The kids are back in school and I'm tackling the Whole30 eating plan. I won't go too much into the actual plan, but if you want to learn all the nitty gritty check it out here ---> Whole 30 In summary, the eating plan (notice how I didn't say diet) has you eat whole, non processed foods for 30 days. Sugar, dairy, soy, legumes, alcohol and all inflammation causing foods are out and fruits, veggies, meats and nuts are in. Here's my top 5 tips for starting Whole30:
- Read the rules, then decide on your own. I'm a firm believer in You Do You. If you want to follow the plan down to a T, great. Do that. If you want to add almond milk to your coffee, great. Do that. Want to weigh yourself during the program, great. Do that. Pick rules that challenge you, but still allow you to make improvements in your life. Once you pick them- stick to them.
- Make your life easy. Week 1 of Whole30 is no cake walk- the detox from sugar (and sugar substitutes) is intense. You will want to throw in the towel on more than one occasion. Know what's going to make that feeling even worse? Not having ready to eat snacks. Prep at least 2 days worth of snacks in advance. Have some bubbly water like La Croix in the fridge. Buy meal prep containers so eating requires no thinking.
- Tell everyone that you're starting. Tell your family, workout partners, coaches, coworkers, everyone. Post about it on Facebook. Seriously. Do it as soon as you start. Trust me, its a whole lot harder to fail when you have a million people asking you how your Whole30 is going.
- Partner Up. Find someone that wants to make a change in their diet and team up together. You don't even have to make the same changes. It's a whole lot easier to text someone about your dream about marshmallows when they're probably going through weird withdrawals too.
- Decide you're going to be all in. Sound corny? Yeah, I know, but actively making the decision to do or not do something is the number 1 challenge. Decide to be ALL IN to your rules. You are the one that set the rules- be accountable to yourself for the whole 30 days. It is only 30 days ;)
**I am not a dietitian, chef, nutritionist or anything of the sort. Take my advice for what it is- things that worked for me and helped me get through the first 2 weeks of Whole 30.
Have you tried Whole30? Paleo? Feel free to tell me your thoughts, favorite receipts, etc. in the comments.