Yesterday I shared with you all my word for 2015, less, and how I already have my first experiment with less lined up for the year. The be quite honest, I had my first idea planned out before I chose my word for the year. Shame on me. Anywho, Carl and I are joining our friend Kristin for a Whole 30 challenge. Dun dun dunnn…


What exactly is The Whole 30?

It’s basically a Paleo diet with even more stuff excluded. It excludes sugar, grains, dairy and legumes.  That sounds like a lot, but there are actually foods left that you’re allowed to eat. The idea behind the Whole 30 is to cleanse your body of potential irritants then slowly add back in food groups and see how your body reacts. Below is the shopping list for everything Whole 30 approved.

The Whole 30 Shopping List

Why do a Whole 30?

I have a few reasons for doing a Whole 3o, the first being I have gained a decent amount of weight over the past year and I know my eating habits are a big factor in that. My biggest reason for doing it though is I already know I’m lactose intolerant and several other food issues have been discovered in my family. I’ve suffered from migraines in recent years and always see noticeable differences in how I feel based on changes in my diet.  At this point in my life, it’s time I do something to really figure out the best way to care for my body and fuel it with what it needs. Since the Whole 30 rids of you of possible problem foods and allows you to test them out after the 30 days,  I thought it would be the best route to really discover what it best for my body.

Carl and I start our Whole 30 adventure on Monday along with a few friends of ours. To be honest I’m terrified. I love fast food. I love soda. I love not cooking. I know this is for the best….but it wont be easy.

Would you ever do a Whole 30?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Whole 30, visit their website and see what it’s all about. I’ll be sharing a post tomorrow with more about the challenge and how we’re preparing.

UPDATE: Read up on how we did (short version – a medical ordeal/hell killed our commitment)

If you want tips + recipes, follow my Whole 30 boards on Pinterest

Visit Katie Winn @ Something Winnderful’s profile on Pinterest.

  • I’ve thought about doing the Whole30 before but always find a reason not to start “just yet”. This could be the year to finally do it though. interested to hear how you go with it! 🙂

  • That looks so interesting! My word for the year is simplicity! I don’t mind cooking, if I can put it in a crockpot haha! Unfortunately, most of those call for at least canned beans or canned tomatoes. I try to stay away from an recipes with condensed soups or butter.

  • I’ve done one full Whole30 and one that ended after 24 days (with little dried date and sesame seed clusters…technically W30-compliant but very much in the spirit of a treat in large quantities!). Overall I think it can be a fantastic program. Once you get into the rhythm and get past the hangry phase, it actually makes life a lot simpler, because your meal choices are pretty clear-cut. I do think that doing the W30 can awaken food issues *if* you’ve already struggled with them, but it can go both ways. I wrote about that on The Eighty Twenty if you are curious!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful, happy new year, Katie!

  • You are a brave young woman. I commend you and Carl for embracing a healthy lifestyle. I’m not sure I’d have the will power living on my own. I would need that extra person for accountability when I’m at Trader Jo’s and get cookie butter, cheese and wine (this may or may have not happened to day but, to be fair, I also threw a bag of broccoli into my cart — baby steps).

    • I’m absolutely terrified about this, however I’m feeling more and more confident as time goes on. My coworkers know if they find me passed out in my office, just pour some soda on me and I’ll come back to life.

    • Katie and I have eerily similar shopping habits, haha. (All about that cookie butter!) But even though I’m not sure I could commit to something like this, I would really like to be able to get a true test of how my body reacts to certain things. Right now, my skin is looking especially clear, and I want to know what I’m doing right!

      Good luck on making it through the month. I’ll be curious to hear how it goes!

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  • Rebecca P.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts once your done!

    • I’m interested in what my thoughts will be when I’m done too! So far it’s been good, though it’s only day one haha.

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