Whole30 has been around for a long time, 10 years to be exact. I remember the first time I heard of Whole30 and remember thinking it was just another super restrictive, fad 30-day diet that you would do, and then go right back to your old habits. Over the years, I’ve tried to go Whole30 as it became more and more mainstream, but never really committed myself to it. I’ll say, “Okay, yeah, I’ll try this Whole30 thing. I’ll start tomorrow.” I’ve learned, however, that you can’t just jump in to the program ‘whenever.’ Whole30 is something that involves forethought and planning. I’ve been reading up on the Whole30 for the past two weeks and have been mapping out a plan for the next 30 days. I also finally feel ready and motivated this time.
Why a Whole30?
During the past month, I celebrated another trip around the sun, (which if we’re being honest, I celebrate my birthday over the course of a few weeks,) followed immediately by a beach trip. I think most people, myself included, get a little lax with their eating on vacation. Add in only working out sporadically and some emotional eating, and all of this has led to poor sleep, a bloated face and belly, tighter fitting clothes, and overall, feeling pretty darn crummy. It’s definitely time for a nutrition reset, which is exactly what Whole30 is. It’s removing all the junk and inflammatory foods from your diet and then slowly introducing foods back in to see what’s really impacting you. I’ve never done an elimination diet before, but have a suspicion that gluten does negatively affect me.
Why a Whole30 in August?
I think August is the perfect time to start a Whole30. I feel like August is always sort of a reset month for families. Everyone goes back to school. Rhythms and routine start to set in again after the flurry of summer activities settle down. Also, there are no major holidays in the month of August, so you can’t use that as an excuse. I’m starting my Whole30 on August 5 and will be running it through September 3. I’ll be updating you weekly with my meals, how I’m feeling, and what I’m thinking as I go through the process. I hope you’ll follow along and maybe get inspired to do your own Whole30 in the future!
How I’m Preparing for the Whole30
As I mentioned before, Whole30, if done well, is something that really needs to be planned and prepared for. To learn about the program, I read the Whole30 book. If you don’t want to buy the book, I found out you can read it for free if you have Amazon Prime, and download it onto the Kindle app. You can also, most likely, check out the book from your local library. If neither of those are viable options for you, you can find just about everything you need to know on the good ole Internet. It will take a little more research on your part, but whole30.com is a great place to start, and there are countless other resources you can consult to begin the planning process of your Whole30. I also scoured my cookbook collection for recipes that would be Whole30 compliant or easily converted to Whole30 compliance. I also purchased the Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook to give me more than enough recipes to see me through the 30 days. And of course, as I always do, I planned out my meals for the week. Like, actually wrote them down and went grocery shopping for them. I’ve done a whole blog post before on how I plan my meals. I’ll link that post for you HERE.
That sums up everything I’ve done to prepare and set myself up for a successful Whole30. I’ll be checking back in with you in a week to share with you how it’s going. See you all soon!