Whole30, a new, mostly Paleo diet plan and book called, “It Starts with Food”, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, gives us a truthful diet plan to follow.
Finally, this is a decent diet book that does not contain a load of misguided suggestions.
About the Authors: Melissa is a Sports Nutritionist (ISSN) and RKC-certified kettle bell instructor. She is currently getting her Masters. Dallas is a Physical Therapist. They both owned and operated their own gym until they started their own nutrition program, The Whole30.
The book has been getting rave reviews, so I decided to take a look!
Top 10 Principles of Whole30
- No added sugar of any kind (including artificial sweeteners). Even the artificial sweeteners may make us crave sweet foods! This is still a theory and not proven science… yet.
- No alcohol.
- No grains (including, but not limited to, wheat, oats, rice, corn, and even quinoa)
- No legumes (including peanuts, and soy)
- No dairy. There is such controversy over whether or not to consume dairy. For the sake of eating as clean as possible, might as well eat less dairy (and we are following a Paleo diet with this plan).
- No sulfites, MSG, or carrageenan. Some people are sensitive to these additives. A small percentage of the population reports headaches after consumption. Carrageenan is a seaweed extract that is used as a vegetarian gelatin. Research shows that we may not digest carrageenan well, and excess consumption can be an irritant, cause inflammation, or act as a potential carcinogen.
- No white potatoes. The white potatoes cause a faster insulin response than sweet potatoes, and therefore, are slightly less beneficial to weight loss.
- No replicating junk food or desserts with approved foods. This is for mental reasons, and helps to keep calories under control.
- Do not weigh yourself. The idea is that this will help you focus on how your body composition feels, and less on the number.
- Watch your portions. Proteins and fruits are palm-sized. Vegetables should fill up almost the entire plate. Oils should only be the size of a thumb. Coconut and olives can be a handful while nuts and seeds should be a much smaller sized handful.
Aren’t Heathy Foods Being Eliminated?
Many of you might wonder why we can’t eat oats, legumes, or Greek yogurt on this diet. Most Paleo experts agree that if you were to choose a grain to eat, it should be oats with a small amount of fat or protein. Some will even continue to eat oats while following a Paleo diet.
Many believe that eating too many legumes will lead to a weak immune system and increased food sensitivities. I have been eating beans and peas for years, and do not have a single food allergy. But, on Paleo diets, they are out.
Overall, this diet is strict, but no-nonsense. Focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean (and clean) meats to create optimal lean body mass.
I am surprised that there are not more objections to this book. I would expect to see more vegetarian and vegan opposition.
What do you think, would you try this type of Paleo diet?
You can buy It Starts with Food here on Amazon.