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Although Whole30 is rooted in some familiar wellness concepts (e.g. mindful eating, anti-inflammatory foods, paleo), the repackaging of these ideas into a 30-day plan has taken the diet world by storm. Following the program for at least 30 days straight means avoiding entire categories of food, such as grains, both natural and artificial sweeteners, legumes, dairy, and alcohol, and while that may sound limiting, they also provide an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and change the way you think about food altogether.

While it’s tough to say whether the specific tenets of the program are all true, there are some undeniable benefits. Paying more attention to everything you put in your mouth is always a good idea, as are loading up on vegetables and avoiding processed foods. Another positive feature of the program doesn’t even have to do with what you can or cannot eat. You’re also not supposed to weigh or measure yourself during your 30 days. Numbers on a scale don’t always render a complete picture of your nutritional health. Becoming more in tune with your energy levels and mood swings means making connections between your diet and how you feel. This can then lead to lifelong changes in your eating habits, changes whose positive effects can extend far beyond the 30 days.

And as always, be sure to keep in mind tried-and-true nutritional advice if you decide to undertake the Whole30 challenge. Drink lots of water and make up for any nutrient-deficiencies with plenty of calcium-rich veggies like kale and fiber-filled nuts.

Before you think this plan is too strict for you, check out these delectable, wait-THIS-is-Whole30-approved?! recipes.