If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a huge proponent of, participant in and Envoy Extraordinaire for the Whole30 Program. (It helped me kick my sugar addiction.)
There have been a couple changes to the Whole30 recently, and an official site-wide Whole30 kicks off on August 1 through their site and social media, so you’ll have tons of support if you decide to start in a couple days. Don’t worry: You can do a Whole30 at any time, so if you can’t join in right away or you are a few days behind, it’s okay.
What is Whole30?
It’s a thirty day nutritional reset where you eliminate potentially problematic foods. Then, at the end, you can reintroduce the foods you want in a systematic way, note any negative or positive effects, and decide if / how you want to modify your dietary intake for the long-term. In other words, it’s about learning how food affects you. No lifelong promise to eat perfectly. No unsafe restriction of food. Nothing you have to pay a membership for.
Just you, learning about you + food for a month. That’s it.
What are the Whole30 Changes?
Recently, Whole30 made a couple modifications to its basic template. The biggest—and the one that caused more drama than Ronda Rousey at a Miesha Tate party—is that you can now eat white potatoes if you’re doing a Whole30. (This includes white potatoes with flesh of any color.) Click here to read WHY this change was made.
Remember, you never *HAVE TO* eat a food on Whole30 if you don’t want to, so if you think you’re better off without white potatoes, guess what? You don’t have to eat them. I’d recommend this for anyone who is sensitive to nightshades or is struggling with blood sugar regulation or losing significant body fat. And—whammy!—chips and French fries are excluded (To find out my position on white potatoes, click here.)
A minor change regarding table salt can be read here.
How Do I Get Started?
- Get your paws on a copy of It Starts With Food, the Whole30 book, and read it. Doing a Whole30 without reading it is sort of like speaking the words for another language without knowing what you’re actually saying. It works, but it’s less effective. How do I know that? I did my first Whole30 before ISWF was published. At the very least, peruse Whole30’s website and read all you can. Start with “Start Here!”
- Set a date. No, there will never be a month that doesn’t have a holiday or a friend’s wedding or a birthday celebration. You’ll have to deal with those when they come up. Commit. Put it on the calendar and get prepared.
- Remove “no” foods from your kitchen when possible, and stock up with “yes” foods. Here’s a good resource for that.
- Plan some meals. The possibilities are endless here. The official Whole30 Recipes feed on Instagram is AWESOME for getting inspiration. Plus, you won’t have to second guess if the ingredients really are Whole30-friendly or not. ISWF even has recipes in it, as does my site and many others (listed below).
- Jump in. Take one day at a time. Be mindful. Learn about yourself. Apply those lessons to your life. Go out and live. Be well.
Where Can I Find Resources?
- From me, of course. Check out my Whole30 Pinterest board, Whole30-friendly recipes, and tips for a successful Whole30 (here and here).
- The Clothes Make the Girl has a killer, comprehensive list of resources…plus amazing recipes and meal plans of her own.
- Nom Nom Paleo has 30 days of Whole30 recipes.
- Meatified has some great Whole30 recipes, many of which are AIP-friendly.
- The Whole30 Daily…an email a day to keep you on track!
- Whole30’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.