Whole30® Stuff

At least two of my adult kids are going to be trying this whole 30 thing.  I am thinking about joining.

Whole 30, summary- a paleo version of a clean, whole foods eating plan:

“What is the Whole30®?

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.

– See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.Y7BwvGOI.dpuf”

What you can eat (in short, and you can get a free shopping list at the above link):

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. – See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.Y7BwvGOI.dpuf

What you can’t eat:

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. – See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.Y7BwvGOI.dpuf

Also, no booze (which includes for cooking, which would include alcohol), no grains, no legumes, and no dairy (gasp- this will kill me, I’m sure).

There are other details at the link.  Some of the NO items are because psychologically, they can sabotage your good intentions, at least that’s the theory.  And, to be honest, I find that link unbearably scoldy and obnoxious in tone.  But I’m trying to overlook that.  They call it ‘tough love.’ I’m trying to overlook that, too.

There’s another whole website about it here (lots of them, actually, but this is the original)

This is not something you go to bed on Sunday night and wake up on Monday and decide you’ll start it all that day- unless, MAYBE, you’re super organized and were already eating paleo.

So you read up first, then you do crazy stuff like eat up all the cookies you have left or sane stuff like toss them out or give them away, make menus:

There’s some amazing recipes that are approved by the plan here– they make it look less punishing.

Then there are 50 whole30 compliant freezer meals listed here.

these meal plans from other Whole30 participants could also be helpful (or overwhelming)

And here’s another.

Go shopping (it really ain’t cheap).

Have you tried it? What worked best for you?  Favorite site(s?).


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  1. Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I tried the Whole 30 diet and made it to day 10. I quit because….

    (1) I was already on a very-low-carb diet, and adding the Whole30 meant that I could eat… um… meat and low-carb vegetables and nothing else.

    (2) On Day 10, I failed to plan sufficiently and ended up eating nothing but eggs for three straight meals. By the end of the night, I ended up eating half of an apple cake and tossed the entire thing to the wind.

    However, I do think it’s a great idea! An interesting point was that my “time of the month” pain (both ovulatory and menstrual) both completely disappeared while I was on the Whole30. Wow! I’d thought that was just “my body,” but apparently it’s diet. That was awesome.

    I’d be up to giving it another go… when I don’t have to combine it with very low carb. Sometime! Let us know how it goes for your family!!


  2. Posted August 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    My favorite site for this way of eating is http://www.lifemadefull.com. I’ve not done a Whole30, but do appreciate lots of Paleo recipes. 🙂 I really prefer the “Primal” way….http://www.marksdailyapple.com is the most well known site for it. It’s like Paleo with raw dairy and it’s certainly not as “judgmental” and some Paleo site can be.

  3. Posted August 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing our 50 Freezable Whole 30 Meals – and good luck with your W30 journey!

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