The August 1st "Whole30" program

July 21, 2014

Note: I am not an official endorser of the Whole30 program, nor am a follower of it. That being said, the team at Whole9 has put together a top-notch diet/lifestyle plan for those interested in a superior(ly healthful) weight-loss diet. While all the resources available to follow the plan are published on their website, the team occasionally launches a site-wide 30-day plan to encourage participation. If you’re thinking about getting serious about your health, weight or fitness goals, or are just looking to try eating better, consider giving the Whole30 program a shot.

The principles of the diet are, for the most part, based around Paleo concepts — this involves cutting sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes completely from your diet (while government recommendations refuse to support this notion, the evidence behind these suggestions cannot be denied. Do your research. If going against government recommendations scares you, consider the state of our current national health care crisis.)

The program also attempts to remove unhealthy foods that would otherwise be considered Paleo, gluten-free, or whatever: they call these foods Sex With Your Pants On foods, and these foods are the primary reason why casual “gluten-free” dieters never succeed (replacing pancakes and syrup with gluten-free pancakes and syrup doesn’t really make them healthier.)

There’s some fine print to read, and a complete Can I Have…? guide. The team has really made it pretty easy to follow along. Again: don’t lead this like an endorsement. I’m not paid to say this stuff—I just think this diet is probably better than what you’re doing now, and I want to help you.

Many people are quick to criticize such diets as “too restrictive.” Cutting out all of these foods… it can’t be healthy or sustainable, right? I think this simply requires a new mindset: we aren’t cutting out foods, we’re simply returning our lifestyles to something more in-line with our biology and genetics.

The point of Whole30 is to give it a solid shot for 30 days. What’s the worst that could happen?