What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a 30-day dietary reset that eliminates all the foods that could potentially cause inflammation and upset your gut. 

Specifically—for a whole month, you commit to cutting out the foods that are most commonly inflammatory and problematic, like sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol, and junk foods (even those made with “healthy” ingredients). 

Instead, you eat whole, nutrient-dense foods. For more information about the Whole30, go check out the program rules over here.

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What Do I Eat?

Directly from the Whole30 website, eat real food! Eat meat, seafood, and eggs; vegetables and fruit; natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. Eat foods with a simple or recognizable list of ingredients, or no ingredients at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.

What Do You Avoid on a Whole30 & Why

  • No added sugar, real or artificial.
  • No alcohol (not even for cooking).
  • No grains.
  • No legumes.
  • No dairy.
  • No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • No baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.* Recreating or buying sweets, treats, and foods-with-no-brakes (even if the ingredients are technically compliant) is missing the point of the Whole30.
  • Do not step on the scale or take any body measurements for 30 days. The Whole30 is about so much more than weight loss!

Why? From the website and Melissa herself: “This isn’t a hazing or a boot camp; the requirement for 100% compliance is grounded in science. We call the Whole30 a “reset,” but at its heart, the Whole30 is an elimination diet. Elimination protocols have been around since the 1920’s, and many doctors say they are still the gold standard in identifying food sensitivities—but only if you do them by the books. In order to accurately test how your body responds in the absence of these potentially problematic foods, you have to completely eliminate them.”

Whole30 Store-Bought Items

  • Spindrift Sparkling Waters
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • Carrington Farm’s Ghee
  • Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • Larabars (Not all are Whole30, so make sure to check ingredients)
  • RxBars (Not all are Whole30, so make sure to check ingredients)
  • Pressed by KIND Fruit Bars (Not all are Whole30, so make sure to check ingredients)
  • Bonafide Provisions Bone Broth
  • Chomps Snack Sticks
  • Epic Snack Sticks
  • Bubbie’s Kosher Pickles
  • Galactic Paleo Trail Mix
  • Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Nut Pods
  • Siete Foods Hot Sauces
  • Tessamae’s Dressing
  • Primal Kitchen’s Dressings
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Artisana Nut Butters
  • Justin’s Nut Butters
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Primal Palate Spices
  • ButcherBox Meat Delivery

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