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 –
- 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.
- Plan ahead! Either have a meal plan OR have an idea about what you will be eating that week. Plan ahead for social events.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spices are your best friend…be creative! Also be aware of added sugar or “flavoring.”
- 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.
- 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!
- Find support! Soooo many people out there are doing a Whole30. Come join my Facebook group!
- 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!
- NO CHEATING…seriously! I get you might have sugar cravings. Fix that with an almond butter stuffed date. Cheating is NOT worth it!
- 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!
- 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.
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!