Well, I’m so glad you asked! The Whole30 is NOT the latest fad diet. It’s not what you do before your high school reunion or beach vacation. It’s a total reset of your body’s health and your habits. Food is never just about food, right? For 30 days, you will eliminate the most commonly problematic foods from your diet. In short, you’ll eliminate dairy, gluten, grains, alcohol, legumes, and a few commonly problematic additives.
You can do it and I am here to help you! Then, after 30 days, you will gradually and carefully reintroduce foods and assess their effect on your mood, waistline, energy, skin, and more. You’ll then be able to determine what foods are “worth it” in your long term healthy lifestyle and which ones are not.
For more, check out the website here : Whole30 website
The books are available on Amazon, your local bookstore, and even most libraries. I’d recommend going in this order:
1. It Starts With Food (science-y explanations and pretty in depth – skip this one if you’re short on time or patience but you may come back to it later!) This book lays out the evidence for the program and the general approach.
2. The Whole30 – includes a more brief explanation of the program and what to expect (start here if you’re in a time crunch!) and also includes many tried and true recipes with easy instructions
3. Food Freedom Forever (for how to handle life AFTER the Whole30). This is my absolute favorite book written by Whole30 founder Melissa Hartwig. Totally transformational in the way I view food. I love listening to this book on audio – Audible is a great app to try.
4. The Whole30 Day by Day – a companion journal to go along with your Whole30. SO HELPFUL I cannot tell you. I highly recommend using this book as a tool during your Whole30.
5. The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook – Beautiful recipes that are meant for people who don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen each day.
6. The Whole30 Slow Cooker Cookbook – super easy slow cooker and instant pot recipes to make your Whole30 tasty AND easy.