to determine how our individual bodies respond to certain foods.

The program itself is free and available at the Whole9’s website or downloaded in PDF. If you are like me and want to understand the rationale behind all the rules, read It Starts with Food.

The Rules

Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruit, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.

Do not consume

  • Added sugar of any kind, real or artificial (including honey)
  • Alcohol (even for cooking)
  • Grains, which include wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, quinoa, buckwheat
  • Legumes, which include peanuts, chickpeas, lentils, and all forms of soy (watch out for soy lecithin)
  • Dairy
  • Carrageenan, MSG, sulfites
  • White potatoes
  • “Paleofied” junk food or baked goods (no almond flour bread or coconut flour pancakes)

Some exceptions

  • Clarified butter or ghee (although dairy) is permitted
  • Fruit juice as a sweetener
  • Green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas – while generally legumes are ok
  • Vinegar – except malt vinegars or those with added sugars
  • Certain processed foods like coconut milk, canned tomatoes, canned olives that otherwise satisfy the Whole30 criteria
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