My Whole30 Story...want to write your own Whole30 Story too?

I changed my life with the Whole30.  And it’s with confidence that I can tell you, this statement is true.  I originally entered in to the 30 day program not to lose weight but to educate myself about food.  At the time I had recently lost a bit of weight due to juice cleanses, going gluten free, and various lifestyle changes (a TON of yoga sculpt due to teacher training).  I was nervous about how food was affecting me and I started to feel very limited about what I could eat. 

It was when I learned about the Whole30 that I realized I could familiarize myself with a variety of natural foods and take back some of the control that I had lost.  To this day I incorporate the skills that I learned and the information I gained over those 30 days and in turn feel healthier than I ever have before…I’m in my 40’s and in the best shape of my life.

So, what is the Whole30? It is a program that provides your body an opportunity to reset as you eliminate foods that cause inflammation and replace them with whole, natural, satiating ones.  After completing the 30 days you have the opportunity to systematically add back in the foods that were taken out so that you can determine if ones are either right or wrong for your overall health.  For example, when I added back in soy to my diet I realized right away that this was the mysterious culprit of my cystic acne.  I was plagued by if for years and in just a couple of days of re-consuming soy, I had the answer to my problem.  

The Whole30 is about empowering you to make healthy choices.  It puts you back in the driver’s seat with your health by teaching you what works and what doesn't for your own unique bio individuality.  I started the Whole30 because I wanted to know more about food.  I finished the program knowing not just what to eat but how to eat it and prepare it.  Yes some of it takes time but the results are totally worth it!  By prepping and packing my foods I have the freedom to eat what makes me feel good throughout the day and helps to sustain my energy.  

Here’s the low down.  What to eat and what not to eat during the program.

What TO eat for 30 days: 

Real food. Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, 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. Don’t worry... these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list. 

What to AVOID for 30 days: 

Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life. 

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. (See below for details.) 

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. 

Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved”
Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients. 

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I’m delighted to be offering my 3rd Whole30 Support Group starting THIS Sunday.  We’ll be meeting for 5 consecutive Sundays, January 13th- February 10th for 1.5 hours each week.  I’ll set you up for success right from the get go by providing all the info you’ll need to get started the very next day with clean eating.

Email or call with questions about how you can participate in the Whole30 Support Group.  Can’t make it to the sessions because you live out of the Chicago area or your schedule doesn’t allow for the 5 session commitment?  Let me know as I’m offering an online support group via private FB page. It’s only $99 to participate from a distance and $275 face to face, so come and bring a friend.

With all my heart I encourage you to make this commitment.  In 30 days you will not just change your food, you will change your life.