You have exactly TWO weeks to plan … the #SeptemberWhole30 starts on Monday, September 3, 2018.
Yep! That’s right. We’re starting on the U.S. Labor Day holiday, Monday the 3rd, because there’s no better way to celebrate end-of-summer than with a Whole30-themed backyard BBQ, beach picnic, or post-parade brunch—and a clear head (thanks, mocktails) come Tuesday morning.
Our group Whole30s are an annual tradition, and our seasoned Whole30’ers know the drill. But if you’re new to our community (welcome!) we want to make it easy for you to join in on the life-changing fun. Here’s a tutorial on how to join the #SeptemberWhole30 in four easy steps.
Step 1: Sign up for Wholesome
Click this link to sign up for our free Wholesome emails. No, you don’t have to subscribe to Wholesome to play along, but we’re sending our Wholesome readers some sweet bonuses all month long. We’ve got exclusive social media share graphics, a printable day-by-day countdown calendar, special offers and discounts from our Whole30 Approved partners and more. Plus, you’ll have first access to new Dear Melissa columns, inspiring I Am Whole30 stories, delicious recipes, and more.
If you’re already a Wholesome subscriber, congratulations! You’re already a step ahead.
Step 2: Read (or order) The Whole30 and Whole30 Day by Day
The official book of the Whole30 program is 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.
The new companion guide, The Whole30 Day by Day, is half field manual, half guided reflection, designed to help you make the most of every single Whole30 day. Each day provides motivation, what to expect, tips, habit hacks, and resources; plus three dedicated pages for tracking your progress, making plans for the coming days, and documenting your favorite meals.
Looking for more Whole30 support? All of our books have been written to help you have the most successful Whole30 possible.
The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook 150 Whole30 recipes with little hands-on time, quick prep time, or no cooking time at all. These are skillet meals, stir-fries, sheet-pan suppers, and slow-cook and no-cook meals, most of which can be made in 30 minutes or less.
The Whole30 Cookbook has 150 more Whole30 recipes, highlighting unique flavors and creative preparations, but still utilizing ingredients that can be found in most standard grocery stores.
Food Freedom Forever is Melissa’s 3-part guide to taking the lessons you learn during your Whole30, and creating a personalized healthy eating plan that works for you for the rest of your life. If you’re wondering, “What happens after the January Whole30?” this is the book for you.
It Starts With Food is the book that started it all! If you’re a Gretchen Rubin “Questioner” and want to know WHY the Whole30 eliminates certain foods or how the science works, this behind-the-scenes (with more than 400 supporting references) is for you.
Bonus: subscribe to Real Plans. Real Plans lets you plan a month’s worth of Whole30 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in minutes, including an automated shopping list and meal prep instructions. Real Plans now features more than 1,000 Whole30 compliant meals, so you’ll never be bored. You can even customize your Whole30 recipes, omitting ingredients you don’t like, utilizing your slow cooker, or accommodating for an egg or nightshade-free Whole30.
Step 3: 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 September 3rd.
But wait, we also want you to tell US! On the morning of September 3rd, we’ll be posting on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter asking, “Are you in?” Blow those posts up! Drop a comment of joy, excitement, trepidation, or any such combination 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 for encouragement and camaraderie throughout the 30 days.
Bonus: Work with a Whole30 Certified Coach. Our Certified Coaches are Whole30 experts who can provide you with meal planning support, encouragement, group events, personalized resources and more. Click this link to see a comprehensive list of events, services, and groups offered by our Coaches, all thoughtfully designed to help you achieve Whole30 success in the New Year.
Step 4: Follow Along
Okay, technically that’s all you need to do to join, but three steps seems just too easy, and we’d also like to connect with you beyond Day 1. 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:
- Follow us on Instagram at Whole30, Whole30 Recipes, and Whole30 Approved (and check in with Melissa Hartwig too)
- Like us on Facebook at Whole30, Whole30 Recipes, and Melissa Hartwig
- Follow us on Twitter at Whole30 and Melissa Hartwig
- Use the #SeptemberWhole30 #Whole30 hashtags on all your Whole30-related social media posts so we can see what you’re up to! (Yes, we actually look.)
*To make sure you actually SEE our posts, visit the Whole30 Facebook page and click the “Following” drop down menu next to the “Liked” button. Then select “See First.”
See You in September!
So there you have it – in just four easy steps, you’re all prepped, planned, and ready for the #SeptemberWhole30. See you on the 3rd!