So now that you understand the premise behind It Starts with Food, as laid out in Part I and Part II, it’s time to talk about the final piece of the pie — the Whole 30. It’s a 30 day dietary challenge to strip all the less-healthy and/or overly processed foods from your diet in order to learn first hand how the foods we eat affect your daily and long term health.
Here’s how the brains behind the operation lay it out:
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely.Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?
This will change your life.
In a nutshell, no alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or white potatoes for 30 days (the entire program is outlined here if you want to give it a read). And starting August 1 the hubster and I are pledging to give it a go, which means you’re along for the ride too! Want to try it with us? Print out this grocery shopping list (because there are plenty of awesome food choices on the YES list), hit the store tomorrow and lets go! Oh, and let me know too so we can cheer each other on.