Join me for another Stupid Easy Paleo edition of the Whole30®, starting January 1, 2014! Plus, get my brand spankin’ new FREE guide by clicking here: Stupid Easy Paleo Guide to Clean-Eating Challenges. It’s 14 pages of awesome information and tips to help you plan your next Whole30 or clean-eating challenge.
The New Year is almost upon us, and if you’re ready to push the nutrition reset button, I’m doing it as well. I’d love for you to join me on the blog as I post up Whole30-friendly recipes and share some of my best tips and advice for you—because knowing others are out there doing it with you makes it so much easier. Instead of rehashing the post I did in the summer (click here for the link: The Stupid Easy Paleo Whole30) I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions for you! P.S. If you want to join in and are new to Whole30, I highly recommend reading It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig before you start. It’ll give you the foundation you need to move forward with context and confidence. (Where to get it: It Starts with Food in print or It Starts with Food for Kindle.)
Whole30 Question #1: What the heck is it?
Put simply, it’s a 30-day squeaky clean nutritional reset. That’s the best way I can describe it. The program was founded by Dallas and Melissa from Whole9 and is, in my words, a learning tool. Some people use it for the first time to discover any food sensitivities they may have; others use it as a way to clean up their diet if they’ve—ahem—gotten a bit far from the type of eating that makes them feel the best.
Basically, eliminate grains, legumes, dairy, added sugar and alcohol for 30 days. After that, reintroduce any foods you want, just in a systematic way. (On day 31, don’t eat an entire pizza with a few beers…you won’t know if your gut gurgling is from the crust, the cheese or the gluten in the beer.)
But more than just cutting out certain foods, it’s a learning tool, a way to look more introspectively at how what you eat really affects you—physically, mentally and emotionally.
Whole30 Question #2: What do I have to do to join?
Throughout the 30 days, I’ll be posting only Whole30-friendly recipes on the blog…nothing with any off plan ingredients. That way, you know you can always come here to find healthy inspiration. Leave a comment below telling us (me and all the other readers) that you’re on board because we’re all in this together for support. Don’t be shy about any questions that pop up along the way! Leave them here or on my Facebook page. And, it’s 100% free to follow along!
Whole30 Question #3: What makes you qualified to do this? Are you officially affiliated with Whole30?
A lot and yes. I did my first Whole30 in June of 2011, and it was without a doubt, the key to me stuffing my sugar addiction (you can read about that here). I won’t say that within 30 days I was “cured”, but what it did give me was the knowledge that I could break free of the endless cycle of wanting sugar all the time. I learned that it was possible to stop being so sugar addicted. It’s always been a work in progress since then, but life would be much different for me had I not done it.
This will be my fifth Whole30—I’ve ended up doing one about every six months just as a tune up—and I’ve been a Whole9 Envoy helping spread the word about this phenomenal program for the past two years. (I met Dallas and Melissa in 2011 at a Whole30 seminar in Oregon and got up the moxy to say if they ever needed help with anything, I was their girl. The rest is history.) We’ve worked together online quite a bit in the past.
More recently, we formed a partnership to pilot a new nutrition workshop called The Whole Athlete focusing on health and performance. We’ll be coming to cities across the US in early 2014. Currently on the schedule: Philly on January 4, Kansas City (KS) on January 11 and Monrovia (CA) on January 18. Click here to register or to find out more: Whole Athlete Seminar Dates.
And don’t worry, I told them about doing another Whole30 here on the blog. They said it was cool with them.
Whole30 Question #4: Do you have any resources to help get me started?
1: Get a copy of It Starts with Food. It’s really easy to read, and it’ll set clear guidelines for you. (Plus it has a ton of tasty recipes from Mel Joulwan of Well Fed and Well Fed 2.) No time or dinero to get one? You can read about the program on the Whole9 website here. Not sure if you should get the book? Check out my review here: 5 Reasons to Read It Starts with Food.
2: I’ve tagged every recipe from the blog that’s Whole30-friendly (over 100 to date) for easy searching. You can find the complete list by clicking here: Stupid Easy Paleo Whole30 Recipes List. The other easy way to find it is by going to the homepage menu and clicking Resources > Whole30. Easy peasy.
3: My Whole30 Pinterest board. Love to pin? You can find all my Whole30 recipe pins (plus other photos and videos) by clicking here: Stupid Easy Paleo Whole30 Pinterest Board.
5: Other awesome bloggers who’ve written about Whole30: Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make the Girl just to name a couple rockstars! Click on their blog names for kickass Whole30 posts, including recipes. Mel’s got another newly updated post here: 30 Reasons to Whole30 with lots of good stuff AND her Week 1 Meal Plan with yummies like her famous Chocolate Chili and Sunshine Sauce!
6: My Stupid Easy Paleo Guide to Clean-Eating Challenges (click here to get it for free)
7: The Whole30 forum. A free forum dedicated to all topics Whole30-related. Click here to join.
8: Squeaky Clean Paleo by Karen Sorenson. A cookbook with 100+ really clean recipes…on sale right now! (Save 27%). Click here to find out more.
Whole30 Question #5: What if I can’t start on January 1?
No biggie, just start when you can!
Whole30 Question #6: What if I don’t think I can do all 30 days?
Make up your mind. Right now. Do this for you. If you need a kick in the pants to cool it from how lax your food’s gotten lately, this’ll do it. If you’re just starting out and are ready to see how food affects you—for better or worse—this’ll do it to. There will always be a [insert special event here] that keeps you from getting on board. Don’t let that same excuse keep stopping you.