The Whole30 program has 8 steps (unless you’ve done this before and then there are only five). I’m going to follow the 8 steps because I’d rather go back to basic basics, in order to be successful. Step Two is Read the Program. It outlines the program rules and what is expected of me. The rules have to be followed exactly to optimize results. Bitching about the rules is pointless. It’s only 30 days. I chose this.
The rules are as follows, for 30 days:
Eat Real Food
This includes meat, eggs, seafood, lots of vegetables, little fruit and good fats from oils, nuts and seeds.
Avoid Not Real Food
No sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. No unpronounceable ingredients. No paleofied baked goods.
No scale. No measurements.
Extras to Remember
Clarified butter or ghee are okay.Fruit juice as a sweetener is okay.
Green beans, sugar snap peas and snow pea pods are acceptable.
White, balsamic, red wine, apple cider and rice vinegars are allowed.
Salt is okay.
As part of the rules, I must commit to these guidelines for 30 days. No slips, no excuses, no whining. 100% commitment for 30 days.
This is Step Two—the information. This is the easy part. I’ll delve into some of the other steps tomorrow.