In this article, Eating Coach Harriet Morris gives a completely biased review of Whole 30. Biased? I hear you cry. Isn’t that meant to be UNbiased?

Nope. I am completely skewed in favour of recovering binge eaters finding a programme that empowers them, that helps them start to trust themselves again. One that allows them to proceed at a doable pace, and build confidence as they go. This diet in sheep’s clothing is not it. Read on (or listen to the podcast episode below) for more information and what the alternative looks like.

Listen To The Podcast Version Of This Article Here:

…Or Read On Here

What Is Great About This Health Programme

#1 It increases awareness about all the fake natural sweeteners out there, such as agave nectar.

#2 A lack of focus on measurements, although it seems to be very happy with before and after photos, which are problematic.

Problems With Whole 30 For Binge Eaters

1 It tries to do too much, too fast.

This is not just a misguided issue that is borne out of well-intentioned ambition. It is a cold, hard, profit-driven strategy that leverages compulsive eaters’ desire to escape themselves via a temporary transformation.

It is very, very hard to give up a multiplicity of foods that you are addicted to all at once and make that change sustainable. I think the clue is in the name. No wonder it’s not called Whole Forever.

2 it Demonises Certain Nutritious Foods That Actually Reduce Compulsive Urges and Cravings

Quinoa. Lentils. Brown rice. Ah yes! How silly of me not to see that they need to placed in the nutritional sin bin with high fructose corn syrup, candy cigarettes and deep fried everything.

Really? Really?

3 Fruit Juice Is Permitted

That’s right, kids. Lentil soup is verboten, but something with more fructose than Coke is OK. Watch some flying pigs cruise over you. Or listen to the podcast episode above to hear what Dr Robert Lustig has to say about fruit juice and type two diabetes.

4 It’s Based on Original Sin

This criticism is something that I have not just about this plan, but just about every health fad and diet out there. You are broken! the self-styled health gurus imply. But gimme some cash, and I can help you deny your disgusting self. You can chase that bad guilt and shame away with this nutritional hairshirt. Escape yourself in only 30 misery filled days! That is one whole month of your life you’re never getting back.

If you’ve been using food to manage your life, trying to leverage guilt over past mistakes is not only unkind to yourself…it’s downright impractical.

5 It Denies Pleasure

Just because you may have eaten chaotically and got extreme and fake pleasure from food does NOT mean that misery and deprivation is the counterbalance. Pleasure is a core human drive, and if you deny it, your primitive Cavebrain will take over and make sure you get it via more binge eating and other unhelpful knee jerk responses.

6 it Sets Up a Parent-Child Dynamic With Food

Listen to the podcast episode to understand exactly what I mean here.

Alternatives To Whole 30

If nonsense like this programme is not the answer to your food compulsion, then what is? Here are some pointers.

Experimentation – which gives you data and is impossible to fail at. In the episode above, I give a concrete example of how this plays out.
Learning to relax enough around food to get real (not fake) pleasure from real food
Being present with food, instead of using it as an escape route from self


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Find out more about one-to-one coaching with Harriet

Whole 30 Rules

Fat Chance is by Dr Robert Lustig

Louise Breaks The Binge-Deprivation Cycle episode