Diets are tough. When we commit to a diet, we adapt our eating habits for a short amount of time in order to achieve certain results. Oftentimes, these results aren’t sustainable because we didn’t give our bodies enough time to adjust to new foods and habits.
At 8fit, we strive to help you reach your goals by suggesting new, healthy habits. In the app, you can choose from goals like lose fat, gain muscle mass or get fitter. Such habits can’t be learned and internalized in only 1 week, 2 weeks or even 30 days.
Understanding the Whole30 program
The Whole30 diet plan is one of those 30-day plans, similar to a 30-day elimination diet which serves to decrease cravings, promote healing and improve immunity.
For 30 days, you are encouraged to eat minimally processed, nutritious foods. The emphasis is placed on consuming moderate portions of animal protein like meat (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.), seafood and eggs. You are advised to eat plenty of vegetables, limited amounts of fruit, natural fats, and any herbs and seasonings you like.
When you “cheat,” you have to begin again at day 1 to ensure your body experiences true ingredient elimination. Here is a list of “off-limit foods” that count as cheating:
- Sugar/Sweeteners: table sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, stevia
- Alcohol: beer, wine, liquor, spirits, any alcohol used for cooking
- Grains: oats, wheat, rye, barley, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat
- Legumes: beans (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lime, fava), peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peanut butter, soy (soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame)
- Dairy: milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt from a cow, goat or sheep
- Processed ingredients: carrageenan, MSG, sulfites
- Treats that mimic baked goods or sweets: even if they contain approved ingredients
The 8fit approach is one of moderation, not complete elimination. However, if you would like to eliminate dairy, grains, legumes and other Whole30 list no-nos, it’s possible to adjust your meal plan to exclude those ingredients. Then, after 7, 14 or 30 days is up, you can select ingredients you would like to reintroduce.
Like Whole30 our nutrition philosophy is to encourage you to focus on healthy and nutritious foods with minimal processing in order to help decrease cravings, regulate your weight, balance your blood sugar, and prevent disease.
If you are interested in trying Whole30 (or something like it) we pulled some Whole30-friendly recipes from our 700+ recipe book. Here are our top 3 choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.
Search for them in the 8fit app and add them to your meal plan!
8fit Whole30 breakfast ideas
Try our Charred Vegetable Scramble, Tuna and Tomato Omelette, or Paleo Breakfast Taco.
8fit Whole30 lunch ideas
Do you have a hankering for something savory? Try our Kale Salad with Chicken and Apple, Turkey Lettuce Wraps, or Quick Tuna Salad.
8fit Whole30 dinner ideas
Take control at dinner time and make our Spicy Roasted Pumpkin with Chicken, Roasted Thyme Lamb with Broccoli, or Stir-Fried Beef and Vegetables.
Snack ideas from 8fit for Whole30
Make snacking less stressful by having Whole30-compliant recipes on deck. Try 8fit’s Paleo Salmon Sushi,Peach and Almonds, or Hard Boiled Egg and Apple.