So you have decided to take on the Whole 30, well done! I will tell you firsthand that the Whole 30 is not easy. It requires lots of will power, planning, and dedication. It also requires you to deny yourself of what I call, luxury eating or junk food. Here are some tips to help get you going and be successful.
Shopping is going to be one the tougher parts of the Whole 30. Your first grocery store experience can make or break you. Assuming that you have already purchased and read the book, The Whole 30. You should have a good idea of the "yes" and "no" foods.
A. Research your local grocery stores ahead of time. Last thing you want is to make it to the store only to find out they don't carry a lot of the items you need. Many grocery stores have websites where you can search items that they carry and even where to find them in the store. Look ahead of time!!
B. Once you have your store picked, go ahead a make a list of the items you need. Aimlessly fishing through the grocery store will leave you frustrated and most of all, hungry... "oh look a snickers bar". FOCUS!
C. Stay away from the aisles... Now, there are some things you will need to get from the aisles. NO, cheese puffs are not Whole 30. By shopping mostly on the border of the grocery store you will find most of the big items you will need. Most meats, fish and produce are found on the border of the grocery store.
D. Go online! Many of the Whole 30 staples can be found online. Many Whole 30 approved dressings and condiments can be found online and often times bought in bulk. However, if you have a Publix in your area they do carry many of these items.
2. Budget Tips
If you're not careful the Whole 30 can get expensive, niche items often carry a hefty price tag. Who would have thought that bacon with less ingredients would cost more??
A. Buy in bulk... Big surprise, right? I know it's been said a million times before but buying in bulk will save you money in the long run.
B. Make things from scratch.
Now, this is going to require a little more time and planning but making things like the famous Lara Bar from scratch is much cheaper. A simple google search will reveal all sorts of hacks and recipes for making many of these staple items.
C. Meet you local Butcher.
Yeah the guy in the blood soaked white coat... Go find him! Buying meat from your local butcher is going to save you a ton of money. Most times these facilities are going to have much less overhead and therefore are able to sell their products at a fraction of the cost of your big chain grocery stores.
D. Plan ahead!!!
I can't stress this one enough. The last thing you want is to be starving and the only thing in sight is Whataburger. I remember busting down the doors of Publix and buying 6 hard-boiled eggs... I ate all of them. Always keep some W30 snacks close by, you won't regret it.