Whole30: 3 Steps to Get You Prepped and Ready to Go
As many of you probably know (because I share about it on social media all the time, because it consumes my life all the time), I'm nearing the halfway point of my Whole30 journey. And what a journey it has been! For those of you that haven't heard of this diet, Whole30 is at its core an elimination diet. It's designed to remove all the inflammatory foods that your body is most likely to have an allergy or intolerance to. These groups include dairy, grains, added sugar, legumes, peanuts, MSG/carageenan/sulfates, and alcohol (so all the addicting things that taste good and have you thinking about eating another before the first is even swallowed- hello, Oreos for example?) At the end of the 30 days, you begin to reintroduce food groups one at a time and monitor how your body reacts. If you have any curiosity or inclination to maybe try it for yourself, I'd love to share a few things I've learned that will help prep you to succeed on this diet.
1) Stock your pantry in advanced.
Make sure you start prepping for your new diet 1-2 days before you actually begin. Since you know from the start which foods are a no-no, get those out of your kitchen. Empty your fridge, clear out your cabinets- make room for your healthy new foods. Then, make your grocery list. To give you some ideas on what to add, check out Foods You Need to Survive Whole30. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time reading ingredient labels. This was annoying at first, but now I'm glad I've been forced to be more aware of what all is being added into our food (i.e. SUGAR IN EVERYTHING).
2) Meal plan/prep as best as you can.
I'm not a meal prepper- I've tried to become one, time and time again but I just don't work like that. But unless you enjoy getting home from work exhausted and hangry, and frantically trying to pull together a unique meal in 15 minutes like I do... try your best to utilize the many Whole30 cookbooks and online resources out there, plan your meals, and set aside an afternoon to cook for the week ahead. Do as I say, not as I do.
3) Get some accountability.
This was important for me. I'm almost notorious for not following through on my resolutions, so I knew that if I was going to stay disciplined in this, even when the donuts and ice cream were singing siren songs to me, I would need to go public with it. So I jumped on the Gram and put it all out there. "I'm starting Whole30 tomorrow." Done. Locked In. Now I knew if I quit, I would have to succumb to public humiliation like a dog with my tail between my legs. No, but really, not only have people been so encouraging, they've taken an interest in the diet, the healthy recipes and the positive physical effects Josh and I have been experiencing. This has motivated me to stay the course, and has also given me an opportunity to connect with other folks on this same journey.
We hope these tips have been helpful for you! Be sure to check out the Whole30 website for a wealth of nutrition info, tips and delicious recipes. Happy Eating!
Xo, holl & lil