January 11, 2016

12 Whole30 Tips for Beginners

You guys! The more I chat with you about our upcoming Whole30, the more excited I am! You all are inspiring and encouraging ME, so thank you!

I know a lot of you have never done a Whole30 before, so I wanted to share some Whole30 tips for beginners.

I came up with this list during and right after I completed my Whole30 in April. I wanted to take inventory of what worked and what I could have been done better.

So without further ado –

  1. Get rid of the stuff you can’t eat. Go through your pantry and freezer to see what non-compliant food you have. GET RID OF IT! You do not need temptations at home.
  2. Plan ahead! Either have a meal plan OR have an idea about what you will be eating that week. Plan ahead for social events.
  3. Meal prep!  Take some time on the weekend, or an hour or two on whatever night you can, and prep some food. This could mean slicing vegetables for the week or even preparing a meal with many servings and freezing them for your lunches.
  4. Keep meals simple! I am the Queen of Over-complicating Things, so this one can be hard for me. Yes, you can make extravagant meals, but really what every meal comes down to is – lots of veggies, a decent serving of protein, your healthy fats and a little bit of fruit.
  5. Spices are your best friend…be creative! Also be aware of added sugar or “flavoring.”
  6. Make enough for leftovers – THIS SAVED ME during my 1st Whole30! During the 30 days, 99% of the time my lunch was leftovers from the night before.
  7. No scale for 30 days. If you are doing this for weight loss, weigh yourself the day before you start and the day after you finish. ALSO – take measurements, because the scale can be deceiving!
  8. Find support! Soooo many people out there are doing a Whole30. Come join my Facebook group!
  9. Concentrate on the first 15 days. Yes, this is a 30 day journey, but once you make it through the first 15 days, it’s all downhill from there!
  10. NO CHEATING…seriously! I get you might have sugar cravings. Fix that with an almond butter stuffed date. Cheating is NOT worth it!
  11. Keep a food journal/take notes. Here’s a link to a blank Whole30 Google Doc journal I created for our 30 days. You can cut & paste it into your own document to track your progess!
  12. FINALLY…DO THE REINTRODUCTION phase. This is truly that only way to find out what your body can and cannot handle. Here’s a link that goes into more detail. Basically you will still eat a Whole30 diet, except every few days you introduce ONE food group, then go back to the Whole30 diet while examining how you feel by adding that food group back.

I really hope these tips can help you be successful as you get ready to start your Whole30.

For those of you who are visual learners, I created this graphic that you can pin for later.

12 Whole30 Tips for Beginners via Organically Mo

With just over 1 week before we start our Whole30, do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Leave them in the comments section so we can discuss!

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Comments

  1. I’ve not done Whole30 but this intrigues me. Great, common sense tips!

  2. Michelle Rogers, CPT says:

    Good tips. I haven’t tried Whole 30 yet but I keep hearing good things about it!

  3. Great tips! I haven’t heard much about Whole 30, but I like the concept. I’m a big meal planner and that really helps us cut down on bad eating and waste.

  4. amberbusyboldblessed says:

    Great tips 😀

  5. I’m starting this tomorrow! Eek! Thanks for the tips!

  6. Starting this today and have not cheated yet. 🙂

  7. Definitely some great tips you have here! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    I’m not quite ready for Whole30 yet, but I love learning about it…one day I’ll check it iout!

  9. I am not doing the whole 30 but I think those tips all work for whatever healthy eating plan you are on.

  10. I’m with you on eliminating temptations from the fridge and pantry. If they aren’t there, you won’t eat them and you’ll be more likely to stay on track with healthy eating.

  11. Great tips! Whole30 really isn’t on my radar but I’m sure those who use it or are just starting will appreciate this list!

  12. I thought about doing Whole 30 for a quick second and then decided not to. Since being pregnant I have been craving my morning oatmeal and cottage cheese so I am thinking my body needs it (I eat pretty well), so i decided to forgo it until after the baby. Great tips.

  13. natrunsfar says:

    Great tips! I am definitely interested in doing this, but I am going to wait until after the marathon to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great tips! I’m not doing the Whole 30, but I went 7 days without sugar and was feeling great. Then we had dessert at my ILs and bam – I couldn’t stop eating sugar the rest of the day. Ugh. I should just not cheat in the first place.

  15. Whole 30 is everywhere this year. Just like last year. You’ve got this!

  16. great tips for healthy eating in general, not just the whole 30!

  17. These are absolutely fabulous tips! Whole30 is challenging – so the more advice out there, the better 🙂

  18. I did whole30 once and the hardest part for me was not giving into my sugar cravings ugh!! I have never tried almont butter dates though…will have to check that out!

  19. I cannot wait to see how it goes. I would struggle with giving up dairy.

  20. Great tips for bloggers. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. Great tips. I like the Whole 30, I just wish it was a little more vegetarian friendly
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