Whole 30: Can food program be followed by pregnant women and children?

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30-day diet has been successful on the internet and eliminates foods that can promote unhealthy habits to “restart” the body and the relationship with food. Understand

If there was a “restart” button in our body to start from scratch new eating habits , would you pressure it? This is more or less the effect of the Whole 30 program , according to its creators, American nutritionists Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. The diet, which has gained fame in Brazil, consists of totally withdrawing from food for a period of thirty days some categories of food considered bad for the body’s functioning, such as sugars , dairy products and even some grains and legumes.
A quick glance at social networking groups who talk about Whole 30 is enough to realize the number of people, including pregnant and lactating women in the postpartum, who resort to the plan to try to lose weight, although the proposal, according to the Hartwig, do not be this. “It’s not a diet or a weight-loss plan. It is a monumental transformation in thinking about your meals, your body, your life and what you want to do with the time you still have on this planet, “says the book’s foreword Whole 30-30 days to change (Publisher Sextant, R $ 59.90).

Whole 30 should be followed for only 30 days. Then you are free to slowly reintegrate what has been withdrawn from the diet, but more consciously, by creating a less dependent and less toxic relationship with food. During this period, the idea is to completely delete items such as alcohol, sugar (neither sweetener nor other, such as honey, agave, etc.), grains and cereals (such as corn, rye, rice and wheat, for example), legumes include beans of all kinds, peas, chickpeas, etc.), dairy products (cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk products and their derivatives), monosodium glutamate or sulphites (present in many processed foods). Also, you should also not make versions of junk food productsor sweetened with approved ingredients such as banana biomass brigade or banana pancakes with eggs. “Your dietary desires and eating habits will not change if you continue to eat these foods, even if they are prepared with Whole 30 approved ingredients,” the book says. It is also not recommended to take measures or to weigh during the execution of the plan.

Can Pregnant Women and Children Follow the Whole 30?

According to the nutritionists and creators of the program, there is usually no problem whatsoever. “We always recommend checking with your doctor before starting any diet or lifestyle program, but experts working with us believe that eating whole, nutrient-dense, whole foods as we recommend in Whole 30 is a healthy proposition for everyone, including pregnant women, infants and children, “says Melissa Hartwig in an interview with CRESCER.

Other professionals, however, are wary of the idea. ” Pregnancy is a time of increased demand for all nutrients . Pregnant women can not restrict carbohydrates, fiber, dairy, calories … Some restrictions may impact fetal development. Making such an abrupt change with the food routine could harm the health of the mother and the baby, “explains Eveline Duarte, who specializes in maternal and child nutrition. For her, restricting the diet also during breastfeeding can be dangerous for the mother and the baby, as this can interfere with milk production and maternal nutrition.

While believing that the overall idea of ​​the program, cutting sugars, flavorings and dyes, betting more on real food and less on industrialized foods is a good choice, Evelyn points out that care should also be taken when applying them on the menu of children. “The program adopts a radical change of 30 days with restrictions on some vegetables, fruits, dairy, oats, corn, which are nutritious foods and beneficial for child development. Kids may not have a marked calorie decline to not interfere with growth hormones and sex, “he points out.


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