Whole30 + 3 Ways to Get Started
Are you sick of healthy eating plans that are wayyy too hard to follow? Then the Whole30 eating program is probably for you. Here’s the deal–you only have to follow the program for 30 days. Incidentally that’s the same amount of time it takes to establish a new habit, and in this case–a new healthy eating habit 🙂 There are a few guidelines and exclusions, but they’re not hard to follow, or at least not as hard as becoming an Olympic athlete! Our mini guide below will help you with the tips and tricks to following Whole30. Let’s get started.
What you can eat
There is only one real rule of Whole30: Eat Clean Food.
- Eat meat, seafood, eggs,
- Vegetables and,
- Healthy fats from fruit, and oils
- Nuts and, seeds.
Eat meals with few ingredients – foods that are as natural, unprocessed and wholesome as possible.
What you can’t eat
Through eating clean food, you’re by default excluding all the no-no’s. But just to be clear, these are the foods that you’re not allowed to eat in the 30 days of following the Whole30 plan.
- No added sugar in any form. No syrups, no sweeteners, nothing (you’ll learn to drink black coffee, promise).
- Do not consume alcohol of any kind. Alcohol is full of kilojoules and quite frankly very bad for your liver and consequently your metabolism. And it’s only for 30 days.
- No grains. Not even the trendy ones like buckwheat and quinoa.
- No legumes. This includes all beans, all soy products, peas, chickpeas, lentils and peanuts. And peanut butter. Sorry.
- No dairy with the exception of clarified butter.
- No additives like carrageenan, MSG or sulphites.
Also, don’t try to create your favorite outlawed dishes with allowed ingredients. No cheating 🙂
It’s really important that you don’t weigh or measure yourself during the 30 days of the Whole30 program. It’s a good idea to weigh and measure yourself before and afterwards to see the results. By not weighing yourself, you’ll remember that the Whole30 program is not about losing weight, but about establishing healthy eating habits for you and your family.
Let’s get started
Here are a few recipes from the site to set you on the road to Whole30 success!
Whole30 Asian Nicoise Salad: A light and healthy protein packed start to a healthier you.
Whole30 Orange Chicken: Easy to make and faster than take-out meals.
Whole30 Moroccan Grilled Chicken Bowls: Spicy chicken and veggies that’s Paleo friendly.
Post your favorite Whole30 recipes, and visit our recipe page to find more healthy eats to take you through your 30 day journey of becoming an awesome and healthy you!
(Featured Image: Annabelle Breakey)