Whole30: Start!

This month’s book, Food Freedom Forever, was written by the co-founder of the Whole30 program, Melissa Hartwig. While I was reading the book (since I really consume waaaaay too much sugar for my own good), I decided to put my all into a system reset for the foods I eat. I welcome anyone to join in and tell me about their experiences, even if you don’t cut out all the foods that are outlined in the program! I will be posting the recipes that I make to follow the rules and hope you all enjoy them whether you’re participating or not. Remember, this isn’t a diet, it’s creating a new lifestyle for yourself.


  • Moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs
  • Lots of vegetables
  • Some fruit
  • Plenty of natural fats
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs, spices, and seasonings
  • Ghee or clarified butter
  • Fruit juice (with no added sugar)
  • Certain legumes (green beans, sugar snap peas,  and snow peas)
  • Vinegar
  • Coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute)
  • Salt


  • Added sugar, real or artificial (no maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc.)
  • No alcohol, in any form, including for cooking
  • No grains (no wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat; this includes grains in the form of bran, germ, starch, and so on)
  • No legumes (no beans of any kind, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts; this includes any form of soy–soy sauce, miso, tofu, edamame, and things like lecithin)
  • No dairy
  • No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
  • No baked goods, junk foods, or recreated treats with “approved” ingredients
  • Do not step on a scale or take body measurements for the entire 30 days

If you want more information on the program or the approved foods, check out the websites below:

The Whole30® Program

Whole30 101: The Official “Can I Have…” Guide to the Whole30®

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