The Whole 30 program is a strict form of Paleo that lasts for 30 days and boasts an array of benefits, both physical and psychological. The Whole 30 is part of the Whole 9 Life lifestyle program, both of which were developed by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The Hartwigs are a husband and wife team who share their experience of maintaining the Whole 9 and Whole 30 lifestyle while helping fans do the same.
While the Whole 30 is a diet is essence, it’s more a way to reset your metabolism, detox, and learn the skills to carry on healthy eating for the rest of your life. At the end of the 30 days, your relationship with food will be reshaped and more fulfilling than ever before.
What To Eat On the Whole 30
The Whole 30 sounds difficult at first – there’s a long list of foods to avoid and you cannot, under any circumstances, cheat during the 30 days. Once you start exploring your options and researching recipes, though, you’ll discover that there are (a) plenty of foods and meals available to you and (b) a lot of proteins, vegetables, and other Whole 30-approved food that you’ve probably never tried. With an open mind (and some cooking skills), you can have a wonderful 30 days of delicious, healthy foods that open you up to a new world of eating.
During the Whole 30, you’ll eat a highly Paleo diet, which focuses on a low amount of carbohydrates, a high amount of protein, and healthy fats. You won’t eat grains, alcohol, legumes, dairy, or sugar (aside from the natural sugar in honey and fruit, for example). On top of that, you can’t make a Paleo version of your favorite junk food (this is the main difference between the Whole 30 and a straightforward Paleo eating plan).
What To Expect From the Whole 30
There’s a seemingly endless number of benefits from the Whole 30, and as someone who’s personally experienced the program, there will be even more benefits than you will expect. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but you’ll also have boundless energy, better quality sleep, improved fitness and performance, and a major reduction in food cravings. If you’re suffering from some type of health problem, like an autoimmune disorder or acid reflux, these issues are often cured following a Whole 30 program.
Of course, the best benefit you can expect is a brand new outlook on food and eating, one that will keep you satisfied and healthy throughout your life.
The Bottom Line
Nobody, not even the Hartwigs, suggest such a strict program for more than a limited amount of time – the Whole 30 simply isn’t sustainable as a life-long diet. One month, though, isn’t a lot of time to commit to an eating plan. The major perk of the Whole 30 is that there aren’t any limits on the amount of food you can eat, so there’s no need to feel hungry.
Plus, foods that you didn’t think would be satisfying end up being exactly what you crave – strawberries with fresh coconut become dessert and dark roast coffee with creamy coconut milk is a morning indulgence.
When done right, the Whole 30 delivers exactly what is promises, and the Whole 9 plan is there to offer support once you’re finished with the eating program.