Life after Whole30
3 Diets Compared
Now what? You've completed a Whole30 cycle. Maybe you've reintroduced foods in slowly, or maybe you did it all at once. By the way, how did that feel? Painful and confusing? Me too. I immediately regretted throwing in sugar and grains within just days of completing the Whole30. Hopefully, you took notice of which food caused issues and which did not. For example, grains and dairy are a no-go for me. I just decided it's not worth the stomach ache, bloating, or other issues like my skin (I believe my skin is the clearest it's ever been seen becoming dairy-free).
I wanted to break down the diet I chose to start with (Whole30), the diet I'm choosing to live with (Paleo), and the ever-popular Keto (maybe it's for you, but ended up not being for me).
Whole30 is a 30-day reset. It is an elimination diet, where you are to eliminate a variety of foods and ingredients, and after the 30 days add some back in and see how they interchange with your body. Some people live on Whole30 as a lifestyle, butI am using it as a guide. I also think I will complete a cycle every year as a reset. I truly love that I did it, and think it was a life-changer for me. Do I recommend the Whole30? YES!
Take away: I highly recommend doing a Whole30. Commit fully. You will be among a few of the elite who have completed this strict diet that I really believe can change your life. Is it forever?That's totally up to you!
Also known as a Paleolithic diet, the Paleo diet is meant to mimic what our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. The idea is that the current Western diet contributes to the rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and cancer. Paleo proponent’s claim that this diet can reduce inflammation, improve workouts, increase energy, help with weight loss, stabilize blood sugar and even reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Some major differences of Paleo and Whole30 are the allowance of natural sugars like 100% maple and raw honey. This appealed to me because I love baking, and baking was a no-no with Whole30. You also can use ingredients to make old favorites like pancakes using almond flour, or chips using plantains. Whole30 asks you to stay away from that to break the habit of snacking and poor food choices.
I really like the similarities to Whole 30 this diet has, while also giving you the flexibility to bake or create favorite past-time favorites with healthier foods. I can actually live this way. The occasional wine, Paleo bread, baked goods – this is livable.
This diet is sort of technical, so hang with me. The ketogenic diet has been quite the rage for the past few years. Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typical in conditions such as diabetes or a diet that is very low in carbohydrates. Okay...so what does that mean? It occurs when there is limited access to glucose (blood sugar), which is the preferred fuel source for many cells in the body. It also happens during pregnancy, infancy, fasting, and starvation (wow, that seems abnormal…).
To go into ketosis, people generally need to eat fewer than 50 grams of carbs per day and sometimes as little as 20 grams per day (I've done it before, and I was closer to 20 for it to work for me). When eating a very low-carb diet, levels of the hormone insulin go down and fatty acids are released from body fat stores in large amounts. Many of these fatty acids are transferred to the liver, where they are oxidized and turned into ketones (or ketone bodies). These molecules can provide energy for the body. Unlike fatty acids, ketones can cross the blood-brain barrier and provide energy for the brain in the absence of glucose. But is it healthy? That is debatable. You are putting your liver through a lot.Plus, you can't have fruit except low sugar berries or even certain vegetables? Ummm, no thanks. Give me all the fruits and vegetables!
Take away: I think keto diets have a lot of similarities to Paleo and Whole30, but this diet focuses on weight loss and low carbs. I want a diet that focuses on health and wholeness. This could be the diet for you, just isn't for me!
I am so happy I found Whole30 to help guide me, and I am so thankful that I use food as a way to nourish, fight disease, and fuel my body instead of to satisfy cravings and emotions. Plus, on the Paleo diet, I have the flexibility of a few drinks here and there, and that I can get on board with because I deserve it!
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