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)
Go shopping (it really ain’t cheap).
Have you tried it? What worked best for you? Favorite site(s?).