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Time for a New Whole 30

by Suz on April 26, 2012 · 4 comments

in Food, Paleo, Whole30

With the month of May rapidly approaching, I feel it’s the ideal time for another “Whole 30”.

Whole 30 Paleo Sucess Guide

What is a Whole 30?

The Whole30 is another word for “strict Paleo” for a month. This is a popular approach recommended across the Paleosphere as a way to initially get into Paleo, to identify any food intolerances you may have, or just as a means to refocus. A Whole30 means eating lots of good quality meat, eggs, vegetables a little fruit, nuts and seeds. Grains, legumes, dairy and alcohol have no place on the Whole30!

Why am I Doing Another Whole 30?

Whilst I have been following Paleo for a couple of years now, I’ve found I’ve recently got a bit lazy with my nutrition and have been having lots of the same meals over and over. Whilst there’s nothing specifically wrong with this, it’s not the most interesting approach, and probably isn’t meeting all of my micronutrient requirements. I’ve also been having dried fruit more often than I should (why did I have to discover medjool dates?)

I’ve been keen to try an auto-immune protocol for a while, so incorporating this into my Whole30 will work well. I often forget to my supplements, especially Vitamin D, so for this month I’m going to be religious about it – good timing on the Vitamin D as we’re seeing a lot less sun, as we approach winter here in Australia.

With an auto-immune protocol I will also be omitting Nightshades (tomatoes, capsicum and peppers – since I don’t have potatoes they won’t be a new omission for me) and nuts and seeds. Some people skip eggs too on an autoimmune protocol, but I think that’s a step too far for me. I don’t have any particular health issues I’m looking to clear up since Paleo took care of my Asthma, but I have suspicious I’d fare a lot better without Nightshades. All will become clear!

How to do a Whole30

The Whole30 is so easy to do, but it does require some organisation. If it’s your introduction into Paleo, it’s a good idea to clean out your cupboards and fridge before you start – get rid of anything that reminiscent from a SAD diet and make sure you have all of the herbs, spices and ingredients on hand for the coming month. There’s a fantastic step by step guide in the Whole30 ebook explaining how to go about this for success.

I use the Whole30 as a culinary challenge – I use it as an excuse to try lots of difference recipes. In fact, the last Whole30 was such an enjoyable experience last time as we ate a different meal every single day – something I’m very far from at the moment!

My Whole30 approach is to spend some time on Sundays working out what’s happening during the coming week. When I know what I’m doing each day, I flick through my Paleo Cookbooks and assign a meal to each day. I then go out and buy all of the ingredients I’ll need for that week (taking a lot of care to ensure everything will be as fresh as possible on the day I have planned to eat it!) and prep anything I can in advance. This time I’m going to quadruple everything I cook, to stock the freezer up with lots of different lunch options to take into work.

Strict Paleo Whole 30 Days

I’m going to track my Whole30 using Cronometer, so I can get a good assessment of where my macro and micro nutrient ratios sit over the month. This month should give me some good tools (and recipes!) to tweak my diet after the Whole30.

Fortunately my house mate is also very keen to do another Whole30 – sharing the shopping, cooking and culinary inspiration certainly makes it a lot easier!

Have you done a Whole30 yet? How did you find it? Care to join me for a Whole30 May?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

geni April 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

Cor you are good, wish I had your determination!

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Emma April 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

I completed my first Whole30 at the end of Feb and also think it’s time for me to do another one because I’ve been pretty lax and have been eating way too much dark chocolate and the occasional very non-paleo pizza with the boyfriend. I was going to do it in May but I’m going to Margaret River in a couple of weeks and I really don’t think I could go to Margaret River and not drink wine!! Excuses excuses I know, but I might just start after that weekend instead.

I loved my first Whole30, it really did make me try all sorts of different recipes that I hadn’t tried before (Well Fed was my bible) and it completely opened my eyes to all the added crap they put in seemingly harmless food at the supermarket (sugar in smoked salmon, anyone?). I’m not sure that my non-paleo boyfriend was so thrilled with it, but he got used to it in the end.

Good luck with your Whole30 :)

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osteolmv May 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I’d really like to try it with you…I’m already paleo but wouldn’t mind the autoimmune protocol so no nightshades hey??? That’ll be hard for me but I’ll give it a go. I’d really like to get rid of my asthma once and for all and my anxiety. any suggestions re how to go about it.
I’ll start next Sunday
Lisa

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Jl May 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

Hi Suze,
I’m writing to ask your opinion on a good place to live in Australia. I’m traveling there to work on a holiday visa. I can work in one location for up to 6 months at a time; however, there are companies that are willing to sponsor me to stay longer. I’m not sure if I want to take that route yet or try traveling a couple of different spots for the experience. I have offers in Melbourne, Woolongong, Cairns and North Lakes (suburb outside of Brisbane). Any thoughts? I know Melb is a cultural hub that sounds ideal; I like the job in Cairns best I think but am not sure about the weather and distance from major cities; Woolongong sounds nice on the coast but the job isn’t outstanding, still might be a compromise; and North Lakes is a temporary 3-month job that might work given the proximity to Brisbane and the sunshine coast – but it’s suburban and not much offered there either. Any thoughts??! Thank you.

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