How do I get prepared?
In order to be successful with Whole 30, you must prepare. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Plain and simple. Here is an easy guide to do small things before your Whole 30 begins. You’ll be so grateful you did this come day one.
- Know your why. I would suggest spending a few minutes with pen and paper and write your hopes, fears, and why you truly want to complete a Whole 30. Hang this on your fridge or pantry door for inspiration throughout those 30 days.
- Other matters. Whole 30 is not only about food, but also many other lifestyle changes. Think beyond meal planning and grocery trips. Also allow yourself to consider other healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep, coping with stress without turning to food, and how you will manage stressful social situations. Come up with a plan.
- Time for food. Decide what you are going to do with all the noncompliant food in your house. Will you store it in another room, throw it out, give it away? Make choosing healthy foods easy, accessible and stress-free. Put a list of compliant foods on your fridge and pantry.
- Meal Prep Decide how you are going to plan your month. Are you the type of person who likes to plan out the entire month in a spreadsheet? Or would planning out a week at a time or day at a time be better? Here are some ideas to have on hand every week: Proteins for dinner, veggies to cook in various ways, eggs, fruit, fresh herbs, healthy fats such as avocado, coconut, olives, seeds, and nuts, onions, garlic, and other root veggies. Items to always have on stock are cooking fats, ghee, coconut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and spices.
- Kitchen Tools You’re going to be doing a lot of cooking, so make sure you have all the essentials for cooking. Click here for a comprehensive list provided by the folks at Whole 30.
- Cookbooks and other places for inspiration And last but not least find places for inspiration for recipes and other ideas. I love my cookbooks (which I will list below), Pinterest, and Instagram for great ideas. But just remember to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Don’t try to go all out and make gourmet meals every time. Really all you need is a protein, veggies, and occasionally some fruit.
My Favorite Cookbooks
This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to see my full disclosure policy.
*Some of these are not completely Whole 30 compliant but can be adapted
The Whole 30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig
It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
Whole 30 Fast & Easy by Melissa Hartwig
Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan
Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
Don’t forget to join my Facebook group here.
And sign up for my Whole 30 Newsletter here: