Starting the Year with a Whole30® Diet
WRITTEN BY TJ Ferrara4 months ago
New Year, New You.
A new calendar year means 365 days to accomplish new goals, new limits, and a new you! In order to set yourself up for success, you need a solid road map. Studies show a resolution is best accomplished when it is small, specific, and realistic. So before we head into all 365 days of the year, starting with the first 30 is a great way to begin. The Whole30® Program is a plan that centers on eating real food so that you can feel your best, which could be your small, specific, and smart goal coming into the new year.
What is Whole30®?
The Whole30® Program is a thirty-day nutritional plan with a simple focus: to eat real food. Participants give their body a healthy reset by only consuming food such as meat, seafood, eggs; vegetables and fruit, natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings.
How does it work?
The Whole30® Program is thirty days of intentional eating by cutting out the excess and getting back down to the basics. For thirty days, participants eat foods that are all-natural and avoid foods such as added sugars and processed oils that can cause flare-ups within your body. Unlike a weight loss plan or restrictive diet, it lasts for a short period of time and aims to help your overall health. Things such as weight measurement are thrown out with this plan as the target is your body’s physical health, not merely a metric.
So what can you eat on the Whole30® diet?
The program asks you to say YES to the natural ingredients your body needs. In order for your body to reset, the program has you eliminate foods that can cause issues for your health such as sugars and artificial sweeteners, alcohol, dairy, processed additives, soy, grains, and legumes. This gives your body its best chance to reset away from the added sugars that prevent it from functioning to its highest potential.
Wait a minute….While it may be tempting to focus on what you can’t eat, you will find yourself more motivated when you focus on what you can enjoy. And there’s plenty:
- •Vegetables such as squash, asparagus, spinach, carrots, and lettuce
- •Potatoes and sweet potatoes
- •Fresh fruit
- •Meat, fish, and eggs
- •Coconut milk, cashews, walnuts, almonds, flax seeds
- •Coffee and tea
There are many reasons people try the Whole30® Program. With its quick, restorative plan, you are able to intentionally focus on your positive health journey in an actionable way by eating well. You may want to give Whole30® a try if you wish to:
- •Identify the root cause of digestive issues
- •Figure out food sensitivities
- •Set yourself up for success in your weight loss journey by fixing your relationship with food
- •Break bad habits
- •Be proactive against conditions such as pre-diabetes or heart disease
Whatever the reason may be, if you are looking for a reset that allows you to learn more about how your body responds to food, Whole30® is a great place to start.
Benefits of Whole30®
The Cleveland Clinic has linked Whole30® to lowering inflammation, healing gut damage, and experiencing better energy throughout the day. As Whole30® eliminates added sugars that can spike your blood sugar, it stabilizes your body’s internal function and allows more balance. Since the program eliminates foods that are known to trigger common autoimmune issues such as eczema and indigestion, it allows you to better know your own body and what makes it feel its very best.
Set Yourself Up for Success
The Whole30® Program is a change to your lifestyle, and therefore it is important to anticipate the possible changes to your body and to set yourself up for success. Instead of grabbing drinks with friends, take the opportunity to go for a coffee chat (a few cups a day can help!). Grabbing a friend to do the program with you can have positive effects on your relationships and resolve. Find a workout you both love and make it part of your intentional changes to benefit you and your daily life. Pick your new favorite trail and walk it with your kids to incorporate more positive changes into your day-to-day life. In the first few days, loss of energy normally found in other foods can be supplemented with the Whole30® approved BUBS Collagen. This provides a natural way to still feel great while maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. Ultimately, Whole30® is a chance to reclaim the power that you have to be the best version of yourself. As you begin this journey, supplements such as our BUBS Collagen can allow you to reach new heights as you continue your health journey.