What is Whole30?

The Whole30 is a thirty day health and nutrition reset.  The Whole30 is a tool for individuals to learn about food sensitivities and to create a better relationship with food.   The Whole30 program involves eliminating certain food groups for thirty days and then slowly reintroducing them systematically.  In doing so, individuals learn about food sensitivities that may affect their psychological response, hormones, gut, and immune function/ inflammation.  The program is not considered a diet and should not be used solely to lose weight. The Whole30 rules have been made based on science and the authors’ personal experience.  Through the Whole30 program and reintroduction, users may see results such as better sleep, less cravings, more energy, changes in physical composition, digestive improvement, and much more.  

 

HOW IS whole30 different and Similar TO paleo?

There are several differences and similarities between the Whole30 and Paleo.   Let’s first talk about how they are similar. First, Whole30 and Paleo diets both focus on using whole foods for nutrition rather than processed foods.  They both focus on foods that are rich in nutrients, healthy fats and proteins, etc. Second, they both eliminate food groups such as grains, beans, soy, dairy, and refined sugars.  The biggest difference between Whole30 and Paleo is the overall structure of the nutritional programs. Whole30 is structured more as a thirty day reset and is not expected to be continued long term.  The Whole30 is also stricter in eliminating certain foods. This includes the elimination of sugar in all forms such as maple syrup and coconut sugar (just to name a few). The Whole30 also does not allow “Sex with Your Pants on” foods (also known as SWYPO foods).  These are foods created from whole foods that represent a less healthy food. Two examples are pancakes made with eggs and bananas, or pizza made with a cauliflower crust. Yes, these foods are technically Whole30 approved; however, they do not follow the “spirit” of the Whole30.  Specifically, they may have a negative psychological response. As for Paleo, this is seen more as a lifestyle for many people. In fact, many people transition from the Whole30 to Paleo after the reintroduction phase. Paleo allows whole foods to be used to create deserts without using grains or refined sugar.  Both the Whole30 and Paleo programs encourage a healthier lifestyle.

 

how can i start the whole30?

First, check out the Whole30 website.  Take a look at all of the free online resources and testimonies!  Next, consider how much time you have to prepare for your Whole30.  Preparation is  key to completing the program.  You'll need to know the rules and guidelines for the 30 days as well as the details of the reintroduction phase.  A great resource is the Whole30 book, The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.   Once you've done your fair share of research, it is time to pick a start date!

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