Whole 30 with Me!

Hello! I am leading another  Whole 30 group starting May 1st, 2018 and I would love for you to join me! (this post contains affiliate links via my affiliation with  Amazon.com)

Why Whole 30?

Quite honestly I never look or feel as good as I do when on the Whole 30 eating plan. Oh, and I can’t button these pants anymore…

Whole 30 with me!


Yep they were loose in May and now they are tight. I would love to tell you the sole motivation for my Whole 30 Challenge is health, vitality and well being, but I am as vain as the next girl and I want to fit my jeans. That said health, vitality and well being are the top three reasons…the jeans are the fourth!

What is Whole 30

Whole 30 is an eating plan that eliminates the foods that are most likely to cause inflammation, belly distress, hormone disruption and emotional eating. In other words: sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes, soy, artificial colors, sweeteners and fillers. If you have aches and pains that are troublesome, are having a hard time losing weight, or suffer from a health condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) the symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

You eliminate them for 30 days. Cut them out completely and see what happens. What usually happens is within the 30 days? Your life changes. You make the connection between what you are eating and how you feel. You make the connection between energy levels and what is happening in your gut. You sleep better. You feel better. You look better. The reason we do it for 30 days? First, science. If you have sensitivities to certain foods it takes about 30 days for your body to begin to lose the inflammation those foods cause. Also, it’s do-able. Short enough to make people feel like they can commit, and long enough to feel and and see changes. After 30 days you slowly and methodically add foods back in and see what foods cause you trouble. Then you stay away from those and enjoy the rest! At the very least you realize you aren’t helpless when it comes to how you feel. You hold the power to feel better. When you realize this, your life changes!

How You Can Prepare Now

The very first thing to do is get one or both books and read them: The newest version is Whole 30: A 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (affiliate link) includes a summary of the program, updates and changes, and a lot of new recipes. The older version “It Starts with Food” (affiliate link) is definitely for those of you that want to know the science behind what you are doing. It goes into great detail about each and every step of the plan. So you choose. They are both informative and will give you great education about how certain foods have an effect on body, brain and emotions. And while I will be posting Whole 30 friendly recipes every week throughout September, it would be great to have the recipes in the books too! You have just over two weeks. Get the book now so you are ready to roll on May1st!

Why Do it Together?

There is something to be said for support. For knowing that other people are cheering you on, holding you accountable, and can relate to what you are experiencing. By following along here on the blog, asking questions in the comment section, sharing recipes, triumphs and set backs etc…we can all support each other! I will be offering tips, suggestions and starting a Whole 30 Pinterest board and Facebook Group to help you along the journey! So grab a spouse, a friend, a co-worker, send them the link to this page and get on board the Whole 30 train! We can do this together. And quite frankly I want to know you are behind me too!

What We Will Be Eating:

We will be eating some delicious food! Lot’s of veggies, protein, healthy fats and some fruit. This is but a sampling of what you have to look forward to!

Whole 30 with me!


It will all be delicious and you don’t have to eat anything you don’t want! I will get into more detail in the next blog post about how to prepare, what is ‘legal’ and what is not and will even discuss some of the ‘grey’ areas. I will also post my suggestions for succeeding on your first Whole 30! If you haven’t yet, sign up for my email list so you get all the recipes and Whole 30 updates.

So What If I Want To Find My Triggers without Sacrificing My Favorite Foods for a Month?

If you simply want to cut to the chase and find out exactly what foods trigger your issues without doing a 30 day elimination diet, I recommend using the EverlyWell food sensitivity kit to find out what foods trigger your physical symptoms. It’s very simple, you order the kit, administer at home, send it to a lab and they screen you for 96 food sensitivities. EverlyWell also has home tests for thyroid, testosterone and more. My followers can get 12% off EverlyWell’s At-Home Health Tests using code EVERLY

So Now What?

Comment below letting me know you are in. Invite a buddy, read the Whole 30 book and enjoy the holidays. Be sure to check the blog every few days for new info and if you signed up for my emails (please do:) be sure to read them! If you would like to, feel free to follow The Organic Kitchen Whole 30 Pinterest Recipe Board and The Facebook Support page! You can check out my tips for “How to Do A Whole 30 Without Losing Your Mind” for suggestions and guidance to make your Whole 30 a success!


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152 thoughts on “Whole 30 with Me!

  1. Jay and i are in! i’m excited, he’s apprehensive (scared). Jays favorite food group is sugar so we’re gonna need a lot of suggestions there. Thank you for all your support and work on our behalf. Love you!

  2. I’m it Linda! I’ll buy the book tomorrow. I want to be and feel my best for my upcoming Yoga Teacher Training starting on the 9th. Love what you do and stand for. xo

  3. I am in for sure… Did it back in 2013 and lost 30 lbs. It’s not easy and takes dedication but I never felt better in my life. Thanks for taking the lead and guiding us. xoxo

  4. Linda ~
    So glad you are posting Whole 30 recipes. That was our plan for the new year anyways – so we will enthusiastically embrace whatever you post. Look forward to doing it with you!

    I always feel better when I follow the Whole 30 plan.

    Thank you for inspiring so many with your food blogs!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. I love Whole30 too and am planning on fitting it into the Adrenal Re-set in January (I need a few more carbs than Whole30 allows because of some adrenal/thyroid things since having my last baby, but will be following very closely!). If anyone can make Whole30 taste good it’s you! Looking forward to seeing your plans!

  6. I’m in! I actually bought the book this morning after learning that my 1 year old is allergic to corn, on top of being dairy and soy intolerant. I started wondering what I was going to feed my child. Pretty much everything processed has corn of some type, so this is the best thing I can do. If she can’t eat it, it will not be in my house!

  7. I will give it a try. But working has always get in my way of healthy eating. Hope Whole 30 can offer manageable cooking. Can kids join in too?

    • Hi Joanna, I won’t sugar coat it for you, Whole 30 requires a lot of prep and cooking but I have known many people that succeed even though they work full time. It’s all about the prep. I just posted tips for success and will be posting suggestions for prepping freezer meals, soups etc that make Whole 30 much easier to manage. If you follow the tips provided in the book and on my blog you will be able to do it. Your kids can eat everything on whole 30!

  8. Me & my sister are in! Got the book and ready to try something new. I saw this whole 30 thing on dr oz show months ago but now i actually get to do it! Happy to be onboard 🙂

  9. I’m in, but very nervous. We have a cow, and her milk and cheese are a big part of our diet. But I need to curb my sugar addiction and get my teeth healed. Thank you for the support!

  10. Hi Linda, I am going to buy the book today and try to get through it next week! I’m in and putting the hubby and kids in too!!

  11. Love your blog and info. I’m in for Jan. 1st. This will be my 3rd round and I really want 2016 to be more balanced and less back and forth.

  12. I’m in & so excited for the support! This will be my 3rd whole 30 & it truly makes me feel so much better physically & mentally! Time to get preparing!

  13. I know I’m a bit late to sign up but would love to join the group. This is my husbands and my 3rd round of whole30 so we are familiar with the program. Would love to have a support group!

    • Hi Barb. Whole 30 is an ‘all in’ kind of thing. The concept is that to get at the root of inflammation, health, digestion, and energy level problems as well as learning to deal with the causes of emotional eating etc, strict compliance is necessary. This isn’t about weight, although in every single group I have lead people lose quite a bit, it’s about getting to the core of what ails you. Eliminating all the common ‘triggers’ for 30 days and then slowly reintroducing those foods to see if you have a reaction to them is the point of the program. I would love to have you on board but just want to be honest with you about how it works so there are no surprises! I highly recommend reading the books. The books explain how and why it works, if you don’t understand why strict compliance is necessary, you won’t stick to it. Anyway, head over tot he facebook page for more resources and support! We don’t start until the 1st so you have time to think it through.

  14. I am very excited to have seen this and I am in!!! I wanted to start this months ago but was so overwhelmed and discouraged and didn’t try. I am ordering the book tonight. Look forward to doing this together! =)

    • Amber since you will be starting before reading the book I recommend that you head over to the facebook page and join. Then I recommend that you head over to the Whole 30 website and get aquainted with the rules. At least you can get started with the group while you read the book:)

  15. I was already planning on doing whole 30 in January so I was super excited to see that a group was doing it as well! I did it last year and lost 12 pounds and never felt better! I can’t wait to start again!

  16. I am in and have started this past Monday, January 9 2017. Its good to work with a group and share. I did this last Spring and felt so good, need now to follow the plan and not slip back to old habits. Following the plan is easy because the food is so tasty and good for you. Tiger blood is the best, I got so much done.

  17. Hi! I’ve just landed on your page via your Jalepeno Turkey Burger recipe! I can’t find a date on your posts, so I’m not sure if they’re super old or not. 🙂 If not, I noticed you’re starting another Whole 30 group in March and that’s when I’ve decided to start Whole 30! Can I join in?


  18. I am on day 21 of my first whole 30. Was looking up recipes for Cinco de Mayo and found you. Always looking for great new recipes. – Luann

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