The Whole30 Diet: What You Need To Know
Whole30 is a diet program designed to change the way you feel and eat in 30 days. The concept is to remove all of the potentially inflammatory foods and beverages in your diet and eat three “clean” meals a day.
The main The benefit of the Whole30 Diet is that it encourages people to eat whole foods, which are foods in their most natural state.
That being said, Whole30 is a restrictive 30 day diet: you’re only allowed to eat produce, raw nuts, meat, eggs and some cooking oils — no dairy, sugar, or grains.
These are not allowed on the Whole30 Diet:
NO real or artificial sugar including items such as maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol and the like.
No grains including but not limited to wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat.
No legumes including beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts.
Also includes soy in any form including soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame etc
No dairy including cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products such as milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
No product containg carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
No baked goods, treats or anything that might be considered a “junk food”
There are some allowed exceptions to the above guidelines including:
Ghee or clarified butter
100% fruit juice
Green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas
The Whole30 Diet allows you to eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs. Also on the list is lots of vegetables, some fruit, natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings.
As a general rule you can eat foods that have very few ingredients, all ingredients should be pronounceable which can be quite a challenge in itself.
The ultimate goal would be to eat foods with no secondary ingredients because they’re whole and unprocessed.
One thing you should be aware before taking on the challenges of the Whole30 Diet is a recently released U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of diets designated Whole30 last.
An expert panel of over 20 registered dietitians, academics, and medical doctors found the program unsustainable and potentially unhealthy.
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