Looking for a diet to kick-start healthy new habits and get you back on track after months (years?) of not-so-saintly eating? Look no further than Whole30. This tough, 30-day elimination diet is designed to eliminate ALL trigger foods that could be causing your digestive issues/ allergies/ skin concerns/ lack of energy. Resetting your body, conquering cravings, and changing the way you view food. For good.
Sound daunting? We hear you, sister! But, seriously, 30 days isn’t going to kill you. Promise! Preparation is always the key to success, so here’s everything you need to know about nailing this popular nutrition plan.
Wave goodbye to dairy, say ‘so long!’ to soy, sugar and sweeteners (natural and artificial), and prepare to butt out those cigs! The list of Whole30 contraband is pretty extensive. You’ll also need to steer clear of: alcohol; grains including rye, wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat and more (see full list here); most legumes including beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peanut butter (argh!), and all forms of soy; and carrageenan, MSG, or sulphites.
You also can’t be sneaky and eat treats made with ‘approved’ ingredients, like cookies, muffins, pancakes etc… Hey, don’t shoot the messenger!
You’re going to need to become a label detective, checking and double checking the ingredients lists on EVERYTHING you buy for off-limits additives. If that sounds like too much trouble, stick with real food – unpackaged, unprocessed, and exactly as nature intended. These foods should definitely make up the majority of your meals on Whole30!
Every diet has a silver lining, and this one’s made of F.A.T. On Whole30, olive and coconut oil are allowed. Avocados are a-ok. Ghee is all good. Nuts and seeds (bar peanuts) get the nod. You get the picture…
Also allowed are: vegetables, including spuds; fruit in moderation (due to the sugar factor); eggs; seafood; unprocessed meat and poultry; and some sausages.
Coffee’s allowed too, but you’ll have to skip the milk and sugar. If black coffee makes you gag, herbal tea’s a great option as well! SkinnyMint Morning Boost is a 100% natural, sugar-free blend packed with naturally energising ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate and guarana. With a fresh, fruity taste, it also helps keep those sweet cravings at bay.
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If you stuff up, even just a little, the rules are set in stone. You’re going to have to wind it back to day one, and start from scratch. The reason for this hard-ass approach? The founders believe zero slip ups are required to give your body the break it needs from the food triggers that are making you feel less than amazing. So stay strong!
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While weight loss is likely, it’s not the aim of the game. In fact, scales and measurements are banned on Whole30 – aside from at the start and finish. The main benefits include: fewer headaches, clearer skin, increased energy levels, better sleep, reduced tummy and toilet issues (think gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea), better fasting blood sugar, less joint pain. And a greater understanding of which foods are your triggers, and should possibly be restricted or eliminated in the long run.
PS combining Whole30 with a SkinnyMint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox is the perfect body reset coming into summer! Detoxifying the body and breaking bad eating habits in just a month.
Cover photo by @debiflue.