Ushering in a new era in diets is the Whole30 lifestyle that aims to change the way you feel about food. Find out what it is and if it’s worth a try. By Ridhika Bora
Whole30 is a 30-day programme designed to change the way you perceive food and allow your feeling to guide what you eat during that time. At a very basic level, you need to prepare your meals with whole foods, and replace inflammatory foods with healthier options. Should you do it? Decide for yourself.
On a Whole30 diet, food and beverages that are inflammatory such as processed foods, junk finger food, sweetened drinks, dairy, and baked goods must be removed.
What food can you eat on a Whole30 diet?
Eat three meals a day, made with ingredients listed in the Whole30 diet such as veggies, meat, eggs, and seafood. Unlike other diet plans, Whole30 isn’t only about weight loss or calorie count. The goal is to eliminate food that doesn’t have a ‘feel good’ factor.
- Dairy products: includes no cheese, cow milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, kefir, or butter
- Grains: includes no corn, rice, quinoa, wheat, rye, millet, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is eliminated, including the wine you use for cooking.
- Legumes: Beans of any kind, soy, chickpeas, peas, lentils, and peanuts are removed from the diet.
- Added Sugar: Eliminate products that have real or artificial sweeteners. It includes honey, maple syrup, agave, and Stevia.
- Junk Food: This one’s not a shocker. This also means that you cannot recreate your favourite junk food and baked foods with the whole30 ingredients.
- Processed foods: Avoid sausages, cold cuts, or canned food during the diet.
- Vegetables: Eat a lot of fresh vegetables, including potatoes.
- Fruits: Take fruits in limited amounts in order to control the intake of sugar.
- Unprocessed Meats: Includes raw meat cooked as per taste with less oil and spices
- Seafood: Fish and shellfish are a welcome addition to your meal plan
- Eggs: Eggs will become your new breakfast bestie.
- Nuts and seeds: Except peanuts, you can go ‘nuts’ on all other nuts and seeds
- Oils: Cooking oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, and pure ghee are allowed.
- Coffee: Turn to black coffee pronto, since dairy is not allowed.
Should You Try It?
The best thing about a Whole30 diet is that it isn’t a permanent one. It doesn’t aim to change your lifestyle but for foodies, the perception of food definitely takes a hit. It seeks to motivate you to choose ingredients that have a feel-good factor, just like the one you feel when you eat a salad. Whether it works or not, is open for debate.
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