Should You Do Whole30?

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“Let food be they medicine.” 

Those are the famous words of Hippocrates. About eight months ago, those words became a personal mantra of mine as I was fighting to reclaim my health.

Now, those words fuel my passion as I try to help people change their lives for the better as an integrative health coach.

I’m being 100% honest here: my decision to leave the world of marketing & PR to pursue a career in wellness was just as much self-serving as it is selfless. My journey to learn how help others with their health is just as much a journey to help myself. 

read on!

Should You Do Whole30? Happy Healthy Joe

A WAKE-UP CALL

I’ve always been a healthy person.

Hold up. Let me rephrase that.

I’ve always thought  I’ve been a healthy person. 

Not too long ago, I experienced a few major life changes all at once that put my personal well-being on the front burner and made me really want to take control of my situation.

Diving into my family’s health history is about as morbid as the last half of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (scary, I know). 

But the more I learned, the more I felt empowered.

Through research, I discovered many of the health issues my family had experienced were preventable - and some even reversible - through healthy lifestyle changes. 

Also, the more I learned, the more I realized I had quite a few lifestyle changes to make myself.

A HOLISTIC APPROACH

The word "holistic" gets tossed around a lot in the wellness community, and I think we really should pay attention to it more.

Having a holistic approach to health means that we treat the body as a whole. This means taking into account all the moving parts and pieces, how they affect each other, and focusing on root causes rather than symptoms.

As I became more mindful about my health, I created a lot of new healthy habits and behaviors, which was a GOOD THING! Taking control of your health is all about little steps, becoming aware, and implementing changes in manageable, bite-size pieces. Fitness was an important part of my lifestyle, as was practicing mindfulness, fostering a healthy, positive mindset, and creating an emotional aromatherapy routine using dōTERRA essential oils.

But there are a lot of different pieces to the health puzzle, and I was missing an important part of my holistic health equation: my gut health.

And that's where Whole30 came into play.

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After my first experience with Whole30...

  • I had more energy
  • My sugar cravings weren't as persistent
  • My acne-prone skin cleared up
  • My tension headaches and migraines faded away
  • I felt better in my own skin!
  • And, after comparing before and after measurements (keep in mind, measuring and weighing yourself during Whole30 is specifically not part of the program! just FYI), my body fat percentage decreased and my muscle mass increased. 

Every body is different, so everyone's experience will be different, but I'm not alone. There are countless testimonials of the beneficial impact Whole30 can have!

But, before I get ahead of myself...

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WHAT IS WHOLE30?

To answer that question, first let me start off with what Whole30 is not.

Whole30 isn't a diet.

Not in the mass-market commercialized sense.

This isn't a weight loss gimmick (however, weight loss can be a beneficial result for some) - put your scale away and don't even think about calorie-counting. Whole30 isn't about that.

So, what is Whole30

Sparknotes definition: Whole30 is a whole nutrition program that is designed to help you create a healthy relationship with food.

For thirty days, you cut out processed and inflammatory foods (such as grains, dairy, alcohol, and sugar) and focus on consuming whole, healthy foods to reset your gut!

And, the most important metric for success is how you feel.

Rather than tracking pounds or body fat percentage, Whole30 encourages you to focus on "non-scale victories."

As you avoid common inflammatory foods, it allows your body to heal takes a lot of stress off your gut.

Once the 30 days are over, you then reintroduce these food groups one at a time to see how your body reacts and what you may be sensitive to so you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly.

Of course everyone's experience will be unique due to bio-individuality, but commonly reported benefits of doing a Whole30 include reducing inflammation, clearing up your skin, and increased energy levels! 

Whole30 Don'ts

  • No added sugar
  • No alcohol
  • No grains
  • No legumes
  • No dairy
  • No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
  • Do not recreate baked goods, junk foods, or treats with approved ingredients
  • Don't step on a scale or take body measurements for the 30 days

Whole30 Do's

Do you want to take control of your health? 30 days might be what you need to shift your mindset AND relationship with food!

Go to Whole30.com to get all the official details on the program! 

Doing Whole30? tag me on your Instagram food pics! @happyhealthyjoe I'd love to see how the program is going for you and cheer you on!

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MEET HAPPY HEALTHY JOE

I am a Certified Integrative Health Coach and essential oil educator based out of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City! As a Health Coach, I combine nutrition, positive psychology, and science-backed self-care for all-natural mood support. 

When not coaching clients, I work as a content creator and branding strategist. I love to collaborate and am available for sponsored posts. Please shoot me an email (hello@happyhealthyjoe.com) with an idea or just to say hi!