For 30 days, the rules are:
No sugar or sweeteners (real or fake)
No legumes (including soy)
No grains (including rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc)
No gluten (or bread substitutes)
No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
No corn, peas, lima beans
1 month prior to starting your Whole30:
1. Read and research. The plan has simple rules, but learning them takes practice (like finding hidden sugars, sulfites, etc). All the program materials are provided for FREE at www.whole30.com . Spend time browsing the site and understanding the rules, check out the forum. https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ is the direct link to downloadable PDFs. Read the website to decide if Whole30 is for you. If you decide you want to go for it, and you can afford it, I recommend to purchase “Whole30” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig along with “Day by Day” by Melissa Hartwig Urban. Whole30 is available at Costco so you can get a great deal on it, until it sells out; it outlines the rules, gives you tips and explanations all in one place, as well as simple meals and cooking techniques. Day by Day is the journal which works with you to really hone in on what you are feeling, working through those cravings, and noticing more than just weight loss via looser clothes, things like improved mood, clearer skin, no afternoon slump.
2. Be honest with yourself. This is not a fad diet, it is literally an elimination diet (not quite as strict as autoimmune protocol (AIP)), designed to help you learn about how your body reacts to certain food groups as well as improve and heal your relationship with food. There are no “good” and “bad” foods, but there are better and worse foods for you. This is not a quick diet to drop pounds for an event; thinking of Whole30 as a 30 day quickie weight loss diet is already setting yourself up for disappointment.. Whole30 requires planning, work, commitment and change from you. If this is already “too hard” for you, evaluate why you started investigating Whole30 in the first place. If you still think all the non-scale victories your friends, family and people online have experienced are “too much work”, then you should probably do more research, and self-introspection before attempting a Whole30. Thinking of Whole30 as a 30 day quickie weight loss diet is already setting yourself up for disappointment.