I’m Doing The Whole30 Challenge

Almost two years ago I read the book Wheat Belly. It indefinitely changed my views on gluten, wheat and the food industry as a whole. I then went on to watch the movies Food Inc. and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I decided to completely eliminate all things processed for two weeks. I lost 8 lbs and my estimate body fat percentage was an impressive 16%. I felt amazing and really tried to stick with it. But… I was a college student, working full-time at an ICE CREAM shop and staying on track was hard. My Paleo obsession has fluctuated over the years but has never diminished. Which leads me to Whole30. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but kept finding (really valid) excuses as to why I couldn’t.

If you don’t know, Whole30 is eating real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds for 30 days. Here is a helpful shopping list via the program.

So what can’t I eat?

NO added sugar of any kind! (real or artificial) This means… No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.

NO alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.

NO grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa.

NO legumes (A.K.A. beans, Duh). This includes black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. (also, NO peanut butter!) *This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, lecithin).

NO dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.

NO potatoes. (white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling)

This one is the kicker  NO Paleo-ifying desserts or junk food choices. (I love paleo desserts)

So, today was day two. I’ve been eating egg whites, veggies, curry chicken, nuts, a banana and orange. I also made Sunshine Sauce, which is amazing! I want you all to know that I was at a conference all day today (that I was not Whole30 prepared for) and ate lettuce and an orange while everyone else indulged on pasta, bread sticks AND various cheesecakes!! This is also a “challenge” for me because I do not cook. But my mom said, “If you can read, you can cook.” I’ll be posting pictures of meals on Instagram and blogging about my experience frequently. Maybe I can inspire you to take on the Whole30 Challenge next 



Some of my favorite resources:

Nom Nom Paleo

The Clothes Make The Girl

& of course, the Whole9 website.


Not ready for the full 30 days? 

Why I'm Doing Whole30 (and resources)