Hey All –
I’ve had a number of people ask me what exactly Whole30 is, since they have been seeing me make posts about it over the last three weeks, as I have been on the program.
One thing I will say about Whole30, and the creators of the program emphasize this as well, is that it is not intended to be a life long diet. It certainly could be if you choose so, because it is absolutely a healthy way of living, but that is not the reason for Whole30.
The emphasis behind Whole30, and removing Dairy, Legumes, Grains, Added Sugars and Alcohol from your diet for 30 days is because those things are known to have negative impacts on people’s health. After removing them for 30 days to remove their effects from your system, you then add each one back, one at a time over the next few days to evaluate its impact on how you feel. Then after you add something back, and seeing what if any effect it has on how you feel, you decide if it deserves a place in your diet.
An example of this is dairy. It is an amazing thing for young children, because they need all the nutrients to grow. However, over time adult bodies often develop lactose intolerance, but if you have had dairy on a daily basis, you may not even realize that you have developed this issue, and this gives you a chance to determine that. My friend that first told me about Whole30 to me that he drank milk every day, but after removing it, and then adding it back, he discovered that he was indeed lactose intolerant, so he has greatly reduced his dairy intake, and makes smart choices on when it is worth feeling the effects on his body.
I still have a week to go, but already know that i have issues with Sugar, and therefore will be greatly reducing my Sugar intake going forward. Will I still enjoy a bowl of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla or a Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie from time to time, absolutely, but it will no longer be a daily part of my diet. Especially when it comes to the cookies, I plan to control my craving by no longer buying cookies from the store. If I want them, I have to make them at home, so the first decision I have to make is whether it is worth taking an hour or so out of my day to make cookies. If I say yes, then I will soon be enjoying those cookies, with no regrets.
We are all grownups, and this is just a chance to evaluate things that you put in your body under Whole30, and then make smart choices for your life and health going forward. It is only 30 days to start. If I can do this for 30 days, then trust me, anyone can do it for 30 days.