Not long ago I was asking myself this same question. My wife, Bethany, has become quite the expert and advocate for the program. I have even done a couple of Whole30s with her in the past. For the record, I have not read the book, but I have heard my wife talk about it so much I feel I have a good handle on what the program is and is not.
During 2017, I was still sneaking some dairy and grains in my diet from time to time. Although dairy and grains do not seem to affect me like they do some people, I knew I wanted to eventually go for awhile without them being in my diet. When my wife mentioned she was doing another Whole30 at the beginning of the year, it was the perfect opportunity for me to get back on track and offer support for my wife during this time. Also, we can hold each other accountable during this time, mostly accountability for me.
Back to the original question. To answer that I am going to give you some basics of what the Whole30 is, and how you can find a support group for this.
The Whole30 involves a health reset where for 30 days you eliminate grains, dairy, legumes, soy, sugar, and sugar substitutes. It is an eliminations diet where you take out the common trigger foods that cause inflammation and weight gain for most people (note: The Whole30, though most have lost weight as a result of the reset, is not considered a weight-loss program, but a health reset).
Most people do not even know how good their bodies can actually feel when they cultivate healthy habits. Ultimately, this is what you are trying to achieve after 30 days; healthier habits that limit inflammatory responses. After 30 days (sometimes more depending on how inflamed one is) you will reach your body’s baseline.
Your next step is to reintroduce the foods (one from each category) slowly one at a time over a ten-day period. For example, Day one you introduce legumes. You then go back on Whole30 for two days and evaluate your symptoms/reactions. Then Day four introduce dairy. Go back to Whole30 for two more days and evaluate your symptoms, etc. until you have successfully reintroduced all five- food groups. This will allow you to have a foundation for how you should feel and you can be mindful of how each food affects you as you reintroduce them into your diet.
You might find you have never felt better than after the 30- day reset. As you are reintroducing foods that you eliminated back into your diet, you might notice grains make you become fatigued, have brain fog, give you migraines and/or cannot rest as well. This is an example of where you need to do some investigating. Maybe certain grains or maybe all grains do not agree with your body. By identifying this, you will greatly enhance the quality of your life. Imagine having more energy and being able to think clearer from some simple changes to your diet, but first, you need to know which foods to stay away from.
Seems like a lot of work, and it is. Know this: it is worth it. It will take patience and persistence. This is where having support and a group of others who are going through the same thing, or have been where you are now, come into play.
My wife co-leads one support page called, Thinning The Herd – Whole 30 Support Facebook group. They can help give you the support you need to make these changes to your lifestyle. Just about every obstacle you would face doing a Whole30 is covered, or someone has encountered it in the group. It is a closed group. Just send my wife a request to join and what you hope to get out of the group.
She has a short video to share with you.
You can pick up the Whole30 Day By Day on Amazon.
I will be the first to say that change is hard. If you feel a Facebook group will not be enough support for you and you are going to need someone to work with one on one then do not hesitate to contact Bethany, or Brian, at KnightWellnessCoaching.com. Check out our services tab; we can offer one on one coaching, pantry purging, or go with you to the grocery store. Everything you need to be successful we can offer.
We want you to achieve all your health and wellness goals in 2018. We are here to help and offer the support you need to succeed with your individual health goals. May 2018 be your healthiest year yet.