January Whole 30
A new year... 2017! And if your December 2016 was anything like mine, then it was filled with a ton of rich foods, sweets, and alcohol. Definitely making for a super bloated and lethargic January 1st.
So I’m making a plan to change that by participating the #JanuaryWhole3o.
If you are unfamiliar with the Whole30 (<– see link), it is basically an elimination diet. You eliminate all forms of sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, and food additives/preservatives for 30 days.
It sounds like a lot you are eliminating, but you are still able to eat all the fruits and vegetables, meats, healthy fats, and potatoes!! When I tried my first Whole30 (really like Whole20-24), potatoes were the ultimate food. They keep you full and satisfied, and really make you feel like you are indulging.
But what I’ve learned from my first go-round, preparation is key! If you are not fully prepared, you will be hungry, cranky, and more likely to not stick with it. So here are a few of my top tips for making your first Whole30 the best it could possibly be:
When you embark on your first Whole30, you will soon learn almost all condiments contain sugar or a very refined oil. Therefore, 99% of them are off limits. Make a big batch of homemade condiments to keep your meals and flavors interesting. My go-to’s:
I used this recipe. I used this a lot on vegetables and it would also be great to marinate chicken in.
Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle Lime Mayo
Ok this one you don’t exactly make, but you buy. And I’m not going to lie, it’s a little pricey. But I think it is worth it. I like to think of it more as in an aioli vs. a mayo, because that’s exactly how I use it. It’s a very versatile condiment and I put it on almost everything... potatoes, chicken, steak, vegetables, eggs.... ok literally everything. You need it in your life.
This cult following sparkling water will literally be your best friend on the Whole30. If you typically love water and drink that exclusively daily, you will probably get sick of it on the Whole30. I blame the sugar withdrawals, but La Croix will be your savior. Drink it out of a wine glass for an extra special treat!
This could probably go without saying, but meal planning is my number one key. Before you start, look through books, online blogs, stalk the Whole30 Instagram, etc. Find recipes that look satisfying to you, and then plan out when you are going to make it. Make grocery lists so you don’t forget any items at the store. *Bonus points*: make yourself a calendar and know when you will make what recipe and how many days/meals the leftovers will last. If you do this you will not miss any “gap” days where you are in the middle of the week, with limited time and nothing planned for dinner.
Hope those few simple tips help you out! My intention for this blog is to be a great recipe sharing space. Check back weekly for #JanuaryWhole30 recipes!