Whole30-official-header-360 “I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.

This is not a “DIET” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef. Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune diseases”. PhotoGrid_13957546318571

10 Reasons to do the Whole30

1 You’ll stop dieting and just eat. This might be the best reason of all. When you take out the non-food food and replace it with real food, you can stop over-analyzing how much you eat, when you eat, where you eat. Yes, quantities still matter to some degree, during the whole30 you can throw off the shackles of calorie counting and denial… and just eat!

2 You might lose weight — or gain muscle. Or both. If losing body fat is your goal, a Whole30 can be a great way to start that process. Just don’t cheat yourself out of a lot of joy if you make that your only focus.

3 Your body image will improve. There is an undeniable connection between treating ourselves well and how we feel about our bodies. If you look at the Whole30 as an act of self-care, then affection, love, acceptance, and celebration of your body — how it feels, what it can do, the amazing things it carries you through every day — will surely follow.

Whole30+Before+and+After4 You’ll feel the difference between emotional appetite and real hunger. You know that mindless eating that happens when you’re stressed or distracted? That’s emotional appetite, and it’s junky. During the Whole30, as your body gets off the sugar high and settles into better insulin management, your appetite starts to diminish, but real hunger — the need for quality food that signals when it’s time to eat — kicks in and it feels So Good.

5 Your tummy will be flatter. During the whole30 the end-of-day bloat from dairy and legumes is gone, baby, gone!

6 You’ll get out from under the burden of emotional eating. Most of us tend to blame ourselves for “lack of willpower,” but the truth is that much of our mindless eating is driven by our hormones. When we manage our hormonal response by eating the right foods, the correct messages about hunger are delivered through our bodies. No more hoovering through the kitchen cabinets!

7 You’ll be more peaceful. The swirly thoughts and anxiety that can be brought on the sugar joyride just vaporize and leave calm in their wake.

8 You’ll be happier. No joke. When blood sugar is stable, life is happier.

9 You’ll enjoy consistent energy. Forget energy that peaks and drops like a roller coaster; you’ll become a bullet train.

10 You’ll sleep longer and more soundly. When sugar is out and protein/fat is in, you sleep the sleep of the righteous.