Is whole 30 just another fad diet?

Although I have personally never followed this diet I have snooped around at recipes. They have very clean and healthy recipes that otherwise are delicious (seriously). Whole 30 is actually very similar to the Paleo diet that I talk about in a prior post.

Whole 30 Break Down

Whole 30 is another nutritional diet that removes highly inflammatory foods and drinks from your diet. Foods that are not allowed are added sugar and sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods ( remember how I said it’s similar to the Paleo diet?) Anyways, the goal is to eat Whole 30 approved meals during the day.

The overall goal is to help you have a better understanding of how the foods you eat affect you.

It’s a Diet Right?

Technically. Whole 30 is designed to eliminate certain food groups then reintroduce them again over a period of time. There is absolutely no calorie counting, starving or counting macros. This helps reset your body and helps find out if you suffer from food sensitivities. You also learn what foods work best for your body to function at an optimal level for 30 days.

Foods You Can Eat

Whole 30
  • Meat
  • Poultry (such as chicken)
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Fats (avocado for all you fanatics)

There are even store-bought foods you can buy, just make sure they have the Whole 30 approved sticker.

Foods You Must Avoid

Whole 30
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Grains
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Processed foods or additives
  • Baked goods or treats

Here are the rules for the diet that break it down better with more details.

Exceptions!

  • Ghee or clarified butter
  • Fruit juice (some products or recipes use it as a sweetener)
  • Certain legumes (sugar snap peas, green beans, and snow peas)
  • coconut aminos
  • Vinegar and Botanical extracts
  • Salt

The Benefits?

  • Increased energy levels
  • Weight loss ( not the priority of this diet)
  • Improvement in overall health
  • Clear skin
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Your digestive system is functioning better
  • Decreased cravings
  • You learn if you have any food sensitivities once you begin adding regular foods back in

Summary

This is a 30-day commitment to achieving the best you. Leave your excuses on day 1 and give your all. It is highly stressed by the creator to NOT slip up. No cheats what so ever and yes there will be days of struggling if you so choose to follow. There is also no such thing as a perfect Whole 30.