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Understanding the Whole30 Diet

What does Whole 30 mean?

Whole 30 is the term for a 30-day elimination diet. These 30 days involve avoiding certain foods, that according to the creators, can cause inflammation, cravings, and have negative effects on gut health and hormones.

Why would you try the Whole 30 elimination diet?

In 2009, the Whole 30 diet was created by certified sports nutritionists as a way to reset the body. Although it can be a side effect, Whole 30 was not meant to promote weight loss, but rather encourages the participant to listen to their body and understand how it reacts to certain foods. This is accomplished by eliminating foods that are considered to be problematic, specifically in areas such as cravings, inflammation, hormone regulation, digestion and the immune system. After proper completion of the whole 30 diet, you should have a better understanding of which foods agree with your body and which ones do not.

What are the Rules for Whole 30?

Because this is not designed for a lifestyle, it is to be treated more like a science experiment. For a period of 30 days all foods that are not on the approved list are eliminated from the diet. The focus is on eating real, whole foods that have not been genetically modified in any way. The idea is that at the end of 30 days, the body will be cleansed of toxins and will be “reset.”

After the 30 days have been completed; foods not on the approved list are reintroduced into the diet one at a time. The best way to go about doing this is to add a “new” food into your meal, and wait 1-2 days to notice if your body has any reaction to. Do not continue eating the food during this time, and do not add in any other new foods. Reactions to food could include (but are not limited to) the following: gas, bloating, inflammation, acne or changes in bowel movements.

What foods are allowed during Whole 30?

-All vegetables, including potatoes

-All fruits


-Nuts and Seeds


-Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

-Black Coffee

What foods are NOT allowed during Whole 30?


-Grains (corn, wheat, rice, ect.)

-Added Sugars

-Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, soy)




-Processed additives (carrageenan, MSG, sulfites)

-French Fries and potato chips

How does GSS cater to Whole 30?

If the Whole 30 elimination diet seems like something you’d be interested in trying, our staff is educated on all rules of Whole 30. When ordering on the website, there is an option to select “Whole 30” plan. We are always aware of which clients are participating in this plan and make appropriate substitutions for foods that are not included in the program.

As with any diet, following through on the proper eating is the hard part. Ordering from us during this time can be an easy way to stay on track with your goal of completing Whole 30. We will take all the work out of it for you, just heat and eat!

*A friendly reminder that we are not doctors here at Grace Savory and Sweet. If you are thinking about implementing a change in your diet, you should always check with a medical professional.


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