As most of y’all know by now, this January was my first completed Whole30! And over the past month I’ve received multiple DMs and messages asking about my experience and tips. Today I want to share some of my favorite recipes from this month and all of my tips to help you successfully complete your Whole30!
I started the Whole30 after a long vacation in Switzerland and Paris where I ate a bunch of junk and desserts. Although I am all for enjoying yourself on international trips I most definitely over indulged and needed to give my gut a break. Since I normally eat a paleo based diet I knew this was the best option for me to tame my raging sugar dragon and find my balance again.
I felt incredible all thirty day except for the brief moment when I got food poisoning from a school salad. I stuck to eating sweet potatoes, bananas, and cauliflower rice until I was feeling brave enough to eat a normal meal. The biggest change I noticed on the Whole30 was my change in energy and mood. Eating large portions of wholesome meals helped me feel energized instead of sluggish after meals. I was also able to pinpoint the foods that don’t make me feel my best (cabbage, nuts, Brussels sprouts and dairy).
1) Get a Meal Plan
This is probably my number one tip for Whole30, having someone basically tell you what you’re eating is very helpful to keep yourself on track and excite you for new dishes. I used Healthy Little Peach’s meal plan which was $6.99 and a lifesaver. It comes with a grocery list for each week and some of Ashley’s tips, quick meal ideas and condiment recipes. All of the food was delicious and got me to try recipes I otherwise wouldn’t have thought of.
2.) Meal Prep
I cant stress how important it is to meal prep! The worst thing is when you get home from a long day at school or work and just want to eat, but none of your veggies or fruit is washed and your chicken breast is frozen. I grocery shop on the weekends and immediately wash all of my fruits and vegies, as well as chop up some to snack on throughout the week. Having boiled eggs is also a great filling snack with healthy fats and protein.
3) Moderation is Key
One of the easiest things to do on the Whole30 is abuse the compliant processed food. Although most RX Bars and Lara Bars are approved, they should only be for emergency situations. Whole30 is about so much more than replacing your granola bar with a date bar!
4) Cool it with the Nut Butter
This was probably the one I struggled with most. I seriously have an addiction to almond butter and cashew butter. When I noticed I ate the entire jar in a week I realized I was definitely overdoing it in the nut department! As much as I love green apples with almond butter and cashew butter in my matcha lattes, I soon realized they weren’t the best snack choice since often times I was just peckish and would ruin my appetite for my actual meals. Also too many nuts upset my stomach which is never pleasant.
5) Take a Breath
The first three nights of my Whole30 I had nightmares of unconsciously breaking my Whole30 and would wake up freaking out only to remember it wasn’t real. Don’t stress it, get plenty of sleep and remember you’ve got this in the bag!
6) Order Basics when Eating Out
One thing I was nervous about when starting the Whole30 was, how the heck am I supposed to eat out and have a social life if I can’t eat most things on a menu? On day ten when I was invited to a friends birthday dinner, a moment of panic rushed through me, but my sister encouraged me that we go and try eating out. We told the waitress when we walked in and double checked to see what was in our dinner before we ordered. I ended up getting grilled shrimp, asparagus and a side salad. We double checked that the dish was cooked in olive oil and not butter, there wasn’t any soy or sugar and the waitress was super helpful! If you’re in a pinch Chipotle is my number one recommendation. I order a salad with chicken, roasted bell peppers, pico de gallo and guacamole.
7) Get a Buddy
Whole30 is so much easier when you have a friend doing it with you! You can keep each other accountable, motivate one another and it’s just nice to know someone else is doing it with you! Try getting a family member or friend to do it with you and see how much of a difference it makes! If worst comes to worst and you can’t find a friend to do it with, join a support group on Facebook and motivate each other that way!
Have you done the Whole30 before, did I miss any tips? Let me know in the comments!