OMG Whole 30 is over! Someone pour me a glass of wine!!!!!
Now before I go any further, let me just say that YES I followed EVERY program rule, YES it was hard AF, and YES I feel a thousand times better than when I started the program. And YES you can absolutely do this too! Which is why I created this Whole 30 Survival Guide while the experience was fresh in my mind. These 10 Whole 30 tips for success will help you power through your 30-day journey towards better health and habits. Because with a little support and a lot of willpower, you can transform your life for the better. So let’s do dis!
Whole 30 Tip #1: Toss The Temptation
There’s a reason why this is the first tip in my Whole 30 Survival Guide: you can’t cheat if you’ve rid your home and office of temptation! So throw away any non-compliant foods that make you lose control. This can be tough when you live with other people. For example, James and Scott love ice cream, and I love the experience of sharing it with them. The solution: I traded our usual Straus Cookies + Cream for their Mint Chip flavor. Why? I hate chocolate mint. (I know, I’m weird.) So tah-da! The boys are happy, and I’m not tempted.
Whole 30 Tip #2: Recruit A Friend
C’mon, you can’t be the only person you know who wants to get healthy! Reach out and touch someone! Because you will have moments when you feel miserable and ask yourself why you’re doing this. And when that happens, nothing is more helpful than confessing your Whole 30 hatred to someone who understands and having them respond, “Me too. But WE GOT THIS.”
Whole 30 Tip #3: Eat Good Food
You’ll never make it through all 30 days if all you’re eating is kale and chicken. So Tip #3 in my Whole 30 Survival Guide is to put on your chef’s hat and cook some really delicious food. Nom Nom Paleo, Well Fed, KaleJunkie, and Against All Grain are some of my favorite sources for finding easy, creative, compliant recipes. But remember: you can always alter a recipe to fit Whole 30 rules. I only changed one ingredient when I made Ina Garten’s roast chicken, for example. So don’t be afraid to return to your old favorites, or create new ones.
Whole 30 Tip #4: Stock Up On Compliant, Prepared Food
The worst thing that can happen on Whole 30 is for you to be starving with zero complaint food to eat, or no time to prep a meal. Fill your fridge with prepared zoodles, compliant sauces and dressings, a grocery store roast chicken (just watch those ingredients!), and lots of salad greens so you always have something you can eat.
Whole 30 Tip #5: Meal Prep Like A Boss
As I mentioned in Whole 30 Survival Guide Tip #4, you do not want to be caught with nothing to eat. So set aside an hour or two every weekend to cook extra servings of veggies and proteins so a hot meal is always at your fingertips. You’d be surprised how much you can get done in that amount of time! Check out my meal prep guide for tips, tricks, and time-saving hacks.
Whole 30 Tip #6: Don’t Forget The Car
I’m always rushing from one thing to the next, so I often don’t realize how hungry I am until I get into the car. For that reason, I always stash a bag of mixed nuts and a couple Larabars in the glove box to keep me from getting hangry. Because while snacks are frowned upon, they’re sometimes essential to surviving Whole 30.
Whole 30 Tip #7: Get Social
Announce your Whole 30 on social media. Not only will you likely find more people to start the program with you, but it’s also a great way to hold yourself accountable. I documented my journey on Instagram. And when, on Day 29, I had a challenging day with James followed by a good friend’s birthday dinner at the best Mexican joint in town, I was able to abstain from tacos and margaritas by thinking of my followers, some of whom where seated at the table with me. I woke up the next morning feeling healthy and empowered. I’d learned an important lesson: I can make healthy choices in any situation.
Whole 30 Tip #8: Don’t Be A Hermit
It may surprise you that my Whole 30 Survival Guide recommends eating out as usual, but stick with me here. Staying home every weekend for 30 days will make you feel isolated. And while Whole 30 can be tough, it’s not about making yourself miserable. So make dinner plans with supportive friends and enjoy being social! These outings will not only lift your spirits, but they’ll teach you how to make healthy choices in any situation. You don’t have to drink or eat unhealthy food because other people are doing it. You’re the master of your own destiny. So go out and live your life already!
Whole 30 Tip #9: Ditch The Haters
I’ve already emphasized finding a Whole 30 buddy and spending time with supportive friends, but there’s a flip side to that. There’s always at least one person who will try to detract from what you’re doing or deliberately tempt you to cheat. That person is not your friend. A real friend will see you trying to improve your health and CHEER. YOU. ON. Even if she wouldn’t choose the same for herself. So say buh-bye to anyone who isn’t supportive.
Whole 30 Tip #10: Remember, It’s Only 30 Days
There will be times when sticking with the regimen seems impossible. You’re too busy to be creative, you’ve been eating the same food for days, and don’t even get me started on breakfast! But it’s only temporary. And by sticking with the program, you’re forming healthy habits that will provide a lifetime’s worth of benefits.
I’ll end my Whole 30 Survival Guide with this: you’ve GOT this. In less than a month, you’re free to go back to eating normally..if you want to. But I usually find that I feel so good that I don’t want to start eating the way I was before. There’s a reason why we Whole 30. (And it’s not because we’re crazy.) It’s because something isn’t feeling right. And once we’ve corrected that, why go back?