Whole30 diet

Whole30 Diet

What is it?

Whole30 acclaims to restore your metabolism, boost your immune system and heal the digestive tract.

This diet focuses on foods that are not processed, such as fruits, vegetables, meats seafood and eggs. Whole30 prohibits sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol for 30 days and you are not allowed to weigh yourself or take any measurements during the 30 days.

The idea is to reset your metabolism and digestive tract. After the 30 days, you add back the foods you eliminated and monitor your body’s response (does it make you feel sluggish, bloated, foggy headed, etc.).

Advantages:

  • May help control blood sugar levels, which may allow you to have more energy by preventing sugar spikes and crashes.
  • May decrease sugar/salt cravings over time, as it can reset your taste buds.
  • Can help identify food intolerances or allergies through the elimination phase.
  • May improve focus and alertness.

Disadvantages:

  • Very restrictive and unsustainable long-term.
  • Eliminates whole grains which have essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals (B vitamins, selenium, iron, magnesium) that assist with turning food into energy.
  • May result in overconsumption of other unhealthy foods after the 30 days due to prolonged restriction.

Recipes:

Try out the Whole30 diet with the below recipes from Skinnytaste.

Information courtesy of Ashley Amaral, Registered Dietitian at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.

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1 Comments

  • Jennifer says:
    A main part of the Whole 30 is also focusing on mindful eating, identifying emotional eating patterns, non-scale victories and making healthy lifestyle changes. I think by focusing on only the food restrictions in this article you are missing the primary focus of the program.

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