Saturday, August 3, 2013

Whole30 Series: The Basics

I've been approached by multiple people asking about Whole30.  Why? What do you eat?  Does your kid participate in the Whole30 with you?  So here is my series on the Whole30.  I'll document what I eat throughout my Whole30 and how we prepare leading up to it.

What's the Deal with a Whole30?

  • No Sugar, not even 'natural' sugars like honey, maple syrup, stevia and agave.
  • No Alcohol
  • No Grains
  • No Legumes, Soy or Peanuts
  • No Dairy
  • No Processed Foods
  • No White potatoes
So What can I eat?
  • Protein from healthy animals. Beef, chicken, pork, fish, waterfowl, game meats, eggs.
  • Vegetables and fruit. Most of your carbohydrates will come from these natural wonders.
  • Healthy fats. Coconut, avocado, nuts and seeds.

And the best part? No counting calories.  Just don't.  You eat until you're full.  It's life changing. I promise.

The first time we did a Whole30 was last June.  My child sobbed in protest because we didn't have toast in the house for his breakfast.  Seriously, he was a bread addict.  Breaking that bread habit was probably one of the best things we could have done for him.  We noticed significant improvements in his behaviour and sleep patterns.  There are certainly times when he gets to have treats.  Birthday parties and celebrations are extra special to him because of these treats.  But boy do we notice the difference that sugar makes on his little body.  The change this has made on him is incredible.  He requests healthful foods and gets genuinely excited for beet greens and the sort.

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  1. I gave the whole 30 a whirl just after we moved to Switzerland. It was tough but so very worth it. Admittedly they made it easy here by making eating this way the cheaper option.

    1. I love how great it makes you feel! And with so many great food options in Europe, I'm jealous!