The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.
Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”
Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?
Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”
The eruption of dieting and new eating trends has emerged rapidly within the past decade and many SoCal locals are engaging in the foodie revolution of new diets and health recipes. Some involve themselves in certain eating habits where others believe that there are misleading details behind diets like Veganism. However, Veganism has been one eating pattern that has been around for over 2,000 years and is now increasing in popularity. Peta conducted a survey in 2011 that shows that there are over 7,500,000 Vegans in the United States, or 2.5% of the population, and these numbers are only increasing.
Veganism is a food diet that abstains from using animal products and meat in general, according to About News. Often times, people choose this lifestyle from a spiritual perspective to stop the harm of animals, while others may just engage in the diet change for a healthier lifestyle. The primary foods within the vegan category include vegetables, grain, soy products, and beans, but absolutely no meat or animal products.
A recent article from the Huffington Post highlights that most vegans, from a statistical standpoint, are women. Statistics analyzed in 2013 shows 79% of women are vegans whereas only 21% are men. There are speculations that this may be due to the pressure to maintain a body image. However, the reasons are unknown.
This interview conducted with Nancy Fischbeck shares her experience as a vegan, in addition the potential dangers that come along with this strict diet.