As I write this post, I am currently on Day 3 of my Whole30. (New to Whole30? Check out my blog post explaining what it is and why I love it here!)
I have to say, so far things are going quite well! I have gotten a few sugar cravings here and there, but nothing that couldn’t be cured by a bit of fruit. Let’s just say that bananas with almond butter are LIFE right now!) I know that as little fruit as possible is ideal, but for now just staying away from refined sugar is a WIN in my book!
This is my second time doing a Whole30, and as you may know the first time was a bit of a fail. I ended up fudging the rules and really not learning much about my body from the experience.
THIS TIME AROUND, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT I DID DIFFERENTLY TO SET MYSELF UP FOR SUCCESS IN COMPLETING THE WHOLE30.
With an elimination diet like this one, most of our success comes from our own mental preparation. I knew that if I didn’t have the right attitude, I would undoubtedly fall off the wagon again. So I started thinking about what didn’t work last time and how I could avoid those downfalls. I truly feel that these small changes have helped me to stay positive, creative, and enthusiastic about embracing the Whole30 challenge.
I believe that these few easy steps can help you to set yourself up for success on the Whole30, as well!
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1.) THINK ABOUT YOUR “WHY”
We all have a reason for wanting to complete the Whole30. Many of Nurturing Lives have something that Nurturing Lives want to change about our body, whether it be our digestion, appearance, or some type of ailment. Whatever it is, make sure you keep your “why” handy for you to see whenever you feel like “cheating” on your Whole30. Find a pad of paper, or even just use your phone, to record your “why”. Here is what I wrote into my Evernote App:
2.) CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY
This is POWERFUL, guys. Don’t go at this alone! Having support is key when you’ve set out to achieve a goal. Find an accountability partner who you trust will be there when you’re feeling weak. Tell people your plans. Even announce it on social media if you have to! I decided to share my meals on my Instagram story (@encouragingwellnesskelly–go follow me if you haven’t already!) and I got my husband on board to do it with me.
Just find any way to hold yourself accountable when it would be easier to quit.
3.) MEAL PLAN AND GROCERY SHOP IN BULK
Admittedly, meal planning is one of my weaknesses in life. I have no idea why…it’s really not a difficult thing to do! My first time on Whole30 I didn’t meal plan at all. That led to a whole lot of staring into the open refrigerator saying, “There’s nothing to eat.” (Insert whiny voice here.) Sound familiar?
This time, I forced myself to meal plan. I gathered recipes from a few sources: Pinterest, the Whole30 Cookbook, and through my Sun Basket and Green Chef subscriptions. Then I decided on meals for each day, looked at all of the ingredients needed, and made my grocery list.
I know that this takes some time and effort. If you just give yourself about an hour to plan and another couple of hours to grocery shop, you will have a clearer mind knowing that most of the work is already done. The ingredients are in your refrigerator, now all you have to do is put them together to create a delicious meal!
4.) ANTICIPATE (AND PREPARE FOR) YOUR WEAKNESSES
We all have our weaknesses. Hey, perfection is boring, right?!
Planning and preparing for these weaknesses will have you ready to kick those cravings to the curb!
For me personally, sugar cravings are my downfall. Hands. Down. So what I did was come up with a few things that I could eat on the Whole30 that would satisfy my sweet tooth without derailing my diet. Here are some staples that I always have available to me when that darn sweet tooth comes calling:
- Bananas or apples with almond butter and cinnamon
- Smoothies (sweetened with banana or dates)
- Strawberries with coconut cream
- Bulletproof coffee (it’s not sweet but for whatever reason it totally gets rid of my sugar cravings!)
Maybe you struggle with making dinner every night. You could prepare for that by identifying three easy meal options that can be on your table in less than 20 minutes. My go-to’s in this category are:
- Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon/sausage, and a side of fruit or veggies)
- Cooked sweet potato spirals with ground beef and a Whole30-approved pasta sauce
- Lettuce-wrapped burger (I love these Bubba Grassfed Burgers, and they can be easily found at Target in the frozen section). I like to add toppings such as:
- mayo (you can make a Whole30 approved version using this recipe)
- Eggs over-easy
Identifying and planning for these potential struggles will without a doubt help you during your Whole30!
5.) MAKE IT EASY
Don’t have time to go to the grocery store? Buy your food online! Some major grocery stores, such as Hy-Vee, have grocery delivery services. I like to buy my pantry stapes on Vitacost or Thrive Market, and for fresh fruits, veggies, and meats I love Door to Door Organics! It doesn’t get much easier than having your food delivered right to your doorstep!
Don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen for every meal? Make extra at dinner time and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. If mornings are tight, make a breakfast casserole on Sunday that you can easily heat up and will last you through the week. (I LOVE making this recipe into a casserole, but they work great in muffin form too!)
There are always solutions to every problem, sometimes it just takes a bit to find the right one that will fit into your lifestyle.
I truly hope that these 5 tips have helped you in some way, and stay tuned for more updates and blog posts about my Whole30 experience!