the whole 30
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE WHOLE 30?
- The whole 30 is an opportunity to change your eating habits by eliminating grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol and processed foods for 30 days. The program rules can be found on the whole 30 website - here. The wonderful books, It Starts with Food and Whole30 are great resources if you want to know the ins and outs of the program in some depth.
THE WHOLE 30 + ME
Two days after I read It Starts with Food, I started the Whole30. This was in 2013. Since then I've had many curious conversations about it. I heard many 'I couldn't give up...grain/sugar/dairy' - guess what, I bet you could - I did. It's not that hard. I am a trained Italian cook, my specialties are hand-made pastas and risotto, I love cooking and food with a burning passion and I did it. It is a definite sacrifice from 'normal' food, but I'm not sure how I feel about 'normal' food, or how 'normal' food makes me feel. It's so funny that 'normal' food is grains and processed food and whole, fresh, foods are considered quirky. I heard 'I don't eat that many processed foods' - I bet you do, I didn't realize how many I ate until I stopped altogether - the shocking thing was how much sugar is in every goddamned product - ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, deli meats, fish sauce...and on and on.
Whole30 is a great re-set to get your mind around the idea of eating very well. This may not be a perfect way of eating for everyone but this has made our family feel really good about what we are eating and where it is coming from.
I'll get off my tiny soap-box now. I hate preachy people. Ergh.
HANDY WHOLE 30 RESOURCES (.pdf)
- Weekly Meal Prep
- Keys To Success
- Five-Day Menu Plan
- whole 30 program rules
- whole 30 shopping list
- whole 30 common additives cheat sheet
- whole 30 meal template
- whole 30 guide to grocery shopping
- whole 30 guide to sneaky sugars