Soy is particularly pertinent (see http://www.livestrong.com/article/524606-what-are-the-dangers-of-soy-lecithin-ingestion/ )
A compound of soy lecithin, phytoestrogen, can produce effects on the body similar to the hormone estrogen. Soy phytoestrogens may promote an increased risk of breast cancer in adult women by altering or decreasing natural estrogen, although the direct link to cancer is inconclusive. One study reported by Cornell University examined 28 women receiving soy supplements for six months. The women were found to have an increased growth of milk ducts in their breasts, which is a leading forerunner of cancer, according to the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State. Conclusions suggest that premenopausal women may be at greatest risk, but further research is needed.
What is the Whole30?Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.
So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health
It’s For Your Own Good
Here comes the tough love. This is for those of you who are considering taking on this life-changing month,
but aren’t sure you can actually pull it off, cheat free, for a full 30 days. This is for the people who have tried
this before, but who “slipped” or “fell off the wagon” or “just HAD to eat (fill in food here) because of this (fill in
event here).” This is for you.
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing
a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and
you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most
important health cause on earth—the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a
pizza, there is no “slip.” You make a choice to eat something unhealthy. It is always a choice, so do not
phrase it as if you had an accident. Commit to the program 100% for the full 30 days. Don’t give
yourself an excuse to fail before you’ve even begun.
You never, ever, ever have to eat anything you don’t want to eat. You’re all big boys and girls.
Toughen up. Learn to say no (or make your mom proud and say, “No, thank you”). Learn to stick up
for yourself. Just because it’s your sister’s birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, or your company
picnic does not mean you have to eat anything. It’s always a choice, and we would hope that you
stopped succumbing to peer pressure in 7th grade.
This does require a bit of effort. Grocery shopping, meal planning, dining out, explaining the program
to friends and family, and dealing with stress will all prove challenging at some point during your
program. We’ve given you tools, guidelines and resources, but take responsibility for your own plan.
Improved health, fitness, and quality of life doesn’t happen automatically just because you’re now
taking a pass on bread.
You can do this. You’ve come too far to back out now. You want to do this. You need to do this. And
we believe that you can do this. So stop thinking about it, and start doing. Right now, this very minute,
tell someone that you are starting the Whole30.
We want you to participate. We want you to take this seriously, and see amazing results in unexpected areas.
Even if you don’t believe this will actually change your life, if you’re willing to give it 30 short days, do it. It is
that important. We believe in it that much. It changed our lives, and we want it to change yours too.
Welcome to the Whole30.
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