What is the Whole30 Diet?

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What’s that? Yet another fad diet being propagated by the influencers of the world? Not quite. The Whole30 diet might look like another fad diet but it seems to be exceeding expectations and delivering some solid results. Now that the sun is out, there is no better time to start working on your body. Give this bad boy a go and you could find yourself in bikini body territory in no time at all. Even if you’re not interested in losing weight, changing your diet to make it healthier will give you more energy and can improve your hair, skin and general mental health.

What are the Basics of the Whole30 Diet?

Ok, let’s start at the very beginning. The point of the Whole30 diet is to change the way you feel by altering your diet over the course of 30 days. You cleanse your diet of anything that could make you feel like garbage – think processed foods, sugary snacks, soda etc. You then eat three good meals a day using only Whole30 approved ingredients such as meat, fish, eggs and vegetables.

The purpose of this cleanse is to rid your body of any inflammatory foods or refined produce to give your body a chance to detox itself. By removing any trigger foods, as they are known, from your daily intake, you can work out what does and does not agree with your body over the 30 days. At the end of the period you can introduce foods gradually one by one back into your diet until you find one that causes you to feel uncomfortable. This will indicate that you should strip your diet of this food for good.

What Can You Eat on the Whole30 Diet?

This is where people seem to decide not to bother with the diet – working out what they can and cannot eat. If you decide to take on this nutritional challenge your diet will consists of plenty of vegetables. In fact, you can eat vegetables to your heart’s content. You are allowed to eat some fruit but not too much as fruit is full of sugar and you are trying to cut that out. Meat, seafood and fish are all on the menu but only in unprocessed form. Try and avoid cold cuts and sausages and stick to steak and chicken breasts. Nuts, seeds, olive oil and coconut oil are also approved foods for the Whole30 diet.

Now, that might not seem like much but you’ll be amazed at how much you can concoct with that limited list of ingredients when you’re driven to do so. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention. Whip up eggs with tomatoes and avocado for breakfast, tuck into a chicken salad for lunch and end your day with some baked salmon and asparagus. That doesn’t seem too bad, does it?

It is important to remember that the Whole30 diet is not a permanent lifestyle change. No-one is advocating living off such a limited selection of food forever. In fact, that would actually be quite damaging to your health. Instead, this is all about taking a step back, evaluating what you eat, and trying to take a more mindful approach to what you put in your body.


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