What is the Whole30?

Have you been seeing #whole30 pop up all over social media? Have you heard about it and wondered what is the Whole30? Maybe you’re wondering why you should do the Whole30? Well we’ve just finished our very first whole30 and we feel pretty amazing! So here’s our low down, merrymaker style!

What is the Whole30?

It is 30 days of eating real food and cutting foods like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes. You may be thinking… isn’t that simply paleo? Well it is BUT with some key differences. There is no paleo-fying anything. No paleo sweet treats, no paleo bread, no paleo crackers… you get the picture right?  AND no physiologically unhealthy food, we think this depends on each individual, we cut out nuts for this one.

Ok, let’s stop focusing on the no list. The stuff you can eat is delicious fresh fruit and veg, nuts, seeds, eggs, coconut (yum), nourishing meats, poultry and fish. Just the simple real food. For the official ‘rules’ checkout the Whole30 site. If you’re not a fan of the word ‘rules’ continue reading! Oh wait, we forgot to mention our favourite Wholoe30 rule, NO weighing yourself (best rule ever! We haven’t weighed ourselves in over 2 years).

Why do the Whole30?

We did the Whole30 after Christmas and New Years. Our bodies were screaming for a re-set. We’d overdone paleo treats, eaten a little too much (occasional) dairy, too many nuts and too many alcoholic bevies (not crazy amounts, but compared to normal it was too much). Although we’d stuck to a 100% primal diet and mostly paleo we were not feeling our bests. It was time for a change.

The Whole30 is designed to heal our bodies and allow us to become even more aware of how our food choices can impact us. It will boost your energy and the metabolism, decrease inflammation, assist with food cravings and unhealthy eating behaviours (like going nuts on nuts). Oh and it will promote weight loss too.

Why can’t I eat a paleo raw cake on Whole30 but I can eat cashews, dates and coconut milk?

Good question! When we attempted our first Whole30 back in 2013 we questioned this and ate a sweet treat by day 5. We totally get the confusion and why we failed. BUT now we totally get why we have this rule! News flash, paleo treats are still treats.  You can still get fat eating paleo (read about how we put on weight eating paleo here). 30 days with no treats was hard… it was bloody hard! We’ve now realised that we were still eating far too many paleo sweet treats and that we can make even better decisions in the future. 

Delicious Whole30 recipes!

Need some Whole30 recipe inspiration? Boom! Whole30 recipes coming at chaaa!



Dinners/lunches (leftovers for brekky):

what is the whole30

Keep us posted on your Whole30 and remember don’t beat yourself up if you stuff up. Have fun with your Whole30 experience, try different veggies and cuts of meat. Learn about herbs and spices, how they can benefit your health and how they taste ALL kinds of amazing!

If you love baking sweets, put extra effort in to your dinner recipes and make them the standout! If you still need something sweet after din dins, then have some berries with coconut cream instead of your regular sweetie! Notice how you feel… and look at every day with the goal to be healthier than yesterday. You’ve GOT THIS!

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

Comments 8

  1. Thanks for the blog & recipes. I’ve been seeing this Whole30 EVERYWHERE &when googled found it hard to find anything other than the rules & places you could buy pre-packed food from (without having to pay a subscription or something – Google hates me haha) I would love to give this a go! Your recipes are seriously amazing & I love your Instagram feed. Keep them coming girls

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    Thanks Ashlee! Makes us SO happy to read this! Xx We really loved our whole30 it was a great break from treats… to just eat real whole food! It’s definitely changed the way we eat now and we’re feeling really good! Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  3. Hey ladies, mighty Xinas of paleo earth,
    love your verve and your commitment to all things paleo..well nearly all…
    Just a little there may be a small dent in ur unblemished paleo record. Above u mention ur Xmas whole 30 and the temptation to to indulge in healthy paleo treats. You also mention weight loss as a major concern in getting back on track. I

    Is weight loss a major emphasis in healthy eating /lifestyles?

    Correct me if im wrong, and I havent been around ur site extensively, Bbbbbut….. weight loss should be seen as a fringe benefit not the main result. Imsure u agree..Im just picky.
    But if that was all I read in isolation it could give the impression that ur just part of ‘weight loss’industry..(.heavily promoted by big food globally).

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    Hi Gareth! Not at all about weight loss here! About healthy eating (real food), healing and happiness. Weightloss is just a by-product for us. We’re health and happiness bloggers and our biggest message is to find what works for your and what makes you feel good. 🙂 Hope that clears things up for you! Thanks for your comment!

  5. Im still going….. day 5. Trying to stretch out meals and limit snacking. But I do get sick of nuts quickly so I have allowed a handful a day and kale chips…yummo
    One little thing which I just want ur opinion on cos I know the whole 30 moderators would say no but im really just doing this as my main problem was relying on paleo treats so im strictly not doing that but my partner makes tea 3 nights a week and he users splashes of tamari and honey in savoury meals. I know this isn’t allowed technically but I can’t push him too much in terms of rules when baking. .. already knows no dairy or grains so I don’t want to make it too hard. … do u think its pointless doing this then or if my main purpose is to wean myself from sweet treats then I should still do it????

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    Hi Jacque! You got this! <3 nice work! If you feel good with a little tamari/honey we say don't stress! Just enjoy the deliciousness that is being made for you! LUCKY! <3 Keep us posted with how you go <3

  7. Yay. Yeah I got this :P… I feel pretty good. In the afternoons I get a bit lightheaded and weak/shaky. But I found a forum post on whole 30 with lots of others that feel the same way and maybe because Im still breastfeeding I need to have more carbs than I think. So Im happy to have read that.
    Thanks girls. I will keep you posted. Ive been keeping a mini journal so far.
    I have my best friends wedding next month so that was the incentive I needed to do the whole 30. Plus my mum is doing it at the same time. So its nice to have someone your doing it with, even if we can only chat about it over the phone

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