Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It Starts with Food

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I just finished this book. It's called Whole 30 because the authors want you to give it a try for 30 days. Not a half ass try but an all out DO IT for 30 days.  Here it is in a nutshell:

  • Eat foods that make you more healthy- meat, seafood and eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of healthy fats.
  • Do not consume any added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy.
  • Do not attempt to recreate junk foods or desserts by using "approved" ingredients.
  • Do not step on the scale for the entirety of the program.

The premise is it can change your life. It can change the way you think about food, it can change your tastes, it can change your habits and your cravings. 

I'm always a little hesitant to believe the "scientific" evidence that are provided in these type of books. It seems you can find studies to back up whatever you believe. That's why the authors say, "Don't take our word for it, try it yourself!" I appreciate that.

One other aspect I appreciate is they address people who smoke. Quitting smoking should be the top priority over taking the 30 day challenge. Their words, "Ditch the smokes, then take on Whole 30."

There may be a time when I may want to try this for 30 days and see how I feel. Not right at this time. If you've done this program I'd love to hear about your results.

I started a small facebook group for January accountability and I loved it! If you set a January goal, how did it go?


  1. As someone who has done Whole30 it was very hard!! The arthritis in my hands and knees almost disappeared but I never experienced any of the other "magic" they talk about.....sleeping better, boundless energy, glowing skin and on and on. Having my arthritis almost gone was great but I couldn't stay on plan long term. I did take a lot away from it though in terms of some great recipes and really reading labels and what to look for. It's definately not for everyone!

  2. Lori,
    I would love to give this a try. Where can I find the book? Have you started yet? Please update your progress as you do it

    1. Hi Betty, my email to you bounced, so I hope you check back here for my response:

      I have been trying to eat more whole foods, but
      am not quite ready to tackle this program. I picked up this book at my library
      through an inter library loan. Definitely worth tracking down. How are you
      doing Betty? How is your sister?

  3. More good info! Knowledge is power and any step in a direction to feel better is the right way. I make much better choices since ridding my pantry of processed foods, bread, white rice and cereals. I made my journey about health, and not a number on the scale deciding how I was going to feel...and I feel GREAT!
    The January accountability group was very helpful in keeping the focus where I wanted it. Thanks for putting that together!

  4. Hi Lori, I've been doing a strict version of this plan for over a year now. I haven't read this book but am familiar with it. I have autoimmune issues - hashimoto's thyroiditis, asthma, vitiligo, prediabetes (blood sugar level above 100). Since changing my diet I was able to stop the asthma meds, reduce my thyroid meds, joint pain reduced to almost nothing and my blood sugar level went down to 85. So far I haven't seen any change in my vitiligo and while I feel so much better I am still hoping to see more improvement in my as my body continues to heal. I'm seeing a functional medical doctor for some extra help. I'm also working on other lifestyle changes - dealing with stress, anxiety, getting lots of sleep, etc. I do have to watch how much fruit I eat to keep my blood sugar down. I also lost 30 lbs. and now weigh what I did as a teenager. It feels great! If you try it, let me know how it goes. I started my journey with the book Practical Paleo by Diane San Fillippo.


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