What is the Whole30®?

According to their own site Whole 9, the Whole30® program is a “nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days”.

The main idea is to re-educate people on how and what to eat in order to improve life on both physical and psychological aspects.

The physical aspects the program claims to improve are body composition, energy, quality of sleep, attention span, mental attitude and athletic performance.

Psychologically, the benefits are typically related to our relationship with food and how and why do we eat, for example, it targets eating only when hungry and not giving up to cravings (by actually eliminating them), or having events of emotional eating – when you eat when you feel stressed out, or tired, or sleep deprived…

The program exists for a few years now and the people who participated on it have been pretty successful in improving their lives and even getting rid of some illnesses they never though they would be able to get rid of. Some of those illnesses include, but are not limited to:  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, types 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, migraines, depression, GERD, joint pain, thyroid dysfunction, leaky gut syndrome, and Celiac.

This re-education happens by having you follow very strict rules for 30 days in order to eliminate everything that could potentially be affecting your health, so you can evaluate how do they affect you. So at the end of the program they also show you how you should re-introduce any foods you still think you cannot live without, and tells you to be attentive on how that food will affect you so you can decide if it’s really worthy to have it or not.

One of the things they try to stress a lot is that this is not a diet, it should be a temporary fix and is not focused on weight loss. People do lose some weight during the program, but loosing weight should not be the reason for doing it. They even ask you to ditch the scale and do not weight yourself for the whole 30 days the program lasts.

About their eating recommendations, they follow the Paleo ideas but are more strict on certain areas (like for example, desserts are not allowed even if with allowed items).

The basic idea is that there are some more healthy foods, what you should consume, and other less healthy foods, that you need to eliminate during the program.

The list of more and less healthy foods are as follow.

More Healthy Less Healthy
Meat, Seafood and Eggs Sugars, Sweeteners and Alcohol
Vegetables and Fruits Grains and Legumes
The Right  Fats Seeds Oils
                                              . Dairy

If you’re interested in knowing more about the program, visit their website at whole9live.com.

The program is also detailed on their book It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, which is the one we read as a group before taking the challenge. It’s a pretty good book and I certainly recommend it.

In this site I’ll be quoting the book and the newsletter they send throughout the program, as I deem appropriate.

Now, let’s go eat some real good food!


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