Feel Flirty on Whole 30 – Try This Elimination Diet in 2020
Right now, you’re probably in the midst of much merriment and ready to eat another sugar cookie because… it’s the holidays! But let’s not forget that old proverbial saying “You are what you eat.” Right now, you may be feeling like a stuffed turkey and that’s where Whole 30, the latest elimination diet, can help.
Time to Press Reset
The Whole 30 diet is an elimination diet that requires you to cut out most foods and then add them back in after 30 days. Indulging in your favorite unhealthy foods can often cause you low-energy, digestive issues, pain, weight gain, depression and/or anxiety.1 This means that eating a carton of Chunky Monkey after a bad day might feel comforting in the moment but it can cause a lot more problems than just a belly ache in the long run. By cutting out problematic foods, your body can learn to live without those chemicals that cause food addictions. But there is good news: you can still enjoy your favorite treats, like pizza. Just opt for a cauliflower crust.
A Whole 30 New World
This diet requires you to eat only REAL FOOD (what a concept!) Turns out that food pyramid we grew up with may have been a bit wrong2. This diet has a focus on eating veggies, poultry, fish, eggs, fruit and healthy fats.
Should Auld FOOD Acquaintances Be Forgot? Yes!
Get your body back to square one by cutting out these foods completely3:
- Any added sugar– that includes the stevia in your morning cup of coffee
- Alcohol- Dry January has your name all over it
- All grains- Even the, ever so popular, quinoa
- Legumes- Bye bye, peanut butter
- All dairy- Say (no to) cheese!
- Obviously and unfortunately all junk food and treats. This includes even recreating food (even if it’s made with a healthy substitute – bread is still bread).
It’s What You Gain, Not What You Lose
Keep in mind when embarking on Whole 30, that it’s not about losing weight. While you may drop a few pounds, this diet is special because it’s not about the scale–it’s about creating a happier and healthier you. The goal is to cut back to the basics and then slowly add in food that your body can digest easily, so you discover any foods you might have a sensitivity to.
WHOLE 30 RULES!
This diet is definitely strict and not easy but the pay-off can be great. Learning what foods work with your body will make a huge impact on your life. It’s also a great chance to rethink your relationship with food. After your 30 days, you can add back in certain foods but I’ll bet you think twice before eating any of those office donuts.