In my mind, success on the Whole30 comes down to two things: Mental strength & Preparation.
Are you really hungry, or just craving a snack? Do you get the 5 minutes of extra sleep, or get your snacks ready for the next day? It all comes down to being self-aware & making good choices.
So, for Week One of Whole30, I wanted to make sure that I started off on the right foot by being prepared.
I took some pictures & jotted down a few notes over my weekend-before-Whole30, and am here to share it with you all!
I hope this is helpful, and that it makes the Whole30 seem a little less intimidating. You just have to get a little organized, and let your mental strength take over from there! :)
Here are the steps I took on Sunday, before our Whole30 started the next day:
- Print weekly meal planners (click here for the one I use)
- Fill out "Week One", focusing on breakfasts & dinners (lunches can be leftovers, or you can fill them in after dinners for the week are decided, based on which dinners won't make leftovers)
- Write your grocery list, based on your meal plan
- Mark your planner or weekly calendar with food prep on the day it needs to be done
- Shop for food! (I'm very lucky to have Dathan who does our grocery shopping on his day off, or throughout the week since he works at Whole Foods Market)
- Start prepping :)
|Our "week one" plan. ("HB eggs"= hard-boiled eggs)|
|Grocery list for week one.|
On Sunday, I got started on our meal prep by making:
- Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce (for snacks, with breakfast, & on top of pork tenderloin for dinner)
- Grilled Chicken (for lunch the next day & snacks throughout the week)
- Sweet Potato Crusted Egg & Chorizo Bake (I made this instead of egg muffins- very convenient to heat & eat in the morning, & we LOVED it)
- Larabars (for snacks)
Here are the other recipes mentioned in our Week One Plan:
- All-American Crockpot Chili (leave out the coconut sugar)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
- Paleo Chicken Alfredo Pasta
& Last, a few more tips to make sure you're all set for day 1:
- Eat or freeze non-compliant foods. For us this was marinated tri-tip, frozen hash browns containing dextrose, sausages, ham, popcorn, etc.
- Tuck away non-compliant sauces, spices, sweeteners, supplements, etc. that will last 30+ days. (you would be surprised at the unexpected sweeteners, oils, and binders in these items... check your fish oil, pumpkin pie spice, and marinades)
- Drink all the wine. (may lead to a headache the following day, but at least you've eliminated that temptation) ;)
I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any more "Whole30" post requests & I will keep them coming! Good luck if you're on your own Whole30 journey-- it's all worth it.