The Program of How to Eat for Health

Whole30“It Starts with Food- Discover the whole30 and change your life in unexpected ways”


We are what we eat and drink.  As we see more and more chronic disease, autoimmune diseases, and allergic diseases affecting not just the elderly but children and adults of all ages, I continue to search for the key to this challenge.  Convinced it is toxins and lack of nutrients, the book: “It Starts with Food discover the whole30 and change your life in unexpected ways” and the web site has a simple program I encourage everyone to try. 

Regardless of your health condition, this is a program that will reduce inflammation, reduce immune stimulation, reduce leaky gut if it exists, and minimize the metabolic syndrome with it’s insulin resistance, leptin resistance and the glucagon and stress-cortisol challenge. 

Have you struggled to cut back or remove sugars or processed carbohydrates, or alcohol, or fats or salty foods from your diet only to stumble time and time again?  I have!  What we need is a simple realization that we are either eating something good for us or it’s bad for us.  Very few things are neutral when it comes to inflammation, insulin resistance and toxins in food.  Why is it so hard to eat right?  Our brains are in tune to ancient signals intended to help us store fat for times of famine. Sweet is good, fat is good, salty is good based on those ancient signals.  In our world of plenty though, where the food scientists have used this knowledge to get us to buy more product, we overeat. We eat simple sugars and carbs, hydrogenated fats, and salt in excess.  Our brain gets re-wired and our pleasure-reward-dopamine mechanism rewards us when we eat this way. RESULT: insulin resistance, and we store more fat, leptin resistance and we store more fat, and eat more. Add to this emotional and physical stress with increased cortisol the insulin and leptin resistance gets worse, we have immune suppression and lower thyroid function. 


We cannot exercise away poor food choices- I’ve tried!  It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating right. 


So what is this program?  Below taken from the website are the basics:


The Whole30 Program Rules

Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

No: Avoid for 30 days.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

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It’s For Your Own Good

Here comes the tough love. This is for those of you who are considering taking on this life-changing month, but aren’t sure you can actually pull it off, cheat free, for a full 30 days. This is for the people who have tried this before, but who “slipped” or “fell off the wagon” or “just HAD to eat (fill in food here) because of this (fill in event here).” This is for you.

  • It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
  • Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of doughnuts, there is no “slip.” You make a choice to eat something unhealthy. It is always a choice, so do not phrase it as if you had an accident. Commit to the program 100% for the full 30 days. Don’t give yourself an excuse to fail before you’ve even started.
  • You never, ever, ever have to eat anything you don’t want to eat. You’re all big boys and girls. Toughen up. Learn to say no (or make your mom proud and say, “No, thank you”). Learn to stick up for yourself. Just because it’s your sister’s birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, or your company picnic does not mean you have to eat anything. It’s always a choice, and we would hope that you stopped succumbing to peer pressure in 7th grade.

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I just LOVE the part where they say beating cancer is hard!  I would add caring for a severely autistic child is hard, loosing a child is hard, and yes you can do this.  Yes I can do this.  Let’s give it 30 days- no cheating!  


Dr. Paul






  • Paul Thomas, M.D.

    Dr Paul is not only doing this, but is doing it in conjunction with a 3 week cleanse offerred at Natura:

    I have lost 10 pounds in less than three weeks, have felt better than I have for years and you really don’t get hungry because you are eating nutritious real food. On the cleanse there are two days in the middle where you are liquid only, and these days you take extra protein, and nutrient fortified powder, so you won’t loose muscle or feel hunger.

    Dr. Paul

  • Thank you for sharing. I would love to do a Whole 30 cleanse, but as a vegan, I get a little scared of not having any legumes or tofu for an entire month. Sure, veggies have protein (and other important nutrients), but as a nursing mama, I couldn’t do without the extras. I wonder if there’s a plan (or maybe it’s just commonsense eating) that allows all whole foods.

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