Hey guys! I start my third round of Whole 30 on January 5th and I’m excited to share my prep work with you!
To start off, what is the basis of Whole 30? Whole 30 restricts your diet to the least inflammatory and allergen inducing foods for 30 days, and when those 30 days end you slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet to see what fit for your specific body best.
The following foods are not allowed:
- Legumes, such as: peanuts, beans and lentils
- Grains, such as: wheat, rice, quinoa
- Sugar or sugar alternatives, like: honey, stevia, molasses
- Recreating junk foods (aka SWYPO Sex With Your Pants On)
Meals should consist of protein about the size of your palm, the equivalent of 1-2 thumbs of fat (in addition to the cooking fat used), and a TON of veggies. As a side note, ghee and clarified butter are allowed. Clarified butter removes the milk solids, ghee is when the milk solids are allowed to caramelize before being strained out. Snacks ought to be mini meals, consisting of the same rules as full meals but much smaller portion.
To prepare for this, I ensure my pantry, fridge, and freezer are ready. My pantry essentials for Whole 30 are coconut milk, coconut oil, compliant salsa (no sugar!), coconut aminos (to replace soy sauce in cooking), canned diced tomatoes and paste, sugar free broth, seeds (such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds), and tea. For my freezer, I make sure to have bagged veggies on hand for easy meals, meats, and I always freeze extras of my W30 meals for when cooking fatigue sets in. My fridge has fresh veggies, fermented foods, meats, butter to make ghee with, fruits, and eggs.
Things I choose to do to ensure my success:
- Keep it SIMPLE
- Cook extras to freeze for later
- Get creative (when I have energy)
- Bust out that slow cooker!
- Cook meats and roast veggies in bulk for the week
Things I choose NOT to do:
- Create crazy, complicated meals
- Put pressure on myself to make pretty meals
- Buy expensive ‘Band-Aids’ like salad dressings, creamers, or mayo
- Make things I can do without, like mayo (since I’ve never even liked mayo!)
Why do I continue to practice Whole 30? Why am I on a round 3? Primarily because it continues to improve my relationship with food. It also helps me to recognize my food triggers, both physically and emotionally. For instance, I know corn makes me bloated and breaks out my face, and sugar makes my mood swings much worse. Whole 30 also makes me try new foods! Can you believe I have never cooked a sweet potato before W30 round 2? Whole 30 also improves my skin, sleep, energy, and mood. And, yes, I do always lose a little weight on W30. It is not my reason to do this, but a flat stomach definitely brings me back!