Day 3 for my family, self included, and it's going well. Amazingly, the kids aren't complaining much, and I already see improvements in their energy.
I have the book on reserve at the library--can't wait to read it.
Here's a corny analogy: since I've been Primal for over a year, this feels like a "renewal of vows" but with my health, not spouse. I'm having the same feel-good like I did when I started. It's a good reset.
I am on Day 93 of a Whole100. I have done a few Whole30s, but went back to my binge-restrict behavior almost as soon as the 30 days ended each time. I have not binged in 98 days (last binge on December 26) and my desire to binge is totally gone. Eating like this has become totally ingrained into my life. When April 11 rolls around (Day 101), I may celebrate with a glass of wine, but I really don't see my diet changing at all. 30 days is a good dietary reset, but to really change my binge habit, I've had to go "all in" for quite a bit longer. Aside from stopping my binge-restrict pattern, this extended Whole30 has cleared my toe fungus, made my hair longer and thicker, cleared any skin issues (eczema), helped my sleep, helped my digestion, and resulted in a loss of 12 pounds. I have only good things to say about Whole30, especially for changing deeply ingrained eating habits such as bingeing.
I'm in day 3 of a Whole60 - mostly doing it to see if cleaning up my diet helps me with my seasonal allergies, and some lingering issues I have due to celiac disease. So far it's been pretty easy. I don't have much of a problem with binge eating or sugar cravings anymore, and I was mostly grain/legume free already, but it's really helping me to clean up some things - like a tendency to overdue it on the red wine, gluten free beer and dairy front. It's nice to have a program with a lot of rules and a really tight definition of cheating - I might not do it forever, but for now, having the rules seems to be helping me a lot.
Fascinating thread. I managed to stick to Whole30 for one week. It was so restrictive. But, I lost 5 lbs and it made me VERY regular. I've wanted to do another one, but it just seems really overwhelming.
For those browsing the thread and thinking about it, from the perspective of someone whose whole family is 8 days in, my advice is read It Starts With Food (they're the Whole 9/Whole 30 folks), and, at some point, go for it. I've already become much more aware of what's going on in my head as well as body. In the book they do a great job of explaining the interrelated roles of psychology and hormones as pertains to our food choices.
Some ideas of the Whole 30 are good, but I consider Primal to be superior to health. Whole 30 restricts many beneficial, incredibly healthy foods, such as:
1.) Grassfed dairy
2.) Raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucanat
3.) White rice and nixtamalized non-GMO corn
4.) WHITE POTATOES? SERIOUSLY?
Grassfed dairy is nature's best source of vitamin K2 and the highest quality protein available on Earth. Not to mention milkfat (milk/cream/butter/ghee) has quite possibly the best fatty acid profile of any cooking fat on the planet. All of these things become unavailable on the Whole 30, and that is a severe blow to the program. You're taking away nature's best fat, best protein, the vitamin that Western society is most deficient in and the benefits of fermented lactic acid bacteria - HUGE points off. I forgot to even mention the retinol content!
The sugars I listed are nature's best sweeteners. Sugar is not evil, and a lot of paleos/primals would stand to see some huge gains in health by removing some of the fat and replacing it with some of these sugars. Unlike fat, your body requires large quantities of glucose every day. Glucose is so crucial that your body will break down its own muscle and connective tissue to get it. Particularly if you're active, these are phenomenal sources of glucose. Honey is effective for treating allergies and has anyone seen the nutrient content of molasses? Hello iron and potassium, wow!
White rice and nixtamalized corn are very clean post-workout starches. It's very hard to become fast and strong on the Whole 30 when you take away the clean sugars in #2 and clean starches in #3 that provide the energy needed for demanding performance.
I don't know what the hell they're thinking about white potatoes. This trashes the credibility of the program in my eyes. You may as well remove meat while we're all aboard the crazy train.
The Whole 30 IMO is better on paper than in practice and the benefits of those foods listed above far outweigh the negatives for the overwhelming majority of us.
Just a reminder...[B]it's only meant to be done for 30 days[/B]. So yes, it may sound crazy, and a lot of it may not make sense on the surface, but it's a 30-day "reset" (& sure, some people need a bit longer).
I don't think anyone is debating either Primal or Whole30 as a new lifestyle. It's not really a competition. They both have their place.
I agree with a PP that the line about food not being Switzerland standing out...it really stuck with me as well. The other thing that sold me was the idea of doing a scientific experiment on myself. I've read numerous studies that indicate that certain food groups are good / bad, but the truth is, they may be good for some, and bad for others. I wanted to find out how they affected ME. Call me selfish. ;)
The Whole30 taught me that I still have a sugar demon (a few tastes turns into bites, into servings,...you get it) so I no longer use stevia in my tea daily. It also taught me that my body doesn't mind dairy but my skin does (breakouts) but it does definitely mind gluten & the occasional Diet Coke (gross, I know). I also noticed that I shed a lot less hair while on the Whole30 (it's not an issue for me, just something I noticed). It didn't hurt that I lost 7 lbs either & that's the biggest reason I'm doing round 2 (despite the fact that that is not what the diet was intended for).
It's only 30 days. The 1st 10 days or so are REALLY tough but it truly gets easier from there. And like others, it's taught me a lot about food prep / cooking as a bonus.
[QUOTE=tellytelly;1154166]Just a reminder...[B]it's only meant to be done for 30 days[/B].[/QUOTE]
This is an excellent point.
[B]The purpose of a Whole 30 is to simply find out if you have any food intolerances and break addictions to processed foods.[/B] It is not supposed to be a lifelong diet because it restricts too many things that are beneficial - which I mentioned above. You may be intolerant to casein, you may be allergic to honey and you may have nightshade sensitivity, so maybe removing potatoes, honey and milk for a month is a great idea [B]just to check[/B]. But if you are not sensitive, you'll likely do better with them than without them because there are so many benefits to those foods in general.
To find out if you have food sensitivity, [B]everyone should do a Whole 30 once[/B] in my opinion. I did! But after you do the obligatory elimination diet, IMO Primal is a much healthier eating plan for a lifetime because it allows more nutrients than a Whole 30 diet does.
I don't get Whole9/30/100 or 21day sugar detox for people already following primal/Paleo. I see bloggers doing these challenges all the time, but they already eat restrictive Paleo diets! It's so redundant to me. Someone on a whole foods diet shouldn't need to keep "resetting." A few IFs and more savory foods, plus an extra walk or two a week to balance out some indulgences should suffice without the need to avoid a long list of delicious foods. Sometimes I think people are trying to punish themselves for what they consider indiscretions. I agree with Choco about the natural sugars. If people got out of the mentality that these are bad, they wouldn't have to keep "resetting" something that's not broken. Our ancestors had periods of pure indulgences but never deliberately refused certain foods to "detox." I see a lot of binge-restrict behavior in a community that's supposed to be about whole foods, not diets and punishments. I'd say these "resets" are ineffective and contribute to the disordered food relationship if one exists if one has to do them every few months or a couple of times a year. It's great to find out if you have intolerances through elimination, but just avoiding healthy foods to "detox" is nuts to me. Avoiding potatoes and honey isn't solving anything, it's just temporarily removing the temptation and it will probably come back again when reintroduced.
Another problem is Whole 9 makes up a lot of the stuff as they go along. They get pretty savaged on this post - and rightfully so.
[url=http://www.andrewkimblog.com/2013/04/pufa-lipid-peroxidation-processes-and_9.html#more]Andrew Kim Blog: PUFA, lipid peroxidation processes, and the implications for atherosclerosis and diet Part II[/url]
Again, they take some good cues from paleo, and I DO think it's a great idea to do an elimination diet for experimental purposes, but after that IMO kick it to the curb. Fast. They have a product to sell, and the product they're selling frankly isn't very good, especially when they say stuff like this. Meat and vegetables are two very healthy things, but when you eat ONLY meat and vegetables you're probably going to have some serious health issues down the road.