Whole30 is a type of diet described as a temporary nutrition “reset.” What foods are restricted, and is it the right diet for you?
Whole30 is a type of diet described as a temporary nutrition “reset.” People following the diet stop eating certain food groups for 30 days, including:
The diet says that these certain foods may be causing you to be extra tired, have pains, or have skin issues without you realizing it. By not eating them for a month, you clean out your system and stop any bad symptoms related to the foods. After 30 days, you then slowly start eating the foods you cut out one food group at a time to identify which foods (if any) were causing you problems.
Whole30 cuts out some foods that we might be better off eating less of anyway. Think added sugar, alcohol, and many processed foods. As a result, the diet is lower in sugar and sodium. It might also be lower in saturated fat since one common source, dairy, is also on the no-no list.
There are a few reasons why you might want to think before you commit to a diet like Whole30:
For example, if you don’t eat any dairy foods (no cheese, no milk, no yogurt) for a whole month, you might not get enough calcium in your diet. You can get calcium from other foods, like dark leafy greens, but it takes time and effort to know which ones are good substitutes. And you’d have to eat a lot of those greens– 6 cups of raw kale or 1.25 cups of cooked spinach– to get the same calcium found in 1 cup of cow’s milk. Many people do not jump through these hoops to replace the nutrients they are missing out on. This diet might also be hard for vegetarians or vegans who rely on legumes and soy products like tofu as their main sources of protein.
After reading the pros and cons of the Whole30 diet, what do you think? If you are still interested, be sure to talk to your doctor or registered dietitian nutritionist to make sure it is the right diet for you.
Written by Taylor Newman, PhD/DI student | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD
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