What is Whole30?

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 | 7 comments

My facebook, twitter and instagram followers have been enjoying references to my just-started round of Whole 30 for the last several days. I received a twitter DM yesterday asking me “ummm….what is it? and WHY?”

  Whole30 button

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The short version is that it is a whole food focused approach to maximum nutritional support. There are many, many things that we eat that are fine in moderation, as treats. With the Whole30, you’re eliminating those “less healthy” items- which includes the primary foods that cause physiological reactions.

Briefly, I fill my plate with meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit and healthy fat sources like coconut, avocado and olive oil.

I do not eat sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes and dairy.

There is no eating out. No convenience options except the ones I prepare myself.

This is my third round of Whole30. I know that I feel great for the first day, have an energy crash on the second (today) and third day, and then begin a slow climb to feeling great. My biggest challenge? being prepared, having snack options on hand that don’t require prep, and DRINKS. Not the alcoholic version but hot tea, sweet tea, the occasional soda. I don’t consume ALOT but after a couple of days I’m having to choke down water to prevent dehydration.

Now, I always drink a solid amount of water- but its interspersed with mainly hot tea and sweet tea. Its the drinks that I miss the most and battle cravings for when doing a month of Whole30.

I’m posting all of my meals and snacks on instagram and working on getting my recipes typed up. Don’t worry- I still insist on eating WELL when I’m eating right.







  1. I’d love to try eating this way sometime but I still have to get DH on board. It will be too hard to do without him!

    I’m looking forward to reading about how this journey goes:)

    • It is definitely more challenging. I generally do my rounds of Whole30 when my husband is deployed or TDY. When he is home, we follow a more relaxed approach to Paleo

  2. This is awesome! I used to follow the Clean Eating guidelines which is kind of similar and inline with Paleo and all those, but slightly less restrictive.

    I felt awesome and am working back towards that. :)

  3. I applaud you on your commitment to this. It’s not for everyone, and, for those who choose to do it, it isn’t easy. Congrats and good luck!

    • Thank you Laura! It definitely is a challenge- especially planning wise!

  4. I’d heard of Whole30, but wasn’t entirely sure what it was. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome! When I first found it, it seemed a little extreme. But it is so incredibly effective at showing me where I’m snacking when I don’t realize and always gets rid of my headaches!