Unless you plan on living like a hermit for the next 30 days, your Whole30 will likely be littered with obstacles. Unfortunately, when we hit some of these, we often quit. Why? Because we have no plan.
So instead, 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 a few examples, but we give you a ton more starting on page 27 of The Whole30:
Business lunch: If my co-workers give me a hard time about not ordering a drink, then I’ll say, “I’m doing this food experiment right now to see if I can make my allergies better, so it’s mineral water with lime for me tonight.”
Travel day: If I get to the airport and my flight is delayed, then I’ll snack on the Whole30 emergency food, apples, carrot sticks, and the small packet of almond butter I brought in my carry-on.
Keep this list handy, and add to it as additional situations come up. Having a plan means you’re far more likely to stick to your commitment!
- Create your Whole30 if/then plan
- Stock up on Whole30 Approved emergency food for your car, gym bag, or office
- Order a Pre-Made Paleo Whole30 starter pack for those extra-busy days