3 simple rules for surviving a Whole 30

So, I’m back from India and ready to tackle my health & fitness goals with a new vigour. Having spent the best part of the last 6 months travelling, it’s fair to say my nutrition hasn’t exactly been on point. So I’ve decided now might just be the perfect time to do another round of Whole 30.

If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, you can read about it here. And if you’re ready to give it a go yourself, here are my 3 top tips for surviving, and thriving, during the next 30 days.

 

  1. Condiments, condiments, condiments!

    No, I don’t mean the sugar & additive laden rubbish you buy from the supermarket. With a few notable exceptions, we’re talking Whole 30 approved home made condiments here.

    Unless you have a huge amount of time on your hands, chances are your Whole 30 meals are going to be pretty simple and basic. In my opinion, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but a little dollop of home made mayo turns a basic meal into a delicious one.

    Before starting a Whole 30 I like to whip up a batch of mayonnaise and ketchup to keep in the fridge and add to meals as desired (you can find some recipes here and here). Even if you think you don’t like mayonnaise, I would still urge you to give this recipe a try. It tastes nothing like the mayonnaise impersonators you find in supermarkets, and has converted many a mayonnaise hater, myself included! It’s also surprisingly easy to make. The only condiment I recommend buying instead of making is some good quality mustard. But make sure you check the labels for hidden sugar or other no-nos.

  2. Keep it simple

    Keep your meals simple. If you complicate things, you’re only making life harder for yourself, and making it more likely that you’ll resort to eating something quick and easy and not Whole 30 approved when you find yourself in a pinch.

    If you find it useful, you can plan all your meals in detail for each coming week and stick the plan on your fridge or somewhere similar. But in my opinion, the easiest way to approach Whole 30 is to just pick a protein source for each meal then buy them along with a selection of salad and vegetables, including some starchy vegetables for carbs such as potatoes and sweet potatoes. That way, you can pick and mix as you go along. It’s super simple to put together a meal, you just combine your protein source for with whatever veggies you fancy and a dollop of your Whole 30 approved condiments and you’re good to go!

    I recommend shopping online, as it’s so much easier and you’re less likely to be seduced by non-Whole 30 goodies!

  3. Be prepared

    It’s a good idea to carry some Whole 30 approved snacks with you, just in case you find yourself hungry and somewhere where you can’t get hold of any appropriate food. A small bag of nuts, some dried fruit or a Whole 30 approved protein bar stashed in your handbag or pocket will do the trick. Just don’t rely on these too often if fat loss is one of the reasons you are embarking upon a Whole 30 in the first place, as they may compromise your results.

If you follow these three tips, you might be surprised by how easy Whole 30 actually is. Once you get in the swing of it, it’s not as scary as it might sound. Not only is Whole 30 a great way to get your nutrition on track, it is also so useful for figuring out how particular foods effect you personally.

From past experience, I can tell you it’s absolutely worth battling through the first few days of grogginess to reach the ‘tiger blood’ stage. If you can recruit your partner/friend/family member to do it with you, all the better. There’s solidarity in numbers and you’re more likely to succeed if you’re surrounded by people who are supportive of the changes you’ll be making.

So if you’ve decided to give Whole 30 a go, comment below and let me know you’re with me on this. Tiger blood here we come!

 

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