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January Whole30- Who’s In?

First of all, you may be asking yourself, “what is Whole30?”

The Whole30 a nutritional program designed s a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. For 30 days, you will cut these foods from your diet and learn how the foods you have been eating might be affecting your hormones, gastrointestinal system, and your overall energy levels. But don’t worry, you don’t have to restrict your favorite foods forever…it’s only 30 days!

There are pros and cons to cutting out entire food categories from your diet, and it’s not for everyone. However, there are a large number of people who find themselves sensitive to foods that contain grains and dairy. One item that I strongly believe is important for EVERYONE to reduce or eliminate is ADDED SUGARS.

Added sugars are so detrimental to our entire body and we will all benefit from cutting the consumption of items containing added sugars (other than the obvious, think flavored yogurts, some energy/protein bars, cereals, coffee drinks, etc.)

Each week, I will be posting meal plans for this program, so feel free to jump on the bandwagon with me. At the end of the challenge, I will consolidate it into one large post, where you can reference the recipes from time-to-time. 

Let’s get started!

If you would like individual support, please email and we can develop a personalized plan for you!


To learn more about the Whole30 program, click HERE

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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