What is Whole30®? - Slender Kitchen

What is Whole30®?

The Whole30® diet was developed by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig in 2009 to help people nutritionally reset their bodies and change the way they think about food. According to the diet, there are certain foods that may be unhealthy for your body and cause a host of problems including lack of energy, hormonal imbalance, bloating, inflammation, as well as more serious conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. These same foods also lead to weight gain and food addictions in some cases.


Following the Whole30®, you cut out all of these foods for 30 days and then slowly reintroduce them to your diet one at a time so you can better understand how they affect your specific body and then make informed decisions about what to include in your diet to feel your best and be your healthiest.

The main foods that are avoided during the Whole30® are grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and all processed or fake foods. The diet focuses on real food that is natural and unprocessed including meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and some oils.

The basic rules of the Whole30® diet are simple.

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods that are full of nutrients and nourish the body. This can include vegetables, some fruits, meat, eggs, seafood, nuts, and natural oils.
  • Avoid eating any types of processed foods or grains including dairy, wheat, legumes (including peanuts), sugar, beans, corn, pasta, bread, rice, and other processed foods that normally come in a box or bag and are created in a factory.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form.
  • Do not try to recreate your favorite processed foods or junk foods with Whole30® approved ingredients. No pancakes, muffins, breads, candy, etc.
  • Additionally, during the Whole30®, you are not supposed to step on a scale or take any body measurements. It should be about health, not weight loss, even though most people will lose weight.
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Why Whole30®?

The Whole30® diet is meant to help you live healthier and better understand your specific body and how it reacts to a number of different food groups that are known to cause problems in the human body. By cutting out these problematic foods for 30 days, many people experience significant changes in their health and how they feel. This often includes weight loss as well. Then as they reintroduce different foods to their body, they understand exactly how their body reacts to the food and can make an informed decision about whether or not to include that food in the future.

People who have followed the Whole30® diet have reported that the diet both improved and in some cases cured the following conditions: sleep problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, allergies, sinus infections, hives, skin conditions, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, migraines, depression, heartburn , arthritis, joint pain, ADD, thyroid dysfunction, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, Crohn’s, IBS , and more. Additionally most people report that they feel better, have more energy, sleep better, and lose weight. Finally, it helps people to reset their diet and change their eating habits for the long term.

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