Yay! The Whole 30! You’re making a commitment to better your health! This is AWESOME!!! Whether you’re doing it for the first time, or just back for a recharge, I applaud your decision!
tip: Carbs are not the enemy! Fruits and vegetables are full of healthy carbohydrates. Don’t worry about it. Enjoy that apple or sweet potato!
tip: Fat is GOOD! If you find that you’re not fully satisfied or still hungry, chances are you’re not getting enough fat. It’s hard to make that transition from the high carb, low fat mantra, but trust me. You’ll be glad you did.
tip: If you make a mistake, get over it. An oops is NO reason to stop your Whole 30. If you want to be a stickler, go ahead and restart the clock. But if you accidentally grab a chip without thinking about it? Or fall face first into a slice of pizza? Don’t use it as an excuse to finish the bag or pie.
tip: Don’t forget about the freezer section! Frozen fruits and vegetables are often more cost effective and just as delicious!!!
tip: Know your weaknesses! For me it’s crunchy and salty foods. So I have homemade pickles, baby carrots, sliced sweet peppers, and guac for dipping at the ready. Also a secret stash of nitrate/sugar free bacon in case it gets really bad. If you’re a sweets person? Have coconut milk and frozen fruit ready for a quick smoothie fix!
- Sometime between day one and day three you will start to feel like absolute crap. The manifestation is different for everyone (and a few lucky folks don’t get this at all) but for me it means a mind numbing headache (like my brain is swelling and is literally going to start leaking from my ears). Also I get really foggy headed for a few days. Kind of like a hangover. Which, actually it is. A food hangover.
- Between weeks one and two(ish) you will be SO FREAKING HUNGRY. This is also totally normal. Your body is making a change in how it processes food. Be sure you’re eating, eating, eating, and getting enough fat. This is not the time to be calorie counting or eating strictly lean cuts. I’ve heard fat-bombs work wonders.
- You will not feel amazing right away, and you may have some pretty awful stomachaches as your digestive tract readjusts. Try eating more probiotic foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha) or taking a probiotic supplement. Sometimes this part even takes longer than the 30 days, but most people feel much better around the two week mark.
- Prepare to pee a LOT. I don’t know the science behind it, but it happens. The first week or so I have to get up a couple times a night and run to the john. It does subside.
- On Mama Loves Food:
- Here’s my complete list of paleo / primal recipes. These are NOT all Whole 30 compliant. You may need to do some minor tweaking, but often I try to provide modifications within the recipe.
- Some of my very favorites are the Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles, Zucchini Noodles, Ultimate Paleo Smoothie, Roasted Plantains, Spanish Fried Egg, (un)Oatmeal, Lemon Butter Steamed Artichokes, Sausage Stuffed Breakfast Peppers, Roasted Bone Marrow, The Best Roast Broccoli Ever, The Best Roast Asparagus Ever, Creamy Asparagus Soup, Curry Grilled Chicken Wings, Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Whole Roasted Chicken.
- Or are you just curious about what I ate? Well, you’re in luck! Here’s every day, with every meal, including links to recipes!
- Other websites I love:
- The Official Whole 30 Page
- NomNom Paleo (my personal favorite)
- Multiply Delicious (has a YEAR long meal plan available!)
- Stupid Easy Paleo
- Good Cheap Eats
- Paleo Plan (also has week-by-week comprehensive meal plans available)
- Mark’s Daily Apple
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- The Lazy Caveman
- Primal Toad
- Jen’s Gone Paleo
- Ancestral Chef
- Cookbook suggestions: