It’s almost here… our seventh annual January Whole30, starting on January 1, 2016, and I (Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 co-creator) couldn’t be more excited! (It almost makes me want to emoji. ALMOST.)
Biggest. Whole30. Ever.
I know I say this every year, but this year promises to be the biggest, most wide-reaching, best-supported Whole30 EVERRRRRR, thanks to the tireless Whole30 team and our partners in all things #JanuaryWhole30, EPIC bar.
We’ve got tons of resources in our free Wholesome newsletter; giveaways and discounts from our Whole30 Approved partners on the @whole30approved Instagram feed; weekly live videos from Melissa Hartwig on the Whole30 Periscope channel; recipes from Whole30 superstars like Mel Joulwan, Michelle Tam, and Stephanie Gaudreau on the @whole30recipes instagram feed; and community connections via our Whole30 forum, Facebook page, Instagram feed, and Twitter feed.
Whew… but to say this #Whole30isEPIC is not an overstatement.
But first, the question we’re hearing over and over again on social media is this: How do I join? So here’s a tutorial on how to join the January Whole30 in three easy steps.
Step 1: Read (or order) The Whole3o
Guys. This is seriously all you need* to rock a successful Whole30.
The official book of the Whole30 program, aptly titled The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. It walks you through the program start to finish; teaches you how to prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally; and gives you a 7-day meal plan (complete with day-by-day preparation instructions); and more than 100 delicious Whole30 recipes to see you through. Boom.
*Okay, you’d also do well to subscribe to our Whole30 Daily email service, which puts a topical email in your in-box every day of your Whole30, holds you accountable at the end of each day, and gives you fun reward content when you stick to the program. In a survey of 2,000 subscribers, 93% said the emails helped them stay committed to their Whole30 programs!
Step 2: Commit
As we outline in The Whole30, the first step in joining the program is committing to follow the program rules 100% for 30 days in a row, no cheats, no slips, no excuses. This involves committing to yourself, but also sharing your commitment with others. That means telling friends and family, your fellow gym-goers, your church group, or co-workers that you’re doing the Whole30 starting January 1st (or 4th, or whatever day you choose to start).
But wait, I also want you to tell US! On January 1st, we’ll be posting on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter asking, “Are you in?” Drop a comment of joy, excitement, trepidation, or “frexcitedness” (a word I am borrowing from Mel Joulwan) and let us know that you are on board. You can also head over to the Whole30 Forum to join a “starting on…” thread and connect with people who will be on the same day as you throughout the 30 days.
Step 3: Follow Along
Okay, technically that’s all you need to do to join, but two steps seems just too easy, and we’d also like to connect with you beyond Day 1. Plus, the Whole30 team and EPIC Bar have so many amazing resources lined up across a variety of channels that we’d hate for you to miss out. So, check these things off your list one by one to stay involved, talk to us, get support and advice, and share your Whole30 experience:
- Subscribe to Wholesome, our free Whole30 newsletter
- Follow us on Instagram at Whole30, Whole30 Recipes, Whole30 Approved, and EPIC bar (and check in with Melissa Hartwig and Shanna Keller, too)
- Fan us on Facebook at Whole30, Whole30 Recipes, and EPIC bar*
- Follow us on Twitter at Whole30, EPIC bar, and Melissa Hartwig
- Follow us on Periscope at Whole30 (by downloading the free app for iPhone and Android)
- Follow us on Youtube at Whole30 (where some Periscope broadcasts are reposted)
- Check out our new Snapchat channel at Whole30, where Shanna will be sharing fun stories (by downloading the free app for iPhone and Android)
- Use the #JanuaryWhole30 and #Whole30isEPIC hashtags on all your Whole30-related social media posts so we can see what you’re up to! (Yes, we actually look.)
See You in January!
So there you have it – in just three easy steps, you’re all prepped, planned, and ready for the #JanuaryWhole30. See you on the 1st… we wish you all a happy, healthy, EPIC new year!