If you’ve been a blog reader for a while, you’ll know I’m a strong advocate for the Whole30 program, created by NYT-Best Selling authors Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I’ve done a few Whole30’s myself over the past four years, and the 30-day elimination program helped me finally slay my sugar dragon and learn how to better personalize my own paleo journey. (Example, cheese and I don’t hang out very much anymore. Ever.)
And, if you’ve been a blog reader for a while, you’ll also know I’m a strong believer in a pragmatic approach to nutrition: at some level, you have to find what works for you and keep it approachable / maintainable for life, not just a week, to get the most benefit. And, you guessed it, Whole30 is great for figuring that stuff out.
Today’s pretty special because The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, the new Whole30 book, comes out!
I was lucky enough to see one of the very first print copies of the book and to photograph it for many of the promotional graphics you’ve been seeing around the web. It was a huge honor for me to collaborate with the Whole30 team on that job because not only are Dallas and Melissa personal friends, they’ve become mentors to me, too.
So, to honor the book’s release, I’m sharing 5 Things I Love About the New Whole30 Book:
1) You say you can’t cook? They’ve gotcha covered!
One of the biggest hurdles to getting healthier (and cooking more at home) is, well, knowing how to cook. The Whole30 covers the basics like no other.
Steak turned out like shoe leather again? They’ve got instructions for the perfect steak…grilled or pan-fried.
Do you struggle with breakfast? See all the different (and fast) ways to make the perfect eggs.
There’s an entire chapter devoted to Whole30 Cooking Fundamentals because the last thing you need to master on a Tuesday night is a five-course dinner. Learn how to build a flavorful meal with staples like meat, veggies, and healthy fats. Once you master that trio, the world becomes your oyster.
2) You won’t have to search the Internet for what you’re looking for.
The Whole30 book has everything you could possibly need to know about the program in one convenient location. Sure you could scour the web for articles, but if you’re super busy and prefer to find what you need right at your fingertips, this is the resource / cookbook for you. Information overload is at an all-time high these days, so simplifying with a book can really help.
Everything from what to expect each day of your Whole30 to how to reintroduce foods to special topics like travel, kids, and troubleshooting is covered. No stone has been left unturned!
3) The recipes are super tasty but also super simple.
True to my roots, I like cookbooks that use minimal ingredients to create big flavors and stupid-easy techniques. Chef Richard Bradford, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, created the 100+ mouth-watering recipes. How do Sausage, Apple, and Acorn Squash Casserole, Chicken Chowder, and Green Cabbage Slaw with Lemon Oil sound?
Don’t mistake simplicity for being boring. You’ll find recipes that tempt your palate and keep food exciting so you stay freaking motivated to finish your Whole30 strong. Move over, steamed broccoli and plain chicken breast!
Pretentious ingredients and complicated cooking techniques are out; delicious and approachable food is in.
Need more guidance? There’s a meal plan and shopping lists included in The Whole30.
4) Two words: Fancypants Menus.
One of the biggest challenges with doing the Whole30 is dealing with social situations that revolve around food like, well, any holiday. The solution is simple: Invite everyone over to your place, and cook up one of the Fancypants Menus!
Backyard barbecues in the summer, date nights, family sit-down meals, and even holiday dinners are covered with these full menu ideas. If you aren’t sure which meats pair best with which veggies, and the sauce that could pull it all together, The Whole30 is worth getting for this chapter alone!
5) It makes the perfect companion to It Starts With Food.
Dallas and Melissa’s first book, It Starts With Food, really laid down the rationale for the Whole30 program and why good food is so important for health. As I read it, I remember thinking, “This makes so much sense!”
The Whole30 was touched on in ISWF, but this new book is so much more in-depth about the program itself that they make a logical first and second read. Pick up a copy of both, learn why the Whole30 is structured the way it is, and then figure out how to do it. I can’t tell you how many times I hear from folks who are “starting a Whole30 tomorrow” but are really unclear about the rules of the program and why they exist.
To really get the most out of your Whole30, I recommend reading both. Not only will you get a great feel for the program, you’ll get inspired to head into the kitchen and start changing your life and health.
And a note about a special event…
On May 4, 2015, the Hartwigs will be signing The Whole30 at the Santa Monica Barnes & Noble starting at 7 pm, and I’ll be the special guest and emcee. Please come out and hear all about the new book, meet us and get your books signed.
Remember to order your copy of The Whole30!