Your Essential Guide To The Whole30 Diet

Wed, Sep 13th 2017

Z Living Staff

3 mins read

The Dr. Oz Show on Z Living features an episode looking into the Whole30 diet, where the doctor chats with co-creators Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. For viewers and readers who want to review the main points of the comprehensive program, we put together a simple guide to the essentials of the Whole30 diet. 

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What Is The Whole30 Program? 

Essentially, the Whole30 diet consists of stripping food groups that have a negative impact on your body from your diet. Co-creator of the program, Melissa Hartwig explains how to get started saying, “Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood-sugar disrupting, gut damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing.”

Also on Z Living: What Is A Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet? Check Out Our Guide

The Rules Of The Whole30 Diet

The program consists of putting you on a diet of moderately portioned meals, comprised mainly of meat, seafood, eggs, and a lot of vegetables. Natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings are all your friends. In the official Whole30 rulebook, Hartwig advises, “Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.” 

Here’s A Rundown Of All The Things NOT To Do On Whole30:


  • Consume added sugar, artificial or real
  • Consume alcohol, or cook with it
  • Eat grains
  • Eat legumes
  • Consume dairy, carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
  • Consume baked goods, or junk foods
  • Step on the scale or take any body measurements for 30 days

Also on Z Living: 5 Unexpected Ways A Cleanse Can Improve Your Life

The Health Benefits Of The Whole30 Diet

Now, we know there are a whole lot of things listed above, and swearing off all of them will turn your diet upside down. However, swapping all of those inflammatory and problematic ingredients from your diet is said to improve your energy, digestive system, sleep cycles, skin, blood pressure, cholesterol and so much more. Those who get migraines, asthma, and joint pain are all said to have improved symptoms after doing Whole30. With that in mind, it’s important that you do not try and use the Whole30 diet to address any medical condition without speaking to a medical professional first.

Should I Try The Whole30 Diet? 

Similarly to trying a whole-food plant-based diet, or a hot detox cleanse, there aren’t too many downsides to trying the Whole30 diet. It eliminates foods that are proven to be harmful to the human diet. Meal plan, post on social media, and get into the process to help make it more fun. It’s life changing, and it’s only 30 days.


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