We are starting a Whole30 circuit on January 4th and I’m so excited! For those of you who aren’t sure what Whole30 is, you can refer to the Whole 30 Website to learn the general “rules” of the plan. Basically, it is a completely primal, non-processed diet that you follow in 30 day intervals. We can eat loads of meat, veggies, nuts, and some fruits. Though you can adopt the diet year-round, it’s pretty difficult to stick to this all day, everyday- especially if you travel or eat out to any extent.
This might sound intimidating or depriving, but if you really get into the thought process- that our bodies don’t physically need grains, dairy, alcohol, etc.- you will be surprised at how much food you REALLY CAN eat. I’m going to do the hard part; create the meal plans, grocery lists, and weekly prepping instructions! I will provide Week 1 on January 1 and our first weekly meal prep will be on January 3.
Before that, we need to make sure that your kitchen is stocked with some tools and ingredients you *might* not already have and *might* not be able to get at a grocery store. Don’t worry; it’s a short list:
- Zoodler- since noodles are not Whole30 compliant, we will be making our own noodles our of zucchini and squash from time to time. I have this Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta. It’s definitely not the most glamorous one you can find, but it gets the job done and is reasonably priced.
- Ghee- aka clarified butter. You can find this at most grocery stores but if you can’t find it at yours, order it here: Nanak Pure Desi Ghee, Clarified Butter, 56-Ounce Jar
- Arrowroot Powder- this is a lot like cornstarch and is used to thicken soups and coat meat. I haven’t found it in a grocery store yet. This is the kind that I’ve ordered and you can store it in the freezer! So easy! Anthony’s Arrowroot Powder (Flour), 2.5 Pounds, Certified Gluten-Free
- Fish Sauce- so Fish Sauce sounds gross and it even smells a little weird but it adds SO MUCH to every dish. We use it in Asian and Latin inspired dishes which are very popular in my Whole30 meal plan Red Boat Premium Fish Sauce, 500 ml (17 oz.)
- Coconut Aminos- Coconut aminos are a replacement for everyone’s favorite: soy sauce. LOVE IT! I’ve found some of these in grocery stores but my favorite, again, is from Amazon Coconut Secret Organic Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce-8 Oz
- Tupperware- PLENTY of it. We are going to be doing a lot of prepping that will require plenty of Tupperware and plastic bags so stock up on both.
That should be all that you might need to buy! It’s a small commitment for the lifestyle change we are about to embark on!
Other things to do before our January 3rd start date include:
- Log a starting weight
- Take body measurements
- Take “before” photos
- Take a few minutes to reflect on issues you might be hoping to alleviate through this plan. for example: I’m hoping to lose weight, gain energy, sleep better, and relieve knee pain that I’m having when working out.
I’m going to do a daily update about my progress, what I’m eating, and how I’m feeling! I hope that you guys are as excited about this as I am! This will be a great start to 2016 and lifestyle overhaul for many of us. I hope this Whole30 Prep guide helped!
If you want to join in on the fun, let me know! I will add you to our accountability Facebook group! XOXO
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