Whole30 chooses foods based on four good food standards. The food that we eat should:
1. Promote a healthy psychological response.
2. Promote a healthy hormonal response.
3. Support a healthy gut.
4. Support immune function and minimize inflammation.
Based on these standards, the following foods will be eliminated: sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, seed or vegetable oils, grains, legumes, and dairy. Over the next 30 days I am planning on going more into detail on why these foods do not pass the good food standards, based on the book.
But for now, I want to focus on what we will be eating over the next 30 days, because I am choosing to look at this from a positive view point. All of these foods are Whole30 approved: protein from meat and eggs, carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits, and also healthy fats. A great shopping list can be found here! The shopping list has more details about what are the best choices for each category.
Here are the daily guidelines:
~ Eat three meals a day
~ Start with breakfast
~ Don't snack, if you can help it
~ Stop eating a few hours before bedtime
Building your meals:
~ Create each meal around your protein source
~ Each meal should include one to two palm sized servings of protein
~ As often as possible, choose high-quality meat, seafood and eggs
~ Fill the rest of your plate with vegetables
~ One to two servings of fruit per day
~ One or more fat sources per meal
"The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options"
This is a direct quote from the first chapter of ISWF. This is what directly influences the entire book. Over the next 30 days I will blog more about what this means and more about our experience on our Whole30 journey! If you don't want to wait for me, I encourage you to pick up a copy of It Starts with Food or check out the Whole9 website!