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What is “Whole30” and Cary Restaurants That’ll Help You Get Started

(The Triangle Trend) — The terms “Whole30” has been around for a few years now, but if you haven’t done your research, chances are you don’t know what it actually means.

If you’re more knowledgeable than some, you at least know it’s a kind of diet.  Even more so, you’re aware that it lasts for 30 days. (Hence the “30” in Whole30). But aside from those little tidbits, what does the whole30 diet actually consist of?

Well as its name implies, someone following a whole30 diet must eat solely whole foods. Whole foods being vegetables (starchy veggies included!), fruit, seafood, eggs, seeds, nuts, unprocessed meats, olive oil, and coconut oil.

Different from a traditional diet, Whole30 doesn’t involve counting calories or macronutrients— so in theory, there are quite few restrictions. It’s a diet genuinely focused on making yourself feel better and promoting whole body wellness.

Some define the diet as an elimination diet program that temporarily rids your body of foods known to trigger unhealthy responses. Even more so, Whole30 isn’t even considered to be a diet or “weight-loss” plan by certain practitioners, who treat it as a means of changing their lives through the elimination of cravings and rebalance of hormones.

So you can also refer to Whole30 as a nutritional program created to stop unhealthy patterns and habits related to eating and stress.

While following this 30 day plan, you’re not supposed to consume any sugar or sweeteners (natural included), alcoholic beverages, grains, beans or legumes (peanuts included), dairy, soy, processed snacks, processed additives, or treats (including those prepared with whole30 ingredients!)

Since you’re supposed to be changing your mindset towards food, cheat meals or cheat snacks are nonexistent during this diet. But at least black coffee and clarified butter are both Whole30-approved.

So if you haven’t already noticed, Whole30 is nearly identical to the paleolithic diet. Except the latter is a lifestyle.

Benefits include losing weight, improved health, an improved digestive system, clearer skin, and more. So ready to get started? Here are the Cary based eateries that have been known to whip some absolutely delicious Whole30 approved meals.

CoreLife Eatery

200 Crossroads Blvd Suite 100, Cary, NC 27518

Delicious handcrafted salads, grain bowls, plates, soups and sides made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Prepared from scratch every day with real, whole foods and ingredients that are free from GMOs, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, and other artificial additives. Featuring fresh, hearty salads, grain bowls, bone broth bowls, warm rice bowls, soups, and protein-packed plates. Their menu is perfect for those eating vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, and more.

Clean Eatz

1856 Boulderstone Way, Cary, NC 27519

Meal solutions to nourish your personality and unique lifestyle. Dine in their café, take some of our prepared “Grab&Go” meals or order our weekly meal plan. Clean Eat’s meal plans give you the tools needed by preparing properly portioned sized meals with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Their meals eliminate the guessing, temptation, and lack of being prepared due to a busy lifestyle.

DICED (D3) Salads, Wraps + Bowls

7157 O’Kelly Chapel Rd, Cary, NC 27519

A counter-serve fast casual restaurant with health minded options. Freshly diced salads, wraps and brown rice bowls. DICED wholeheartedly believse in sourcing the highest quality (organic veggies, grass-fed filet, hormone free chicken, and homemade dressings) ingredients possible so that you are getting the best food for your body.

First Watch

1325 Bradford View Dr Ste. 110, Cary, NC 27513

First Watch is an award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch favorite that specializes in both traditional and innovative creations all freshly prepared to order. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. They don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers — we use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around.


1347 Kildaire Farms Rd Cary, NC 27511

Family-owned Mediterranean restaurant serving authentic Lebanese & Mediterranean cuisine in a fast-casual setting, with locations in Raleigh and Cary. Their meals are great for gluten-free or vegan or paleo etc.

PDQ – Cary

9025 Winston Hill Dr Cary, NC 27513

PDQ keeps things simple and does them the right way. No added steroids. No added hormones. No nonsense. Just delicious food that makes you feel good. Every morning they start from scratch with farm-fresh ingredients. Serving up homemade sauces and dressings crafted in house. Every day. Every hand-breaded tender, dreamy sandwich, and fresh salad is made-to-order in their open kitchen. Their beverages, condiments & extras are locally-sourced.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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