What is the Whole30?10 September 2017
Tomorrow we start our "CCF Spring into Summer Nutrition Challenge" and our recommended way of eating for the coming 10 weeks is to follow the WHOLE30-prescription, simply because we know that this is a highly result giving way of eating AND can be turned into a lifelong Nutritional Lifestyle!
On top of that ONLY by following the Whole 30 can you get points for the "CCF Whole Life Challenge" nutrition side, and if you stay consistent for 7/14/21 days you even get bonus points.
Why the Whole30?
The WHOLE30 is a physical and mental nutritional reset. It aims to identify any food groups that may have a negative effect on your health. This is established by eliminated certain food groups for a period of time, then reintroducing them.
Eating foods that you may have a sensitivity to can lead to the disruption of gut bacteria which then can result in inflammation and poor digestion. GI dysfunction has knock on effect and can result in a disturbance of hormones, metabolism and and immune functions which in turn can lead allergies, skin conditions, brain fog and asthma amongst others. We hope that through this process you will restore your healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system as well as curb those unhealthy cravings and habits.
The WHOLE30 not only has great physical benefits including weight loss, improved sleep, higher energy levels, improved focus and mental clarity as well as improved athletic performance but also has as impressive psychological benefits as well. Often, those who have completed the Whole30 claim that long standing unhealthy habits with foods are changed, they develop a healthier body image as well as a reduction of cravings.
One of the first benefits of the WHOLE30 is weight lose and a change in body composition. Energy levels improve along with their performance in class. Sleep is better and many find they are more focused and in better moods throughout the day.
Psychologically, many experience a positive change in the way they see and value their bodies. Unhealthy habits and cravings are eliminated and their thinking and emotional connections tied to food change.
Eat real food:
- Good fats from oils, nuts and seeds.
- Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they're totally natural and unprocessed.
- Sugar, real or artificial: Maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Alcohol and Tobacco
- Grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy, soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep's milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
- Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it's out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with "approved" ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster you can say Paleo Pop-Tarts. Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
Ditch the scale. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program.
We really recommend using the Whole30 principles for the first 21 days at least - from there on you can start reintroducing food and gauging how your body reacts.
So if you haven't had your measurements taken yet or were on the fence about joining, you have until this Friday to enter. You won't regret it!