Decoding Popular Diets: Whole30

Decoding Popular Diets: Whole30

Years before I became a Registered Dietitian, I tried Whole30 (gasp!).  Full disclosure, I didn't last 30 days.  Details are fuzzy (probably from removing so many foods!), but I doubt I lasted longer than a week.  My decision to begin the program stemmed from lingering eating-triggered pain that I experienced following my gallbladder removal.  It wasn't the right program for me at the time, and now as a dietitian, I'd caution others venturing into it - but not based on my personal experience (sample size of 1 wouldn't hold up in the science journals!).  Let's dig into the details along with my reservations about the program.  

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Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

I love talking about food - from kale salads to peanut butter pie and from #trending superfoods to the staples of grandma's kitchen pantry.  So, when I meet new people and they discover I'm a dietitian, I genuinely welcome the flood of questions that I usually receive.  Often they've read or heard of a bite (ha!) of nutrition news and want my take on its validity.  Sometimes there's merely a whisper of hope that it's true (does drinking red wine match the benefits of working out?) and other times there's real interest in pursuing the plan (will removing dairy from my diet improve my digestion?).  The most frequent topics posed, however, include overall diet approaches such as going gluten-free or adopting the paleo diet, which leads me to the beginning of an exciting new series!

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