Drink the proverbial (kombucha-based) kool-aid
Get onboard, read ‘It Starts with Food’, follow @whole30 and @frompastatopaleo on Instagram, join my private FPTP Whole30 Encouragement Group on Facebook, listen to paleo podcasts (balanced bites), start a blog, post your meals on instagram and tag #FPTPwhole30 so I can be your #1 cheerleader. Immerse yourself. Posting photos and writing keeps me on track, accountable and motivated to do well.
Get to know your local vendors
The Whole30 is about preparedness. Get to know which local restaurants you can grab a quick lunch or dinner at in a pinch, which farmers have the best quality meat, where to buy ghee, where to pick up whole30 approved rotisserie chicken or bone broth to make life 100% easier. If you’re in Canada – check out my Whole30, Eh? Canadian Resources to help you out!
Strength in Numbers!
Make it a group event. Whether it’s your partner, your friends or an online community – it helps to have support and a group of people to share your victories and challenges with. I would never have been able to get through my first whole30 without constantly texting a friend and my husband’s eagerness to participate. If you’d like my community to be your #1 Cheerleaders, join our private FPTP Whole30 Encouragement Group on Facebook.
Meal Plans + Prep Sessions
Having a solid but flexible plan each week is key. My first Whole30, I flew by the seat of my pants and hoped for the best. My life is way busier now and that just isn’t possible. Taking a few hours to prep veggies, braise a big batch of meat, blitz mayo, and make a few vinaigrettes saves me so much time and energy throughout the week and leaves me with zero excuses not to keep on track. Check out my Weekly Prep suggestions and Whole30 Meal Plans (including grocery lists!).
Knowing I will feel better after 30 days
The first Whole30 you aren’t quite sure what you are embarking on – will you feel better or worse, will you lose weight, will you sleep better? As far as my experiences go, I always feel cleaner, energetic and more balanced when I get in the habit of eating well. Knowing I will feel this way keeps me going even through the hellish days of sugar withdrawal and wanting to eat all-the-gluten-free-donuts.
So – who’s in?
I am not affiliated with the Whole30 Program but I wholeheartedly believe in it. All opinions are my own and not representative of the Whole30.