When an elimination diet becomes a fad diet it becomes a joke to the people that actually are forced to go on elimination diets. It’s like someone without a broken leg going around wearing a cast and crutches because it supposedly is a good treatment.
What makes an elimination diet a ridiculous undertaking for someone without major gastro-intestinal or digestive related issues is that you are FORCING yourself to literally cut out 3 of the 5 food groups FOR NO GOOD REASON.
There are other terms for this kind of force. self-deprication and starvation are two that come to mind. Absurdity is another one.
It doesn’t make sense to cut out that many food groups for an extended period of time for the sake of retraining your body to eat whole foods.
“A balanced diet is not a crash diet, it is a way of eating all of the right nutrients that your body needs in order to be healthy. Everyone’s bodies are different and often individuals require a different amount and type of nutrients.”
People are getting really pumped up about this diet. “whole 30 friendly” is even being written on beef stick labels.It is everywhere. I hear it being talked about almost every day. Almost everybody around me seems to be going on it or thinking about going on it or preparing to go on it or have just broken it and are back to day 1 (just 29 more days to go). Because of this some of the results people are getting out of it are actually psychological. It’s as if Mesmers magnets are being waved in front of them and “ta-da” they walk away singing ‘The whole 30 changed my life! aha aha! i feel so much better’
You don’t have to eat an extremely over-restricted diet for 30 days to feel better. Honestly you can eat healthy and retrain your body to enjoy whole foods without cutting out whole entire food groups, calling taboo ingredients that actually create a wide variety of flavor and enjoyment to life, (are not necessarily unhealthy) and can give you the nutrients your body might actually need.
“Well it’s only 30 days.” One of the main mantras of this diet is that you can do anything for 30 days. I think it’s great to want to reset your body, cut out sugar, nip food addictions in the bud…all of these things are really good. My main concern is that this level of over-restriction can cause people’s minds to reprogram what is good and causes people to be so limited with what they are allowed to consume that it actually isn’t even based on goodness anymore. When Good nutrition starts being defined by an elimination diet, (which is specifically for people with health issues and food allergies) you may actually be unintentionally veering away from holistic nourishment
i think because of how limited you become when undertaking the whole 30 challenge, it actually causes you to focus on food way too much and think about all the foods you can’t have in a way that can backfire for people with food addictions. it can become extremely possessive of your time and energy
and i have to ask myself, what is the point of limiting yourself this much (even if it’s just for a month)….my recommendation to my friends who are going on this diet because they want to lose weight and feel better, is HONESTLY…..there is a better way. focusing on what is good (based on nutrition NOT ELIMINATION DIETS)