Getting a head start on Whole30

Getting a head start on Whole30

by Pamela Ng 04 Jan 2020

Whether you’re a serious athlete or someone who’s simply looking to improve their physique, nutrition remains as a cornerstone of good health. Diet fads are aplenty, but you need a solid nutrition plan if you want to see any real results. If you are looking for an effective diet that won’t make you lose your mind, the Whole30 nutrition plan might just fit you to a T.

 

What is Whole30?

 

Whole30 is a 30-day food plan where you are not allowed to eat carbohydrates, as well as foods that have been processed. After all, such foods can contain significant amounts of unnecessary additives and preservatives. Other than that, you have free rein to eat however much of the allowed foods:

 

  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dietary fat
  • Coffee

 

Even though there are restrictions of certain foods to this plan, there is no restricted amounts which you can eat. Due to the amount of dietary fibre you’ll be consuming via fruits, vegetables and nuts, satiety can be easily achieved. Protein and fat also take longer to digest, so the odds of you dealing with a grumbling stomach will be very low.

 

Why try Whole30?

 

By following a wholesome diet, Whole30 can change your life. There are many possible benefits of this plan:

 

  • Weight management
  • Better health
  • Better digestion
  • Clearer skin
  • Higher energy levels
  • Cravings dissipate quickly
  • Better sleep
  • Better performance in workouts and exercises
  • Knowing which types of food are responsible for poor health

 

How to succeed?

 

While Whole30 is not a typical diet per se, some people may veer off-track as they indulge a bit of chocolate or wine. If that happens, simply start the 30 days all over again. Not only will this hold you accountable for your actions, but you’ll also get to experience the benefits of Whole30 objectively.

 

Find a network of people who are in this same journey as well. With a community at your back, sticking to the plan will feel a lot easier. You will also have a group of people to support you and help you back up if you slip up. In addition, they will also be the people that you can celebrate with at the end of 30 days!

 

Be sure to prepare your space and your meal plans for Whole30 in advance. As much as possible, dispose, donate or put away any restricted foods to rid yourself of unwanted temptation. Collect various recipes that use only the allowed foods, and experiment with different herbs and spices to impart different kinds of flavours. Having a wider variety of tastes to pick from will help you feel less deprived.

 

The biggest benefit of the Whole30 plan is that it effectively eliminates any negative eating habits you might possess while reinforcing positive ones. Whether it’s an addiction to chips, booze or soda, sticking with Whole30 allows you to axe them out of your life without any excuses. Some people may choose to continue with the plan well after the 30 days have expired, while others may transition to a less restrictive dietary approach. Whichever it may be, you will surely feel like a different person after your first 30 days!

 

References

https://greatist.com/eat/whole30-beginners-guide