You’re going to eat clean. Really clean. You’ll say no to dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, sulfites, and fruity umbrella drinks (if you haven’t already sworn off those!). You’ll say yes to all the veggies, meat, poultry, healthy fats, fruit, and…well…that’s it—for 30 days. The Whole30 plan sounds a little bit like other popular diets, but many people say it’s even stricter. The founders insist it’s less of a diet and more of a 30-day nutritional reset (which we admit, does sound a lot more appealing). And here’s where your ears might perk up: Whole30 might have special benefits for those living with invisible illness. Whole30 was developed by sports nutritionist Melissa Hartwig, who wrote several books and maintains an active website devoted to this plan. Whole30 shares features with many of the eating plans you might already be familiar with, including detoxes, Paleo, and Bulletproof diets (great news—these two are in the WanaLibrary!). The idea behind Whole30’s 30-day “cleanse” is that you’re removing ingredients and substances that could contribute to sluggishness, hormonal imbalances, poor sleep, and inflammation. Once the 30 days are up, you start reintroducing specific foods to identify which ones may not totally agree with you. The discovery of hidden food sensitivities is just one aspect of this plan that could be helpful to people with invisible illnesses because it’s like a fact-finding mission that ultimately gives you the opportunity to eliminate troublesome foods from your diet completely. This diet is simple…but simple doesn’t mean easy, as you probably know. Chances are you’ll end up cooking or assembling your own meals and making special requests at restaurants (but foodies, remember—the plan is 30 days, not forever). There’s no calorie counting or portion control, and you’re encouraged to eat until you’re full. However, with so many limitations on types of food you can eat, many people lose weight as well. The program makes the questionable claim that it can help those with disordered eating habits restore a healthy emotional relationship with food. (If you’ve struggled with disordered eating, never start a restrictive plan without talking with your therapist first.) As most of us know, your diet is definitely connected to your emotions, so it’s a good idea to keep track of your mood along with your other symptoms as you make your way through the 30 days. The more info you can collect, the better!
Foods to Eat
Vegetables—including potatoes Meat Seafood Eggs Fruits Unrefined fats Herbs, spices, seasonings
Foods to Avoid
Added sugar, real or artificial Alcohol Grains, including corn Gluten Legumes Dairy Baked goods, junk foods, and treats, even with “approved” ingredients Any foods with carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
What Studies Say
This is a short-term, commercialized diet plan that hasn’t yet been the subject of scientific research. The founders claim that it can help restore energy and mental focus, improve sleep, clear up skin, improve mood, increase athletic performance, and reduce cravings for unhealthy foods. Their website offers testimonials attesting that it helps with everything from celiac disease and diabetes to lupus and fibromyalgia. While there’s no scientific evidence directly supporting the Whole30 diet and these claims, studies suggest that elimination diets can be very helpful for people with allergies, IBS, and some chronic conditions. Low-carb, whole-foods diets might improve blood-sugar control and cardiovascular risk factors better than low-fat diets high in whole grains. Plus, the diet emphasizes eating tons of veggies and cutting out processed junk food—all good.
Vegetables—including potatoes Meat Seafood Eggs Fruits Unrefined fats Herbs, spices, seasonings
Videos about Whole30 diet
Thomas DeLauer: Whole30 Diet Review - Autoimmune Paleo Diets Explained - Anti-Inflammatory Dieting
FlavCity with Bobby Parrish: 5 Whole30 Meal Prep Recipes - The Ultimate Clean Eating Diet
FlavCity with Bobby Parrish
Books about Whole30 diet
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
Over 1.5 million copies sold! Millions of people visit Whole30.com every month and share their dramatic life-changing testimonials. Get started on your Whole30 transformation with the #1 New York Times best-selling The Whole30. Since 2009, Melissa Hartwig Urban's critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has quietly led hundreds of thousands of people to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. The program accomplishes all of this by specifically targeting people’s habits and emotional relationships with food. The Whole30 is designed to help break unhealthy patterns of behavior, stop stress-related comfort eating, and reduce cravings, particularly for sugar and carbohydrates. Many Whole30 participants have described achieving “food freedom”—in just thirty days. Now, The Whole30 offers a stand-alone, step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system. The Whole30 prepares participants for the program in five easy steps, previews a typical thirty days, teaches the basic meal preparation and cooking skills needed to succeed, and provides a month’s worth of recipes designed to build confidence in the kitchen and inspire the taste buds. Motivating and inspiring with just the right amount of signature tough love, The Whole30 features real-life success stories, an extensive quick-reference FAQ, detailed elimination and reintroduction guidelines, and more than 100 recipes using familiar ingredients, from simple one-pot meals to complete dinner party menus.
It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
IMAGINE YOURSELF HEALTHIER THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. IT STARTS WITH FOOD. It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever—and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food—accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in just 30 days. diabetes high cholesterol high blood pressure obesity acne eczema psoriasis chronic fatigue asthma sinus infections allergies migraines acid reflux Crohns celiac disease IBS bipolar disorder depression Lyme disease endometriosis PCOS autism fibromyalgia ADHD hypothyroidism arthritis multiple sclerosis Now, Dallas and Melissa detail not just the “how” of the Whole30, but also the “why,” summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. It Starts With Food reveals how specific foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel, and live—in ways that you’d never associate with your diet. More important, they outline their lifelong strategy for eating Good Food in one clear and detailed action plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation, and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food. Infused with the Hartwigs’ signature wit, tough love, and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes testimonials, a detailed shopping guide, a meal-planning template, a Meal Map with creative, delicious recipes, and much more.
The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond
Still think the Whole30 is a diet? Not with recipes like these. The groundbreaking Whole30 program has helped countless people transform their lives by bringing them better sleep, more energy, fewer cravings, weight loss, and new healthy habits that last a lifetime. In this cookbook, best-selling author and Whole30 co-creator Melissa Hartwig delivers over 150 all-new recipes to help readers prepare delicious, healthy meals during their Whole30 and beyond. More than 150 recipes for main dishes, sides, dressings, and sauces Tips to simplify, plan, and prepare meals to save time and money Variations to turn one easy dish into two or three meals Whether you’ve done the Whole30 once or five times—or just want to make a variety of satisfying, nourishing meals—this book will inspire you to change your life in 30 days with the Whole30 program.
30 Days Whole Foods Cookbook: 500 Whole Food Recipes with 4-Week Meal Plan
Discover 30 Days Whole Foods Cookbook that will help you become a healthier and happier person and lose weight at the same time. The Whole Food diet increases your energy levels, improves your immune system and the balance of your hormone levels. It also prevents the appearance of many other illnesses and of course, it helps you lose weight. Check out some of the benefits of this lifestyle: Restore a healthy metabolism Reduce inflammation Remove cravings Balance hormones Heal your digestive tract Forget about counting macros, calories or anything else! You can make many delicious meals using our 30 Days Whole Foods Cookbook. You will not only lose weight but also improve your health and appearance easily! Inside we have gathered 500 best Whole Food recipes! Breakfast, snack, dinner, dessert recipes all are easy to prepare and made with common ingredients. Check out some of the recipes from our 30 Days Whole Foods Cookbook: Coconut, Almond and Cashew Porridge Brussels Sprout, Potato and Sausage Mix Turkey, Kale and Broccoli Soup Tomato and Dragon Fruit Platter Tilapia And Pico de Gallo Tortillas
Podcasts about Whole30 diet
The mindbodygreen Podcast: Melissa Hartwig, Founder of Whole30, on Addiction and How Hitting Rock Bottom Inspired an International Health Movement
Melissa Hartwig is the creator of one of the most successful diets of all time, Whole30. Chances are you or someone you know has tried Whole30, with the goals of increasing energy, losing weight, and improving health but also to cut the damaging emotional ties we all hold with food. What started as a husband-and-wife experiment quickly became an international movement that has spawned a mega-successful website, three best-selling books, numerous must-follow social media accounts, and more. Melissa is known as the super-fit poster child for the Whole30 lifestyle, displaying the kind of positive, entrepreneurial, and vibrant life that so many of us aspire to lead. However, many people are unaware of the fact that Melissa’s interest in health started after she hit rock bottom as a heroin and ecstasy addict who spent all day, every day, using. In this episode, Melissa shares her untold story for the first time, touching on everything from the trauma that started her drug problem to her divorce, the creation of Whole30, and her life as a thriving single mom who has positively affected millions.
The Ultimate Health Podcast: Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30 Origin Story
Melissa Hartwig (@melissa_hartwig) is a four-time New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the original Whole30 program. She's a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, yoga, hiking, solo traveling, and riding her motorcycle. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT. In this episode, we discuss: Escaping from her life with drugs The gym kinda saved Melissa's life Blogging... the early years Whole30's origin story Using food like a drug Do you have an emotional relationship with food? What makes Whole30 different from other dietary approaches? Not combining Whole30 approved ingredients to make hyperpalatable foods The organic growth of the Whole30 community The most important part of Melissa's job Having a vision from the very beginning Foods to avoid on Whole30 Whole30 teaches you what foods work for you... on an individual basis The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) vs. Whole30 Melissa hikes more than anybody she knows Are you "paying yourself" first? Don't get stuck on the saddest ferris wheel, of all time Teaming up to do Whole30 with family or other groups Are you hanging out with the right people? How to make new connections as a grown up
Clean Eating for Women with Carrie Forrest: Paleo & Whole30 Meal Prepping with Erica Winn of Real Simple Good
Erica Winn of Real Simple Good a wonderful website for inspired paleo cooking and living is here today. Erica offers all kinds of healthy tips and tricks for cooking and eating including paleo and whole30 meal prepping.In this episode of the Clean Eating for Women podcast, we talk about: Erica’s health story and starting Real Simple Good Eating paleo and cooking at home with real ingredients Meal prepping to make healthy eating easier Some highlights of this episode on paleo & whole30 meal prepping with erica winn of real simple good: Erica and her husband started Real Simple Good a couple of years ago. It stemmed from making lifestyle changes and Erica having MS. It was time to take her health story into her own hands. She began researching diets and lifestyles that reduce inflammation. Which led her to the paleo lifestyle. [02:25] Erica's recipes are mostly paleo. She doesn't use any processed foods. They don't use grains, gluten, dairy, or soy. They also leave out the legumes and refined sugar. This is the template that all of the recipes stem from. They may have an occasional white rice or pastured cheese. [09:29] Erica and Justin wanted to live on their own terms. They decided to make paleo cooking and living a lifestyle. They also decided to make the blog a full-time job. [13:02] Before they quit their accountant jobs they were really stressed for time, so they started meal planning out of a necessity. There is no way to get through a busy work week without doing some sort of meal prep over the weekend. [14:06] Erica and Justin sell meal plans to help people who aren't sure what recipes to make and what to shop for. These are for people who really like to cook and just need a little extra help. They also offer simple recipes with minimal ingredients for people who don't like to cook but need help with eating healthier. [17:50] They currently offer seasonal meal plans that are bundled together. There is 13 weeks in each bundle. They are also doing challenges like the whole 30 challenge. People sign up for the challenge on their website. Then everything was delivered through email which included helpful tips and meal plans. They also posted on their Facebook group. They were also available to answer questions. [22:23] A whole30 diet is like a Paleo diet but more strict. There's no Paleo baking and no sugars and alcohol of any kind. [25:11] One of Erica's favorite recipes and also one of their most popular recipes is the crock pot chicken enchiladas. Another popular recipe is their creamy spaghetti squash casserole. [27:35] An instapot is like a pressure cooker with pre programmed functions. The pressure cooker cooks faster and the instapot has more functions. You can brown ground beef and then cook it and make a one pot meal. [31:58]
Holistish-A Holistic Health Podcast: Whole 30
We want to start a dialogue about different types of diets since food plays such a key role in health and wellness. This week, we kick off our ***diet spotlight*** by exploring Whole30. If you have been considering trying Whole30, listen up! Jenna breaks down her first-hand experience with this diet and discusses how it changed her palate and relationship with food.
For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast: Melissa Hartwig - Food, Freedom & The Whole30
The Whole30. You've done it. Jen's done it. Someone you know is on it right now. Melissa Hartwig is the co-founder of this wildly successful dietary program that has helped millions of people transform their health, habits and relationship with food. Melissa tells the story of how her personal 30-day dietary and lifestyle experiment provided the basis for the Whole30 movement, and shares with Jen her journey from the lows of drug and alcohol addiction to the heights of becoming a health and lifestyle maven. This podcast calls for a cake (made with almond flour and no gluten or sugar, of course!)!
Clean Eating for Women with Carrie Forrest: Choosing Between Paleo, Keto, Whole30,Vegan, and Clean Eating Diets
With so many diets in the headlines these days, it can be hard to choose which one will work for you. This article shares some of the differences between paleo, keto, Whole30, vegan, and clean eating diets.
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