The most important thing you can do to ensure success with the Whole30 program is prep, prep, prep, and then prep some more. Don’t sabotage your progress!
Here are a few steps you can take days before you even begin the process.
Print & Post The Whole30 Downloadables
So of course you’ve read all through the Whole30 website, getting to know the ends and outs of the program. Take advantage of the downloadables they have. There’s everything from the rules to a grocery list. I found myself frequently referring to the Meal Template, and having it at the ready made putting my meals together simple.
Print the pages that you think you need the most and tape them to your fridge or pantry. Even save a copy of them to your phone using something like Evernote or Google Drive. This will really come in handy when you’re at the grocery store and can’t remember if a certain food additive is allowable (p.s. your first grocery trip is going to be the longest as you slowly figure out what you can and can’t have).
Create A Personal Pantry
The personal pantry is my favorite idea. I went through all my pantry staples: condiments, spices, herbs, baking goods, miscellaneous flavor enhancers, and snacks. Since my entire family wasn’t following the Whole30 program with me, I put the noncompliant items in our regular pantry, then I designated a cabinet for all the Whole30 approved stuff.
This simplified cooking and snacking immensely. I didn’t have to worry about constantly checking labels because I knew that everything in my personal pantry was good to go. I had no reason to go into our family’s normal pantry, so the noncompliant goodies were out of sight.
Okay, so the after side is looking a little bare. Yours may too in the beginning. That’s alright because with each shopping trip you’ll acquire more goods to add to your collection. If I were to take a picture of my personal pantry today, you’d see that the first 3 shelves are stocked full. You’d also see that it’s a bit messy, so I won’t be including that pic.
Unfollow, Unpin, and Unsubscribe
If you are a sweet-aholic like me, then you probably have a “Desserts I Have To Make!” board on your Pinterest and you follow r/Baking on Reddit and you have a ton of baking blogs in your Feedly and you dream about swimming under chocolate waterfalls. Well, maybe not that last part.
This only has to be temporary, but the best advice I can give is unfollow/hide all of them. You don’t want to be on Day 10 or 11, the time frame most people give up, and see the most delicious German chocolate cake popup in your feed. Eliminate temptation!
It’s likely your local grocery store may not have everything you’re going to need. It took me forever to find fish sauce and chicken sausage without sugar. And the only place I’ve been able to get Lara Bars is Trader Joe’s which is 40 minutes away from me. Oh, and then there’s Whole Food which tends to be pretty expensive.
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Planning your meals before hand is going to be your number one key to success. Plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re working out, plan your pre and post workout snacks, too. You can’t go wrong if you have a solid plan, right? Say yes, the answer is yes!
I planned my meals a week in advance using a spreadsheet I found online. I wasn’t that impressed with the spreadsheet I used, so I’m not going to link it, but if you google meal plan templates, you’ll find a plethora of weekly and monthly meal planning sheets for free.
Be prepared and good luck! It’s 30 days and you’ll be grateful when you complete it successfully. You can do this!
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