My husband, Chris, and I did our first Whole30 in January of 2018. It was such a great way to get back to making healthy choices that we decided we would do it every January. If you’re not familiar with Whole30, here is a quick summary: It is a 30-day program that eliminates foods and beverages that typically cause inflammation in the body, including (but not limited to) sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy. Click here for a more detailed description. Yes, it is challenging, but it will show you how great you can feel when you fuel your body with nutritious food. While most people lose weight, that is not the point; in fact, my favorite Whole30-ism is “NSV” which stands for “non-scale victory.” These range from clearer skin to better sleep to more energy, etcetera. It’s so inspiring to read testimonials from people who have experienced huge life-changing benefits from doing a Whole30. For me personally, it is the best way I’ve found to kick the sugar addiction which I am prone to. It’s also just a great reset when I am eating too much junk food. In addition, I have learned that I am sensitive to dairy and gluten, so I limit those even when I’m not doing a Whole30.
As I approach the end of my fourth January Whole30, I have made a note of which recipes we enjoyed enough to add to our dinner rotation throughout the year. Here are 6 recipes to try even if you are not doing a Whole30: