Simply Whole Challenge: Free 30 Day Program

by McKenna Gordon on May 12, 2014

I’m not talking about a few weeks of self deprivation and then going back to diet coke and donuts.

I’m not talking about a new fad that’s going to make you drop weight rapidly and then put it back on later just as fast.

I’m not talking about being a slave to counting calories and fat grams.

And, I’m not talking about an “everything in moderation” diet that still includes harmful, disease-causing ingredients. We don’t want disease in moderation, so we’re not going to eat any junk. This is for those who are at their wits end with low energy, joint pain, thyroid issues, being unable to lose weight, and feeling overall crummy. Those who are hungry and desperate for a real change, and who are ready to throw their excuses out the window and get to work on healing themselves.

If you’ve been following my website the last few years, you know that I have personally reversed several diseases including PCOS, endometriosis, type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, infertility, beginning-stage arthritis, and lost a lot of weight. Now after baby #3 has come along, I’m going to be losing my baby weight and teaching you how I have done all of the above.

By the way, guess what most of the above diseases are caused by? Inflammation! It’s all about eating to rid the body of inflammation and an acidic environment. It’s not difficult, it just requires a learning curve. During this challenge, I’m going to be sending you eating plans, exercise plans, and many simple, everyday tips for GETTING MORE ENERGY without stimulants and chemicals that deplete your body of minerals, which leads to disease or at least “dis-ease.”

I’ve partnered with one of my go-to fitness gals, Carissa Rasmussen of, who will be providing us with a fun daily fitness routine you can customize to your own needs.

If you have weight to lose, this is for you! (and me ;) )

If you don’t have weight to lose but suffer from:
pain and inflammation
heavy and painful or irregular periods
thyroid issues
unexplained digestive problems
low energy
type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes
any disease ending in “itis” (which means it’s caused by inflammation)

…this is for YOU!

Get ready to work hard while still being kind to yourself.

Gather a few friends: a tribe of powerful and positive women and men who are done with excuses and are ready to change once and for all.


Click here to register, we start May 19th!



What will the diet be like?
We will be following a 100% whole foods eating plan and going completely off sugar, grains, dairy (except cultured) and soy. We will be feasting on vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocados and eggs.

No grains, is that even healthy?
Eliminating grains for a period of time is necessary to rid the body of excess inflammation and an overly acidic environment. Especially when you are dealing with a condition caused by inflammation (like arthritis, any condition ending in “itis,” and any autoimmune disease.) Once the body has healed (your symptoms have gone away for several solid weeks, you have reached a healthy body weight, you feel great for several weeks straight, etc.), you can begin introducing some unprocessed grains back into the diet (for recommendations on which grains, Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D. is a good book to read.)

No dairy, is that even healthy?
Pasteurized dairy is highly acidic and causes a lot of inflammation in the body. If you’re lucky enough to have access to raw dairy, this is good in small amounts, some high-quality cultured dairy will be allowed during the challenge (example: raw kefir or unsweetened greek yogurt).

How much prep time will this take?
Prepping at least some food ahead of time will be a huge key to your success! The meal plans I’m including are so, so simple and require very little prep. The recipes are so quick I like to call them “Mother Nature’s Fast Foods.”

Is this for vegetarians? Omnivores?
Yes and yes. Meal plans will include healthy animal proteins which can be excluded or replaced with plant proteins.

What exercise equipment will I need?
Just a good pair of shoes! Carissa will be giving us some incredibly effective exercises that you can do anywhere, without the need for a gym pass or expensive equipment.

How much weight can I expect to lose?
This depends on so many factors. I can tell you that I’ve been doing this challenge myself for a week now and have lost 7 lbs., after several months of being unable to lose much at all. Your weight loss will be slow at times and faster at times, but PLEASE REMEMBER that this program is designed to 1) Reduce your inflammation which causes pain and auto-immunity; 2) Remove much of the disease-causing acid from your diet; 3) Stabilize your insulin and blood glucose levels, bringing hormonal balance; 4) Support the thyroid and other glands of your endocrine system; 5) Heal your gut, including wiping out candida and other harmful yeasts and bacterium in your digestive tract. When these things occur, you are going to be brought to a much healthier state. And one of the side-effects of “being healthy” is that you will naturally become your ideal weight. Best. Side-effect. Ever.

What if I don’t have an Instagram account?
YES, ABSOLUTELY! I’m mainly hosting this challenge on my Instagram account. Be sure to follow me there.  If you don’t have an instagram account, here are your 3 options:

1) Get one! It’s fun, easy, and you’ll get a lot of support from other Simply Whole Challengers there. Simply download it onto your smart phone from the app store and search for me and follow me: @totallyhealthyrecipes

2) You can still participate on Facebook, just let me know on the enrollment page that you are posting on FB instead of Instagram and I’ll check in with you on FB instead!

3) Seriously, just get an Instagram account! ;)

PLEASE NOTE: If your Instagram account is set to Private, I won’t be able to see your posts throughout the challenge, which will give you entries into the weekly prize drawings, and other participants won’t be able to see your posts when they click on the hashtag #SimplyWholeChallenge to give and get support from others. Just lettin’ you know :)


Click here to register, we start May 19th!


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Nanakat May 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I have created an instagram account, and can’t figure out how to post your photo onto my account. Nor can I see how to repost it from your account.



McKenna Gordon May 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hi Nanakat! From your phone, you can either:

1. Save the picture to your phone by holding down on it until a menu comes up with a save option. Once it’s saved to your phone, it should show up in your picture gallery, and from there you can add it to instagram.

2. If you know how to take a screenshot with your phone, you can screenshot the picture and then open the picture in instagram and post it with a comment that you type.

If you’re brand new to instagram, here is a great beginner’s guide:

It’s few minutes of learning curve, but so worth it!


Amy May 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I am so excited to do this challenge, its seriously just what I needed! I have been seriously slacking with my eating and exercise and I am hoping this will get me back on track. I registered about thirty minutes ago and have not yet gotten the email to confirm my email address. I’m just so excited to look things over and get started! :) I love your blog and have learned so much from you and Tarmarah the past few months! Keep it coming. haha :)


McKenna Gordon May 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Hi Amy! Hopefully you’re notified about this comment. Please check your spam folder, and if you’re using gmail, it probably went into either your “updates” folder or your “promotions” folder… because gmail thinks it’s SO smart and knows where you want your emails sorted. If you do find it in one of those, DRAG it to your “priority” folder, and then it will ask you if you want all my future emails to go to your regular inbox instead of getting sorted into lala land. :) If that doesn’t work, can you please let me know?


Lisa May 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

I have just learned about this new way of eating from a church member and I am truly interested. One thing I’m concerned about is having an Instagram; I cannot have one, because its seriously a luxury to own a cell phone in our financial situation. So how is the best way for me to get info from you and for me to communicate? If I can, I’d love to tell you what my body has wrong with it.

I’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, iron issues, the beginnings of scoliosis in my neck and herniated/buldging discs in various parts of my back. Oh, yes, I suffer from depression as well; who wouldn’t?! My husbands back is all herniated/buldging (from top to bottom), had 2 back surgeries and is disabled. He has 2 masses on his thyroid and waiting for a new Dr to do his surgery. We want to be healthy, but are on a very tight budget, even for food. We are greatful for anyone who puts in so much effort to making our bodies healthy and our minds happy. Thank you for all of your efforts! This is exciting!


McKenna Gordon May 14, 2014 at 12:40 am

Lisa, do you have a Facebook account? You can participate via Facebook. If you want to do so, then indicate that in the “instagram handle” field of the enrollment form and I’ll make sure you get what you need!

I’m so sorry to hear all the health troubles you and your husband are experiencing. These things are definitely tied to inflammation, and doing this challenge will help. Some can notice a difference within just a few days. Some bodies take longer to heal, but after 30 days you should be noticing some significant relief, and if you continue it longterm, you will probably cut quite a few medical costs down. At least that’s the experience of many clients that I’ve helped in the past. Good luck!


Patricia May 15, 2014 at 12:50 am

I am looking forward to starting your program. My friend Lisa, who posted just above me, sent me the link to your web site just a few days ago. I suffer from MS for the last 7 years and have been in a wheelchair for 3 years now. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a year ago. I was doing better on a gluten free diet until I broke my ankle on New Years and spent 4 weeks in the hospital. They didn’t have a gf menu. My diet’s been out of wack since then. I’m very addicted to sugar. I actually started a sugar detox that was previously planned today. Other than my sugar addiction, I eat quite a few whole foods but have been
very interested in whole food eating for a while now. I’ve read a lot about Paleo eating (you site didn’t say you’re paleo, but it sounds similar) and I’m on board. Looking forward to your guidance.


McKenna Gordon May 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

So glad you’re joining us, Patricia! I wouldn’t say I’m paleo. More like Nutritarian. It’s similar, except with less of a focus on meat and more of a focus on getting as many nutrients as possible with a focus on vegetables and fruits. This challenge is great for sugar addictions. Glad you’re here!


Kimberly May 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

I’m excited to join you for the Simply Whole Challenge. I shared it with my fitness facebook groups today (over 500 women) so hopefully some of them join us. :)


Kate Patterson May 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

So excited to start on Monday. I have a quick question: In the book you mentioned the Slim and Sassy supplement. Did you mean the metabolic blend, soft-gels, or the Trim Shakes. Just want to make sure I’m getting the correct products. Also, the LifeLong Vitality multivitamin you talk about, is it the pack, or am I missing it? Thanks!!!



Jana May 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

So…beans? You didn’t say no to them here, but you did in the e book. I just want to check. We have a really small budget and not being able to use beans as a cheap protein source is what kept me from finishing Whole30. We just couldn’t afford it. :(

Also, how often can we have cultured dairy like plain Greek yogurt?


Morgan Kennedy May 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi! It’s day three and I’m going strong! Quick question :) Can I eat sweet potatoes? They are one of my favorites!


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