Hello, my January Whole30 friends! The fun is about to begin!
As I mentioned on my latest Facebook post, myself and a few others won’t be starting until January 9. A good majority of you are starting on the 1st, so I’ll be sure to keep you motivated throughout – especially in those first few days! I think the overlap will actually do us all good, because those who are a week ahead of the rest of us can be mega encouragement for when the rest of us start! WIN-WIN!
Setting yourself up for success
From the Whole30 site, you’ll find some pointers for prep here and here. These are great resources, but with anything you read (there, on the site, or elsewhere), keep in mind that you have to make this work for you! Your body and mind are going to go through some significant changes the next few days/weeks, so while yes, you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle, make it realistic and attainable. For instance, meal prep is highly recommended, but meal prep is not my jam (more on this later), so I stock up on staples and do a few days at a time instead. You gotta to do what works for you! That’s part of your success.
OK, here goes!
- Don’t give yourself any excuses to cheat by surrounding yourself with things that you “have to” have: Make it a point to remove or hide any foods that will be tempting to you throughout the 30 days (and beyond) and replace these foods with staples. If you’re not sure what’s compliant and what’s not, check out this list and also check out the “Can I have..” section. Other than your favorite proteins, here are some other good things to have on hand:
- Cooking Fats like Ghee, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Butter, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Coconut Vinegar, Coconut Aminos and Fish Sauce, Sauerkraut
- Delicious spices:
- Every-day species garlic and onion powder, salt and peper are great to have on hand, but I also love me some turmeric, paprika and any of the spices from Primal Palate
- Do your measurements and write down where you place the measuring tape, so you can be as accurate as possible. For example – “Upper Arm (5 inches about elbow)”, etc.
- Weigh in the morning you start, then PUT. THAT. SCALE. AWAY! A main focus of Whole30 is how your body feels. Hopping on the scale first thing every morning can really set you off track. I can tell you this from experience. Do yourself a favor and just put it away! It’ll be a nice surprise for you on day 31!
- NOTE: If you have the ability to do body fat or a dunk tank of some sort, I’d recommend this as well, but I know that’s not necessarily as accessible.
- Take your before picture. DO IT!
- You can find a few other tidbits in my blog post from my last go around.
- I’ll let the experts speak to this one! Here are the rules directly from The Whole30 site
- “What do I do if I get hungry?”: Snacking is not encouraged during Whole30, instead, you’re encouraged to eat three full meals throughout a given day. You’ll find that once you start balancing your meals and start eating real, whole foods, you won’t have the urge to snack nearly as much, but this can definitely be a challenge from the jump. I’d recommend paying close attention to your water intake. Cravings are often a signal that we’re lacking hydration. And hey – take advantage of La Croix and other compliant delicious beverages being allowed! If you’re feeling like you’re in a pinch:
- I used Larabars and RxBars as a crutch quite often, but I don’t recommend doing this. I think I would’ve had way better results had a stayed off of them, because I actually began relying on them and using them as a treat.
- “What can I put in my coffee?”: I’m fortunate that I LOVE my coffee black, but for those of you who do not, I know this is a point of contention! Thankfully, there are several solutions for you:
- “Can I really not drink alcohol?”: Nope, you sure can’t! As a regular wine drinker, I feel your pain! As the rules state, if you’re in a pitch it’s organic wine or cider for you. Personally, I feel like club soda and a lime go a long way in social situations. And again, as I stated in my blog, tell people you’re doing The Whole30, you’ll be amazed to see the support and respect you’ll get. Especially when it comes to being able to hang in social situations and still be your amazing self! 🙂
- “Do I need to meal prep?”: This is strongly recommended on the site, but as I stated above, this just doesn’t work for me. I like to eat what I’m craving, and I don’t like the idea of having to commit to a week’s worth of food in one night. Again, my preference! But I like variety, and I feel like this gives me the best opportunity to get that. Plus, I love cooking with my husband after work!
What to expect:
Where to Buy
Whole Foods and depending on where you live Sprouts and Central Market are all go-to stores where you can get pretty much anything. I also use Thrive Market to get a ton of my staples.
Other than the Whole30 site, books, and resources some of my favorite sites are Nom Nom Paleo (nomnompaleo.com), PaleOMG (paleomg.com), and Fed and Fit (fedandfit.com). Nom Nom actually has an entire Whole30 section that’s dedicated to the Whole30. They’re all great, offer some great things with flavors, and allow you to mix things up! But beware, all of their recipes aren’t necessarily Whole30-compliant, so be ingredient aware and get creative! There is always options for everything! There is also http://www.thefoodee.com/tag/whole30/, which provides you with grocery store lists when you select the recipes. There are also a TON of resources online.
Also just came across this! http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/whole30-and-flirty-and-thriving#.dh3dlQlyyQ
I’ll also be sure to be posting here and on Instagram and Snapchat. If you aren’t following me already, I’m @YOLO_on_a_Yoyo.
Here are some of my past favorites!:
- Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce: http://www.refinedchef.com/recipes/refined-chef-originals/grilled-chicken-with-chimichurri-sauce.php
- Curried Butternut Squash Soup: http://www.paleogirlskitchen.com/2013/04/curried-butternut-squash-soup.html
- Balsamic Pepper Rumb Steak: http://thesaffrongirl.com/balsamic-pepper-rumb-steak/– we used skirt steak and marinated it overnight
- Citrus Scallop Summer Salad: http://www.health-bent.com/seafood/paleo-citrus-scallop-summer-salad – seemed odd, but it’s really tasty!
- Chicken aux Herbes de Provence & Savory Rhubarb: http://thesaffrongirl.com/chicken-aux-herbes-de-provence-savoury-rhubarb/– I’m not a huge fan of thigh meat, so I do this with Chicken Breast
- Pistachio-Cilantro Crusted Swordfish: http://gavanmurphy.com/pistachio-cilantro-crusted-swordfish/– this is delicious!
- Almost Five-Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie: http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/ – one of my favorites! Whole foods has a really delicious all-natural chicken Italian sausage that I like to use for it
- Breakfast Lasagna: http://paleomg.com/breakfast-lasagna/ – This is something good to make for the mornings. You can bake it, and eat it throughout the week. It’s SO GOOD. I mix all of the ingredients together with the eggs and cook that way instead of putting them on top.
So let’s do this!
I’m far from all knowing, so please share your experiences, questions, recipes, struggles, etc. This is the whole reason I started this group. There is power in numbers, so let’s take full advantage of each other and help each other through these next 30 days. WE GOT THIS!