Why Do Whole30 For 30 Days?

Why 30 days?

I get this question quite often. Why is Whole30 specifically 30 days? Why is it not shorter or something to follow as a lifetime commitment? Fad diets are all too familiar to us in today’s society, and the Whole30 challenge can sometimes be lumped into that category. However, the overall goal of the challenge is to eat whole foods while “resetting” the body for future eating and lifestyle habits. I’m sure there are many answers to these questions, but I tend to focus on the fact that this challenge is meant to create a new relationship with food.

I started my journey as someone who was constantly tired and in pain. I needed a forceful push in the right direction to get me smiling and back on my feet again. Choosing to take the Whole30 challenge is difficult and, quite frankly, a punch in the face at the beginning. But that’s the point. As I mentioned, the point of the 30 days is to reset the body. By removing sugars, alcohol and other inflammatory substances you are able to train your brain to no longer crave these items during and even after the challenge. This is when the new relationship begins to form.

Committing to the 30 days is so vital to the success of this challenge. The body begins to adjust to these new habits which eventually results in a new mindset. Your tastes begin to change and your cravings become fewer. Post-Whole30 life is the most educational and beneficial time to truly understand your body and what it needs. By ending the challenge after 30 days, you are able to discover how your body reacts to those foods that were forbidden during your challenge. From this moment, you will have a better understanding of what foods are necessary for your own unique health and which ones are harmful.

Everyone’s Whole30 journey is different. The challenges are different and even the results can be quite different. However, I do know that if I hadn’t stuck out the entire 30 days on that first challenge, I wouldn’t where I am today. Things change during the course of that month. You change. By the end of it, your relationship with food will be molded into something new, something you never thought you could achieve. Clean eating is the answer to a healthy life and it takes commitment to completely reset your mind and your body to think that way. Respect your body, respect your food and believe that you can do it.

 

My Favorite Whole30 Snacks

Whole30 can be tough. If you are like most people, the sudden change in diet can be shocking to your body, causing cravings you never thought you would have. But guess what! You are actually allowed to snack! Here are the top four Whole30 snacks to get you through your day as you begin your 30 day journey to a better you.

RX Bar

These bars are simple and to the point. The ingredients are listed right on the front with “no B.S.” for you to see! Avoid the flavors with peanuts or chocolate, but other than that, these bars are a fantastic midday boost when you start to feel sluggish. The ingredients are clean and satisfy any sweet craving. Keep one of these on hand at all times for emergencies or a post-workout boost. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods sell them both individually and by the box!

Larabar

Not all Larabars are Whole30 approved, but a good portion of them are. If you are looking for a satisfying sweet bite, run to these. Some of our favorite flavors are cashew cookie, apple pie and cherry pie. The best tip for deciding which flavors you can enjoy is to stay away from the flavors with chocolate chips and peanuts! All of the fruit flavors and the chocolate coconut chew are good to go when it comes to snacking on Whole30.

Epic Bars

If you are in serious need of a satisfying treat, check out these Epic protein bars. They are made with natural animal proteins with some dried fruits or nuts tossed in. This is a perfect go-to if you are tired of the sweet snacks and crave something savory that's high in protein and lower in fats. With a healthy amount of protein and fat, this bar is sure to satisfy in your hungriest moments. Epic offers a variety of natural products, including various jerky strips, that can also be enjoyed on Whole30, but be sure to read your labels as not all Epic products are Whole30 friendly.

Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars

When we hear “Kind,” we immediately think of those simply delicious fruit and nut bars. However, Kind is now making a Whole30-friendly pressed fruit bar that is unlike most dried fruit snacks. Every bar contains a healthy amount of dried and pressed fruit. Some flavors add in chia, coconut and veggies just to up the flavor and nutrition game. The hearty texture and sweet, natural flavors make for a great quick fix for a sweet tooth.

Ultimately the goal of Whole30 is to reprogram your relationship with food and eliminate unnecessary or emotional eating so snack wisely and sparingly! However, if you know you’re going to be out it’s better to be prepared rather than get desperate and break your Whole30 stride!

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