The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Over 1 million copies sold! Millions of people visit Whole30.com every month and share their dramatic life-changing testimonials. Get started on your Whole30 transformation with the #1 New York Times best-selling The Whole30. Since 2009, Melissa Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has quietly led hundreds of thousands of people to effortless weight loss and bett...

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Title:The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
Author:Melissa Hartwig
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The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Reviews

  • Denise

    For people who want to whole30, but don't necessarily want to read all of the science-y stuff of why a whole30 is good for them, this is a great book. It answers a lot of questions about the whole30, covers just the basics of why a whole30 is good (if you want more in-depth, read "It Starts With Food"), provides shopping lists, lots of great recipes and a wonderful collection of resources for support, shopping and additional reading. Very well done.

  • Carol Evans

    I can't tell you if The Whole30 is a healthy choice, although the Hartwigs give plenty of reasons why it is. What I can tell you is that I'm glad I did the 30 days and will hopefully eat better having done them. My hsuband and I did it together which was definitely helpful.

    The Whole30 rules in the most basic form are easy to understand. YES: Eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetable, fruit and natural fats. DO: Do not consume sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy. Do not consume baked goods or "trea

    I can't tell you if The Whole30 is a healthy choice, although the Hartwigs give plenty of reasons why it is. What I can tell you is that I'm glad I did the 30 days and will hopefully eat better having done them. My hsuband and I did it together which was definitely helpful.

    The Whole30 rules in the most basic form are easy to understand. YES: Eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetable, fruit and natural fats. DO: Do not consume sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy. Do not consume baked goods or "treats." Do not weight or measure yourself. I know it seems pretty restrictive, but like they say, "keep in mind that the Whole30 was intended to be a short-term reset and learning experience, not a permanent plan."

    The theory is that as you slowly add the foods back in, you will see how your body reacts. Like I know dairy is not my friend and this reminded me of that fact. I felt good when I was eating the Whole30 foods, like I was doing something positive for my health. Losing 8 pounds didn't hurt either. And my husband lost almost 20. Even the dog lost 2.

    It does take a lot more planning and work to eat real food. I needed to have breakfasts that David could easily grab in the morning, because he was not going to cook himself anything. I also had to plan enough left-overs from dinner to pack for lunches or have another back-up. It takes more time in the kitchen, chopping, cooking. I'll grant you it's easier and cheaper to open a box or can or throw (processed) lunch meat between two slices of bread, but real food makes me feel better, makes me a little proud of my choices.

    The Whole30 has a great guide on how to approach the month and an extensive FAQ section. It also has some really yummy compliant recipes, that use ingredients I can actually find.

  • Christina - Traveling Sister

    So there's a lot of hype around this book / diet and honestly, in the end, I can kind of see why. There are a few caveats that go with why my husband and I jumped in head first into this challenge but in the end, I've really enjoyed the results. First and foremost, your primary goal in Whole30, I don't

    So there's a lot of hype around this book / diet and honestly, in the end, I can kind of see why. There are a few caveats that go with why my husband and I jumped in head first into this challenge but in the end, I've really enjoyed the results. First and foremost, your primary goal in Whole30, I don't personally feel should be weight loss. You will lose weight most likely, but it should be about resetting your system and finding out how your body reacts to different foods. Along the way, you're likely to start breaking bad habits and start making healthier more positive ones.

    It's only 30 days, so even if you hate it, it's a month of your life. I absolutely do feel better than I have in a long time. Cutting out refined flour, sugar and alcohol is

    a positive thing to do from time to time. I am definitely sleeping better, have more energy, lower anxiety levels and just generally feel really good. It's an interesting challenge in the kitchen and definitely makes you reevaluate what you're putting in your body - especially when you go out to eat.

    This would've been much harder if: I didn't live in a large city with great grocery stores that offer lots of compliant ingredients (it was surprisingly difficult to find compliant chicken and beef broth - which means if your store doesn't carry it, you have to make that

    cooking everything at home already). If I had kids, or a partner that didn't want to do this with me (don't think I could've watched someone eat queso in front of me and not caved). Or if I didn't work from home - the sheer amount of time spent meal prepping, planning and cooking was crazy!

    I liked this! I have very positive feelings about this experience and it was a great way to jump start 2019 to be a healthier and happier year. I will take a lot of the things I learned during this challenge and apply them to my day-to-day life to continue being healthier, and treating my body with the respect and the care it deserves. This gets lambasted for being a "fad diet" that doesn't "keep the weight off" but again, if that is your goal - you're kind of missing the spirit of Whole30 (in my humble opinion). If you think you can do Whole30, drop 10 pounds then eat pizza or fast food all the time and keep it off, then that's on you not this program. However, it's a great way to evaluate what and how you eat and really force yourself to look that dead on and make the changes you need to feel better.

  • Kristie

    I didn't read this book in-depth. I started out reading, realized that I would never be able to maintain a diet this stringent, and started skimming over parts.

    There is a lot of information in this book, from the basics (How to roast a whole chicken) to the creative (how to cook eggplant or sweet potato to use in place of your burger bun). It also includes many delicious recipes. Many I will try...enough that I might be tempted to buy the book to have on hand, not enough to make me stick strict

    I didn't read this book in-depth. I started out reading, realized that I would never be able to maintain a diet this stringent, and started skimming over parts.

    There is a lot of information in this book, from the basics (How to roast a whole chicken) to the creative (how to cook eggplant or sweet potato to use in place of your burger bun). It also includes many delicious recipes. Many I will try...enough that I might be tempted to buy the book to have on hand, not enough to make me stick strictly to the diet. In my mind, that is good enough. Make a few small changes and they add up. Eat some yummy healthy foods and maybe you want to do so more often. This is not what the book claims. They want you to follow the diet to the letter. If you mess up, even a little, you should start all over at day 1. Don't make any foods, even with approved foods, that resemble cheat foods or you may crave them more and you won't be retraining yourself properly.

    For me, this diet is simply too strict and would be too time consuming. I'm sure there are many, well some, people that would try it and be able to stick with it. Some of those people may even love it. I'm sure they'll feel better and be healthier than I will. For me, eating delicious foods is part of enjoying life and I don't like to cut anything completely out of my diet unless it is absolutely necessary or won't really be missed. I do try to eat relatively healthy, but certainly not to this extreme.

    If you are a health fanatic, this may be the perfect book for you. Or if you have certain health conditions that require you to follow a strict diet, this may work for you as well. It was simply a bit too much for me.

  • Meghan

    I read this in preparation for doing their plan starting next week, so I don't feel like I should rate the book until I've completed the 30 days. That said it makes nutritional sense, has a nice layout, and the sauce recipes!!! It's so hard to find good sauce recipes without a ton of added junk. Looking forward to seeing how this gradually affects my half marathon training. Hopefully for the better!

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    Update, Whole30 Day 1: It's 11:31 a.m. and I am lucky enough that part of our catered lunch at

    I read this in preparation for doing their plan starting next week, so I don't feel like I should rate the book until I've completed the 30 days. That said it makes nutritional sense, has a nice layout, and the sauce recipes!!! It's so hard to find good sauce recipes without a ton of added junk. Looking forward to seeing how this gradually affects my half marathon training. Hopefully for the better!

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    Update, Whole30 Day 1: It's 11:31 a.m. and I am lucky enough that part of our catered lunch at work today is edible on this plan. I brought two egg muffins (eggs, jalapeno, bell pepper, spinach, salt and pepper baked at 375F for ~20 min.) I made last night and heated them up at work for breakfast. Honestly, without cheese, they're a little bit meh. Definitely need to work on better spicing them—and maybe overcooked them a bit? Anyway, I ate those around 8:30 and I'm starving. Lesson for tomorrow: bring snacks.

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    Update, Whole30 Day 3: Last night I made

    , only I substituted some cold pressed apple juice and white wine vinegar for white wine when I deglazed the pan (worked fine). Delicious! If every meal was like that, I'd be set. Unfortunately, I can't bake a whole damned chicken every time I need to eat. Today, for instance, I was down at one of the Google campuses for a meeting during lunch, and while they have tons of lunch options, there were so few I could eat on this. I ended up eating a plain turkey burger patty with some lettuce for lunch. Not so inspiring. I think I may end up being one of those Whole30 people who starts toting homemade sauces around in my bag. Tonight's dinner: baked potatoes and cajun-spiced salmon filets. It'll be my first time using ghee for anything, and I'm not sure what to expect putting it on a potato. To be continued.

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    Update, Whole30 Day 9: I was trucking along quite nicely last week, and then the weekend hit, and with it,

    . I'm told by the book that this is the sugar leaving my body. It may also be my sanity leaving my body—I had zero energy whatsoever. Didn't cook, didn't grocery shop, didn't clean house, didn't do much but lay on my side and read some Thackeray and go see Star Wars for the third time.

    Fun fact: Honest Kids is a brand whose products I can generally eat on Whole30.

    Another fun fact: Most grocery stores' delis sell pre-baked whole chickens. Guess what I ate all weekend, with bagged salad?

    Monday rolled around, and I think my energy came back in the form of pure, un-distilled rage. Every little irritation felt amplified, every wrench in a socket derailed me completely. I think it's coming home how much I've relied on unhealthy eating or a glass (or...however many) of wine to cope with negative feelings toward the end of the day. Over a week in without any security blankets and I'm feeling very raw around the edges.

    This is supposed to pass. To be continued.

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    Update, Whole30 Day 11: First, this book has the absolute best guide to making the most perfect hard-boiled eggs ever. I've had a sort of inkling about the right way to do this for a long time, but this version comes out perfect absolutely every single time. (To wit: boil a small amount of water—just enough to cover eggs—to a rolling boil. Put eggs in the water, time for 9 minutes exactly. Remove from heat, put eggs in ice bath for 5 minutes. Peel under running cold water. Perfection.)

    Second, my mood is very slowly improving. Which is good, because my energy still isn't 100% back.

    Third, today's catered lunch had something I could eat!!! Absolutely delicious chicken breasts with caramelized onions that were so soft and sweet they were almost a sauce. I am far too impatient to properly caramelize onions at home, so I appreciate them done well elsewhere.

    Andres and I are going out of town this weekend for a couple nights, and while I can pack hard boiled eggs and plenty of snacks, it may end up being a challenge to find meals consistently that we can eat. Wish us luck.

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