What is the Whole30?
My reasons for deciding to do the Whole30:
- I’ve kind of let my diet slide a little (into the abyss). I have been eating way too much sugar, too many grains and not enough protein and veggies. From experience, I already know that my lifestyle dramatically affects my cravings. If I want to stay out of the cookie jar, I need lots of protein, lots of veggies, and lots of sleep. I also know that a little sugar only makes me want a little more sugar, which only makes me want a whole lot of sugar. For me, the best bet is cold-turkey abstinence. I don’t seem to do very well with moderation when it comes to sugar. The Whole 30 seemed like a good way to get myself back on track.
- One of my kids might be exhibiting a couple food sensitivities. The Whole30 is a very good way to check for that, and runs a lot shorter than most elimination diets (a very good thing when working with kids). But before I felt like I could ask him to abstain from his favorite foods, I wanted to take it for a test run. If I decided to have him do this, I will have more compliant recipes, be better able to decide if he needs to do the plan as written or modified, and have a much better over-all plan. An added bonus — if I have any hidden sensitivities, I will know what they are by the time I finish the re-introduction phase. I don’t think I do, but now I will be absolutely sure.
- Let’s just be honest. I would LOVE to lose about a bazillion pounds. Especially without counting calories, stepping on a scale or obsessing.
7 Tips For Doing a Whole 30:
1. READ THE BOOK. This really can’t be over-stated. It will make everything go much more smoothly. This isn’t like any diet you have ever done — believe me. I have tried them all.
2. Like everyone across the Internet says, Plan, Plan, Plan. Failure to plan = failure to succeed. I meal plan on one day, get my groceries on another and do meal prep on yet another day. That’s what works for me. You might have a totally different schedule. I work from home, so I always have my kitchen close by. If you are working away from home, this will be much harder. It won’t be impossible, though. Lots of people who work away from home are doing this. But it will take even more planning. Take the time to plan ahead.
3. Ask yourself some “if, then” questions. If I go out to eat, then I’ll order this. If I get hungry between meals, then I will eat this. If I am having cravings, then I will do/eat this. You get the idea. Have a plan for how you will deal with situations that could potentially derail you.
4. Keep your refrigerator/cabinets FULL of good foods that are on plan. The quickest way to sabotage a Whole 30 is to get too hungry and have nothing around that you are allowed to eat.
5. Give yourself time to learn to cook differently. This will be much easier if you are already used to cooking with homemade almond milk, coconut milk, ghee, homemade almond butter and other real food ingredients. If you have been eating the Standard American Diet, this will take a lot more getting used to. Be nice to yourself and give yourself some time to learn to cook differently. M’Kay?
6. Think along the lines of “Protein & Produce”. You really can’t go too wrong if you are filling up on a yummy grilled chicken breast, an beautiful salad with fresh greens, and lots of chopped veggies, and a side of apple slices dipped in almond butter. It’s fast, easy (especially if you cook the chicken and make the dressing on your meal prep day), filling and totally on plan.
7. Don’t skimp on the carbs and fats. Your body needs them and they will help you feel full and satisfied. Carbs like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fruits in moderation. Fats like ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado. Trust me. You will have less cravings, more energy and this whole thing will go more smoothly. You won’t lose weight faster by skimping on carbs and fats — you’ll just sabotage the program.