2. Whole30 Rules: Part 1
Of course any healthy diet program must have rules, and Whole30 does have quite a few of them. We’re not surprised at this either because anything claiming to offer “total health and food freedom” must have some parameters. Here are the foods you cannot consume during the Whole30 program: No added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. That means no maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar or any other kind of sweetener. No alcohol or tobacco, even for cooking, which could perhaps be one of the hardest rules for many people to follow.
No grains, even ‘heathy grains’ and gluten-free grains like quinoa and oats are off limits. No legumes, this means no beans of any kind and also no soy (tofu, edamame, soy sauce), no peas or peanuts…and sadly no peanut butter. No dairy, this includes cow, sheep and goat products. No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites (you’ll have to check labels closely for these ones). And the last rule, no recreating baked goods or treats with Whole30 approved products. The point is to eat whole foods.