Whole30 is a paleo-based program that eliminates food groups that might have a negative impact on your health. You’ll focus on eating meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds, while eliminating all grains, sugar and artificial sweeteners, alcohol, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, and baked goods/sweet treats/desserts/junk made from allowed ingredients. It’s sort of like a paleo bootcamp, and when you follow the plan for 30 days, you’ll give your body a chance to heal from the foods that might have been causing systemic inflammation, wreaking havoc on your metabolism, and causing cravings.
Want to get started? Here are your options:
- Visit the Whole30 web site. You can read the rules and download lots of helpful information there. This is the bare minimum you should do before you start a Whole30.
- Buy the book. It gives all of the background information on why the program works, along with recipes and additional resources.
- Join a community. There are several Facebook groups that can help support you on your Whole30 journey. I’m an admin for the Whole30 Paleo Challenge group. Stop by and get some help if you need it.