The Whole 30 diet began in 2009,
and has became a regular topic of conversation.
I like a few things about the program.
They encourage building a support network
and planning for success by stocking your
home with nutritious choices.
The encouragement of fruit and vegetable consumption
I also like that they encourage people to
toss the scale, not focus on weight and quote,
“find your way to food freedom!”
My apprehensions, however, lie in the
fact that the program is actually not very supportive
of food freedom.
The 30 day program cuts out whole food groups including
grains, legumes, and dairy products.
And because of the advice to limit ingredients
that aren’t pronounceable, some confusion
around the guidelines may cause people to
limit dairy alternatives as well.
Anytime you limit whole food groups without
a comparable replacement, there may be nutrient gaps
in your diet.
With this list specifically, soluble fiber,
calcium, Vitamin D, and several minerals come
I would also be concerned that the right and
wrong approach, especially when it comes to
snack foods, desserts and added ingredients
could encourage an unhealthy relationship with
It’s my opinion that foods shouldn’t be
completely excluded unless you don’t like
them, or there is a pertinent medical reason.
Now while 30 days may or may not lead to nutrient
deficiencies or an unhealthy relationship
with food, it is something to be
wary of before you start planning your next Whole 30.
While it’s not as sexy, a moderate
approach where you add in
fruits, vegetables, whole grains,
legumes, nuts and seeds, can
be just as effective, without being restrictive.
And now that’s real food freedom.
I’m going to link a few articles below by other
dietitians that examine the diet more
in depth and then also from different perspectives. So
you may find that interesting.
So tell me in the comments below,
Have you heard of the Whole 30 diet?
And, what other questions do you have about this diet, or other diets?
Let me know, and I will see you tomorrow!