Tis the season for a January Whole30, and we couldn’t be more excited. We know that completing a Whole30 can be an overwhelming challenge, which is why we’re here to help you rock it, with dozens of Whole30 Approved meals and plenty of expert advice. Today, we’re giving you 5 expert Whole30 tips for getting the most out of your experience.
This one might seem simple, but too often we approach Whole30 by dipping a toe in. This allows the possibility that we won’t complete 30 full days plus reintroduction. Instead, resolve that you WILL see this through (and you’ll use the following tips to help you do just that!). Imagine how you’ll feel at the end of 30 days, and how great it will be to figure out what works for you. Remind yourself that this isn’t the Whole15 or the Whole20, it’s the Whole30, and that’s for a reason.
Pro tip from Whole30 Headmistress Melissa Urban: “Don’t even think of giving yourself an ‘out’ here, because if you do, your brain WILL take it. Saying, ‘I’m doing the Whole30, but it’s my birthday on the 10th so we’ll play that by ear’ is the same as giving yourself permission to bail on your Whole30 commitment. Use strong, decisive language (I AM); plan and prepare your butt off for challenging situations; and believe you WILL finish the program. As you’ll hear again soon, mindset is everything here.”
2) Get support
Let your closest friends and family (those that you interact with on a daily basis) know that you’ll be completing a January Whole30. Don’t go into detail about the Whole30 unless they ask, but rather explain why you’re completing one and leave it at that. For example, maybe you’ve been feeling really low energy lately, or your anxiety has ramped up, and you want to feel better. Lead with this. Your friends and family love you and want to see you happy and healthy.
Getting support can also include making a list of compliant to-go meal options, since you may not always have time to meal prep every week of your Whole30. If you want Whole30 Approved food that doesn’t require the shopping, cooking or prep, we’ve got you covered there.
3) Make your home Whole30 friendly
It’s not so easy to rock your Whole30 when you’ve got non-compatible food staring at you from every corner of the kitchen. Ideally, you’d donate or give away all of this food before you start your Whole30, filling your fridge, freezer and pantry with compatible food. But look, we get it. You can’t clean house if you’ve got family members who won’t be eating Whole30 for the month. You can, however, be strategic. Put snacks that aren’t Whole30 compatible in certain spots of the pantry and fridge/freezer, ideally in a spot that’s not at eye level for you. And rather than focus on what you’re removing, focus on what you will be getting to eat instead. There are plenty of delicious options!
4) Make plans & prepare
Planning and preparation includes everything from having compatible food on hand to having a plan for unexpected hiccups.
- Let’s start with compatible food. Picture this – it’s been a long day at work and you’re starving. You get home and open the fridge, finding…..nothing. Emergency! Chances are that’ll send you to the Uber Eats app so fast that you don’t even have time to think about it, making a less-than-stellar choice in the name of hunger and frustration. Let’s try on another scenario. You prepped (or picked up) some delicious, Whole30 Approved meals on a day off, and it’s food that you’re excited to eat. You have the same long day at work, and you’re still starving, but now you open the fridge and fully prepared food is staring back at you. Just heat and eat. It’s pretty clear which of these scenarios leads to Whole30 success, right?
- Next, let’s talk about ‘if, then’ planning. This is Whole30’s version of a contingency plan, and it’s essential for a successful Whole30. It’s the ideal way to work around stressful days, the office candy bowl, social obligations, and more. They’re a way to plan ahead for the bumps in the road that you’ll inevitably experience on your Whole30 journey. Everyone’s ‘if, then’ plans will look different, but the structure is the same.
- Here are a few examples:
- If my family is being critical of my choice to do a Whole30, then I will calmly and respectfully change the subject.
- If I get invited out to dinner, then I will look at the menu beforehand and make a plan for what I’ll order. If I need to, I’ll bring my own condiments (salad dressing, ketchup, etc) to cover my bases.
- If the office candy bowl is calling my name, then I will take a 10-minute walk to remove myself from the situation to re-align myself with my goals and intentions.
- Another benefit of ‘if, then’ planning is that you’re forcing yourself to think ahead about any possible roadblocks that might come up over the course of the month. When you do this, not much will pop up that throws you for a complete loop.
- Here are a few examples:
5) Get your mindset right
All of the planning in the world doesn’t make much of a difference if your mindset and outlook on your Whole30 is negative. If you go into the Whole30 thinking it’s going to be the hardest thing you ever do or thinking there’s no way you’ll ever be able to complete it, you’re probably going to prove yourself right. And that’s because you’ll be focusing on all the wrong things. You get to choose what you pay attention to.
Instead of building the Whole30 up in your mind as an enormous challenge, flip the script. Consider it an opportunity to figure out what works for you and a chance to nourish yourself with high-quality, inflammation-busting food. Consider it a chance to redefine your relationship with food. Remind yourself that you can do hard things, and that you are already a healthy person with healthy habits. Notice how these thoughts are more constructive? Repeat them as often as you need until the negative thoughts appear less and less frequently.
We hope these Whole30 tips are helpful! If you’re looking for a way to make your meal prep work for you, take a look at our Whole30 meals. You can pick them up, or have them delivered straight to your door.