Realistically, your Whole30 will be littered with obstacles—and even though you’re a Whole30 veteran, stress, hunger, and lack of a plan could still get the best of you.
Think about the next 30 days and anticipate your obstacles. Then, make a plan for what you’ll do when you face them. We like using if/then statement when crafting our plans, so follow this template to map out your best Whole30 success strategies.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare Some More
First, write down every potential stressful, difficult, or complicated situation you may encounter during your Whole30. These may include business lunches, family dinners, travel plans, a long day at work, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, or office gatherings.
Next, create an if/then plan for each potentially difficult situation: “If this happens, then I’ll do this.” Here are some examples:
Happy hour: If I find myself at the bar after-hours, then I’ll casually order a sparkling water with a slice of lime—easy!
Family dinner: If my Mom offers to bake her famous chocolate-chip cookies, then I’ll say, “I’m taking a break from sweets for a little while—how about we make some homemade applesauce instead?”
Travel day: If I get to the airport and my flight is delayed, then I’ll snack on the Primal Pacs, apples, carrot sticks, and the small packet of almond butter I brought in my carry-on.
Long day at the office: If I get home from work starving and cranky and I’m tempted to order take-out, then I’ll pick a meal from my go-to list.*
*Plan three quick and easy “go-to” meals you can make in ten minutes or less, with foods you always have on hand. Some examples are an egg and leftover veggie scramble topped with avocado and hot sauce; a can of tuna mixed with homemade mayo, fresh fruit, and walnuts over salad greens; or a Pre-Made Paleo meal straight out of the freezer. Write your list down and pin it to your fridge!
- Create your Whole30 if/then plan
- Create your three “go-to” meals
- Stock up on Whole30 Approved emergency food for your car, gym bag, or office
- Order a Pre-Made Paleo Whole30 starter pack