Like I said in my first post about Whole30, I was a skeptic about Whole30 before I did it. In fact, I was skeptical about the reset up until I started it. I honestly did not think I would be able to do it. But if you want to hear more about pre-whole30 me, read this.
Fast-forward to today: I officially went 30 days without sugar, alcohol, legumes, dairy
And I mean, like everyone. Ever wonder why people are so annoying on social media when they start a new diet (Especially Whole30)? Because the more people that know you’re doing Whole30 (or fill in the blank for your goal), the more people that will inevitably ask you how your Whole30 is going. This means if you do cheat, you’re just going to have to answer to that many more people that you cheated. And no one wants that, do they? I also like telling everyone about Whole30 because I seriously encourage everyone to at least research the details about the effects food has on their bodies! It’s fascinating!
Some people like meal prepping, some people don’t. It takes time and planning, but to be fair, almost every Whole30 recipe does (that’s just a fact of life). I’m not really one for literally planning each meal, but what I found that works best for me is planning a few recipes I want to make each week, and then decide each day what I’m feeling for lunch & dinner! That way I don’t get bored eating the same thing day after day and I feel like I have some options. As for breakfast, I usually make a dozen hard boiled eggs each week, some Whole30-compliant bacon (try this one!), some type of vegetable, and maybe a little fruit. Basically, just plan ahead, it will make your life so much easier!
Mix It Up
Like I said above, I get bored if I’m eating the same thing day after day. This also applies if I’m repeating the same recipes week after week. It gets boring. But guess what? There are tons of resources for Whole30-compliant recipes. Whether you’re interested in a physical cookbook (try this one!) or browsing Pinterest on your iPad (check out my Whole30 board here), there are truly endless recipes.
Make The Most Of It
Honestly, the hardest part of Whole30 was probably the alcohol. Not that I’m an alcoholic, but the people I surround myself with like to have fun! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but often it includes alcohol. I decided I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer for an entire month and stay huddled up in my apartment, so I made the most of it. If we were going to an event that included alcohol, I offered to drive, which saved all of us Ubers (and we had better music, if I do say so myself). I’m happy to say I had just as much fun out sober as if my soda water & lime had included vodka (and the lack of hangovers made my Sundays exponentially more productive).
Have A Backup Plan Ready
So I mentioned above I often was around people drinking, and nothing is more sad than plain water while everyone is guzzling vodka sodas or cabernets. My go-to beverage has been Spindrift, which you can find at Trader Joe’s or here! I’m not kidding when I say the grapefruit flavor tastes exactly like a Deep Eddy’s Grapefruit & Soda. So good. Another handy tip is if you’re going to run errands or you know you’ll be stuck late at work, stash a little snack in your purse, just in case. Snacking is technically discouraged by the Whole30 “rules” but Melissa (the founder) says if you’re really hungry, a snack is better than starving to death. She mentions in her book something along the lines of “if you’re hungry enough to eat a nice piece of fish and a side of veggies, you’re hungry enough.” I used that as a rule of thumb when I was tempted to reach for that Lara Bar I kept stashed in my bag at 3pm (note: not all Lara Bars are compliant! Also, the Coconut Cream Pie one is the best by far). Was I actually hungry or did I just see someone else eating a cupcake?
Remember It’s Only 30 Days
The last, potentially most important, thing is that it’s only 30 days. Yes, there are roughly 10 days of reintroduction after, and you should continue eating cleaner, but it’s Whole30 for a reason. Not Whole365 or WholeLife. It will not kill you to stick with this eating plan for 30 days, trust me. No one ever died from eating too many vegetables, good meat or fruit. So remind yourself when you really want that piece of pizza that you can have it eventually. Just not today.
I promise you, it’s not that hard. You know what’s hard? Fighting cancer. Or climbing Mount Everest. Or giving birth. What’s not hard? Cutting out things that are hurting your body for 30 days! Now that I’ve given you a little pep talk, go start your 30 days, you got this.