Well, the first thing that comes to mind is patience. Patience for yourself. Patience for other people. Did I mention patience for yourself? Oh, OK, good. You’re gonna need that.
Next, I’d say goals. You’ve gotta have goals, and preferably more than just to lose some poundage. I get that your pants may be a bit too tight, things may jiggle that use to be still, and if you need to lose weight and follow the Whole30, it is inevitable. You will see those numbers drop (after the 30 days since you’re not allowed to weigh yourself during), but I’m not sure it’ll carry you through some of the tough days. Dig deeper. And I don’t mean to the bottom of that carton of ice cream. Why do you want to look different? Will losing weight make your joints hurt less? Allow you to play more freely with your kids? Rid you of the reflux you’ve taken Prevacid for since you were like 2 months old? For me, it was about improving my quality of life and not feeling sick, tired, cranky, and to improve my skin.
After setting your goals, I’d 100,000,000% say to get support and tell some people! While you don’t have to stand on a rooftop, yell it through a megaphone, and tell all the people, you’ve gotta tell some. Trust me, you’ve got to, get it out there, get some accountability, and don’t do it all alone.
I went from never using social media to hogging everyone’s feed everyday with my Whole30 pics and updates. It might have been annoying to some while it might have been encouraging to others and it certainly helped me stay on track and unwilling to “cheat.”
Get a few friends, co-workers, gym buddies, girlfriends, a spouse, a stranger you follow on Instagram and do it together! If you have no friends, co-workers, gym buddies, spouse, or a social media account, you can go here and pay Whole30 to be your daily encouragement for the price of $15.
No excuses. Go. Tell someone.
2 > 1
What about resources?
I really loved having the book on hand! I’m not one to keep books because they become clutter, but this is one I’ll definitely keep on hand. (I recently purchased it at Costco for only $16! I had checked it out from the library previously)
❤ Follow the Whole30 Blog.
❤ ALL of these printable sheets.
(Cheat sheets on “Whole30 Program Rules, Shopping list, Dining Out Guide, Travel Guide,” etc)
❤ Here are some of my favorites to follow on Instagram for ideas.
❤ Pinterest of course, by searching, “Whole30 meal ideas.”
❤ Recently, I joined (no charge) Periscope, and follow co-author Melissa Hartwig and Whole30. She posts SUCH GOOD CONTENT. She makes it easy and attainable and recently opened up about her Whole30 story in relation to a past addiction lifestyle. I love realness.
Kitchen food essentials?
❤ Coconut oil (Costco)
❤ Ghee (Whole Foods)
❤ Olive Oil
❤ Almonds, Cashews, Pecans (Costco)
Used to make nut butters, nut mixes, and pecans served with breakfast daily.
❤ Coconut milk (I purchase non-organic in blue can from Sprouts)
I couldn’t find compliant version at Aldi, Publix, Target, Walmart.
❤ Homemade Almond Butter
❤ Sweet potatoes (Costco has 10 pound bag for $7)
Eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
❤ Any and all approved vegetables, and that list can be found in a downloadable PDF listed above.
❤ Any and all fruits in season. We go for grapes, berries, bananas, honey crisp apples, and sometimes oranges.
❤ Coffee, Did I even need to say it?
❤ LaCroix (most variety at Target)
Costco does carry these, just not in our favorite flavors.
I drink at minimum 3 liters of plain water daily, not including sparkling waters.
❤ Perrier Lemon Lime
❤ Deer Park Sparkling Water (Target)
❤ Hot Tea (This specifically is amazing and at Target, Publix, Walmart)
Also used in this butternut squash soup.
❤ Chicken (Costco)
❤ Ground Beef (Costco)
❤ Pork Tenderloin
❤ Chicken Sausages (Best deal at Costco)
❤ Tessamae’s dressings/mayonnaise/marinades. (Whole Foods or on their site) Because I really don’t want to make it.
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❤ Spices (I mostly use salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, onion, paprika, chilli powder, cayenne, mustard, cinnamon)
❤ Balsamic vinegar
Emergency/Quick Fix Food
❤ Larabars (Compliant ones found here)
❤ Epic Bars (Whole Foods, Sprouts, On their site.) Check ingredients as all are not compliant. Lance had to spit out a piece mid-chew while on Whole30, hah!
❤ Nut mixes
❤ Justin’s Almond Butter jar and travel pouches
❤ Parchment paper (Costco has a good deal)
❤ Large cutting board
❤ Kitchen knife(s) (I literally have used one single knife because our knife game is super weak.)
❤ Food Processor (Technically this is borrowed from my sweet mom, but I’ve used it a LOT.)
❤ Measuring spoons
❤ Baking sheets
❤ Pots (I mainly used a large stove top pot for soups)
❤ Crockpot makes for easy meals
❤ Food storage containers
❤ Want Mexican? Make this super easy recipe and double it for leftovers.
❤ Craving chili? Try this incredibly quick to prepare recipe and make it your own if you wish. I make enough to feed an army.
❤ Cooking some ground beef is always a great option. Then place it on top of some spring mix greens, microwave steam some veggies, add some avocado, and call it a meal!
❤ On the regular, this pork tenderloin recipe makes an appearance in our weekly meals. I always double for leftovers.
❤ If you need protein for the week, use this incredibly simple crockpot recipe. I literally put in the chicken breasts, throw in a jar of salsa, close the lid, and walk back 6 hours later to a week’s worth of toppings to salads, sweet potatoes, any vegetable, eggs, etc.
❤ It also counts if you sauté some spinach/broccoli/etc with some chicken apple sausages and throw on a side of avocado.
❤ Do you, your husband, your dad, or your roomate like to grill? Great! Use olive oil, salt, and pepper to grill some delicious steaks, hamburgers, or even chicken. Of course, make leftovers to eat later.
I really hope this is helpful! Being healthy and even completing a Whole30 does not have to be hard or fancy. We (and likely you) eat the same 6-8 meals regularly, and every couple of weeks or so I’ll pull out the Whole30 book for a new recipe or go to “the google” to find something interesting.
Grocery shopping isn’t difficult now because I know what we’ll need and how much to buy to keep from making multiple trips. I also know where to get certain items (which I tried to help you with above.) Even so, sometimes Costco is too far and too big to tackle, so I drive the 1 mile to Publix or Aldi and make it work. And when life gets absolutely crazy, we keep it incredibley simple. Chicken apple sausages, eggs, frozen steamable veggies, baked sweet potatoes, and ground meat can make a lot of different variations in no time!
We save money because we eat out at minimum once per week and I love that.
No Whole30 or healthy lifestyle looks the same and this is simply what worked for us. You definitely should do things differently depending on your lifestyle!
Here’s to a healthy lifestyle! Cheers! (With a Kiwi Watermelon LaCroix) 🙂