Simon says: Make it work.

The Rules
These are the rules. pdf

Meal Planning
How to make meals and how to eat them.

Rules vs Recommendations
Whole30 is very explicit in their rules. These are things that have no leeway or give. That being said, there are also recommendations.

Breastfeeding Accommodations
As a nursing mama, I have to include an extra meal or two snacks.

Whole30 101
This is a link to a whole bunch of links that can make my Whole30 smoother.

Timeline
A day to day guide of what I should expect throughout my Whole30.

Best of Planning and Prep

Best of Whole30 Recipes

Recipes
A Whole30 pdf of recipes.

Downloads
A list of downloadable pdfs of things like the rules, meal templates, recipes, label reading, etc.

Swag

Simon says: Finish the steps already.

Step six talks about the things I can do to help myself be successful in my Whole30 adventures. Along with planning and preparing meals ahead of time, I need to prepare myself mentally for life obstacles that might try to get in my way. Whole30 recommends creating “if/then” statements for myself ahead of time.

If I need to eat, but my kids are whining at me that they are hungry, then I will text a friend that it’s hard and then I will make the kids food so that I can later eat mine mindfully.

If it’s time for me to eat, but the baby needs to nurse, then I will have a small snack available to eat while I feed him. I won’t eat another meal right after the baby finishes eating–I’ll wait until I’m hungry.

If I have recently eaten and want more food even though I’m not hungry, then I will choose a self-care activity. (I can text a friend or journal or shower or take a walk or color, etc.)

If I am awake in the middle of the night, then I will choose to go back to sleep without eating.

This is good practice too for when unexpected obstacles try to tackle me. I will write this list down to keep with me and add new if/then statements as things arise.

Step seven is the easiest one for me. Don’t use the scale.

This was hard for me years ago, but has since become a non-issue. I’ll be interested to see how the numbers change at the end of the 30 days, but it won’t eat at me. No pun intended.

Step eight is Do the Whole30! Only two more days until go time!!!

 

Simon says: Take more steps!

I picked a date!! I’m going to start my Whole30 on September 1st!

I contemplated waiting until September 5th when everyone else is starting the special SeptemberWhole30, but I decided I didn’t need or want the extra weekend. I’m excited to be starting sooner!!!

Step 5 is about turning the house into a safe zone! This includes cleaning the house of non-compliant items, meal planning, shopping and navigating non-Whole30’ers who also will be eating in your home.

I’m going to start Step 5 tomorrow!! But first, I must sleep.

Simon says: Build your village.

They say it takes a village. I’m not really a people person. Step four of the Whole30 is to build a support team. This part is harder for me than following the food rules. I like the thought of the accountability, but currently I’m not a fan of the sharing. A few days ago, I told my friend that I’m planning this. That was easy. Today I told my husband and kids. That was harder. I don’t know why.

But doing this Whole30 is really important to me and skipping steps lacks commitment. If I want this, I have to suck it up. It’s only 30 days. When I decide what date I want to start, I’ll post it on facebook too. I don’t much facebook, but at least it’ll be “out loud” and out in the open.

I’ll also subscribe to the Whole30 Daily Newsletter and maybe post on their forum. I mentioned to the girls in my Mom Group that I was going to do a Whole30 soon. The villagey thing to do would be telling them my start date too.

Step three is commit. Get pumped, choose a start date, go public, take action. Seeing as I went through the effort of creating this blog, I’m committed to the idea. I’ll be more pumped as I get more sleep. Mom’ing a seven week old is often sleeplacking. I’m just happy I am posting today, even if it is after midnight now.

I haven’t decided if I want to start my Whole30 on September 1st or if I want to wait until the Monday SeptemberWhole30 special event on the 5th. Sleep might decide it for me.

Speaking of which….good night.

Simon says: Follow the rules.

The Whole30 program has 8 steps (unless you’ve done this before and then there are only five). I’m going to follow the 8 steps because I’d rather go back to basic basics, in order to be successful. Step Two is Read the Program. It outlines the program rules and what is expected of me. The rules have to be followed exactly to optimize results. Bitching about the rules is pointless. It’s only 30 days. I chose this.

The rules are as follows, for 30 days:

Eat Real Food
This includes meat, eggs, seafood, lots of vegetables, little fruit and good fats from oils, nuts and seeds.

Avoid Not Real Food
No sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. No unpronounceable ingredients. No paleofied baked goods.

No scale. No measurements.

Extras to Remember
Clarified butter or ghee are okay.Fruit juice as a sweetener is okay.
Green beans, sugar snap peas and snow pea pods are acceptable.
White, balsamic, red wine, apple cider and rice vinegars are allowed.
Salt is okay.

Commitment
As part of the rules, I must commit to these guidelines for 30 days. No slips, no excuses, no whining. 100% commitment for 30 days.

This is Step Two—the information. This is the easy part. I’ll delve into some of the other steps tomorrow.

 

 

*All of this information can be found on the official Whole30 site or pdf.