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Medical Monday 1.19.15: The Whole 30 Diet Plan

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It’s a New Year and plenty of people have begun their resolution to get healthy. For some it means better diet and nutrition. And that could mean changing the entire way you eat.

A new diet trend is helping some people work their way to better health in just thirty days…by simply eliminating some ingredients. Its this week’s Medical Monday with Shawn Cunningham.

00:00 Presque Isle

Ginny Blackstone and her daughter Rachel are making sweet potato fries from scratch. Its one a series of dietary treats this mother daughter duo are allowed to have in Day 15 of the Whole 30. For thirty days they’ve cut out sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol.

Ginny Blackstone Whole 30 Participant says “the whole 30 is just resetting your bad habits changing your association with food.”

Rachel Thurston Whole 30 Participant says “meals aren’t really difficult eat a lot of eggs for breakfast with a banana lunch a lot of avocado or vegetables supper its basically what you would do if you were not on the diet a meat and then a couple of vegetables snacks are tough.”

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Here’s the breakdown of allowable foods while on the Whole 30 Diet.

Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.

But healthcare practitioners say before agreeing to 30 days people should take at least a second to understand the potential health risks.

Dr. Roger Pelli Chief Medical Information Officer, TAMC says “These fad diets have something about it that could be considered good for you but many times they eliminate foods that you should have in smaller portions in your diet.”

Newssource 8 Reporter Katie Zarrilli is going through the Whole 30 and says its not just healthy eating but eating responsibly.

Katie Zarrilli Whole 30 Participant adds “today is day 15 and I’m really surprised at how much I’m really enjoying it, you know I make my own meals now beforehand I kind of was not really going home and making dinner as much I’ve made breakfast lunch and dinner every single day.”

Pelli and all these Whole 30 participants agree a healthy lifestyle includes diet, rest and exercise. Dr. Pelli says before starting any diet changes, people should consult a primary care physician. While they’re only half way through the diet, participants say the key to gaining overall wellness is in having a worthwhile goal…and sometimes that’s found in the journey.

Ginny says “the challenge is just those times when you want a certain snack and you can’t have it there’s nothing easy to grab other than fruit which you’re not supposed to have too much of because of the natural sugars in that.”

Rachel says “for me to say I’m gonna cut back on something doesn’t work very well I kind of have to reset my whole mind and I’m gonna cut out this this and this these are the rules and that makes it easier for me to follow.”

Katie adds “there’s a lot of times when I start eating healthy and do it for a couple of weeks and feeling good even months and then I kind of fall off the band wagon I want my relationship with food to be good forever.”

And for some, 30 days might just be the beginning of that…

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