starting the whole 30

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Tomorrow my husband and I start a program called “The Whole30,” a kind of nutritional reset that eliminates sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and processed food for a period of thirty days. It’s a brilliant way to help the body heal by eating nutritionally dense real food such as pastured meats and organic vegetables and fruits while avoiding food that contributes to inflammation, a damaged digestive system, and any number of resulting chronic health issues.

To be sure, it’s not a choice for the half-hearted. It does take some planning, and it does require your commitment for 30 days, but the difference Whole30 has made in people’s lives is pretty remarkable. A great place to start is to get yourself a copy of It Starts With Food, by founders Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, a very easy read that explains the approach behind Whole30, but you can also just dive in to whole30.com to get started. There’s also a subscription newsletter for support and encouragement, and a helpful downloads page with free additional resources.

Because my husband and I deal with ongoing chronic issues, we’re going even a bit further with our whole30 and following the whole30 autoimmune protocol, which also excludes eggs, nuts and seeds, and nightshade vegetables like bell peppers and eggplant. This is a helpful protocol to help heal a digestive system that is compromised (also known as leaky gut syndrome), and can be followed for 30, 60, 90 days and even beyond if needed. I’ll admit I was a little intimidated to try the autoimmune protocol, but through the website I found a fantastic e-book that I downloaded called The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. It’s beautifully photographed and includes over 110 recipes by personal chef Mickey Trescott, as well as two four-week meal plans to help get you through.
I’ll be updating our whole30 journey on a weekly basis, the ups and downs we experience, and the exciting prospect of a healthier body and mind. If you’re not quite ready to make the leap and do your own whole30 now, follow along with our story and see where this takes us. You might find that 30 days is a tiny investment for a potentially big return.

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