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Whole30 Proven to Be One of the Worst Diets You Can Do

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Whole30 is one of the most popular diets on the market right now. Due to its weight loss results, and the fact that it doesn’t force you to give up all that much of what you love (like meat and dairy)—people everywhere have been giving it a go. Only now comes the bad news, according to U.S. News & World Report  annual ranking of diets—Whole30 is one of the worst diets you can do.

According to Cosmopolitan.com, the rankings are derived by an expert panel composed of more than 20 registered dietitians, academics, and medical doctors, who rank each diet in seven categories including effectiveness in short- and long-term weight loss, safety, ability to prevent disease, nutritional completeness, and simplicity.

Skillet Salmon Fillets with Sautéed Greens + Veggies • We’re super lucky to live in Vancouver, BC where high quality fresh fish is so easily accessible! We try to eat salmon or some sort of seafood at least once a week, and our Skillet Salmon Filets recipe makes it super fast & easy! Served over sautéed greens + veggies, this is a go-to weeknight savior when you want something super yummy! ~Sean & Suz | @pasturedkitchen • INGREDIENTS • Salmon Fillets • 2 6oz Salmon Fillets, Skin on 2 tsp @PrimalPalate Spices Seafood Seasoning 1 Tbsp avocado oil • Sautéed Greens + Veggies • 2 large handfuls baby kale 1 small yellow onion, sliced into half moon rings ½ cup sliced baby bella mushrooms 1 Tbsp ghee (we like @TinStarFoods Ghee) 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp red pepper flakes Sea salt and pepper to taste • INSTRUCTIONS • Seared Salmon Fillets • Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium heat and add avocado oil. • While skillet is heating, season salmon fillets on the flesh side with Seafood Seasoning and set aside to come up to room temperature. • Once skillet is nice and hot, add salmon fillets skin side down. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked ¾ of the way through. • Flip salmon fillets and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. Remove from skillet and serve over sautéed greens. • Sautéed Greens + Veggies • Melt ghee over medium low heat in a cast iron skillet. Once melted, add onions and saute until tender. • Add baby kale and mushrooms and allow greens to wilt. • Season with salt, pepper and spices and allow to cook down. • Serve salmon over sautéed greens. • If you try this recipe, let us know what you think! And follow us at @pasturedkitchen for more Whole30-friendly recipes! • #Whole30 #Whole30Recipes #pasturedkitchen @pasturedkitchen

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“The Whole30 plan is based on cutting out whole food categories including dairy, grains, beans and legumes, and any foods made with added sugars for 30 days to “reset” your relationship with food and help you pinpoint foods that are unknowingly affecting your health and fitness,” explains Cosmo writer Elizabeth Narins. So where’s the issue? The problem, according to Dr. David Katz, M.D., director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine, is that Whole30 promotes meat consumption, which is generally considered a bad idea, while discouraging perfectly healthy food groups. “This diet did not fare well in the rankings overall, and certainly did not fare well with me,” he said to Cosmopolitan.com.

Pork n’ Pear Breakfast Stack • This is Nan and Nicole from @wholesisters, we’re excited to be guest bloggers this week. Thank you for all your kind words! We’ve been busy cooking up some of our favorites, and hopefully some of your favorites too! Come visit us @wholesisters for more recipe ideas! • When we began whole30 we would make this “breakfast stack” often and still do, it’s filling and tastes amazing. We love the savory pork with the sweet flavor of the pear. • Just start your layer off with sautéed sweet potatoes, cooked with coconut oil. Then add sliced pears, cooked pork sausage, avocado slices, and top with a sunny side egg or scrambled if you don’t like runny yolks. The joy of whole30 is you can experiment and try foods you never thought could possibly go together. Customize your stack anyway you like, we loved the addition of pears! • Ingredients for pork sausage (makes 8 patties): -1 1/2 pounds ground pork -1/2 tbsp sage -1/2 tsp marjoram -1/8 tsp crushed red pepper -1 tsp salt -1/2 tsp pepper -pinch of ground cloves Mix ingredients, form 8 patties, and cook in a pan until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees or no longer pink inside. • Have a great Monday everyone, thanks for letting us share our favorite breakfast! • Nan and Nicole(@wholesisters) #whole30 #whole30recipes

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Other panel members who anonymously submitted their critique of individual diets complained that Whole30 is high in sodium, low in calcium, and permits too much cholesterol with unnecessarily food restriction. They found it unsustainable and potentially unhealthy, since it can lead to nutritional deficiencies, according to Angie Haupt, assistant managing editor at U.S. News, who collected the panel members’ anonymous critiques.

Though Whole30’s co-creator Melissa Hartwig is standing by her diet, explaining to the online news source that calling them a meat-heavy program “is inaccurate.” Speaking of diets like Slim-Fast, Weight Watchers, and Jenny Craig which outranked Whole30, she asks, “How are diets based on calorie restriction, processed foods, supplements, and meal replacement shakes ‘healthier’ than an approach that encourages participants to eat real food to satiety without counting calories?”

Pork n’ Pear Breakfast Stack • This is Nan and Nicole from @wholesisters, we’re excited to be guest bloggers this week. Thank you for all your kind words! We’ve been busy cooking up some of our favorites, and hopefully some of your favorites too! Come visit us @wholesisters for more recipe ideas! • When we began whole30 we would make this “breakfast stack” often and still do, it’s filling and tastes amazing. We love the savory pork with the sweet flavor of the pear. • Just start your layer off with sautéed sweet potatoes, cooked with coconut oil. Then add sliced pears, cooked pork sausage, avocado slices, and top with a sunny side egg or scrambled if you don’t like runny yolks. The joy of whole30 is you can experiment and try foods you never thought could possibly go together. Customize your stack anyway you like, we loved the addition of pears! • Ingredients for pork sausage (makes 8 patties): -1 1/2 pounds ground pork -1/2 tbsp sage -1/2 tsp marjoram -1/8 tsp crushed red pepper -1 tsp salt -1/2 tsp pepper -pinch of ground cloves Mix ingredients, form 8 patties, and cook in a pan until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees or no longer pink inside. • Have a great Monday everyone, thanks for letting us share our favorite breakfast! • Nan and Nicole(@wholesisters) #whole30 #whole30recipes

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“Our program’s efficacy speaks for itself, as evidenced by the countless medical doctors who successfully use our program with their patients, and the hundreds of thousands of life-changing testimonials we’ve received,” Hartwig concludes. Still, if you ask Dr. Katz, Whole30’s only potential benefit is for short-term weight loss, not long-term weight maintenance, general health, or longevity.

So which diets topped the list? The DASH Diet, Mediterranean Diet, and MIND Diet.

[via Cosmopolitan]

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