I think I have told you before that I am not a type of a person who is crazy about losing weight via quick diets – however, when I was younger I tried too many diets thinking that I needed to lose weight; gaining 4-5 pounds was already too much for me at the time! Even the smallest amount of additional weight had to go!
Little did I know that one day I’ll wish I had such a body later on in my life and that there was nothing wrong with my body then – in reality, I was too skinny! But I guess losing weight in adolescence period or in our 20s is extremely important to us.
Well, don’t get me wrong – everything is still rather ok with my body but I did become oversized, especially during my pregnancy. Now that I have gained weight over the years, I am facing the fact that I need to take care of my weight loss. Primarily for my health, rather than for my looks.
I am planning to implement my weight loss plan gradually. I actually do not want to take the risk of having flabby skin if opting for some drastic diet measures. Losing weight should be a long-term commitment for me.
In trying to avoid the usual, popular quick diets, I am rather more into finding the best and the healthiest ways for weight loss life styles,i came across this new interesting diet for losing weight called Whole30 Diet.
At first, just seeing the word Diet in the title was something that put me off; however, the part of whole30 sounded interesting enough to tickle my mind! It sounded as if I have enough time for losing weight, the whole 30 days ….
What Actually Is the Mysterious Wholly Whole30?
Simply put, the Whole30 Diet is in reality a 30 Day Diet Plan. The concept is rather easy to follow – you do not need to measure ingredients, you only have to cut out all the artificial ingredients and introduce fresh vegetables, fruit and meats.
Whole30 is a sort of an elimination diet for losing weight – grains, dairy products and sugar are forbidden for intake during this whole30 period. It is almost a form of fasting and cleansing your body from toxins and artificial foods.
The whole30 diet seems rather popular to the point that there are the whole30 rules, whole30 diet plan, whole30 shopping lists, whole30 approved items, comparisons between the whole30 diet and other diets and the way it is going now, we might even get the whole30 listed into the Webster Dictionary soon!
According to the Whole30.com website, the diet rules seem rather simple and clear cut to follow:
- No sugar of any kind allowed for consumption (artificial or natural, this includes honey too)
- No alcohol allowed (not even for cooking)
- No grains allowed – so no rice, millet, rye, barley, corn, bulgur, wheat, oats
- No legumes allowed – thus no beans at all, nor lentils, peas, soy or peanut butter.
- No dairy products allowed – no milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream or kefir.
- No use of scale allowed during your whole30 diet plan”
Examples of the whole30 approved foods are:
Veggies: yams, broccoli, onions, garlic, butternut squash, eggplant, carrots, lettuce, mushrooms, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions.
Fats: nuts, ghee butter, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil.
Fruits: all types of berries, melon, grapes, bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, grapefruit, figs, pomegranate, watermelon, plums, strawberries, peaches, figs, lemon, oranges.
Other whole30 approved treats: mustard, coconut and almond flour, apple vinegar
How Beneficial Is the Whole30 Diet?
The Whole30 Diet designers Mellisa and Dallas Hartwig claim that the diet is extremely beneficial to your health if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Lack of energy
- Sleep deprivation
- Constipation and bloating
- Skin problems
- Blood pressure, cholesterol and high sugar levels
- Joint pains and swelling
- Regular migraines
- Allergies and eczema
Getting Inspired? – My Personal Whole30 Recipes
Based on the whole30 recommended foods, I have created the following whole 30 diet plan ideas for my family:
Eggs & Green Onions Omelet – with scrambled eggs and diced green onions, with spices of your choice (for example, you can use Mediterranean mix herbs)
Greek Salad – with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olives (without feta cheese)
Sardines Salad – canned sardines mixed with onions and mustard
Sunny Side Up Eggs in Tomato Sauce – onions and fresh tomatoes with cooked sunny side up eggs, with spices and herbs
Curry Potato Hash Browns – grated potatoes with curry powder
Poached Eggs& Cucumber Salad – with poached eggs and simple cucumber salad aside
Smoked Mackerel with Garlic & Olives – with smoked mackerel fish sort and diced green olives, with a touch of olive oil, black pepper and garlic
Lunches / Dinners ideas:
Eggplant & Chicken Salad – diced and roasted eggplant with grilled chicken stake
Tomato, Onions & Pepper Roast – tomatoes, onions and peppers roasted with herbs and topped off with scrambled eggs
Tuna & Lettuce Salad – canned tuna mixed with lettuce and green onions, herbs to own liking
Apple & Cabbage Salad – with cabbage and apple marinated in organic apple vinegar and mustard (herbs to own taste, cumine is an option)
Grilled Chicken with Roasted Veggies – with grilled chicken and roasted veggies of own choice with a dash of cinnamon
Coconut Spinach & Roasted Mushrooms – with boiled spinach prepared with coconut milk (instead of cooking cream) and mushrooms roasted aside, curry powder and garlic are optional
Broccoli and Kale Stew – with boiled broccoli and kale (other veggies such as onions, carrots, tomatoes and peppers are optional; the same goes for the use of spices, dare to mix and experiment according to own taste)
Fruit and nuts can be used between the meals instead of snacks and are helpful for losing weight (however, don’t overdo it with nuts).
Food for Thought…..
Linda Raynes is a famous nutritionist and author of No Time for Diets. She believes that people adopt habits within a period of 13 weeks and therefore the Whole 30 Day Diet Plan would help us create a routine of healthy eating habits by our elimination of processed foods and fats.
Additionally, she further continues that the elimination of certain foods would assist us in detecting potential causes of allergies to dairy and grain products and eventually discover if there is anything in our diets that makes us feel bloated or tired.
Raynes’ analysis of the whole 30 day diet is appealing to me as it seems that the described whole 30 day diet plan focuses on changing your nutrition regime and identifying potential allergies, while eliminating the signs of high blood pressure, cholesterol and feeling bloated most of the time.
Considering the above, it seems that the 30 day diet can be an effective method for improving health, habits, relationship with food and eventually losing weight. We can thus use the 30 day diet plan to identify our food sensitivity through food elimination and can subsequently re-introduce certain foods gradually into our diet. Weight loss with the whole 30 day diet would simply be a nice bonus.
As I suffer from allergies and eczema, the whole30 diet might be something good for me, especially as it purifies body from toxins – I am willing to try out the whole30 diet principles for one week and call it my own 1 week whole30 day diet regime.
Hopefully, the diet experience will become so inspiring for me that I start making more radical changes in my life style and continue the 30 day diet plan as suggested by the Hartwigs, the 30 day diet plan designers.
So, whole30, here I come this is where my losing weight loss journey begins, 1 whole week of the whole30 diet…..wish me luck and, stay tuned.