What is the Whole30? And why should I care?

book pic                                                                                        The Whole30 is basically a nutritional reset.  It has helped thousands of people to not only lose weight, but see improvements in sleep, mood and energy.  And why should you care?  Well, here’s one reason…

Dallas and Melissa

Are they hot or what?  And they look pretty happy and healthy to me. That’s a pic, taken from the inside of one of their book covers, of Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the creators of the Whole30.  They have written two books that I highly recommend.  The Whole30 appears to be working pretty well for them!

I know what you’re thinking…you are crazy busy right now.  Who has time to read a book?  Forget reading two!!

You actually could read either book…they stand alone.  The first one is called It Starts With Food.  If you want to understand why their program works, and some of the science behind it, along with some very simple recipes, this is the book for you.  Since I am a bit of a nutrition geek, I loved it.  They explain the science, but in a casual, relatable way.

If you are more of a foodie, or someone who likes/needs to follow recipes, you should start with The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  This book still explains things well, but I would describe it as less science, more food.

Both books are great.  First of all, even if you never actually do a Whole30, you will have a better idea of how certain ingredients affect your body, which will help you make informed choices.  You’ll also get ideas for healthy, simple meals.

The Whole30 is pretty much a Paleo approach to eating.  I don’t like to label myself, but that’s pretty much how I eat.  I just think of it as eating real food.  The Whole30 has a bunch of rules, some of which may seem kind of arbitrary. It is meant to eliminate problematic foods, ingredients and even habits from your life for a full 30 days.  You can then gradually reintroduce things, one at a time, to see how your body reacts.

As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, I’m all about building healthy habits.  And I’m certainly not big on major detoxes or deprivation.  But sometimes you really need a reset.  Or you suspect you might be sensitive to certain foods.  That’s where the Whole 30 can help.  In my case, by removing all sweeteners (even stevia), and all candy (even the crazy 90% dark chocolate bars that I love), it really helped me with sugar cravings.  It’s not something you need to follow forever.  You use it to figure out what works best for your body.  In my case, the dairy (except ghee and occasionally butter) and most grains are out for good.  Just not worth it for what they do to my skin.  But a little high quality dark (dairy free) chocolate from time to time?  I’m in!

So can the Whole 30 help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Take a look at Dallas and Melissa… I think it can!  But seriously, the food you put into your body on a daily basis affects your skin, your body composition, and even your mood.  Grab one of these books (they’re both in my Amazon store and very reasonably priced), brew yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, and see what you think.  I’ve completed the program several times, so feel free to ask questions in the comments.





8 thoughts on “What is the Whole30? And why should I care?

  1. I love the Whole30! A bunch of my friends are all doing one right now, but I couldn’t commit… having a serious case of fear of missing out haha. I haven’t read their new book yet, but ISWF was just such an eye opener!


  2. First of all, LOVING all your blog posts! I started my first round of Whole30 February 1st and have kept on going so I guess I did a Whole60 and going on to a Whole90… I feel better and love the food.
    I have incorporated some Paleo/Primal but very limited (some almond flour dark chocolate muffins and coconut flour pancake experiment). I’ve been making my own Ghee but dying to try the Sriracha Ghee!
    Two things that have been my biggest sources of support to keep things interesting have been: Pinterest for recipes and kitchen gadgets. My latest obsession is a Spiralizer – everything is going through that thing right now.


    1. So happy you like it Belina!!!! LOVE hearing from you. And awesome job with the Whole 30..60…90. Wow, good for you at making your own ghee. I tried it once, now I’m happy buying it. I love Pinterest but tend to get too sucked in sometimes so I have to be careful. And love trying out new gadgets. Definitely makes cooking fun. Which Spiralizer do you have? I was using a julienne tool to make veggie noodles, and it worked great, but I actually left it at the beach last summer!


  3. ❤ U! After probably way too much research and reading reviews for a normal person I chose Paderno's Spiralizer. Yes, it everyone's favorite which made me want to dig even more to find the next best thing and turns out… this is actually IT. They have a 3 blade version that has been out forever but recently upgraded their model (fixed some minor annoyances) to a 5 blade version. I stuck with the 3 blade and it meets all my spiraling needs and some I didn't know I had.

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