The Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig proposes a clean eating diet plan for 30 days.
- For 30 days cut out all possibly harmful foods
- At the beginning it will be difficult: stick to it
- After 30 days, if you feel better, start adding them back one by one
The idea behind The Whole 30 is to help you eliminate potential issue you have and for which you were never able to find a cause.
- Aches or pain
- Skin issues
The Whole 30 diet will remove all products that cause either hormonal imbalances or inflammations. After a month, if you improved, you can add those product one by one and troubleshoot what was the culprit.
The Damage of Sugar
If you consume too much sugar, too often, your body start to become addicted to it. It starts relying on the constant sugar intake and forgets how to burn fat.
That’s why you often need to eat very often: it’s your body craving the next fix.
As you got through The Whole 30 Diet you will experience some side effect as well. The rule of thumb is that the unhealthier you were eating, the bigger the side effects.
What to Cut
- Added sugars of any kind either natural or artificial
- Alcohol, not even for cooking
- Grains of any variety
- Dairy products
- Processed foods (and no food additives)
What You Can Eat
- Meat (pasture-raised)
- Seafood (wild-caught)
- Vegetables (lots of)
- Some fruit (100% fruit juices as sweetener is OK)
- Natural salt
- Natural flats
- Herbs, spices and seasoning
As a rule of thumb, go for foods with little ingredients or no ingredients at all because it means they’re whole foods.
The cooking recommended in the book is a bit complex
I love the idea behind the approach: for a whole month, eliminate all potentially dangerous food. Then start adding back one by one and see how it goes.
The reviews I have read on the web though often praise the diet because of the weight loss, which is nonsense. The book is not for weight loss.
Personally I haven’t tried the Whole 30 Diet plan so I don’t feel like I can properly review this book. However I do want more energy, especially after meals.
So I will go for a slight modified version:
I have been trying to get my dessert low on sugars with Skyr yogurt, plain cornflakes and nuts. But I’m still sleepy after eating.
So I will be trying to get rid of that as well. And will later update you.
I cut on bread almost to zero already, but will not go to zero with pasta. I switched from normal pasta to whole grain pasta.
I eat yogurt for my dessert. I’ll try to eliminate it.
Update: I might eliminate it to give it a try, but I realized that fermented food is very good for your gut (Brain Maker).
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