Here is a compilation of all the Whole30 Resources I use on a frequent basis when I Whole30. I recommend really utilizing social media and finding the blogs and cookbooks that best fit your tastes. 🙂
Whole30 Website: 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.
Instagram: If you have an Instagram, follow me @youngwholeessential and follow @whole30 and @whole30recipes. As I go through my whole30 Round 2 I hope to post daily with my meals! I also recommend @stupideasypaleo and @paleoomg, although not everything they post is Whole30 compliant. @whole30recipes is great. The people over at Whole30 pick a guest blogger every week to blog recipes. I usually follow the blogger of the week, and have slowly built my feed to be a lot of whole30 approved bloggers!
Blogs: Then of course there are numerous blogs that are so helpful! Some of my favorites include:
- Nom Nom Paleo
- The Clothes Make the Girl – author of the Well Fed Cookbooks
- StupidEasyPaleo – Great for those of us who lift, and need a diet that caters to athletic needs.
Cookbooks: I love books. I love them so much. I love cookbooks for their beautiful photography. Below are the cookbooks I HIGHLY recommend and which have tons of recipes that can get you through a Whole30. The WellFeds and NomNomPaleo specifically point out compliant meals. Check out other paleo cookbooks too, as they have compliant meals, you just need to check and double check the ingredients! So, here’s my list:
- Whole30 Cookbook
- NomNom Paleo
- Everyday Paleo
- The book I want but don’t have: The Performance Paleo Cookbook
These are the resources I use to get through a Whole30. As always, I would love to hear from you! Email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com or leave a comment!