In April of last year, Whole30 advocate Shannon Colavecchio of Badass Fitness put together a hilarious (Un)Official Whole30 Glossary. Her post got us thinking – there are an awful lot of acronyms, words, and phrases that are unique to the Whole30-sphere. Since we’d hate for anyone or anything to get lost in translation, we decided to create the official Whole30 Glossary here, just for you.
In this list, you’ll find terms that are common here on the 9Blog, on our Whole9 and Whole30 Facebook pages, and in general Whole30 conversations on our forum. We’ve also included a few entries from Shannon’s original article… because they were just that good.
The Official Whole30 Glossary
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The Big Three: Gluten, dairy, or soy
When people accidentially (or purposefully) eat something off-plan during their Whole30, they’ll often ask if they need to start over. Consumption of the “big three” foods, even in small amounts, generally warrants a Whole30 restart.
Cookup: The act of preparing meals ahead of time
Many Whole30ers make a habit of batch-preparing and storing meals for the upcoming week during a “weekly cookup” (a term made popular in the cookbook Well Fed), generally on Sunday.
EVOO: Extra-virgin olive oil
You’ll see this in lots of recipes or on social media. It’s just a lazy way of saying “the very best, first-pressed, cold-pressed olive oil.”
FODMAP: Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols
These short-chain carbohydrates found in some foods are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, but can be fermented by bacteria found in the gut, leading to digestive troubles like gas, bloating, and motility disorders. The Whole30 is very adaptable to a low-FODMAP lifestyle.
Food With No Brakes: The less healthy foods you just can’t seem to stop eating
A term introduced in chapter four of It Starts With Food. Refers to carbohydrate-dense, calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods (like chips, crackers, cookies, or other sweets) that once we start eating, we just can’t stop.
The Hangover: Refers to Day 2 of the Whole30 Timeline
A short-term period when you literally feel like you went toe-to-toe with Jack Daniels – and lost. Our Whole30 Timeline will give you more details about what to expect during your Whole30.
Hangry: A combination of hungry + angry
That step past hungry, when everything other than food (and everyone in general) is completely intolerable. Some folks experience this during the first few days of their Whole30, but as your body gets used to running on stored energy, the blood sugar issues responsible for this phenomenon become few and far between.
ISWF: It Starts With Food
The New York Times bestselling book by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (creators of the Whole30 program and founders here at Whole9).
Kill All The Things (KATT): Refers to Days 4-5 of the Whole30 Timeline
The days during your Whole30 experience marked by significant crankiness. Our Whole30 Timeline will give you more details about what to expect during your Whole30.
OPF: Other People’s Food
The less-healthy stuff that other people (grandparents, teachers, sports coaches, and the like) want to feed your children. See these articles for details.
PreWO/PWO: Pre-Workout and Post-Workout
Refers to food or drinks consumed before and after a workout or exercise session.
SAD: Standard American Diet
A stereotypical western (American) dietary pattern: high-sugar desserts; processed foods; low fat, “sugar free,” food-like products; refined grains; fast foods; high-sugar beverages; etc.
Starchies: Starchy vegetables
Starchy, carbohydrate-dense vegetables like sweet potatoes, winter squash, turnips, rutabaga, beets, taro, yuca, and pumpkin.
The Pancake Rule
Our term for pancakes, cookies, muffins, and other “Paleofied” treats and junk foods, all of which are forbidden on the Whole30 program.
Tiger Blood: The downhill slope of your Whole30
The “finally, things are getting better/easier/happier” feeling many people experience in the last half of their Whole30 experience. Our Whole30 Timeline will give you more details about what to expect during your Whole30.
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Shannon’s Unofficial Glossary
EFPS: Empty Fridge Panic Syndrome
The feeling you get by Thursday afternoon as the food you’ve prepped for the week is starting to run out. (“Oh no! Do I really have enough to get me through the rest of the week?!”)
The Inquisition: The series of events that unfold when you attempt to place a Whole30-compatible order at a restaurant
A series of specific, detailed questions about food quality, sourcing, and preparation. (Is it really cooked in olive oil? Is there sugar in that marinade? Are you sure the steak isn’t slathered with butter? Etc.)
Tupperware Gluttony: The act of accumulating an excessive number of food storage containers
You see someone’s adorable new Lunchbots lunch box or Mac Daddy food storage case, and you feel a little jealous. “Damn, if only I had that, I could prep two more meals on Sunday!”
Do you have a term or phrase to add? Are you still lost in translation? Add your entry or ask your question in comments below.
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