What is the Whole30 diet?
Whole30 is a paleo-inspired elimination diet framed as a nutrition reset. Subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/c/Nourishable.
The Whole30 diet eliminates all grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, added sugars and seed oils for 30 days, then food groups are reintroduced to try and identify individual food sensitivities. After the 30 days, individuals are encouraged to eat Whole30-ish for the rest of their lives, and go through another round of strict Whole30 if they feel they need another nutritional reset. There haven’t been any direct studies on Whole30 outside of company surveys, so the best we can do is compare it to paleo diet studies and other literature on the sustainability of diet and lifestyle programs. There are characteristics of Whole30 that I support, but also characteristics that I don’t support. I support the elimination of added sugars, consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables, focus on healthy monounsaturated fats, recommendations for mindful eating and emphasis on home cooking. This diet is not effective for identifying gluten sensitivity, I worry that there would be overconsumption of saturated fat and feel that whole grains and legumes would be forever demonized. My biggest questions are regarding the effectiveness of this diet to identify food sensitivities and the strict month-long nature that I think will contribute to a yoyo in health. Overall, the changes that last are the changes that matter.
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