A Dietician's Perspective on Whole30

A Dietician's Perspective on Whole30

The Whole30® diet has taken the wellness industry by storm – and for good reason. Toted as a program, this diet helps people reset their eating habits and live a healthier lifestyle. And if you have concerns about your weight, it may delight you to know that many people lose some pounds when following this diet too.

As the name implies, people who follow the Whole30 diet eat whole foods for 30 days --- no cheating!  So, instead of highly processed foods, refined carbs, and additives like carrageenan, you will find people following this diet eating foods like grass fed beef, fruit, and eggs.

What Do People Avoid On Whole30?

Following the Whole30 diet does come with some significant restrictions. Specifically, the foods that are on the Whole30 naughty list include:

  • Real or artificial sugars, including honey, maple syrup, and Splenda;
  • Alcohol;Grains like barley, rice, and quinoa;
  • Legumes like beans, lentils, and chickpeas;
  • Dairy foods;
  • Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites;
  • Corn;
  • Products that contain wheat;
  • Soy products (including soy sauce)

So, What Is Ok To Eat On Whole30?

Understanding that the list of no-no’s when following Whole 30 is quite elaborate, many may wonder what they can eat when following this diet. Thankfully, there are plenty of foods that are a-ok to eat, and most are chock-full of important nutrients that will help people feel good and healthy.

Some foods that are permitted on the Whole30 diet include:

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 How Can You Be Sure That The Food You Choose Is Whole30 Approved?  

Learning how to navigate the Whole30 diet takes a little practice and know-how. But as long as you keep track of which foods are on the do not eat list, you should be good-to-go.

And if you are ever questioning whether a food is permitted on this diet, the Whole30 Approved label is permitted on certain food products that are compatible with the diet program. Seeing this label on a food indicates that the brand and the product has been vetted by Whole30 and are within the guidelines they set forth.

And now Greensbury Market products proudly display the Whole30 Approved label to highlight how their items are totally ok to eat on the Whole30 diet. If you are one of the many people who need a diet reset and are ready to give Whole30 a whirl, know that you can now enjoy Greensbury Market meats, chicken, pork, and seafood on your wellness journey. So, cook up some organic grass-fed steaks, chicken wings, or wild-caught shrimp with confidence knowing that you are staying well-within the Whole30 guidelines when you are enjoying these high-quality protein sources. Bon appétit!


Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in human nutrition and is passionate about helping people achieve their nutrition goals. She currently acts as a consultant, food blogger, and freelance writer for outlets including Eating Well and POPSUGAR. When Lauren isn't working, she is enjoying the outdoor life with her daughter, husband, and rescue-pup.