Long time no talk!
So, this post officially marks the beginning of my Whole 30 series.
Today we are going to talk about my 4 rules for success doing Whole 30. Disclaimer: I’m on Day 11, but I feel that I’ve been doing it long enough to know what rules help me be successful.
1, Have a buddy.
Having an accountability partner has made this process so much easier. My mom and I are doing Whole 30 together (with my dad dabbling when he can – ha!) and it has really helped me stay on track. There is someone going through the same feelings I am (one day I’m so exhausted I could sleep ALL day and the next I have more energy than I’ve had in months!). Plus, it makes me feel accountable to someone else – if I were to cheat not only would I be letting myself down, I’d be letting my mom down.
2. Do your homework.
So, this one is the most important one in my opinion. I bought the Whole 30 book (which I HIGHLY recommend doing) and my mom and I set a date that we would start. We were excited to do it together and start. In hindsight, we should have given ourselves a little more time. We should have done a grocery trip ahead of starting instead of waiting until the day before.
3. Always be prepared.
This one has saved me. I’m currently working two jobs and most days I leave my house at 630 a.m. and don’t return until after 7 p.m. I’ve found that having Whole 30 compliant snacks around has made it so much easier. I love keeping the Epic Chicken Siracha bars, Apple Pie Larbars and Justin’s Almond Butter packets with me in my purse or car glove box. If I find myself famished, it keeps me from going off the path and satisfies me.
4. Create a meal plan…and a grocery list!
During the weekend, my mom and I sit down together and create a meal plan for the upcoming week. We are a big fan of making a casserole or egg muffins for us to have for breakfast during the week and make sure to buy plenty of lean protein. The plan helps us find new and fun recipes and gets us excited and motivated. Days 18 – 21 are supposed to be when you get bored, so we, fortunately, found a chef in Nashville that makes Whole 30 meals and we’re going to order those – this goes back to being prepared! Also, I find it super helpful to make a grocery list before you go, just because the diet is really strict and it can be really overwhelming going to the grocery store and seeing all of the food you CAN’T have.
5. Use all of the resources you can.
There are a ton of PDFs on the Whole 30 websites and blogs and instagrams galore to Whole 30 compliant meals and grocery lists. This is especially helpful in the first couple of days when you’re still trying to get your bearings and figure out what’s what. @whole30recipes on Instagram is awesome because they have someone take over stories each week and share a ton of recipes.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some more information and will share recipes, grocery lists and general thoughts about Whole 30 for the next month.