Food blogger Alex Snodgrass first tried Whole30 in 2015 to drop baby weight from her two pregnancies. And the results extended well beyond her whittled waistline. “I found it helped me in so many ways, more than just feeling lean,” says the recipe developer and food stylist, 32. “Eating cleaner foods without a doubt makes me function better on a cognitive level. I definitely think sugar triggers my anxiety the most, so cutting back on alcohol and sugar-infused foods are what is best for me.
“I found that Whole30 set off a chain reaction: I realized how important it was for me as a mother to tend to my own personal needs. Paying attention to the foods I ate spurred me to take the time to work out and do so much more for me. It was very liberating and eye-opening.”