All photos courtesy of the talented team at Nom Nom Paleo

Happy New Year, and happy January Whole30! We hope you’re enjoying our new website, the four “get started” tracks we’ve laid out for you on the home page, and all of the resources we have provided to make your Whole30 even more successful.

Today, we want to share with you one of our new favorite Whole30 resources—the amazing Food For Humans cookbook from our friend Michelle Tam (also known as Nom Nom Paleo). So here are four reasons why you (and your Whole30) need Food For Humans. 

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Reason #1: It’s Whole30-friendly

Food For Humans includes more than 100 everyday recipes, most of which are perfect for your Whole30 program. This, as you know, is a really big deal.

The Whole30 is all about eating real food—everyday food. We ask you to avoid baked goods, desserts, and treats for 30 days so you can break your sugar cravings and get to a place where food is no longer controlling you. So Paleo cookbooks with more dessert recipes than vegetable recipes just aren’t going to cut it (at least, not during your Whole30).

Food For Humans contains over 100 recipes—just 8 of which are desserts. A few of the sauces and dressings call for honey or some other form of added sugar, but she does her best to give you a Whole30-compatible substitute, like using a pitted date instead of honey in her sriracha. Which means the entire cookbook, right up to Page 249, is almost completely Whole30-friendly.

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Reason #2: It’s kid-friendly

Many of you are doing the Whole30 with your family—and by “doing” we mean “dragging them kicking and screaming.” Kids aren’t always psyched to give up their sweets and treats in favor of Brussels and broccoli… but no one knows that better than Michelle Tam.

She shares the story of transitioning her kids to Paleo in the book, and explains how they balance healthy eating with giving them some food freedom. And many of the recipes in Food For Humans are kid-friendly, like frittata muffins, plantain fritters, chicken nuggets, and Big-O bacon burgers… any of which will probably reduce the kicking and screaming. (It’s hard to flail about and whine with plantain fritter in your mouth.)

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Reason #3: It’s family-friendly

The benefits of the Whole30 extend far beyond just the clear skin, the weight loss, and the reduction of symptoms. In this Whole30 article, participants report they learned how to cook, grew closer to their spouses, created new family traditions. The program requires meal planning, preparation, cooking—all things that you can do with those you love, all things that can bring you closer together. And there is no better kitchen missal than Food For Humans.

The pages are engaging for kids of all ages. The sassy tone and humorous stories are entertaining for us grown-ups. The photos will keep everyone on track with their own kitchen tasks, and the cartoons add helpful tips in a colorful way. The entire family can get involved in cooking from Food For Humans, and your Whole30 can change not only your life, but the lives of everyone in your family.

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Reason #4: It’s foodie-friendly

You’re doing the Whole30, but the idea of subsisting on grilled chicken and broccoli… just, no. You’re a foodie. You eat face and tail. You smear your granny smith apple slices In goose liver pate, not almond butter. You know exactly what to serve with the pork belly you picked up at your local winter market. So you can’t imagine an “intro to Paleo” cookbook has anything for you. But you’d be wrong.

Michelle Tam is a herself self-described “foodie” (at least until she can come up with a better word), and the recipes in Food For Humans will impress even the foodiest of you. Crispy gizzard confit. Plátanos maduros. Whole roasted branzini. Roast pork belly. While these recipes are simple enough for even those new to Paleo cooking, they’re  exotic and scrumptious  enough to satisfy even a food-lover like you.

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Nom Nom on Some Food For Humans

We’ve been cooking from Food For Humans since we received our advance copy, and we’ve been wholly thrilled with everything we’ve tried. (Especially Atticus. He loves her Korean short ribs more than he loves chewing on my laptop cord. Which is so, so much.) We’re sure your family will love Food For Humans too—and that it will make your January Whole30 happier, healthier, and more delicious.

We’re giving a copy of Food For Humans to one lucky Whole30’er. Share one benefit you hope you’ll see from your Whole30 program, and we’ll choose one winner to receive a gorgeous hardcover copy of Michelle Tam’s Food For Humans cookbook.

Submit your comment by Wednesday, January 8th, and we’ll announce a winner on Friday morning right here on the Whole30 blog.

Order your copy of Food For Humans today. Happy nom-nom-nom-ing!

Published by Melissa Urban

Melissa Urban is a six-time New York Times best-selling author who specializes in helping people establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate habit change. She has been featured by the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and ranks #19 on Greatists Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on boundaries, building community, health trends, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

Melissa Urban

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Melissa Urban is a six-time New York Times best-selling author who specializes in helping people establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate habit change. She has been featured by the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and ranks #19 on Greatists Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on boundaries, building community, health trends, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.