Strike a balance
courtesy Danielle Page
Writer and editor Danielle Page found herself not only extremely overweight but overworked, stressed out, and taking out her anxiety via boxed macaroni and cheese, ice cream, Beefaroni, and other comfort foods. That’s when she noticed a pal post on Facebook about doing another round of Whole30 after completing a successful cycle the year before. Given this friend was also a writer and knew the work grind, she decided it was worth a shot. These days, Page has completed three rounds with another underway and has lost more than 30 pounds in total.
“My go-to post-workout weekend bagel used to be a bacon-egg-and-cheese or one slathered in bacon scallion cream cheese. Now it’s a mini whole-wheat everything bagel with two eggs and tomatoes,” she explains. She makes the occasional exception to eating “Whole30ish” for brunches or happy hours. “It might seem strange that such a ‘restrictive’ diet taught me balance, but I was never able to strike the right mix of eating healthy and making exceptions until I realized how good my body felt when I was doing the right thing for an extended period of time.”
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What is the Whole30 plan?
The brainchild of two sports nutritionists, Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom was published in 2009 and became a best-seller. The plan is set up as a challenge to eliminate inflammation-promoting foods from your diet for a full 30 days to see how your body feels. At the top of the list of Whole30 rules: No alcohol, added or artificial sweeteners, dairy, grains of any kind, soy, legumes, food additives, or processed junk food for 30 days.
The plan’s claim—for which most nutritionists say there is little scientific evidence—is that a diet heavy on these foods contributes to out-of-whack hormones and harmful inflammation that impact general health as well as blood sugar, cravings, and body weight. (Most registered dietitians recommend avoiding diets that restrict entire food groups and instead opt for lifestyle changes and patterns of eating that include a healthy mix of food and can be maintained over time.)
Converts say the diet helped them sleep better, get rid of cravings, heal myriad gut-health problems, control autoimmune flares, and ultimately make beneficial long-term changes.