Day 2…thirty days!


Check out day one HERE

Our next step as a family, after beginning to eliminate processed foods from our diet, was to tackle a Whole30.

The very first one I did was in the summer of 2015. Ellie jumped in and joined me and ROCKED it! The rest of the family….not so much. HA! Bryan was traveling a lot so that made it hard for him and the other kids weren’t so sure about eliminating some of the foods they loved for thirty days.

Here are the basics.

  • Thirty days
  • No sugar
  • No alchohol
  • No grains
  • No legumes
  • No dairy
  • No MSG, carrageenan or sulfites
  • No baked goods or junk food made with approved ingredients


I know what you’re thinking.


No way, I could do that!

Hear me on this…it’s only thirty days. You can do anything for thirty days. Seriously, come on. You can do hard things.

And here’s the benefit…You are going to learn so much about yourself and the way that food makes you feel.

That information is priceless. And worth the thirty days. Trust me.

At the end of the thirty days, you add back in each of the excluded groups, one by one. See if they cause you any issues. If they don’t, toss them back into your diet and move along.

If you add one of the groups back and notice some ill effects, it’s time to evaluate whether or not you want to permanently eliminate that item from your diet.

For me, I quickly realized that gluten and dairy were NOT my friends. They shouldn’t even be acquaintances of mine. HA!

Can I have them from time to time? Sure. Not the end of the world. But to consume on a daily basis, three meals a day? Nope, my body rebelled. Gluten caused SO MUCH inflammation in my joints and body. The way I felt WITHOUT gluten was so obvious. If inflammation is something you struggle with, it is worth thirty days of your life to see if  eliminating gluten can help you.

Dairy…well let’s just agree to not discuss the effects of dairy. Jenifer is much happier without dairy. All we need to say.

If you want to know the WHY of Whole 30, then start with their first book called “It Starts  with Food”. For some, this may be way too technical and more than you ever wanted to know. I’ll let you be the judge. Definitely a great book!

If you just want some great recipes and the basics of the program, grab a copy of “The Whole30: The 30-day guide to total health and food freedom”. Check out their latest cookbook HERE!

My favorite page on the entire Whole30 website is the downloads page. So much great information! I printed it all out and took it to my local office supply store and had it all spiral bound together….cost me about $3 and then I had all the basics in one convenient place. Easy to toss in my bag and have on the go.

Two other books that I LOVED as resources during my Whole30 were by Danielle Walker….she is amazing! Some recipes require some tweaking but lots of great ideas!

You can read about Danielle’s story HERE and how she used food to help heal her body. AMAZING!

Interested in doing your own Whole30? Check out our Facebook group just for mommas! Everyone is always happy to answer questions there and cheer you on!

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