Whole 30: Week One
I have officially finished my first week of Whole 30. Now, I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I have learned a few things my first week, and hopefully, you will find them helpful in your Whole 30 journey.
Do the Research
Read some blogs, see what other people have done, get their tips, talk to your friends who have done Whole 30. The more you know, the better you will be set up to succeed.
Going into my first day, I knew exactly what I could and couldn't eat. There was no questioning. I didn't wake up in the morning and thing "What they heck am I going to eat for breakfast?". I had done the research, made sure I had food in my house to get me through the first few days, and had my first day of meals planned out.
Enjoy Your Last Meal
You are going to sworn a lot of the food you love for the next month, so enjoy your last meal. Make tacos, or macaroni and cheese, have grilled cheese and tomato soup, or whatever your guilty pleasure is, and enjoy it!
I had popcorn and a big glass of red wine (hello Olivia Pope?). And that will probably be my first meal I have when I am done.
Meal Prep Your Breakfast
I am the queen of running late in the morning. I live five minutes away from my office, and always seem to be making breakfast ten minutes before I have to be at work. When I was not on Whole 30 that was fine, I would throw a piece of bread in the toaster, or have some yogurt, but there is no such thing as a quick Whole 30 breakfast.
So, prep, prep, prep! Make some Coconut Chia seed pudding the night before, bake some Whole 30 friendly banana muffins, or, just give yourself enough time in the morning to cook an egg.
Don't Starve Yourself
This one seems pretty self explanatory, if you are hungry, eat. I have talked to a few people who have done or are doing Whole 30, and don't eat much because they don't know what to eat. This goes back to doing research. Have a list of snacks you know you have have that are quick.
Take Time to Cook Good Meals
I love cooking and food, so this one wasn't too hard for me. Don't force yourself to eat bland boring food everyday. Make yourself a delicious pasta with zucchini noodles, or a coconut curry, or a good soup (especially if it is winter). Head over to Pinterest (it is my best friend right now), get a Whole 30 cookbook, or ask friends of yours for their favourite Whole 30 meals.
Good food will make your experience so much better.
Don't Go Out To Eat
Seriously, don't do it. There is nothing for you there. I went out with a friend of mine, and literally ate steamed broccoli. If you are taking time to make good food at home, don't force yourself to go out with friends. Instead, invite them over, and cook them a super healthy, delicious meal, and maybe recruit them to do Whole 30 with you next time!
What are your favourite Whole 30 tips?