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I’m stuffing my mouth full of chips and queso as I type this, and that meal was preceded by about 18 mini Kit Kats. We are starting from the very bottom here, people. So if your excuse is that your diet is too far gone to be salvaged and shaped into a Whole30-compliant one, I just rendered that excuse void. If I can do this, so can you. Let’s go.
Before I put meal plans and grocery lists at your disposal, we’ve got a few things to cover. I want you to know what you can expect from me as we work through this together, and I also want to equip you to be successful, which all starts before Day 1 even begins.
The official Whole30 rules can be found on the official Whole30 website. If you want to know what you’re getting yourself into—the purpose, the guidelines, the outcomes, success stories, etc.—I would encourage you to read up on that here.
One of the highlights they stipulate that I have to remind myself of—the purpose behind this is not weight loss. It’s an inevitable side effect, but the ultimate goal is to feel better. Sugar is wrecking my life and I want to be in control of my body, not controlled by my cravings. It’s okay to weigh yourself on Day 1 just for a frame of reference, but don’t you dare step back on that scale until Day 31. And, even at that point, take a minute to take a quick inventory on how you feel. I’d encourage you to take that step before you see that number on the scale.
I work a full-time job, run a small business, am starting a second small business, and am traveling two of the four weekends throughout this Whole30. “I don’t have time” is another excuse that ain’t gonna fly here, folks. It’s hard—I’ll give you that—but making time to cook and eat well is half the battle, and a sacrifice you have to be willing to make.
That said, I’m all about simplicity. I don’t have two hours to cook every single night. That fact, coupled with my need to cook for only one person, means that you’ll see a lot of leftovers on my meal plans. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning, and many weeks I’ll make a big salad and divide it into four containers to get me through lunches for the week. Not a lot of variety, but it does keep it simple.
I also refuse to mess with bone-in anything. No thank you. On a related note, we will not be cooking whole chickens because we have lives to live. If you love to explore in the kitchen and you want to dig into big bad challenging Whole30 recipes, friend. More power to ya. I truly wish you the best. But in terms of what I’ll be providing as an outpouring of my own experience, the most complicated we’ll get is grilling.
Another key to success is accountability. The goal is to walk through these 30 days in community—not for the sake of guilt and shame, but to offer encouragement. There will be days where all you want is a cupcake. Before you cheat, remember that I will dig my key into the side of your pretty little souped-up four wheel drive. Sorry. Just kidding. As I was saying, before you cheat, report back to the group and share your struggle and be encouraged. On the other side of the coin, if you’re experiencing a day where you just feel good, share about it with us! Community is a game-changer, especially when it comes to lifestyle changes. Use this one to lean on.
You’ll find a lot of uber-serious, follow-the-rules-or-get-out kind of Whole30 blogs out there. This is not that. We will follow the rules, but I’m not here to tell you that if you ordered grilled chicken at a restaurant and it was cooked in peanut oil you have to go back to Day 1. Please. We’ll practice grace with each other and grace with ourselves around here.
Meal plans and grocery lists will be posted on the Friday morning prior to the week they detail, and meal plans will be set up to run Monday through Sunday (assuming that Sunday is your prep day). Feel free to adjust the days as needed to fit your schedule! I’ll also be going live in the Facebook group each weekend to go over the prep I’m doing for the week ahead.
Also—I do not like ground turkey, mushrooms, or spicy things. Sorry about it but actually not sorry at all. Don’t expect to find any of that junk in the meal plan.
Fun bonus! During this time period, I’m hosting both a dinner party and a little reception/luncheon, so I’ll be researching and including recipes for both as part of my meal plans!
The absolute number one key to a successful Whole30 is preparing well. We have one week until Day 1, so I want you to spend this week setting yourself up to actually achieve a full 30 days of clean eating by following the steps I’ve laid out here:
I’m not kidding—if I can do this, you can do this. You can read about my first successful Whole30 here if you need some more assurance. I’m so excited to have a community alongside which we can cook and eat and complain and encourage!
Okay, get off your phone and go clean out your junk food. We’ve got work to do! Week 1 meals and groceries will be posted on Friday, and I’ll see you Saturday afternoon at 2pm to kick off the week!