The holidays are a magical time of the year. We get to spend time with our loved ones that we might not see often, we attend holiday parties, take part in Christmas cookie swaps, and get to enjoy a spread of amazing holiday dishes. The not so wonderful part of the holiday season is how all of those decadent meals and treats make us feel. It’s almost that time of the year for some of us to make resolutions, to try a new fitness routine, or make healthier food choices, one of them being embarking on the Whole30 challenge.
If that’s you, I have some wonderful tips, links and meal ideas to help make your Whole30 easier and aid in your success, because guess what… you ARE going to succeed at the Whole30. It’s hard, but you will realize just how strong you truly are.
If you’re 100% on board or highly considering a Whole30 in January, then it’s time to start brainstorming now! I wrapped up my Whole30 at the beginning of December, and if I can succeed going into it with no planning or preparation, then you can do it with a little bit of pre-planning. I don’t recommend waking up in the middle of the night and deciding that you’re going to start the following day. That’s what I did, but it was necessary.
So let’s talk planning!
Planning for a Successful Whole30
Buy It Starts With Food
This book is life changing and simply amazing. I’ve read it several times now, and each time I learn something new. The first time I read it, I probably didn’t take it all in, but this time around, I feel as if I have a more mature approach to the program and truly realize now just how important food is in fueling us to live a healthy life, and to be able to push ourselves in physical activities. This book will lay the entire program out for you and really dig deep into why the Whole30 rules are what they are.
Tell Your Friends, Family and Co-Workers
Support is going to be HUGE in your success. Tell the people that have a big impact in your life why you are doing the Whole30. It’s so easy for family or co-workers to give you crap for wanting to eat a certain way or to give you a hard time when you turn down the Friday morning office donuts, but if you tell them ahead of time, it will save you in the long run. Maybe you’re doing it to control your sugar cravings, or you have really bad migraines.
Plain and simple tell them that you’re doing this to better your health, and if they give you crap, you just tell them that the opinion box is currently closed and not open for opinions for another 30 days! Remember, YOU DO YOU. This is your life, not theirs. I started the Whole30 while visiting my brother and SIL, and they were more than happy to cater to my Whole30 needs. If your family is not supportive of your Whole30, well then I will just adopt you and call you mine! 🙂
Do Your Research
When I started my Whole30, I spent endless hours on Pinterest looking for reader’s stories and for meal ideas. Here is my Whole30 board, and Michele @ Paleo Running Momma is FULL of awesomeness & my Paleo go-to queen. The Whole30 blog is highly recommended as well. Do your research and you’ll find endless ideas and inspiration on the internet.
Holy goodness this is one of the BIGGEST things that you can do to succeed. Prep prep your food! I cook a bulk of my food on Saturday and/or Sunday for the work week, making my life a lot easier during the busy week. I generally eat the same breakfast and lunch throughout the week because not only is it easier to cook 1 meal in bulk, but because I found meals that keep me full for 4-5 hours, and this is what works for me.
My meals are beyond delicious, and I personally do not get sick of the same breakfast or lunch simply because I look forward to my meals. Dinner is the one thing that typically varies, and it’s usually the one meal that I don’t have completely prepped. I love fresh sauteed veggies with my dinner, so this is the meal I enjoy cooking each night. My chicken is usually already baked and cut up in the fridge, so all I have to do is saute my veggies, add in my cooked chicken, and my dinner is ready in less than 15 minutes!
I have my safety snacks in my pantry and office, stocked up. I rotate between nuts, bananas, Larabars, and plantains.
By the time the work week starts, I already have breakfast and lunches packed up in Tupperware for the work week, so every morning I just have to grab a stack and be on my way.
Now there are obviously more tips and ways to succeed with your Whole30, but if you do your research beforehand, prep your meals so you always have “approved meals” on hand, and along with the support of your friends and family, you really have no other option than to succeed!
Do you have any Whole30 tips of your own?
What scares you the most about doing a Whole30?
Do you have plans for a Whole30 this coming year?