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Sunday, February 21, 2016

5 Tips to Help You Succeed at #Whole30

Whole 30 Tips

1.  READ THE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can not stress this enough!  It is so important to read the book, this entails you 1. are doing it correctly and 2. understand WHY.  Knowing WHY the rules are what they are makes it A LOT easier to follow them!  Follow not only the RULES but the Recommendations too!  It makes a HUGE difference for a successful Whole 30!

This is more than just Do Not eat xyz, there is a meal template, there is a no snacking rule (unless you eat a mini meal), if you read the book, you will know all these.  You do NOT have to get all grass-fed, organic, etc..  however, this is not affordable for everyone and is not a requirement for success of the program (I never did).

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2.  PRINT THE CHEAT SHEETS

W30 has graciously provided printable cheat sheets, PRINT THEM and CARRY THEM WITH YOU!

3.  SPEND SOME TIME LABEL READING IN YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE

Go to where you usually shop, take time to label read!  This may mean you have to go to the store WITHOUT your kids one time.  Once you realize what is available where you typically shop, it’s a lot less overwhelming!  Fresh fruits/vegetables and meats are a given, but you may find other items like pasta sauce, salsa, lunch meat, hot dogs, spices, etc…  It’s great practice at label reading, and it’s pretty reassuring when you see what you CAN eat and that it’s not so hard to find!

4.  ORDER MUST HAVES that you can’t find local

Amazon is a great resource, I order Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Raw Nuts and Seeds, Non-Sweetened Dried Cranberries and a few other things on Amazon.  They are more affordable, and I don’t have to store hop!  Otherwise, I shop my local grocery chain (Martin’s) and Costco.   If you have a Trader Joes or Whole Foods nearby, you most likely won’t have to order anything.

Tessemae's All Natural Whole30 Pack
Coconut Secret Organic Raw Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce-8 Oz (Pack of 3)
Primal Kitchen Paleo Approved Avocado Oil Mayo, 12 Oz (1 Jar)
Sincerely Nuts Raw Cashew Pieces Unsalted- Three (3) Lb. Bag
Food To Live Organic Sunflower Seeds (Raw, No Shell)(2 Pounds)
SUNBEST Dried Cranberries 3 Lbs

5.  PREPARE before hand

Make sure you have what you will need, menu plan, run a few trial meals to work out the kinks before you DIVE in head first!  Failure to prepare is preparing to FAIL!  Search recipes, try things out, exclude a few of the NOs at a time.  I have the benefit at being home most days, so meals weren’t a big thing I had to prepare in advance.  Pick a day to prep for the week, so you aren’t left scrambling one morning.  If you are going out to eat, take the time to research the menu, and prepare yourself!  Pull meats from the freezer for dinner, so you are ready!  It makes all the difference in the world when you are PREPARED!!

My Journey

When I first decided to give Whole 30 a try, I bought the book and picked a date about a month out.  I paid attention to holidays that were coming, I started stocking up on necessary items (replacing non-compliant items with compliant as I used it up).  I choose to cut dairy, grains and legumes gradually after reading those sections of the book, and then started practice eating.  When my scheduled start date arrived, pretty much I only needed to cut the sugars and additives.  It made the transition so much smoother!

I joined a Whole 30 Facebook group too,  This was super helpful, make sure you join a group that is a stickler to the rules and recommendations though or you can easily be steered in the wrong direction (and since you read the book, you should recognize this!).  I have been in a few groups where they are posting smoothies and chia pudding pics…and while ‘technically’ compliant, they are against recommendations!

Whole 30 is a LIFE CHANGE PLAN, not a WEIGHT LOSS PLAN! 

The point of the program is to change you ENTIRE relationship with food, if you don’t follow it properly, you will not get these results!

If you fall off, get back up!

YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Other Whole 30 posts:

Round 1 Summary

Week 1 Meals

Week 2 Meals

Week 3 Meals

Week 4 Meals

My Whole 30 Pintrest Board

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