I can think of no better way to kick off the new year than with a Whole30. A little body reset and reconnect. Tune in to what makes you feel good and what you can leave in the previous year (for now). That’s what doing the Whole 30 is all about – getting crystal clear, doing a little check-in on the foods that keep your body running smooth and becoming aware of the ones that just might not be worth it. That’s not to say that you have to cut them out of your life completely but, just be mindful that they may not make you feel great – but in the moment it might be worth it. That’s your food freedom. And after 30 days you will have that figured out!
The main thing that holds me back from eating clean and whole30esque all the time is my family. My kids eat a pretty good variety of things, but they are kids and they love pizza, chicken fingers and pasta. My goal when creating this Whole30 week of meals is to have recipes that are family (kid / husband) friendly. The dinners especially have a component that everyone will eat and I just may have to leave off a topping or sauce for my meal. That i’m okay with. For example, the grilled chicken dinner is a main dish that my whole family can enjoy. I can easily make them a quick side (french fries, rice, mac and cheese) and voila they are satisfied and I am happy to not be making 3 meals.
Fail to plan, plan to fail is a famous quote for a reason. It’s so true. Everytime I fail at something the common thread is that I was underprepared. In order to complete a successful Whole30 you need to do a full grocery shop – make a list, stick to that list, shop for that list. All of this should be done a day or two prior. Included in this shopping haul should also be items for your family that will help the week / month run smooth. Like frozen vegetables ( I like the steamfresh bags that I pop in the microwave for 5 minutes) my kids love the broccoli so I make sure I have several bags on hand. If they don’t like the vegetable I am serving that night its no big deal, I just pop a steamfresh bag of broccoli in the microwave and easy, healthy side served. Another easy side I like to have on hand is some kind of instant rice. Easy to just pop in the microwave to round out a meal. There are so many instant, microwave, airfryer options out there. Stock up on these items to ensure a successful Whole30.
Remove the pressure. It’s 30 days and you can do anything for 30 days. Look at the whole30 in a positive light – you are lucky to eat whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Be grateful for the ability to nourish your body in a healthy way. That being said – if your kids / husband don’t want the meals you have prepared for them…. they can order pizza! Good luck 🙂
Click on the photo below – link to the full Whole30 recipe e-book.