You’re ready, you’re set… now it’s time to kick off your Whole30 program, using the plan you’ve created and the many resources we’ve got available for you here.
The Whole30 Timeline
Want a sneak preview of what’s to come during your program? We’ve created a Whole30 Timeline as a fun (but eerily accurate) way to help new participants know what to expect. As with any process that involves personal experience, your results may vary, but here’s what your first day might look like:
Day 1: So what’s the big deal? It’s 3 p.m. on Day 1. You had a decadent plate of steak and eggs for breakfast, breezed through the morning with coffee and coconut cream by your side, and had a fresh, crisp chicken salad for lunch. Your body is telling you it needs a little more fuel, so you grab a handful of almonds and an apple and head back to your desk to finish out your day. You’ve got a slow cooker full of chili infusing your kitchen with a heavenly smell, and right now you can’t see why anyone thinks this is hard.
This delusion is somewhat akin to the first episode of any given reality show on which the contestants are herded together and forced to live in one house. At the end of the first episode, everyone can just tell they are going to be best friends for life. Those of us on the other side of the screen know better, though, don’t we? No one really believes this mess to be true, but everyone humors it… because how long can it last, really?
The truth is that you’re feeling empowered by making one good choice after another, all day long. And you should! Take note of that rock star feeling, stash it away, and bring it back out when days get rough. Because rest assured that after a lifetime of suboptimal choices, things are probably going to get worse before they get better.
- Read our expanded Whole30 Timeline starting on page 32 in The Whole30
- Download our dining guide and travel guide and take your Whole30 on the road
- Sign up for Wholesome, our FREE bi-weekly Whole30 in review