With January just around the corner and our recent announcement that we’ll be starting the New Year off with a group Whole30, I thought I’d use this week’s Food for Thought Friday blog post to throw out some advice to get ready for January 1st.
For those of you who don’t know what the Whole30 is, in a few short words, it serves as a nutritional reset by eliminating certain trouble food from your diet for 30 consecutive days. The most common simplification of the idea is that it is a 30 day strict paleo diet.
If you’re a member at Cróga we’ll be using our member only Facebook group & current member email list to push information and resources all month, but if you’re an outsider that wants to jump in and join us, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org asking to get on the email list and we’ll be sure to include you!
Now that I’ve got the basics out of the way, below are my personal pieces of advice:
- Before anything happens, download and print out the Whole30 Shopping List. If it’s on the list, you are allowed it buy it and consume it. If it’s not, steer clear. My parents used this list religiously during their first Whole30 and their success was remarkable. Reading the list will also give you a great idea of what you’re getting yourself into and get your brain turning on what kinds of things you will be able to eat for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- I highly suggest that on Sundays you write out your meals for the week and go grocery shopping for those specific items and those items only. The key to success is to have a plan and the quickest way to fail during the Whole30 is to get off work, go to the gym, and then leave SUPER HUNGRY with no idea what you’re going to eat for dinner.
- Find stuff you like and don’t be afraid to make it weekly. This can seem boring to some of you that like to eat out a lot, but when you’ve got something you like, don’t be afraid to go back to it. Choosing new recipes to try for 30 straight days can be overwhelming.
- Always have some nuts (almonds, cashews, NOT peanuts they’re not allowed), fruit, and some sliced meat available to you for when you get a craving. Eat a couple nuts, half a piece of fruit and a few slices of turkey for a snack. This is my favorite go to when I’m hungry, but it’s not time for a meal. It’s balanced in Fat, Carbs & Protein and it’ll hold you over well.
- Sparkling Water is your friend. Since alcohol is not on the list, many will have a craving for something ice cold and bubbly. Kelly and I CRUSH sparkling water on a regular basis, and even more so during the Whole30. It works great. Our favorite flavor is the Grapefruit La Croix.
- On January 1st, weigh yourself and take some measurements like arms, waist, hips & legs and then save the information for the end of the challenge. You are discouraged from weighing yourself during the month because the scale can play tricks with the mind, but we promise that the results by the end of the month will be quite astonishing if you stick to the plan 100%.
- Take some before pictures to go with your weight & measurements. If you’d like to share all this at the end, we’d love to see it, but if you want to keep it to yourself, you’re more than welcome to do that, we want this to be an empowering experience, not something that adds stress to your life.
- Finally, reach out and ask for help if needed. The member group is a great resource to help find recipes, ask for advice on what to do in situations where you’d usually grab a burger and a beer, and to keep yourself honest and motivated.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Stay tuned for more content coming from Kelly & Jill as they’re the brains behind this Whole30 operation.
P.S. We’ve got a really exciting opportunity to help with the Whole30 meal planning coming at you soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
P.S.S. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and I’ll be back at it again next week to finish off the year strong!