What up. I’m on day 26 and thought I would just write a quick little blurb about what’s helped me get through (almost) all of Whole30. I’ve had quite a few people reach out and ask me if I had any recommendations, product suggestions or how they can set themselves up for success so I figured I would outline all of that here! Without further ado here is my top ten list of musts for surviving your Whole30. You’re welcome.
1. Be annoying about it on social media
Currently doing so. Announce it on Instagram, blog about it, make a Facebook status, tweet it, post annoying Snapchat stories…I don’t care. Do all of it. It’s going to hold you accountable. The second you announce something publicly it becomes a very real thing. Why else do you think being FBO became a thing in middle school??? Think of this as your relationship status change with food and your personal health. Not only is it kinda fun to document, it adds another element to the “I can’t mess up” mentality. Cause if ya do, your mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandma and all of your old high school friends who are getting engaged are going to also see that. Pressure’s on. Sounds scary but on the flip side of this, it also creates a little support system for you- especially if you can post progress photos!
2. Tell your coworkers
Crucial. Why do work parties, meetings, business trips, acts of kindness etc. always revolve around food?? This is a question I still have yet to figure out an answer to. But nevertheless, they do. And if you agree, that means you’re aware of this challenge going into your Whole30. Therefore, there is no excuse to let these things become a problem. It’s not weird to drink your coffee black or skip the donut your boss bought for everyone. If you work at a restaurant, tell you coworkers (including the kitchen staff). No one is gonna hold a piece of pizza to your mouth and force feed it to you. And if they do, that’s freaking weird and you should probably just quit your job. What’s even more is that means more food for them since you’ll be passing.
Now that you’ve announced it on social media and you’ve got a crew of coworkers to hold you accountable, hold yourself accountable. Whole 30 can be a rollercoaster, especially for people who don’t normally eat anything like this. Document it. Write down how your sleep is, how much energy you have, any cravings you may have had, what you ate for the day, your likes and dislikes. All of it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I used the Whole30 Day by Day diary. I highly recommend this. It has little tips and tricks throughout the entire book as well as a fun little check box at the end of each day. So. Satisfying. It also has you list what Melissa Hartwig (the co-author of Whole30) refers to as NSV (Non-scale victories). You aren’t permitted to weigh yourself during the 30 days. Instead, you’re supposed to focus on other improvements. Health isn’t synonymous with weight.
4. Follow the bible
Aka this guy. If you’re going to go all out with this, you need The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. You could probably do Whole30 with different information you find on the internet, but buy the book. Pro tip: It tends to be a little cheaper online than it is at Urban or your local health food store too. It’s part of the experience and there’s something about holding the actual object in your hand that makes it easier to commit. Also if you spend money on something vs. ripping it off the internet, you’re even more motivated to get your monies worth. Probably why I only made it through half of the Kayla Itsines workouts. Aside from that, there is tons of useful information in this thing.
5. Keep your recipes fresh
Enter Whole30 product number 3: The Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook. This thing is the bomb and kept me from going crazy or getting bored. The Whole30 bible (listed above) has some recipes too but the fast and easy cookbook has 150 additional recipes. This thing helped me realize that I didn’t have to eat eggs for every meal and dress like a cave man. Hello versatility and normal food!!! That’s where I got all of my slow cooker recipes, shrimp and broccoli, and (my personal favorite) the buffalo cauliflower and chicken. I even took it once step farther and picked about 3 recipes I would try each week and used the cookbooks as a guide to make my grocery list. I also kept track of my meal plan on an excel spreadsheet cause I’m a psychopath.
6. Buy a slow cooker
I like to think of mine as my live-in boyfriend. The most non-committal way to have a good meal ready for you when you get home from work. And whats so great about it is you can literally throw anything in there with a little bone broth, put it on low and just let it sit there over night. It also makes my place smell like heaven. I have a little personal size one like this but if you have roommates or want to make a bigger batch, I’d suggest this size.
7. Keep your activity up
If you want to see more change and just feel better about life in general, Whole30 is a great time to get your act together in the workout department. It’s been really cool to feel the difference in my body and the way it reacts to a workout throughout these 30 days. I definitely feel more energized and am able to enjoy the workout more than before. What a cool thing that happens when you are giving your body the nutrients it needs. That feeling beats Splenda in your coffee any day. Personally, I try to do different types of activity each time I work out. It keeps my body guessing and saves me from getting bored.
8. Invest in a cool water bottle
Ok so this isn’t really a necessity, but it’s so much easier to stay hydrated when you have a cool ass water bottle. It’s science. I snagged a S’well bottle (and broke the bank) in hopes that I would not only look cooler, but actually keep track of it for more than a few months. So far, so good.
9. Find joy in things that aren’t edible
PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. Get a freaking hobby. And one that doesn’t involve food. So many events and fun outings are centered around food. WHY. There are so many other things you can attach to the feeling of joy that aren’t horrible for your body. Go on a walk. Pick up a book. Call an old friend. Meditate. Write. Dance around in your underwear. Whatever.
10. Give credit where credit is due
If you’re choosing to make this change in your life, that’s huge already. Go you. You are a rockstar. Don’t get down on yourself during the hard days. Go into the whole experience with a positive outlook. You aren’t missing out on anything and you’re not going to die because you have to drink your coffee black for 30 days. Know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels much better on the other side. This is another reason why I love the journal. It helps you acknowledge yourself by physically writing down the “non-scale victories.” And going off that, hell yeah you should bring in the whole “be annoying on social media” thing back here. Post the mirror pic!!!!
Alright, cool. There you have it. If you choose to do to it LET ME KNOW. I want to hear about other Whole30 experiences outside of my own! Oh and one more, drink your Kombucha in a wine glass. Pretend wine. So fun!!