I’m excited to begin the Whole30 tomorrow. I am ready to eat healthy..I need it. I’ve not been eating as good as I should. Especially now during the holidays. So to get ready for tomorrow and make it easier to do these 30 days. Preparing is key to make it, if you don’t you are setting yourself up for failure.
Here is a fanstic article about your first Whole30 http://meatified.com/first-whole-30-part-1/ You should read it and part 2 http://meatified.com/first-whole-30-part-2/. To sum it up you commit to 30 days of eating real food for 30 days. This will help you reset your body and aid it to start healing your gut and to give your body a brake. And to do that, you must avoid all grains, added sugars, soy, dairy, beans, legumes or treats.
You can do it!
Prepare yourself for the Whole 30 mentally
You’ve already done a lot of this preparation if you followed my advice above. If you know what scares you, or where you may be vulnerable to sliding off the edge of the Whole 30 program, then you’re already miles ahead of the game! Next, I really recommend that you spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve through your Whole 30. And, no, weight loss on its own is NOT a good answer!
- Are you trying to break your sugar habit?
- Do you want to improve specific health concerns like joint pain or thyroid issues?
- Are you trying to figure out how good your body can feel?
- Do you suspect that you have food allergies or intolerances that you can narrow down in the reintroduction phase?
Know what you can eat on the Whole 30
Obviously, this is crucial. At first the list of things you can’t have on a Whole 30 program may seem overwhelming. People seem to spend more time worrying about this than anything else. But in many ways, it’s very simple! You can eat real, unprocessed food of any kind: meat, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, good fats and oils, plus small amounts of nuts and seeds. So far, so good! The chart below was created by Diane Sanfilippo ofBalanced Bites, but it’s a handy summary that applies to the Whole 30, too. Read the rest of her awesome post on the US Food Pyramid here!
But, to clarify, here is a list of things that are not permitted on the Whole 30 program:
- Sugar: none whatsoever, of any kind. This includes natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and agave nectar as well as chemical / processed versions.
- Processed Foods: this might seem obvious, but some processed foods are sneaky. Protein bars or powders are included in this!
- Grains: this includes corn, which is not a vegetable, as well as so-called “pseudo-grains” like quinoa.
- Dairy: the exception is clarified butter, or ghee – everything else is out.
- Beans or Legumes: no peanuts, soy products or derivatives, peas or lentils, either! An exception: green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas are a-ok as they are more pod than “bean”.
- Potatoes: sweet potatoes are fine, though.
- Vegetable oils: canola, sunflower and soybean oils are no go. Stick to coconut oil for cooking and olive oil for salads or dressings.
- Any kind of “Paleo-fied” treats, goodies or recreations: no paleo pancakes, baking or versions of junk food.
There are some non-food items to be avoided, too: alcohol, drugs and tobacco are no bueno! Lastly: do NOT weigh yourself throughout the 30 days. That’s kind of missing the point in the same way as making “Paleo” pancakes. Here is a more detailed description of foods you need to avoid if you have any questions.
If you really want to understand WHY all of the above list need to be avoided, I highly recommend that you read (and re-read!) the Whole 30 creators’ book It Starts With Food. Seriously, the Kindle version of it is less than $10. It is the best foundation on which to start a Whole 30 and will show you how to take what you have learned from your own Whole 30 and apply it to your life long after your 30 days are over. You can also find plenty of starter information on their website, Whole 9 Life. If you still have questions about whether or not specific foods are allowed on the Whole 30 or not, you should check out this page, the official “Can I have…” page!
Know what to expect on the Whole 30
Here is a link to the prepping your kitchen 🙂