Last week we shared the details regarding participating in our our January Whole30 group; in case you missed it, check out that post HERE.
Now we’d like to discuss how to best prepare for your Whole30; here are a few tips you can implement right now to ensure a smooth transition onto the program come January 1st.
- Familiarize yourself with food labels and what to be on the lookout for. The parameters of the program indicate no sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol or legumes. In general, you shouldn’t be consuming too many foods with a label anyway, if you’re focusing on incorporating mostly protein and vegetables. If you do pick up a canned good, spotting flours or dairy is obvious enough, but be aware that sugar hides under many different pseudonyms (fructose, sucrulose, etc.) so it’s helpful to be aware of this upfront.
- Start stockpiling Whole30-compliant pantry items (we love Tessamae’s and Primal Kitchen, but as always, check your ingredient list first!) and testing out a few recipe ideas. Some of our suggestions of helpful items to have on hand include canned salmon or tuna, a jar of tomato sauce (most of the Muir Glen sauces, and even some Kroger brand are compliant), chicken stock (note: not chicken broth, which almost always contains added sugars, so check your labels), condiments and salad dressings, almond butter and bacon (Pederson’s and Applegate Farms are compliant). Some Larabars and RX Bar flavors are compliant as well, which make for a good snack option if you’re in a pinch.
- Speaking of recipes, here are a few websites we like for Whole30-compliant meal ideas: NomNomPaleo (this link has 60 Whole30 recipes!) and Mel Joulwan’s Well Fed. Pinterest boards and our Facebook group are another good place to find recipes that work.
- Start meal prepping and doing large batch cooking now to solidify the habit before January 1st. Most people who participated with us last year agreed that having their next meal ready to go made the program that much easier to adhere to. We suggest making a double batch of all proteins, a dozen hard-boiled eggs and a large batch of roasted veggies to keep in the fridge at all times.
- Find ways to socialize that don’t involve food or alcohol. Hands down one of the most difficult parts of the month will be how hard it is to be social, since most restaurant menu items are off limits, and participating in happy hour is off the table. Host a Whole30 potluck, or find some other social options so that you’re not stuck at home for 30 days.
- If you haven’t already read it, pick up a copy of It Starts With Food or The Whole30 Cookbook to learn more about the HOW and WHY behind the program. Melissa Hartwig’s newest book, Whole30 Day by Day was in our stocking this year, too! Links to purchase all of the Whole30 books can be found below, as well as in our previous post.
- For an even more resources, you can find the complete list of program details HERE, a downloadable grocery shopping list HERE, and a handy PDF to post on your fridge reminding you of the meal template HERE.
We hope you all enjoy the holidays, and we look forward to sharing this experience with you in January. Let us know if you have any questions, and please be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook when you’re posting all about your January Whole30 experience!