Whole30 is a 30 day nutritional program, that has been changing the lives of tens of thousands of people since 2009. Whole30 is based on a Paleo diet, but restricts some foods that might be considered “Paleo” in nature. The goal of the Whole30 is to eliminate all foods that might have a negative effect on how you look, feel and live. Therefore, some technically “Paleo” foods (like honey, or desserts made with almond flour) are ruled out for the duration of your program.
What kind of symptoms and conditions improve with Whole30?
The list is extensive, and seems endless. There are success stories related to PCOS, diabetes, asthma, allergies, migraines, high cholesterol, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and more. You can visit the Whole30 A-Z page for testimonials classified by symptom, condition or disease.
Is it expensive?
While eating nutrient-dense whole foods is more expensive than, say, fast food or microwave meals, there is no better financial cause on earth than your health, and the only body you’ll have in this lifetime. Furthermore, you don’t have to buy all your food at fancy health food stores, or purchase everything organic to eat healthfully. Read the Paleo Poor article to see their best tips for maximizing your grocery store budget, and make the commitment to prioritize your health over other non-essential expenditures. My husband and I have found that our food budget is about the same as it was before Whole30, thanks to Farmer’s Markets, International Markets, and comparison shopping. I also found Thrive Market online that saves us money over Amazon for coconut oil, EPIC bars, Rx bars, Larabars, and several other staples that we keep on hand.
How can I learn more?
Whole30 developers, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, have written 2 eye-opening books detailing what food does to our bodies and how to eat in order to reach the best health you can. They can be found below:
It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever—and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset.
Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food—accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in just 30 days.
The Whole30 provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month. Millions of people visit Whole30.com every month and share their stories of weight loss and lifestyle makeovers. Hundreds of thousands of them have read It Starts With Food, which explains the science behind the program.