Whole 30 – Round 2: How I Prepare

Year 2 of Law School is over, and the stress, and craziness of it meant I fell off the paleo bandwagon.  I think I’ve been living off carbs and cheese for two straight months, and I’m paying for it.  My stomach is angry, I’ve been sleeping kind of out of whacks, and I’ve been getting headaches.  A Whole 30 Round 2 is definitely in order.

I completed my first Whole 30 this past January.  For 30 days I cut out: grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar, preservatives, nasty chemicals, and alcohol.  After 30 days, you slowly reintroduce these foods one at a time to see how your body reacts.  I learned that dairy and me don’t mix very well, so I *should* do a better job of minimizing how much of this I eat.

The Whole 30 was hard, but oh, so worth it.  My stomach was happy, my digestive system overall was working properly, my skin was clear, I was sleeping well, and the list could go on for ages.  I was feeling that tiger blood that the Whole30 Program raves about.  I lost about six pounds, and could tell my clothes were fitting better.  Of course, the program is challenging if you don’t prepare.  My biggest struggle was going out with friends and not slipping.  If you slip, you have to start over in order to achieve the best results.  I learned that the more prepared I was, the easier it was to make healthy choices.  Below, I’ve compiled my favorite Whole30 things and resources, that help me prepare, and get me through 30 days of life changing.

First, the Whole 30 Website is pure gold! It has everything you could possibly need to know.  Specifically:

  • The Rules
    This lays out the program lickity split. Follow them, and trust me!
  • The Books:
    • It Starts With Food is the “bible” of the Whole 30.  It lays out the science behind why this program works, and explains what various foods will do to you.  It’s definitely worth the read if you want to know the why’s behind what you are doing.
    • The Whole30 Cookbook just came out, and is beautifully done!  It’s got so many great recipes.  I’ve already played around with the mayo variations.  (Paleo Mayo is life changing).   The beginning part of the Cookbook explains the Whole30 in layman’s terms, so if you want to skip the science, you can still learn everything you need to know about the program in this book.
  • Other Resources
    • TheWhole30 Daily is an email sent to you daily, filled with motivation, recipes, and a progress report.  You have to click whether or not you’ve completed another day.  It’s so helpful on those days when you seriously HATE ALL THE THINGS.  (This happens a lot at the beginning.  For me it was days 4-10 and I was not a happy camper).
    • The Downloads
      • This is the gold mine of Whole 30.  Shopping Lists, approved foods, cheat sheets for the crap they like to put in packaged foods, templates, the list could go on and on.  I recommend printing out as many of these as you feel necessary and stick them on your refrigerator.  It makes grocery list making and shopping so much easier.
    • The Whole30 Approved List
      • These products have the Whole30 Stamps of Approval.  I love RX Bars (Coffee Cacao is great, they also have a Whole30 pack) for when you’re in a hurry and need something quick and filling.
      • Epic Bars are yummy too.
      • I love Chomps.
      • La Croix is my saving grace during the Whole30.  Caffeinated water is so needed sometimes.
    • Whole30 Forum
      • This is a community of tried and true Whole30ers and newbies.  I like it because you can search for “Trader Joes Approved Products,” “CostCo Approved Products” to make your grocery store trips so much easier. There is so much information here and you should spend tons of time reading the thread for tips, and for motivation.

These resources are more than enough to get you started.  I’ll do another post soon about the cookbooks I love.

I’ll be starting my second round of Whole 30 on May 24.  As always, send me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com for questions, or leave a comment.

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