Are you thinking about the whole 30 but you have no idea where to start? I was the same way! In this video, I am going to share my top 6 resources to get started and at the end of the show, I will talk about the 3 PDFs that stay on my phone. More whole 30 goodness coming up!
What Is The Whole 30
If you don’t know what the whole 30 is, it is a diet in which you remove certain things from your diet for 30 days and then after 30 days you slowly re-introduce the items to see what was affecting your body. I am currently in my last week of the whole 30 challenge and it has been a great experience so far. Also, I have written a few posts about it which you can find here, here, and here.
When you first think about getting started, it is really hard to get a grasp on what all you can and cannot eat. At first glance, I thought I couldn’t eat anything but raw veggies and grilled chicken for 30 days but that isn’t the case at all. Thats why I put together this list of resources, I want you to learn from my mistakes, cough, pees, and be successful on the whole 30.
Let’s Get To The Resources
The Whole 30 Website– The Whole 30 website is a mix of a library and a community center for all things Whole 30 related. On this website you will see all of the latest updates regarding the program as well as a wealth of first hand information from veteran Whole 30’ers who have done this for a long time.
Next up is the Whole 30 Accountability Group– this is a newer resource that I wish I would have found it sooner. Whole 30 has a main facebook group, but what I love about this group is the small intimate nature that acts as a group you can check in with and stay on track. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a partner that is also going through the challenge with you.
Is Facebook not your jam? Then why not check out the Whole 30 Reddit Community – This community is full of both novice and veteran users that have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Whole 30. Also, there is no shortage of great recipes that you can try to spice up your Whole 30 journey!
The following are books that are put out by the team over at Whole 30 and I think there is a lot of value in getting information from the horses mouth instead of third party. The first book I recommend is “It Starts With Food” this is the book that started it all. What I love about this book is the fact that they explain the Why behind the Whole 30. If you don’t understand the why behind what you are doing then what is the point in doing it? This books shares the science behind the Whole 30 and why it works.
As you are going through the Whole 30, your body will be going through a lot of changes. The sugar stores that it is used to thriving on will no longer be there and the things that you crave will tempt you to get off track. That’s where the book Whole 30 day by day comes into play. This book is equal parts journal and equal part Whole 30 guide.
Many people think that the Whole 30 is nothing but raw vegetables and chicken but it is so much more. The tipping point for us with getting started on the Whole 30 was the following cookbooks. Starting off with the The Whole 30. Half of this book explains the diet and the other half is a good mix of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The second cookbook is whole meals that can be cooked in the slow cooker. This is really great if you are going to be at work all day and you want to come home to a fully cooked meal! The final cookbook is chock full of easy recipes that do not take very long to make. This is great for people on the go. If you don’t have a lot of time to prep and cook your meals then defiantly check out Whole 30 Fast & Easy.
The Whole 30: https://amzn.to/2W66l05
Slow Cooker: https://amzn.to/2Sbyamo
Fast & Easy: https://amzn.to/359YjXQ
If you have made it this far then you are luck! The following are PDF’s that I keep on my phone at all times. Having quick access to these documents is great when you are working on a recipe or shopping for food at the grocery store.
Sneaky Sugar- https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-sugar.pdf
Common Additives- https://whole30.com/downloads/additives.pdf
Shopping List- https://whole30.com/downloads/book-shopping-list.pdf
If reading isn’t your thing I but together a video that is over 15 minutes long about these resources. Check it out below!
Are you thinking about the Whole 30? Have you completed it? I want to know in the comments below. Let me know if you have any experience at all or maybe you have some resources that you would like to share with the rest of the community! Let me know!