Confession. This girl loves food. A lot. And because of that, the Whole30 has been on my radar for a while now. I’ve read the books. I’ve watched friends go through it. And this month, I’m ready to check it off my to-do list.
First, let me give you a quick backstory to all of this—I swear it’s not happening on a whim. This past summer, I made a huge overhaul to my eating and fitness habits—sort of a final step in this crazy year of transformation—and dropped almost 25 pounds since June. While some of that definitely happened in the gym, they say 80 percent of the weight loss journey happens in the kitchen.
And it’s been incredibly true for me. So the Whole30 seemed like the perfect way to challenge myself even further.
But what the heck is the Whole30?
Some people call it a nutritional reset. Most of my family and friends call it a diet. But I’m categorizing it as a personal challenge in my health journey. If you follow the textbook definition of the Whole30, it’s a month of clean eating that puts the focus on meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables and some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. For 30 days, you completely cut out the following from your diet: