So with the Whole 30 thing, I have been doing some reading. I am not looking at it as another diet. I have a diet aversion right now. But I *am* seeing the benefit of it as an elimination trial, where everything that might be affecting your health and body negatively is cut out for 30 days.
Whole 30 = meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, some fruits
No dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, legumes, grains, alcohol, processed foods, white potatoes
Then, you reintroduce food groups slowly to see what effect they have on you. If you add dairy back in, and the next day your skin breaks out and you feel like crap, you know to cut it back out for good. If you add beans back in and have a stomach ache for 3 hours, you know they are a problem. But if you add them back and still feel good, you can incorporate them if you want to. But stay off the junk.
This is the same idea behind Medifast and their Transition plan, which introduces dairy one week, fruit another week, grains the next week. It is supposed to allow you to see what foods are 'bothering' you. And that is a very good thing and it *has* helped a lot of people. But that is not a true elimination diet, because while you are limited to Medifast meals, non-starchy vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats, even if you stick 100% to the plan you are still eating *some* of every food group. There is dairy (whey) in many Medifast meals. Dairy can be a Lean food choice instead of meat. There is gluten (from oats, wheat, rice, etc) in many Medifast meals, so while you are not eating grains with your real food meals you are eating them in the Medifast meals. There is fruit in some of the Medifast foods (bars, oatmeal, etc) and sugar in others (hot cocoa has 10g). Some of the soups contain legumes (beans, peas, and peanuts) and there is soy in others. Many contain artificial sweeteners as well. So you never truly eliminate all dairy, fruit, legumes and sugar from your diet. And that is fine for weight loss, but doesn't really meet the criteria for an elimination diet, making it harder to discern which foods are causing what responses in the body.
I am somewhat hesitant to start the Whole 30 *now* because in just a couple of weeks it will be my birthday and my daughter's birthday. I don't *have* to eat cake, but with calorie counting I have that option and more flexibility. My son has been planning my birthday for months. He said some time ago he wanted to make me a special cake without sugar in it. I can get him a recipe for a gluten-free, refined-sugar-free cake, but not if I am doing the Whole 30. That would eliminate all grains, dairy, starches, sweeteners, etc. Anyone have a recipe for a Whole 30 cake??
Anyway, the 30 days are not supposed to have ANY slip ups in order to be a true elimination diet. So I may wait and start in mid-July, counting calories and eating grain-free and sugar-free until then. I am trying to get my eating as close to Primal as possible within my calorie goal right now. Not perfect, but close. I figure that can only help my health.
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