2018 begins in a few days and you want a healthier you. What better way to accomplish that then starting on the inside? Start the process of healing your gut and brain, balancing your hormones, and clearing up your skin. Those who are interested in losing weight…yes, that will probably happen too.
Try the Whole30 approach which eliminates chemicals, preservatives, antibiotics, and foods/drinks that may cause inflammation, gut/skin issues, brain fog or allergies as a result of food intolerances/sensitivities.
Many “diets” exist promising all types of results. There is Paleo, AIP (Autoimmune Paleo), Keto, DASH, Mediterranean, Weight-Watchers, Plant-based are just a few. The truth is, some may work for some yet not for others. That’s because everyone is different and there is no one fix for all. If your main goals are losing weight, healing your gut, or/and reducing nagging symptoms; it is best to up your nutrient density while eliminating the foods/drinks that are known to wreak havoc in most humans.
Whole30 is a perfect way to get started and to reset. You can do it for 30 days and see how you feel but you don’t have to stop there. After the 30 days, you can choose to do it again or gradually add back other foods selectively but be sure to take notice of symptoms and how you feel. You can also go right from the Whole30 into another healthier eating protocol of your choice.
How do I get started on the Whole30? I’m glad you asked!
Prepare to eat only nonprocessed, nutrient dense foods…basically lots of vegetables, some fruit, meats, seafood, eggs, natural fats, herbs, spices, and selective nuts.
Do NOT eat:
- Added Sugar (real or artificial)
- Alcohol (any form)
- Grains (oats, barley, rye, wheat, quinoa, starch, bran; etc)
- Legumes (all beans, peas, peanuts, soy)
- Dairy (Cow, sheep, and goat’s milk products such as cheese, ice cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt)
- Baked goods, junk foods, or substitutes. (cakes, cookies, chips, donuts, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, brownies; etc.)
- MSG, carrageenan, sulfites.
A few exceptions from the above “do not eat” list:
- Ghee or clarified butter (it’s stripped of the milk proteins)
- Fruit juice (as an ingredient or natural sweetener in some recipes)
- Certain legumes (green beans, snap peas, snow peas)
- Vinegar-most forms except for malt vinegar
- Coconut Aminos (even though it says “nectar”). Great substitute for soy sauce.
Choose the best quality eggs/meat/seafood possible. Grass-fed/finished red meat, organic, pastured pork/poultry/eggs, and sustainable, wild-caught seafood. If you can’t find or can’t afford the grass-fed or organic protein, find the leanest cuts available and remove the skin and fat before eating. The skin and fat of the animal stores the bulk of the chemicals, steroids, antibiotics that cause issues in the human body.
If you decide to join us, we don’t want you to stalk the scale. If you choose to, weigh yourself the day or morning before you start the Whole30. Do not touch that scale again until those 30 days have ended. You should also start a food journal/dairy just to keep track of any physical changes. As long as you follow the rules and do not cheat, there will be changes.
So who’s with me? Are you ready to jumpstart your health? There are a few more days left in 2017. Commit yourself to beginning January 1, 2018. You can start now if you like.
Go ahead and plan your market stop. The shopping list is simple:
- Meat (best quality you can find or/and afford)
- Natural Oils (Olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia nut, ghee; etc)
In future posts, I will teach you how to work with what you have and I will also be sharing recipes.
I’m sure the Whole30 concept may sound daunting to you if you’ve never done it before. Fortunately, it is possible and I already know that you can do this. It will take discipline and effort but it will be worth it. No cheat days allowed. Things will change for the better. Just do it…watch…and take note of the results.
Are you ready??? Let’s do this!!!