What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is a short-term dietary reset designed to help you examine the role of food in your health habits, physical health, and emotional well-being. The Whole30 is structured similar to a medical elimination protocol and consists of two phases – 1) a strict elimination phase (30 days) where food groups that are commonly problematic for some individuals are eliminated; and 2) a reintroduction phase where those food groups are systematically reintroduced to examine the differences.
It is difficult to make blanket statements about foods that may have a negative impact on you, because this is highly individualized. The Whole30 provides a framework to conduct a self-experiment on how certain foods may (or may not) impact you. The information gained from completing the Whole30 allows you to examine your relationship with food and customize a long-term dietary approach that helps you feel your best physically and psychologically. For more information, see whole30.com
"Working with Dr. Vickie on our first Whole30 was truly eye-opening. Not only were we confidently and kindly guided through the whole process, but the information was disseminated and explained in such a way that it was easy to implement every day. Without her coaching, I would have certainly abandoned this endeavor a week or two into it. Dr. Vickie is experienced and wise, but also totally down to earth and relatable. I highly recommend Dr. Vickie and her Whole30 coaching for individuals and families who love to eat well and are interested in feeling their best. It’s not as hard as I imagined, and it really is life-changing!" - Erica
Do I need to hire a coach?
Maybe? First of all, all the information you need to complete a Whole30 is available for free on the Whole30 website. So, you don’t need to hire me (or any coach) to complete the program. However, hiring me as a coach can be helpful if:
You feel overwhelmed by the idea of completing a Whole30 or are having a hard time figuring out the most important aspects of the program.
You need extra accountability and motivation to stay on track.
You want support and guidance from someone who is experienced with the program and has completed several rounds and reintroductions and is actively working on food freedom.
You have a history of emotional or disordered eating and want to make sure the Whole30 is appropriate for you.
You want to examine your relationship with food and how food affects your physical and psychological health.
You want to examine broader health habits, such as sleep, mindset, and managing stress.
What sets you apart as a Whole30 Certified Coach?
As a clinical psychologist, I have specialized training and experience helping individuals examine their relationship with food, change health habits, and make lasting behavior change. In addition, I have extensive training in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. When individuals are struggling with these disorders, it can be really difficult to take care of themselves both physically and psychologically. At the same time, some individuals find themselves coping with negative emotions and these conditions in ways that make our long-term goals more difficult (e.g., emotional eating, social withdraw and/or isolation, alcohol or substance use). These are all things that are treatable and can be addressed while working with me. My approach is based on research science and is collaborative and individualized. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I am one of a handful of coaches that can combine my expertise in treating psychological issues with the Whole30.
Disclaimer – The Whole30 is designed to change your relationship with food through various nutritional modifications and/or eliminations for a certain period of time, but is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or address any specific diseases or medical conditions. Prior to starting our work together, it is important to consult with your primary care physician. I am not licensed or trained to provide medical diagnoses, and no communication or guidance should be construed as medical opinion or recommendation. The Whole30 program and related coaching are only intended for use by healthy adult individuals and are not intended for use by minors, pregnant women, or anyone with an underlying health condition, unless specifically recommended by their physicians.