Here’s the whopper from a registered dietitian’s standpoint:The Whole 30: Legumes and whole grains are strictly prohibited US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Consumption of whole grains has been shown to decrease body fat percentage in a 12 week study. Journal of Nutrition: Greater whole-grain intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. Proc Nutr Soc: Whole grains protect against atherosclerotic coronary vascular disease (clogging of arteries that leads to heart attack and stroke) Eur Journal Clinical Nutrition: Legumes benefit glycemic control because of the slow release carbohydrate and high fiber content. Strong evidence suggests that eating a variety of whole grains and legumes is beneficial in the prevention and management of diabetes. Eur Journal Clinical Nutrition: Linoleic acid, fiber, vitamin E, selenium and folate in cereal grains as well as oatmeal and bran play a significant role in weight loss and decreased incidence of heart disease. Journal of Am Coll Nutrition: The addition of cooked chickpeas may decrease lipid, protein and DNA oxidation as well as decreasing inflammatory enzymes, specifically β-catenin, therefore protecting against colon cancer. Nutrition Clin Pract: The Mediterranean dietary pattern which includes an abundance of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains has shown significant anti-inflammatory effects and may become the diet of choice for diminishing chronic inflammation in clinical practice. I’m stopping here, but this doesn’t even scratch the surface of medical research that proves whole grains and legumes are beneficial to your health. The Whole 30: Starchy vegetables and fruits are allowed. Definite Me: If you follow this diet, these will be your main source of carbohydrates. Although I am not a fan of excluding whole grains and legumes, these are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates that pack an incredible health punch! Here are a couple of strange rules I stumbled upon while reading the program regulations: The Whole 30 paraphrased: Bananas are okay. Eggs are okay. All forms of oil are okay. But, you may under no circumstances make pancakes with bananas, eggs and oil, as eating pancakes in any form is completely unacceptable. Me: ? The Whole 30: “Don’t even consider the possibility of a slip”. Me: Because we are robots. The Whole 30: Lard is unlimited and included on the approved grocery list. Me: ?? The Whole 30: “Legumes allowed are green beans, snow peas and sugar snap peas”, beets are a carb-dense vegetable and are allowed. Me: These legumes are non-starchy vegetables, meaning you would have to eat 3 cups of raw or 1 1/2 cups to get 1 carbohydrate serving. You have to eat 1 cup of beets to get 13 grams of carbohydrate (1 carb serving=15 grams carbohydrate grams). Most people don’t eat as many vegetables and fruits as are recommended. I have to wonder if the goal is to make this a low-carb, high-fat, high-protein diet… So, what about that low carb diet? I suppose if you feel like you need a strict diet plan to lose weight and to get yourself in gear, go ahead and follow this plan. I recommend, however that you discontinue all restrictions after 30 days. I suppose I could try to drink my coffee black, cut out all sweets, read my labels and restrict sulfites and MSG. I can definitely cut out french fries, potato chips and sweet treats. I won’t be cutting out whole grains or beans. Nope. And if I mess up and lick a spoon, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.
*coconut is the only vegetable that contains saturated fat. It is a God-made food and I wouldn’t exclude it, but cooking with it, baking with it, roasting with it and adding it to everything you eat may not be a great idea. Go ahead and spread it all over your skin and bathe your dog in it; that won’t clog your arteries.If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad., Let’s Crunch Numbers!, Help Me To Help You!
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