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If You’re Thinking About Trying Whole30, Read This First

March 15th, 2017

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When my sister asked if I wanted to do Whole30 with her this past August, my knee-jerk reaction was “No way, not another diet!” While I’m still figuring out what works best for me nutritionally — it changes daily based on what my body needs — I am 100% confident that any kind of diet does not end well, at least not for this girl. Before I could even get my next word out, she said, “Relax, it’s not a diet — it’s a reset.” Not a diet? Ok sister, you’ve got my attention.

You’re likely already familiar with the Whole30. It’s been covered extensively online. But for those who are new or need a refresher, per the website: Whole30 is a nutritional program designed to change your life in 30-days. They say to think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.

The goal is to eliminate these foods for 30 days, then reintroduce them one by one to see how your body reacts. Perhaps my favorite part of the program: no calorie counting and no restricting. Aside from the banned items — sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and anything that represents something you may be craving (ie: paleo pancakes, which they call “sex with your pants on” — google it), you’re welcome to have unlimited quantities of whatever approved food you want. I’ve counted calories and restricted in the past, and though it led to an enormous weightloss, it also led to weight gain. Restriction, calorie counting, and diets do not work for me.

Their entire approach to program appealed to me. From the resources they provide, to the tough-love-no-nonsense words. One of my favorite lines from co-creator Melissa Hartwig was, “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”

So I did it — the full 30 days with my sister, and here’s what I learned during the process.

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6 Comments under :: If You’re Thinking About Trying Whole30, Read This First
  1. Valentina says:

    I’m so glad that you loved the whole30! I’ve done two full whole30s and one whole45, with lots of mini-resets in between (check out Melissa’s new book, Food Freedom Forever for more info on mini-resets) and I can’t get enough — they’re so helpful for putting you back on track.

    And I couldn’t agree with you more: the apple cinnamon RX bar is *AMAZING*. The apple pie larabar is similarly delicious and a bit easier to find, if you’re ever looking for a substitute. Enjoy!

  2. telisha galizio says:

    the Whole30 has for the past two years been ranked as the worst diet

    https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Best-Worst-Diets-2017-42932516

    • Kelly Krause says:

      I’ve seen that article. My problem with that claim is they are touting Whole30 as a long-term diet, which it is not for me, nor the creators. It’s the exact opposite — 30 days to get an idea of how your body responds to foods is much different than a diet designed for. . . well, forever.

  3. Lisa says:

    Can you accomplish whole30 without eggs? That’s been my holdback! We have a severe egg allergy in our house and can’t have them here at all.

    • Kelly Krause says:

      Absolutely. There are so many egg-free dishes! Your Whole30 should only be done with food you enjoy and like to eat, as long as it’s on the approved list.

  4. ceruleanshe says:

    This was so interesting! I’d like to give it a go, but I wonder if my being vegan will be a problem due to the fact I can’t have eggs or meats. I might look more into it!

    Rebecca | ceruleanshe.com

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