I know that “Weightloss” is on the top of most American’s list of New Year’s Resolutions. There are countless ways people will go about achieving their goal, whether if be Weight Watchers, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Shakeology, Nutri-system, Fasting, etc. etc. etc. Obviously I HIGHLY recommend the Paleo diet as a way of getting healthy. The thing I love most about it is the fact that it focuses completely on nutrition and you never have to go hungry!! With all of that being said, I know there are many of you who would like to adapt to the Paleo lifestyle, and you have read that the best way to do so is by doing the Whole30. You are RIGHT! By doing the Whole30, you will strip away your current habits of snacking 24/7 and eating dessert after every meal! You will also re-train your tastebuds to enjoy real food again! So, for all of you who are planning on beginning the Whole30 in January (in 2 days!!!), I have compiled a list of tips for you. I want more than anything for you all to have a great experience! But I know the only way that will happen is if you go the ENTIRE 30 days following the Whole30 guidelines. So read the following tips and create your meal plan! You can do this!!! (The meal plan is one tip that I didn’t include, but it may be the MOST important aspect of completeing the Whole30 successfully. Map out your week and go to the grocery store ahead of time. You should never EVER leave work at 5:00 and say to yourself, “I wonder what I’m going to have for dinner tonight?!” NO! That is so dangerous! It is way too easy to swing through the Taco Bell drive through! You HAVE to have a plan!) Okay, enjoy!
Tips for the Whole30
- Do it wholeheartedly, with every intention of completing it successfully. Have faith in yourself!
- Don’t count calories. That’s not the point. Just eat when you are hungry. If you are trying to lose weight, limit your sweet potatoes to 3 per week and fruit to one serving a day. (A serving is smaller than you would think…for grapes it’s 15! Who can eat ONLY 15 grapes???)
- Try new recipes! Have fun with it!
- On that same note, don’t put pressure on yourself to create a new dish EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is perfectly okay to eat the same things every couple of days. If you’re like me, I could eat a grilled chicken breast for lunch every day and just switch up the sides! So good!
- Plan ahead! If you’re going to a wedding, to a friends house, to the movies, etc., bring food that is Whole30 approved! Otherwise, you will be starving and feel deprived and decide to give in to temptation and just eat what’s there.
- Do the Whole30 with a buddy to help keep you motivated.
- EXERCISE! Exercising on top of doing the Whole30 will make you feel like a million bucks! Seriously!! You will feel so great about yourself, that it will make the Whole30 easier. Even if you just get out and walk for 30 minutes a few days every week. You will feel awesome!!
- Don’t weigh yourself. This goes with #2. The point isn’t weight loss although it is definitely a perk. This is about retraining your mind and breaking your habit of eating processed, harmful foods! But I can almost guarantee if you follow the Whole30 guidelines, you will not only break your addictions, but also lose weight. However, if you weigh yourself every day, you may find that you aren’t losing weight immediately and quit! What a shame! You may have lost 10 pounds during the last two weeks! I’m not kidding! That’s very common!!
- Take advantage of the crockpot! Those things are amazing!!! Simply Google Whole30 Crockpot Recipes or Paleo Crockpot Recipes and you will find TONS of recipes! Don’t let lack of time be an excuse for why you can’t do the Whole30. I feel like I am NEVER home, but I find a way! We typically grocery shop on Saturdays and grill all of our meats and bake our potatoes/roast veggies that evening. It takes about an hour. No big deal! You’ve probably been on Facebook for atleast an hour today!! 😀 Gotcha!!
- Don’t think of this as a diet. You are doing this for YOU! You are doing this because you want to live a long and healthy life! You’re doing it because you want to have energy and live life to the fullest, and because you want to truly ENJOY food again! So it’s not a diet, but a lifestyle. Honestly. Jared and I have eaten Paleo since April, and now it’s second nature. There are foods we eat, and foods we DON’T eat. It’s not that we don’t eat certain foods because we aren’t allowed to, it because we know what they are made of and we know how they will make us feel. You will develop this mentality, too, I promise!