I MADE IT TO DAY 10 … ALIVE!
1.The first five days are hard.
Okay, not just hard. They freaking suck. Your body is detoxing, wondering where your Diet Coke went and you feel hungover. You’re irritable and mean to the people around you. Apologize in advance and GIVE YOURSELF SOME GRACE. This will pass.
2. Black coffee may not be the devil.
I take my coffee with cream and a Splenda every day and I probably have three cups. The amount of dairy and artificial sweetener in my coffee alone is a joke. Do I miss it? Yes. Will I get over it? I sure hope so. Nutpods are a dairy/sugar free option that doesn’t taste like much, but at least you can pretend there is cream in your coffee.
3. Meal prepping is an act of self-care.
I never realized this before my journey with Whole30 started, but now I see that it really is. Just like bubble baths, meditation, prayer … whatever it is that makes you feel loved, meal prepping is a part of that. For me, part of it is because I find cooking to be therapeutic. There is something to be said for being able to grab a Whole30 approved snack from your fridge when you’re in a rush and instead of grabbing a quick something that may not be Whole30 approved. It’s like a message from yourself that says “Girl, I got you!”
4. Nothing says “I love myself” more than homemade mayo.
You can try the Whole30 approved mayo, but I promise nothing is better than emulsifying your own gorgina, Whole30 approved mayo and then making it into an aioli. It takes time, but again, if you view it as an act of self-care, it is totally worth it. You can make it into an aioli and add all sorts of different flavors – garlic, horseradish, basil-lemon, BACON. Here’s my tried and true recipe of the perfect homemade mayo.
*An hour before you want to make your mayo or aioli, set your eggs on your counter so they’ll be room temperature when you start.
*If you don’t have time (or forget) you can put your eggs in warm water for 5 minutes.
*Make sure the eggs aren’t cracked and just use the hottest water you can get from your sink. If your egg is not room temperature, your mayo will not emulsify.
*Add one egg, ¼ cup of LIGHT olive oil or safflower oil, ½ teaspoon dry mustard and ½ teaspoon of salt into your food processor and pulse until emulsified.
*Gradually and slowly add a cup of oil into the food processor while continuously pulsing your food processor.
*Finish with fresh lemon juice. You can use a half or a whole lemon depending on your taste.
5. Pederson Farms is the best thing to ever happen to you.
Pederson Farms has a whole section of Whole30 approved products and they are all super delicious. Sometimes Whole Foods will carry the kind of bacon I like, but when they don’t, I use The Simple Grocer to stock up on my Pederson Farms goodies. The individually wrapped bacon is a SAVIOR when eating out, the kielbasa is amazing, and the ground beef is YUM. Trust me on that!
6. Be prepared to look crazy and embrace it.
Bring your Nutpods with you to your coffee date. Bring your Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel Seasoning” with you to your breakfast meeting for your avocado or hard-boiled eggs. Bring your coconut aminos with you to that sushi dinner with your friends. And strike up a conversation with your server and make them fall in love with your charming personality so they aren’t annoyed when you request no oil on your salmon and no butter on your steamed broccoli.
7. Go to the Defined Dish.
There are so many different recipe options available on The Defined Dish, you don’t have to worry about eating the same meal over and over. Alex, the creator of this Whole30 Bible, is so incredibly knowledgeable and creative. Not only are her recipes all Whole30 compliant, they are freaking delicious. The meatballs and the creamy lemon chicken are always in my rotation.