The Whole30 Program—From Viral to Mainstream

The Whole30 went viral over four years ago and still remains a top* diet. Fad diets come and go and diets from government agencies remain seriously dated, but grassroots experience rings true. Should you have health or energy concerns, perhaps it’s time to look into the Whole30. I’m impressed by how quickly my clients succeed with it.

The Whole30
The Whole30

Though the paleo diet was popularized in the 1970s, it has taken some decades to smooth out the kinks and deliver a fully effective program. New York Times bestselling authors and creators of the Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, have figured it out. The diet is not based on theoretical ancestral diets. It’s functional for the long haul because it addresses habits and health as well as our relationship with food. Best of all, each meal, three times a day, satisfies.

Choose Foods That Satiate

The Whole30 introduces a key concept—satiety. Whole foods promote a healthy psychological response; as they leave us satisfied, our brain signals us to stop eating.  This doesn’t happen with refined foods or with “paleo” desserts, smoothies, energy bars or French fries.

Based on science, thousands of observations and proven results, the Whole30 is anchored with a thirty-day structured self-experiment. Why 30 days? Because following a diet for a month is an achievable goal.

If you think that you know what a paleo diet is and so therefore you need not resource the Hartwigs’ material, think again. You’ll find sound and readable science in their companion book It Starts with Food. Plus the Hartwigs include effective tough-love behavioral coaching, such as:

. . .the box of doughnuts (or the open bag of pretzels or the bag of M&Ms) sitting on the break-room counter is not special. You’re a grown-up. You earn your own money. And if you want doughnuts, pretzels, or a bag of MMs, you can walk right into any supermarket or convenience store and buy them. These foods are not special. They’re not homemade or a once-a-year treat, and we’re pretty sure they don’t evoke fond childhood memories of sitting around the dining room table while Mom pulls things out of the oven . . . don’t indulge is something that’s less healthy just because it’s around.

Sound Reasons to Bypass Grains, Legumes and Dairy

While the diet is nutritionally sound, mainstream criticism of the Whole30 is that it excludes whole food groups, such as dairy, grains and dried legumes. This merits examination. Historically humankind was able to thrive upon these foods, and today people with a healthy gastrointestinal tract can do so. However, if you are suffering from chronic health complaints, overweight and/or have autoimmune issues, then these traditional staples are problematic. They’re implicated with the leaky gut and systemic inflammation that figure into most lifestylerelated diseases.

Admittedly, you won’t forego your favorite foods on a whim. But if by eliminating chips and cheese you resolve debilitating health complaints, then it’s a worthwhile experiment. The Whole30 enables you to clearly identify the foods that are making you sick. I invite you to check out the Whole30 template, which you can freely download on their Web page.

Support for Whole30 

To expedite your healing, consider a Face Reading Report.  While the Whole30 is an effective template, it’s a one-size-fits all diet. With a Face Reading, I’ll assess your individual needs and detail the diet modifications and lifestyle shifts that best support you. For example, one person may need to focus primarily on her upper gastrointestinal tract, while another person first needs colon support. Some people will need to adjust the Whole30 template for special conditions like reduced histamines or FODMAPs. It’s my privilege to offer tailored support. You’ll also find my free ebook, Clean and Free, a reliable guide with recipes.

Note to vegetarians: While the Whole30 template includes a vegetarian option, ignore their suggestion of using pea flour. Dried legumes require soaking and cooking to remove antinutrients—now imagine grinding dried peas and then stirring the powder into a smoothie. Yech!

* Whole30 ranks 7,153 in popularity in the US (information accessed at on Feb. 9, 2017).

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