The Whole30, created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, is a hardcore nutritional challenge based on the super-popular Paleo diet, known for literally changing the lives of its participants. It’s more than just a diet–it’s a revolution. Though it’s garnered massive coverage on social media, Whole30’s roots are in increasing health through an increased consumption of healthy food…and cutting out a whole lot of less-healthy, un-Paleo cuisine. For 30 days. There’s no calorie counting, monitoring of portion sizes, or weighing your food, just adhering to the Whole30-specified eating plan. Oh, but if you cheat? Miss a day? You have to start ALL over again.

Whole30 fundamental rules…

From Melissa and Dallas’ “It Starts With Food”…

The food we eat should:

1. Promote a healthy psychological response.

2. Promote a healthy hormonal response.

3. Support a healthy gut.

4. Support immune function and minimize inflammation.

What this means in practice…

  • No added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  • No alcohol.
  • No grains.
  • No dairy. {Ghee is okay!}
  • No legumes. {Green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas are okay, peanut butter is NOT}
  • No recreating “cheat” foods using Whole30-approved items.
  • No weighing or measuring yourself for the duration of your Whole30.

Intense, right?! Potential benefits of completing a Whole30 kinda make that worth it, though. Aside from totally re-setting your taste buds, participants have noted mood stabilization and improvement, increased energy, fewer allergies, lower cholesterol, glowing skin, weight loss, shiny hair, and an improved relationship with food, eating, and their bodies. Pretty major. You can find out everything you want to know about Whole30 on their website at whole9life.com.

So…why aren’t I doing a Whole30? Because I don’t have time! I’m going on vacation in 10 days. To Puerto Rico. Where I plan to basically live in a bikini. Thus, Whole10! I want to start NOW. It’s exactly what I need to tone and tighten up before I hit the beach.

I’ll be tracking my meals using the amazing TwoGrand app, posting my favorite selections to Instagram, and of course, I’ll post a quick recap of the program here the night before I head to the island. If I like it, {and don’t die} I just might attempt a full-on Whole30 in the next few months–stay tuned!

Have you done a Whole30? What do you think of this style of eating?


4 comments on “The Whole30 Movement & Why I’m Doing a Whole10”

  1. I am in the middle of my first whole30 right now (day 12!) and am feeling really great. There are definitely some dark days where all you want is a bagel, but wait it out. I feel better than I have in a long time! I have been blogging about my experience everyday.

    • That is so good to hear! I recently did a cleanse that was pretty similar to whole30, so I feel like I was at least a LITTLE bit mentally prepared for it, but you’re definitely right about those dark, carb-y days! 🙂 Stalking your blog now! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. I just started using TwoGrand too! Love that you can see the overall picture (literally) of what you’ve eaten for the day instead of calories/macronutrients or writing it down. And I totally feel you, before I went on vacation in december I did a whole 14 (haha). It may not be the whole thing, but you feel a heck of a lot better when you get to vacation! I love the whole30. I’m on my fifth one actually, and plan on doing a whole60 (if not longer)! I love the way it makes me feel, and after a while you get pretty good at sticking to it, even enough to feel pretty confident being social and going out to eat. Enjoy your vacation!

    • Yes! Isn’t TwoGrand cool? I love the visual aspect of it, and I feel like it makes me a lot less apt to calorie fixation than something like MFP. It is SO cool that you’ve done so many whole30s! You’re a warrior! I’m definitely going to be checking out your site for food inspiration! 🙂

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