Whole30'ing for Beginners

two beginner foodies on a quest to change their diet in 30 days

Introduction: The Whole30 Experiment

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Eat real food!

– That could very well be the motto of the project we’re doing: the Whole30. Before you ask, No, it is Not a quick way of losing weight. The purpose of the project is very simple: Changing your diet in 30 days and rebooting your body. You could call it a reset diet. This blog will act as a sort of journal: Our impressions and experience with the Whole30 diet as well as tips and tricks for recipes or the likes of it, if you, too, think about trying a similar project. But, first and foremost:

What is the Whole30?

Whole30 is a 30 day reset diet established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole9 and the book  ‘It Starts with Food‘. The diet is designed as a nutritional reset that helps stop unhealthy cravings and habit, reestablish healthy metabolism and digestion as well as balance the immune system. It helps you learn how your body reacts to different types of food and shows just how much nutritional junk food we really eat from a day-to-day basis – even without noticing!

So, in short: It is 30 days of getting to know what we’re eating (Really getting to know it) and seeing how food can affect everything from digestion to mood or sleep patterns.

So, what are the rules?

Whole30 is about eating real food: Meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and healthy fats – the principle is eating food that hasn’t been processed a whole lot and isn’t full of things that can not even be pronounced (Seriously, read the labels on your food!) Meaning: Eating simple and eating natural food. Eat REAL food!

Also, there are foods that must be omitted during your 30 days of reset to get the right results. I’ve copied the list from the Whole30 website below:

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

And the rule I love the most: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. (See, I told you it isn’t about losing weight!)

Our adventure

If this info has got you interested (if anyone is even reading this), you can follow our adventure of eating real food and only real food for 30 days here on the blog! Even if it is just to point fingers whenever/if we break the rules. (Really, point fingers all you want – it is motivation!). But obviously, we prefer being cheered on. So, feel free to cheer us on/point fingers/ask questions/give useful advice in the comment section. But do it respectfully. 🙂

For more information about the Whole30 rules, benefits, program or so, please visit the official Whole30 homepage

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