Last week, we joyfully announced our newest project: our next book, all about the Whole30. It’s called (appropriately) The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, and it’s the official guide to the Whole30 program, start to finish.
Yes, we know, it’s very exciting.
It officially comes out on April 21, 2015 in both hardcover and e-book formats. We gave you the details in our announcement (including how to pre-order The Whole30), but you still had some questions. So here is a little more information about our newest project, and how The Whole30 will help you, your friends, and family members prepare for the program, cook your way through 30 delicious days, and achieve the same life-changing results that thousands of people have reported.
(Note, this will be a living document, updated as we get more information and as you ask more questions. Bookmark this page and check back in every once in a while to see what we’ve added.)
How is the material in The Whole30 different from what’s offered on your website?
Great question! Yes, we do have a ton of free information available on whole30.com, so do you really need an entire book about the program?
Yes. You really do.
While some of the basic Whole30 information from the website is included in The Whole30 (like the program rules, why we exclude certain foods, and the famous Whole30 “tough love”), the vast majority of material in The Whole30 was created just for this book.
We’ve greatly expanded how to get started with the program, how to navigate the Whole30 if you’re the only one participating in your household, and what to expect on a day-by-day basis with the Whole30 Timeline. We’ve also documented our full reintroduction protocols and given you sample schedules and an extensive Reintroduction FAQ for the first time ever.
And there’s a giant section all about SWYPO and the psychological challenges of the program. Want your Whole30 to be stunningly successful? You’ll really want to read this.
We’ve also written a new section guiding pregnant and breastfeeding women through the program, simplified our Whole30 protocols for those with autoimmune conditions and chronic diseases, and an created an extensive “Everything You Need to Know,” covering things like supplements, meal planning, dining out, and troubleshooting your Whole30. In addition, all but two of the 100+ recipes are completely new, as is the entirety of Part 2 (Whole30 Kitchen Basics), which walks you through how to outfit your Whole30 kitchen and teaches you helpful cooking techniques.
How is The Whole30 different from It Starts With Food?
Our first book, the New York Times best-selling It Starts With Food, was designed to outline the science behind our basic nutrition recommendations. We discussed our Good Food standards, which food groups fail those standards and why, and which foods we think you should be including on your plate on a daily basis. We talked about the Whole30 (outlining the rules and the basics), but didn’t give you details about exactly how to complete the program because It Starts With Food is about our big-picture nutrition recommendations, and our encouragement to use the Whole30 to figure out for yourself which foods made you more or less healthy.
For many, It Starts With Food created enough of a spark to propel you straight into our Whole30 program. But in the two-plus years since we released the book, we’ve increasingly heard the same sentiment from a growing number of people. “It Starts With Food was great. I get it. I really want to make changes. But how do I actually do this?”
The Whole30 provides the comprehensive answer to that question, walking you through the program rules, preparing you for your 30-day journey, explaining a typical program day-by-day timeline, and featuring an extensive FAQ, cooking tips, and more than 100 delicious Whole30 recipes created by Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Richard Bradford.
Is The Whole30 going to be an audiobook too?
To be honest, we’re not sure yet. The first half of the book would make for great audio material (and we had such a great time reading It Starts With Food that we’d definitely be up for the task). However, the rest of The Whole30 won’t work well in audio format, unless you want to hear us reading temperature guidelines for the perfect steak or the ingredient list for our Seared Salmon Benedict. Stay tuned on this one, as we’ll have to chat more with our publisher (the esteemed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) about whether it makes sense to publish any portion of The Whole30 into audiobook format.
Will The Whole30 be published in other languages?
The Whole30 will be published in English in the U.S. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Canada (Penguin), and the U.K. (Yellow Kite). At this time, we also have publishing secured in Germany (Mosaik) and Brazil (Sextante). As we arrange for additional translations, we will add them here.
Are you coming to my city on your book tour?
We are still working on our tour schedule and cities, so we’re not sure exactly where we’ll be (or when) just yet. The only date we have for sure is Friday, April 24, 2015 in Austin, TX, where we’ll be doing a signing at Paleo f(x), and Melissa will be giving a presentation on friends, family, and food. Get your tickets now–this event will sell out fast!
UPDATE: Some dates on the book tour have been finalized! More coming soon.
Do I have to wait until The Whole30 comes out in April to start the Whole30?
Absolutely not! In fact, we’re running a site-wide Whole30 program starting on January 1, 2015 that promises to be the biggest one ever! We have a ton of resources available (outlined below), so here’s your plan: complete the program in January, ride your own bike for a few months, then come back and reset with us again in May (just in time for summer!) using The Whole30 as your guide.
In the meantime, you’ll want to read our first book, It Starts With Food (now available as an audiobook!). This will give you a foundation for the Whole30, and shares the science behind our four Good Food Standards and “less healthy” foods. (And will ensure you hit the ground running with Whole30 #2 in May!)
Next, sign up for the Whole30 Daily, our 32-day subscription service, delivering helpful hints, resources, and motivation to your in-box every day of your Whole30. In a survey of more than 1,300 subscribers, a full 99% (technically 99.4%, but who’s counting?) said they would recommend the Whole30 Daily to other Whole30’ers. Register now and select January 1st as your start date.
Finally, stay involved in our community by signing up for our free bi-weekly Wholesome newsletter, registering for our free Whole30 Forum, and joining in on the discussions on Whole30 social media. (Oh, and want some recipe inspiration? Try @Whole30Recipes on Instagram!)
So there you have it—your perfect plan for total health and food freedom all the way through summer! Make 2015 your happiest and healthiest year yet.