Honestly, I don't remember how I discovered the Whole30 at this point. I know I got the book from the library (then wound up buying it), read it cover to cover, and something (probably the promises it made) just made me inspired and determined that I was going to do this!

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 was created by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig. I would consider the Whole30 an experiment. The creators emphasize, it is NOT a diet (and it's not). Diets are about losing weight, and you typically do them until you reach a set goal or fall off the wagon. The Whole30 is done for a predetermined amount of time, and the ultimate goal is to figure out how different foods may affect you, with the added benefit of breaking food addictions.

You cut out the following food groups:

  • Dairy
  • Legumes/Soy
  • Grains
  • Sugar

At this point you might be thinking sheesh, what CAN I eat?

  • Meat & Seafood
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts & Seeds

And you can eat until you're satisfied! No counting - carbs, calories, or anything else! As they'd say on Whose Line Is It Anyway - the points don't matter!

I cannot recommend enough to read the book for yourself. I cannot tell you how many times I've been browsing Pinterest and seen recipes for "Whole 30 approved xyz" (Fries, Pudding, Waffles - you name it!), that are NOT Whole30 approved at all! But you wouldn't necessarily know that if you didn't read the book for yourself. This is where the idea of food addiction comes in. If you can use whole foods to recreate a food that is more commonly known as "junk" food (including the list I just mentioned, think pancakes, ice cream, etc.), it's still not allowed. This is basically an effort to rewire your brain so that you don't see food as some sort of a reward, as that can lead to serious eating problems.

After 30 days of eating this way, you then reintroduce the food groups you eliminated, one at a time, and take a couple of days to see how your body reacts to having the food back in your system. While they reintroduce the foods in an order that is supposed to have the least effect to the greatest effect (legumes, whole grains, dairy, gluten), it was actually the opposite for me; and hey, that's okay! That's what this program is all about! Legumes wreaked havoc on my stomach and whole grains made me an emotional mess.

While it is recommended that you take measurements and weigh yourself before and after doing the Whole30 to see visible results, what the creators really want you to pay attention to are your "non-scale victories". For me, this included things like: MUCH clearer complexion, clothes fitting better, leaner appearance (I didn't necessarily notice this, but people at work kept asking what I was doing, so someone noticed it!), not needing (or feeling like I needed) an afternoon nap, control over cravings, and in my children: improved behavior!

It's a serious program (if you cheat, you have to start from the beginning!), but it also yields serious results!

Why not give it a try? What do you have to lose?