Tip Tuesday- What is Whole30?

As some of you may have heard, I am facilitating a group to do the Whole30 reset diet for the month of June. What the heck is Whole30, you may ask? Is it one of those new trendy diets? What is that 30 all about? Well, let’s answer all of those questions, and more.

The Big Idea

To simplify it, Whole30 is a 30-day elimination diet. Elimination diets have been around for years and are common in the medical and nutrition fields to evaluate how your body reacts to certain foods. The idea is to remove inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy, and grains to reset the body’s systems and start with a fresh clean slate. The idea of Whole30 is to figure out how different foods affect your body. So you eat whole, non-processed foods for 30 days. That means 3 meals a day (and maybe a small snack here or there)and no calorie counting. Just putting good nutritious foods in your body and leaving out the junk. When we consistently feed our bodies good food, that is where the magic happens.

Non-Scale Victories

The magic I alluded to above is not actually magic at all, but what the Whole30 program people refer to as Non-Scale Victories (NSV). When you stop putting inflammatory foods in your body for 30 days, you can really feel the difference inside and out. Less stiffness in joints, less bloating, less heartburn, stronger/thicker hair and nails, less stressed, fewer sugar cravings, healthier relationship with food, higher energy levels, better sleep, and clearer thinking are just a few of the hundreds of NSVs people report after doing their Whole30.

What Can You Eat?

The biggest question people ask next is, “Okay, so what can you eat?”. As mentioned earlier, you can eat 3 meals a day, starting with breakfast. Whole30 resources off a meal planning template that makes it easy.

Each meal should include:

  1. 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein
  2. Fill the rest of our plate with vegetables
  3. Occasionally, add a serving of fruit
  4. Add fat in the following recommendations, PER MEAL: Oils and cooking fats 1-2 thumb-sized portions, butters (ghee, coconut butter, nut butter) 1-2 thumb sized portions, coconut 1-2 open handfuls, olives 1-2 open handfuls, nuts and seeds up to one closed handful, avocado 1/2-1, coconut milk between 1/4-1/2 a can.

Try to make each meal large enough to last you until the next meal. Stop eating a few hours before bed.

Seems easy enough to give your body a full system reset and really know how certain foods may affect you. If you want to join us, reach out and I would love to add you to our FB group.

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