My wife and I recently started the Whole 30 diet and we are just over a week in. Just in case others are looking to get on the Whole 30 train, I figured I would put together a post about what is working and what isn’t. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer any questions.
What is the Whole 30?
If you have never heard of the Whole 30, it is what some would call a “fad” diet. The premise is to challenge yourself to remove sugar, grains, and other proccessed foods out of your diet and eat clean for 30 days. Think of it as a more restrictive Paleo diet. Like other elimination diets, the idea is after the 30 days have passed, you slowly re-introduce foods into your diet to see what effects different foods have on you. Think of it as a 30 day normalization of your body. Also, it is worth noting that if you screw up, even if it is on day 29, you have to start all over again.
But why are you doing this to yourself?
For years, my wife Ashley and I have always talked about doing it after a few of our friends had really good success with it. One day, while shopping at Target the Whole 30 book (link) was on sale so I figured it was mean’t to be. As we read through the book, we started to understand why the Whole 30 is so powerful and after the first week I can tell you we have learned a lot about the food that we eat. The biggest reason for both of us was resetting our mindset before summer and if we can learn a little bit about our bodies and how they react to food along the way then it is a win-win.
Here are some resources that have helped us get started!
I am a big fan of Audible audio books. When we first decided to go down this path I listed to the book, “It starts with food” this is the first book that the creators of the Whole 30 put out. This book answers the why behind the diet and shares a lot of good information about the food that we eat. You can get a free copy of that audio book from audible by clicking on the above link and starting the 30 day trial. Simply sign up for the trial and the book is yours to keep you don’t even have to stay subscribed!
We also love these 4 other books, although I would not reccomend these for listening as they are cookbooks as well as a day by day book that includes some journaling.
Note the Whole 30 Guide below, is currently free with Kindle unlimited. You can get a free month by clicking here.
Whole 30 Guide: https://amzn.to/3aNLvIW
Whole 30 Fast & Easy Recipies: https://amzn.to/2Re4a95
Whole 30 Day by Day: https://amzn.to/39LLDao
Whole 30 Slow Cooker Cookbook: https://amzn.to/3aNr2nx
Also, as we were researching recipies, I stumbled upon these awesome blogs so hopefully you will find something that you can enjoy as well!
So how is it going after 7 days?
To be honest, it is pretty easy once you remove the templations from your pantry and the beer from your fridge. Also, it definatly helps that we are currently in lockdown due to the Corona virus so we don’t have the temptation to eat out as much. Also we normally don’t go heavy on groceries and don’t plan very much as far as our meals during the week. This has completely changed. We are now much more intentional about our meals and we try to only go to the grocery once a week.