Book Review – WHOLE30 – 30 Day Guide to Total Health

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Ever since I have worked from home I have been struggling with weight. In my search for a solution I found the The WHOLE30 guide “The Official 30-Day Full-Colour Guide To Total Health And Food Freedom”

I have done endless diets from the Cambridge Diet to Slimming World, and although both have worked at the time I have never maintained a healthy weight.

So I decided to change my mindset. I have chosen to eat healthier food rather than just trying to lose weight with the hope the weight loss will follow.

Now if I am completely honest, I had no idea that this diet even existed. All I wanted to do was to be gluten and dairy free and just eat more wholesome food. Thats when I came across The WHOLE30.

Whole 30 Diet Healthy Breakfast

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I searched Amazon and found The WHOLE30 guide.

It was almost like it had been written for me!

I generally suffer with bloating, constipation, anxiety, mild depression, lack of energy just to name a few, and this eating plan apparently helps.

Perfect, just what I need!

Now the other reason I loved this book was the hard hitting no nonsense approach.

It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black is not hard!

I actually laughed out loud when I read this, so at that moment on I just knew this was the book for me.

Think of the WHOLE30 as pushing the “reset” button on your health, your habits, and your relationship with food.

So that was it, I read the book cover to cover and wrote my shopping list.

What to eat on the Whole30 Diet?

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So I really went to town with this.

I immediately went online and ordered loads of



Lemons and Avocado.

What to eat on the Whole 30 Diet – Nuts and Seeds

Plenty of vegetables, I love cabbage, spinach, pea shoots and courgettes so this was not a difficult. Although I don’t think I have ever purchased so much green stuff in one go before. Now don’t get me wrong I have always eaten well, and never really eaten frozen food or takeaways, but never have I eaten this much green before.

What to eat on the Whole 30 Diet – Green Vegetables

Now this was all new to me. Gluten and dairy free produce. According to the very strict people at WHOLE30 you shouldn’t have soy, and you shouldn’t have quinoa or houmous. But as this is much healthier than I would normally eat I am breaking a few of the rules.

What to eat on the Whole 30 Diet – Gluten and Dairy Free

What is it like to be Gluten and Dairy Free?
Now my biggest issue before this diet was definitely bread. I absolutely love the stuff, and yes, it was always either a fresh white loaf that I had made, or the white sliced bread from the supermarket. I often would have 4 slices a day of the stuff. Yes of course I am not stupid and I know that is a big part of why I am now fat, but it is definitely one of my weaknesses. (Along with wine, which is another issue) . So changing bread was definitely the hardest thing, but the white gluten free bread in my opinion is not that great.

I think I was looking for an exact replacement, which it isn’t. However the seeded bread is actually really nice. I now only have one or two slices a day, but I top it with loads of delicious things such as poached egg, seeds, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes. Yummy. I haven’t tried it as a sandwich though as I think it would be too dry for my taste. But it is no where near as bad as I thought.

According to the WHOLE30 diet I shouldn’t drink soy so I am pretty sure my Lacto Free milk is probably not allowed. But I am drinking it in tea anyway. No it is not the same as regular skimmed milk which I used to have, but it is not that bad. I have been drinking it now for over a week and am not missing “normal” milk.

I tried the gluten free spaghetti and to be honest it was very hard to tell the difference between this and normal spaghetti – a definite win.

Will I lose weight on the Whole30 Diet?

You are not allowed to weigh yourself on this diet. Which actually I think is for the best. Normally if I don’t lose 3kg a week I give up! However, my stomach is definitely less bloated and you will be pleased to know I am much more “regular” than before. So something is definitely working.

Overall Whole30 Book Review

I love the book, I love the fact they don’t mince their words, however if you get easily offended it might not be for you. The aim is after 30 days to slowly add another food group back into your diet and look for negative changes to your body. That way you will know that you are indeed allergic to dairy, gluten etc. Do you feel more sluggish? Are you more bloated?

I will definitely continue with this book for the next couple of months. In fact I am already certain I will continue to use this for the rest of my life. It is a great way to restart your body with a boost of healthy food.

Maria is a stay at home mother and food enthusiast

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