What Exactly Is the Whole30?

The Whole30 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 Whole30 + Me

The Whole30 changed my life. After feeling stuck and out of control after having my first child, I found the Whole30. Two days after I read It Starts with Food, I started the program. Over that year, I lost about 60 lbs, completely changed my relationship with food and not only incorporated exercise into my life, but loved it.

This was in 2013. Since then I’ve had many curious conversations about it. I’ve heard many people say ‘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 massive change from the standard western diet, but I’m positive the standard western diet doesn’t work for my body. It’s funny that ‘normal’ food is grains and processed food and whole, fresh, foods are considered quirky and a huge sacrifice. I’ve often hear from people, ‘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 product – ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, deli meats, fish sauce…and on and on.

From Pasta to Paleo actually started as a Whole30 diary – If you’d like to read the nitty-gritty trials and tribulations (bad photos and all!) of my first Whole30 attempt – check it out here!

I love helping people with their Whole30 journey. Connect with me and my helpful community in the private FPTP’s Whole30 Encouragement Group.

Check out my meal plans, tips + tricks, and if you’re a Canadian like I am, my Whole30, Eh? Canadian resources.

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Handy Whole30 Resources

I am not affiliated with the Whole30 Program but I wholeheartedly believe in it. All opinions are my own and not representative of the Whole30.

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