It’s time to get your house Whole30-ready. Don’t skip this step! Remember, planning and preparation is everything when it comes to making a dramatic lifestyle change like the Whole30.
First, get the stuff you won’t be eating out of the house. Having tempting food-with-no-brakes just sitting around is a recipe for late-night stress eating, so let’s put some distance between you and those Pringles, shall we? Time to clean out the pantry—toss the stuff you won’t be eating, give it to a neighbor, or donate it to a local food bank, as long as it’s not within striking distance. Habit research shows that the average craving lasts only 3-5 minutes, which means by the time you change out of your PJs, find your keys, grab your wallet, and head for the door… the craving has passed, and you’ve stuck to your Whole30 another day.
Create a “No Fly Zone”
If you’re the only one at home doing the Whole30, chances are your family isn’t going to take kindly to you tossing their favorite snacks and desserts. Dedicate one drawer in your fridge and an out-of-the-way cabinet for these off-plan items, so you don’t have to reach around the Oreos every time you need a can of coconut milk. (See this article on doing the Whole30 solo!)
Plan Some Meals
Meal planning is an absolute must for saving time, money, and “What’s for dinner, again?” stress. Luckily, we’ve made this SO EASY for you by partnering with Real Plans, the official Whole30 meal planning service with more than 500 delicious, compliant recipes. Fully automated right down to the shopping list, Real Plans lets you customize your Whole30 meals to your family size, meal prep schedule, and Whole30 start date and duration, and leaves out recipes with ingredients you don’t like or are allergic to. Check out the Real Plans tutorial and more about how the service works before your Whole30 Day 1, and take all the stress out of Whole30 (and beyond) meal planning forever.
Meals can also be simple, with no recipe required—just take healthy ingredients and combine them! Breakfast can be scrambled eggs, a side of fresh salsa, and a half an avocado. Lunch can be grilled chicken mixed with homemade mayo, celery, grapes, and walnuts over baby spinach. Dinner can be a grilled steak, fresh garden salad, and ghee-roasted sweet potatoes. Feel free to keep it simple!
Time to stock up on Whole30 foods! Use your meal plan to help you create a shopping list, and head to your local grocery store, health food store, farmers market, or co-op.
- Hit the meat, seafood, and eggs first, as the first place your pennies should go is high-quality animal protein sources.
- Next, load up on vegetables and fruit (in that order). Although many produce items are now available year-round, shop seasonally for the best price and taste.
- Next up—healthy fats, like extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, pastured butter (to clarify at home), olives, nuts, and seeds.
- Finally, stock your pantry with the essentials—and don’t forget to check Amazon for not-necessary-but-nice-to-have items you may not be able to find locally (like coconut aminos).
- Visit Real Plans and start planning your Whole30 meals
- Order The Whole30 and The Whole30 Cookbook and get more than 250 Whole30-compliant recipes at your fingertips
- Visit the PDF Download section of our website for more free shopping and meal planning resources