It's been a few weeks since I finished up my Whole30 diet. I made it the entire 30 days without sugar, without dairy, without beans, without grains, and I didn't die. I enjoyed the diet for the most part, as difficult as it could sometimes be, but I'm not sure it was quite the life changing experience I expected. What did I learn from 30 days of clean eating? Plenty. Would I do it again? Absolutely (and I probably will).
The Whole30 Diet seems to be the newest diet craze in the world of the internet. Whenever I would mention that I was on a restrictive diet called Whole30 to a "normal" non-bloggy person they were completely stumped as to what that meant and I was constantly explaining the diet to them, whereas it seems like everyone in the blogosphere has either heard of it or tried it (or is planning to try it). I found that difference very interesting, so if you're planning a Whole30, expect regular people to not know what you're talking about. For those who may not know what the Whole30 diet entails, I'll give you a quick outline of how it works. The idea is to eliminate all inflammatory foods from your diet for 30 days to give your digestive system and tastebuds enough time to come back to neutral, or reset. You can't have any sugars or sweeteners of any kind, no grains, no legumes, and no dairy. You can have as much meat, vegetables, fruits, and (surprisingly) potatoes as you'd like - read more about the ins and outs of Whole30 here. It sounds incredibly limiting and intimidating, but it's really not all that bad.
Thinking of doing your first Whole30? Check out my Tips for Surviving Your First Whole30 here!