Thinking about completing a WHOLE 30 but not sure where to begin or how you will end up successful? After completing my 2nd challenge in November, I have a few tips and tricks to help you complete a whole 30 successfully!
The Whole 30 is becoming a popular way to get healthy, lose weight and regain control over eating habits. I love it because not ONLY will the whole 30 help get you back into your skinny jeans BUT it will also improve your overall heath. If you are willing to put in the work, you WILL see HUGE results. There are ZERO gimmicks, it doesn’t cost a crazy amount of money, and IT WORKS!
Here are my best tips to help you COMPLETE a WHOLE 30 challenge that could potentially change your life forever.
Know your WHY.
First, before you really dive in ask yourself why are you planning to do the whole 30? Are you hoping to ‘reset’ your body? Are you planning to lose weight? Are you simply tired of processed foods?
I encourage you to define your WHY and break it down even further.
For Example: I want to do the Whole 30 to “get healthy”. Well why do you you want to get healthy? To live life to the fullest with your family?
This WHY will be your driving force. It will determine whether you make it through 30 days or not.
Write your WHY down in a place where you can see it often to remember the reason you started the journey. Ask yourself if your WHY really matters to you! The truth is, the Whole 30 isn’t magical and beneficial unless YOU make it that way. You could do really well for 30 days, lose 12 lbs. and on day 31 find yourself on a huge binge. Your WHY will keep you on track and help you to slowly ease back into a moderation after the 30 days.
Spoiler Alert: If you truly benefit from the Whole 30, it won’t stop at 30 days.
When Prepping for the Whole 30…
Know your limits.
Go to the Whole 30 website and download the shopping list ASAP. It’s crucial to know what is on the approval list and what isn’t.
This way you aren’t tempted to ‘accidentally’ add something to your approved list when you’re browsing the grocery aisles later. (Just speaking from personal experience here) Stock your home with “safe” foods, and get rid of anything that isn’t on the list. If you don’t want to throw foods away, give them away or bring them to a friends house to stay for awhile.
Eliminating the gray area leads to greater success and less frustration.
Another way to eliminate frustration is to…
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.
After you’ve studied your approved food list, start prepping foods for your week.
One of my favorite things to do is make portioned containers with fresh fruits and veggies to have handy throughout the week. On Sunday night, I pull out every small reusable container that I own and fill it with freshly washed, pealed and cut fruits and veggies. Sometimes, I pair them with a little almond butter.
Smoothies are also a great way to keep you filled up during a Whole 30. Be sure to have your favorite smoothie ingredients on hand when you need a mid afternoon energy boost. Some of my favorites include: spinach, almond butter, banana, any frozen fruits, and a splash of almond milk. My hardest times were 3-5pm and all I wanted was a snack. If you don’t have snacks prepped it’s SO easy to fall during this time.
*Snacks aren’t recommended for everyone doing a whole 30 challenge. As an active nursing mama I chose to eat snacks!! *Fruit is also suggested in smaller portions, so try your best to limit it!
When it comes to dinner, it’s IMPORTANT To plan your menu in advance. 80% of the time, when I don’t have plan for dinner I chose to eat something that I would never PLAN to eat in advance. You owe it to yourself to plan your meals out. Not only will this help you complete a Whole 30, but it will also save money, time, and frustration. You don’t have to get fancy. In fact the Whole 30 is pretty simple. Use your crock pot and even your microwave!
You can see my recent Whole 30 meal plans, plus some of my favorite Whole 30 recipes here. I also have plenty of ideas on my pinterest boards. Just be sure to read them over, assuring a recipe’s ingredients are whole 30 approved.
* If menu planning still stresses you out, and keeps you from achieving your goals then ask someone for help! Did you know that I create customized menu plans based on local sales flyers that cater to your dietary and budget needs? The menu plans start at $10 a month, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Menu Plan if you would like some help.
Don’t do this alone…
Find Accountability and Community.
If you are ready to take the Whole 30 challenge, tell other people about it! The best people to tell are the people you will see during those 30 days. Even if they have NO idea what the Whole 30 is, they can serve as accountability for the challenge. If you are active on social media, be sure to tell your friends and followers that you are planning to complete this challenge and ask them to help cheer you along. The first week is the hardest, and some people experience detox symptoms like major headaches and body aches! If you aren’t talking to anyone, you may convince yourself that eating ‘well’ is making you sick and you need to go back to eating junk. Eeek! That isn’t the case.
Create community. Do you have friends or family that could benefit from the whole 30? Ask them to join you, start an email thread or a text message chain to help share recipes, frustrations and joy from overcoming obstacles along the way. You can also use the hashtag #whole30 on any social media platform to find the thousands of other people participating in the challenge while you are. If you have a local group you can prep, plan and eat meals together.
If you chose to go about this journey alone, it will only be because you chose that for yourself. Use social media to your advantage, and dominate these 30 days. For real food inspiration, yo can follow @realfoodforless on instagram. If you aren’t quite ready for a whole 30 but need help and accountability switching to real foods, we love for you to join our online community group!
Along the way, be sure to give yourself …
SO what happens on DAY 2, when you accidentally eat a piece of cheese? Do you quit the Whole 30 all together? Decide you should do something “easier”?? NOOO, give yourself GRACE and start back up again. If you read back to my Whole 30 update posts, you will find that drinking my coffee black was my biggest obstacle. I chose to add maple syrup to my coffee on days that I needed a little pick me up. Is this Whole 30 compliant? NO! BUT instead of giving up completely because of one little thing, I gave myself grace and modified the plan.
The reality is that chances are you are making SOME sort of change, you are taking steps in the right direction. PLUS you GET To eat yummy, healthy foods for 30 days?! Some people don’t have that privilege and don’t get the opportunity to taste the goodness of fresh produce. YOU CAN DO THIS!
I’m a HUGE supporter of the Whole 30 and what it can do for one’s body!
*Disclaimer: I was in NO way compensated for this post. I simply believe in the Whole 30 and what it can do for the heath of my friends and followers. This post may contain affiliate links.