It’s easy to confuse the Whole30® diet with other eating plans that opt for wholesome, nutrient-packed foods over processed groceries. But what’s especially interesting about going Whole30® is that it helps to redefine your relationship with food from the start. Whole30® asks participants to take a clean approach to their diet from day one (for a total of 30 days) to fully understand how certain foods make their bodies feel and how eating whole, unprocessed food can do wonders for energy levels and beyond. It may sound extreme, but the goal is to shape a healthier approach to food that can last a lifetime. Here’s a closer look at Whole30®-approved brands, recipes, and more.
What Is Whole30®?
Founded by nutritionist Melissa Urban, Whole30® is a program rooted in rethinking your approach to nutrition by eliminating processed foods, sugars (including artificial sweeteners), grains, legumes, alcohol, and dairy, and increasing the intake of high-quality proteins, healthy fats, seeds, nuts, some fruit, and loads of veggies for a total of 30 days.
Benefits of the Whole30® Program
Opting for whole, natural foods instead of processed items isn’t just a tastier approach to your diet but can also boost your intake of key vitamins and nutrients. However, perhaps the biggest benefit of a Whole30® diet is the chance to change your relationship with food by closely examining how certain foods make the body feel. Instead of focusing on weight loss, the diet aims to alter eating habits for the better by demonstrating the power of eating a nutrient-rich, unprocessed diet.
Tips for Your Whole30® Month
Completing 30 days of clean eating might seem scary, but finishing Whole30® strong is easier than you think with these helpful tips:
- Don’t weigh yourself. Whole30® isn’t so much about weight loss as it is about redefining your approach to nutrition. Concentrate more on your relationship to food during the 30 days, and you’re more likely to enjoy continued health benefits.
- Try not to snack. Rather than snacking throughout the day, stick to your meal plan of clean but hearty recipes to keep you fueled.
- Buy organic. Try your best to buy organic, non-GMO foods that are rich in key vitamins and minerals and free of questionable additives.
- Cook as much as possible. Knowing what goes into your food will assure you that you are indeed following a Whole30® meal plan so aim to cook over dining out whenever possible.
- “When in doubt, leave it out.” Not sure if an ingredient is Whole30®-approved? Follow this mantra whenever you run into trouble.
Top Whole30®-Approved Brands
Give your pantry a Whole30® makeover with these diet-approved staples.
Get excited, because Whole30® recently launched its own line of condiments that’ll instantly upgrade your meals. Inspired by the thousands of people who have gone on their own food journeys since 2009, Melissa Urban’s dressings, dips, and marinades help make it easier to change your relationship with food. Bonus: no more scouring labels looking for no-go ingredients.
House Ranch Dressing and Dip
Not only is this ranch dressing Whole30®-approved, but it works for paleo, keto, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets as well. Toss it on salad for a quick lunch, or use it as a veggie dip when afternoon snack cravings kick in.
Known for clean condiments, dressings, and marinades (with avocado oil used as a star ingredient), this wholesome line of flavor boosters was started by Mark Sisson, a former triathlete and marathoner.
Avocado Oil Mayo
Organic eggs, a touch of vinegar, and herb-rich rosemary extract make this creamy spread extra zesty, but it’s the avocado oil, not canola oil, that makes it Whole30®-friendly. Give the chipotle lime flavor a try if you’re craving spice.
Wild Planet is an earth-first brand blazing a trail for the fishing industry by pushing for local governments to require domestic fishermen to adopt more sustainable fishing methods and by using the eco-friendly pole-and-line fishing method.
Albacore Tuna Pack
Get ready for a tuna salad overhaul! Free of added salt, water, oil, and fillers, this sustainably farmed, protein-packed tuna provides pure, fresh taste and is hand-packed in a BPA-free, recyclable container.
Healthy Whole30® Recipes
Short on processed foods, big on flavor: These recipes won’t leave you feeling deprived.
Make Whole30® Turkey and Pesto Stew
When your 30 days of Whole30® eating come to an end, it’s time to slowly reintroduce ingredients you’ve been avoiding. This stew is the perfect vehicle to support reentry. It’s made with protein-packed ground turkey, loads of veggies, and creamy coconut milk.
How to Make Whole30® Drumsticks in the Oven
Everyone needs a homemade BBQ sauce in their repertoire, and this one happens to be Whole30®-compliant. It’s the perfect accompaniment to baked drumsticks that’ll have you licking your fingers before dinner’s done.
8 Easy Whole30® Breakfast Recipes
Start your morning the Whole30® way with compliant recipes to fuel your day. From turkey sausage to make-ahead breakfast casserole, there’s something for everyone.