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Whole30 101: The Pancake Rule

The History, Philosophy, and Revisions of the Whole30 Rule Inspired by Our Most-Asked-About Food Since the creation of the Whole30 in April 2009, we’ve always had a rule that eliminates baked goods, chips, and other specific comfort foods even if they’re made with Whole30 compatible ingredients. We call it the...Learn more about the Whole30 Pancake Rule—including it's origin, the logic behind it, and how it can help you maximize your Whole30 success.
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Ask a Psychotherapist: Does Diet Impact Mental Health?

By Integrative Psychotherapist and Whole30 Certified Coach Amanda Morris PsyD. If you are in crisis, don’t wait to get help, and don’t attempt to use nutrition as a first line of treatment. Signs of crisis include thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, at risk of being unable to care...Wondering how the Whole30 might impact your mental health? Dr. Amanda Morris explains her researched-based perspective.
Dear Melissa| Answering questions about your Whole30 and Food Freedom

Dear Melissa: Should I Be Afraid of White Potatoes?

Dear Melissa, Will you talk to me about white potatoes? I am reading It Starts With Food, where white potatoes are allowed but not encouraged unless you’re active. I read Food Freedom Forever and it made me feel like no foods are off limits as long as they are truly...Carbs from whole, unprocessed sources can be naturally satiating food-with-brakes (especially when combined with a healthy fat, like ghee).
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Finish Strong! 12 Tips For Staying Whole30-Motivated, Featuring Whole Foods Market

From Whole30 headmistress Melissa Urban, who has known for years that eggs + blueberries are a surprisingly delicious combination The last half of your Whole30 has its ups and downs. You’re excited about the changes you’re seeing and loving all the delicious food you’ve been eating, but you’re also getting...
Dear Melissa| Answering questions about your Whole30 and Food Freedom

Dear Melissa: Give Me Whole30 Weight-loss Hacks

Dear Melissa, I’m about to start Round 2 of my Whole30. Any suggestions on how to tweak it for weight loss? Maybe cutting out nut butters and Larabars… can you suggest other things to SEE (and not just feel) results? -Marie, on Twitter Dear Marie, My short answer is… no....The Whole30 isn't a weight-loss program... there are no hacks to fast weight-loss. But solid advice that may support weight-loss? We've got that in spades.

Whole30 101: Tiger Blood!

There is always a lot of buzz about the term “Tiger Blood,” in the Whole30 community, and through running this program since 2009, we've learned that the definition of Tiger Blood can vary widely across our community of Whole30'ers. A few years ago, we expanded our definition of Tiger Blood,...

Planning and Preparing for your Whole30, with Sarah Steffens (Part 1)

By Sarah Steffens, L.A.-based personal chef and official Whole30 Recipe Creative January is right around the corner and the the New Year is traditionally a time for cleaning up your diet, beginning your fitness routine, getting out of debt, finding the love of your life… the list goes on! It...

Cook Quickly, Eat Slowly: A Kitchen Mantra from Mel Joulwan

From Whole30 co-founder Melissa Urban: To say I Mel Joulwan is one of my favorite humans ever is an understatement. Mel has been one of My People since before the Whole30 was even in existence, and in a way, she grew and shaped the program right there with us, offering her...

The Pros and Cons of a Whole30-Plus (Replay)

As anyone who has completed our program knows, the Whole30 is physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. Still, some throw other challenging goals into the ring right along with completing the Whole30, like quitting caffeine or adding exercise. As we’ve observed over the years, this can be a highly effective strategy...
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