Dieting is hard. But there are hard diets, such as the Whole30 Challenge, that will change your body for the better as well as your relationship with food. The anti-diet diet involves eliminating all traces of grains, dairy, sugar and legumes for 30 whole days. That means no pizza, no alcohol, no chips, no yogurt, no cereal, no hummus—the list goes on—for 30 days. The best part about the diet is that there are no counting calories and no exercising (only if yo want to).
There are many reasons why one should consider partaking in the Whole30 Challenge. Here are 6:
1. You might lose weight — or gain muscle. Or both.
2. You’ll sleep longer and more soundly.
3. You’ll sleep longer and more soundly.
4. You’ll feel the difference between emotional appetite and real hunger.
5. Your skin will be brighter.
6. You’ll have fun experimenting in the kitchen.
When you’ve completed the program, you can slowly reintroduce the foods you’ve eliminated to figure out which are responsible for what ails you – be it low energy, bad mood or poor sleep. Successful Whole30 dieters have even reported that the program treats more severe conditions, including diabetes, fibromyalgia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the Whole30 website.
What You Can Eat: Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, nuts or seeds.
What You Can’t Eat: Sugar (including artificial sweeteners, honey and agave), alcohol, grains (including oats, corn, rice and quinoa), legumes (including beans, chickpeas and peanuts), dairy.
Easy enough? We found four recipes chock-full of Latin flavor to get your challenge started. You will be amazed at how filling and flavorful these dishes are!
Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salsa
Try the recipe by The Cookie Rookie.
Smoky Chiptle Paleo Barbacoa
Tryt the recipe by The Paleo Fix.
Chorizo & Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Try the recipe by I Breathe I am Hungry.
Grilled Flank Steak with Mango Chimichurri
Try the recipe by Oh Sweet Basil.