My First Whole G STRON Life THE
Lizzie Ellis, NASM-CPT
What if I told you there was a diet that could help you break through weight loss plateaus, improve metabolic function, decrease joint pain, clear up acne, decrease irritability and increase energy without counting calories or being hungry. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not. It’s called the Whole30. Developed by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig, the Whole30 explains the role food plays in our body and the importance of eating real, whole foods. With a combination of tough love and sound science, the Whole30 not only addresses the physical connection we have with food, but also the psychological and emotional. So what’s the catch? Rules. Lots of rules. 20
Under the Whole30 rules you cannot eat any sugar, grains, dairy, legumes or drink alcohol for 30 days. You’re probably thinking that cuts out everything. Almost, but here’s the good news. You can eat all the meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit you want. This also includes healthy fats. No counting calories, weighing or measuring. Just three solid, well balanced meals per day. There is a little more to it than that, but those are the basics. The human body is truly an amazing system. It’s ability to keep our delicate metabolisms balanced and immune systems functioning properly is no easy feat. Keeping it running at an optimal level starts with what we eat. I discovered the Whole30 earlier this summer. I stumbled upon the book as
I was buying several Paleo cookbooks on Amazon and figured I’d add it to my cart. I thought I was just getting another cookbook, but as I sat down to read it I realized it was so much more. At the time, I was struggling with low-energy and fatigue, joint aches, moodiness and irritabili-
ty, and an overall crappy feeling that something just wasn’t right. I had also just learned, thanks to a client who happens to be a holistic doctor, that my thyroid was functionally low. I have a history of thyroid cancer in my family, so I knew this was something I needed to address before it became clinically low. She start-
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