You’ve likely been hearing the buzz about Whole30, especially during January when many folks are looking to get back on track with their nutrition goals! So, what the heck is it?!
Whole30 is a 30-day “reset” diet where you eliminate foods that are most commonly problematic for people. These are foods that have been known to cause a range of issues such as inflammation, skin and digestive problems, seasonal allergies, and chronic pain.
The idea is once you remove these foods from your diet, you can truly evaluate what happens to your energy levels, mood, sleep, cravings, etc. by taking your body to it’s healthiest baseline. Then, you can slowly reintroduce these foods back into your diet to see how they make you feel. You might have an allergy or an intolerance that you didn’t even know about until it was removed from your diet!
Here are restricted foods:
Dairy (bye bye queso)
Grains (yep, even our beloved quinoa)
Sugar (all sweeteners are out: honey, maple syrup, stevia, Splenda, etc)
Legumes (including soy and peanuts!)
Alcohol (happy hour will have to wait until February, friends)
Any sort of additives or preservatives (yuck! Not that we’re ever a fan of these)
Whole30 is not meant to be a weight loss plan. It was created to “clean up” and reset your diet, training yourself to thrive off of whole, real foods like our bodies were intended for. We’re all about clean eating at CLEAN.FIT, so this is right up our alley!
Here are the things you CAN have:
Meat: high-quality meat is encouraged as always! Think: grass-fed beef, pasture-raised eggs, free-range chicken, wild-caught fish
Veggies: literally ALL THE VEGGIES ‘eryday
Fruit: natural sugar found in fresh fruit should be the only kind you’re consuming
Healthy fats: bring on the avocados, EVOO, and grass-fed ghee (a good butter replacement)
Black coffee: is OK - thank goodness!
Want to learn all the deets? Here is the full Whole30 program breakdown.
I’ve been doing it, and have definitely noticed an improvement in how I feel! I have more energy, I am sleeping better, and my skin is much clearer. Now, I normally have a pretty clean diet, but since I don’t have a gluten or dairy intolerance, I do include these things in my diet occasionally. Especially around the holidays - I definitely enjoyed my fair share of cookies, bread, cheese… I mean, I REALLY enjoyed them, haha. So, doing the Whole30 reset seemed like a no-brainer for getting back on track with my eating habits in January!
Everybody and every body is different - so what works for one person may not work for another! However, since Whole30 is about putting only super clean and nutritious foods into your body, you can’t really go wrong. My only complaint is that it’s hard to get enough carbs in my diet (especially on heavy workout days) because of the no-grains rule. I shouldn’t say it’s hard - but rather, it takes more planning. I’ve been eating a looooot of sweet potatoes lately!
It’s definitely worth it, and I have less than 10 days left. After Whole30, I will go back to my mostly-Paleo eating habits (after first chowing down on a delicious, juicy pizza on February 2nd, because - ya know - pizza ;)
How about you?! Are you doing Whole30? What do you think? Please share with us in the CLEAN.FIT fam Facebook group!