My January Whole 30 Tips, Recipes, And a Free Printable!

Posted January 23, 2017 by Thirty-Something Angie in Clean Living, Recipes / 0 Comments

I'm rounding out my Whole 30 this week and thought I could share my best Whole 30 tips and recipes, plus a fun menu planning printable. Read on for more!

Alright! How about some Whole 30 talk today?  I’m rounding out my month this week and thought I could share my best Whole 30 tips and recipes, plus a fun menu planning printable I designed!

Have you done the Whole 30? Have you thought about it? This January was my first time, and I’d love to connect with others that have completed the program, or are interested in it!

If you’ve never heard of this “crazy diet fad” before, let me give you a little background.  {Spoiler alert: it’s not a fad diet}.

Whole 30 101

I’m not going to get into every knitty gritty detail of the Whole 30 diet plan.  If you want all the details, you can check out their site here.

But the basic gist of the program is this: Healing your body through healing your gut.  It is a 30 day elimination diet that is designed to show you any food intolerances you may have along with healing your body from the inside out.

The program includes ABSOLUTELY NO:

  • sugar (or any sweeteners, including honey)
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy
  • MSG, Carageenan, & other chemicals
  • alcohol
  • cheating

My Whole 30 Update

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me mention in early January that I was starting the Whole 30 diet.  I’ve had a few people ask for updates on how it’s going since then, so I thought a blog post would be easiest.

I’m now on Day 22 and have a few thoughts to share.

Whole 30 Meal Planning Printable | Free Printable!

Remember this post on Instagram?  Gosh.  Sorry I am only just now adding this printable as a download! I’m not always a slacker.  Grab yours by signing up below!

This is more of a mental challenge than a physical one.

Sure.  In the first week or so, I did experience some physical side effects of removing so much from my diet at once.  Research shows that sugar is as addictive as many narcotics, so it’s natural to experience things like headaches, lethargy, and crankiness from the sugar withdrawals.  I also experienced some bloating and acne as all of the toxins from these foods left my body.

Overall, though, this challenge has been much more physical than mental.  Our relationships with food are very deeply rooted.  We turn to food for comfort and out of habit just as much as we do for sustenance.

My Whole 30 Adventure and Favorite Recipes From Thirty Something Angie | Free Printable!


I want to eat when I’m stressed, or bored, or tired.  I want to eat when I see a gorgeous picture of a cake while browsing on Facebook.  (Okay fine. The reality is that I want to shove my face in the entire thing, but I don’t). I know this isn’t true hunger, but that doesn’t make it easier!

Planning is absolutely vital.

If I could share one tip with someone new to Whole 30 it would be this.  Plan.  Plan some more.  And make a backup plan.  This is how you succeed.   

When you’re on the Whole 30, there are no cheats.  That means there are no nights where you can go “Oh crap.  I forgot about dinner. Let’s eat out.”  I’m not saying you can’t eat out on the program, but it’s a lot harder.  Do you really want to be that crazy person asking the waiter about whey and carageenan?  Because I don’t!

Since I can’t just dip out to grab a pizza or burgers during the week, I have to have a solid plan.  I have to know what dinners I’m going to cook and what veggies I need each week.  If I’m not prepared, we fail.  And I’m way too stubborn to fail, if I’m totally honest.

Keep it Simple

Honestly, this is one of my mottos in life.  Keep it simple.  Don’t overthink this!  If you’re not used to cooking every day, this program will be a shock.  Even if you are used to cooking, I’m sure you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen every day.

Find simple recipes and dinners that make a lot of left-overs.  You’ll want some quick, easy lunch and dinner ideas.  Trust me.  Some days, the very last thing you want to do is cook.  If you’ve already got something frozen or something that only takes 20 minutes, it’ll be a huge win!

My Favorite Recipes

Since we’ve eaten Paleo off and on for a few years now, I already had a good stockpile of dinner favorites to turn to for this Whole 30.  I really think it helped since I didn’t have to search for tons of new recipes to make it through the month.

Never eaten Paleo before? Don’t be discouraged!  It’s really not as hard as it sounds.  I’ve got tons of recipes over on Pinterest, which you can find here and here (most, but not all of these are paleo).

I do have a few favorites, though!  Some of the recipes we use over and over are:

Whole 30 Mayo (I use this for everything! Including salad dressings)

Bacon & Apple Smothered Pork Tenderloin (My own recipe! Try it!)

Whole 30 Plantain Tostados

Baked Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Casserole (replace the butter with coconut oil)

My Whole 30 Tips

My biggest advice?  Master some basics, like baked chicken, roast, and pork chops.  These are easy stand by’s that you can throw together easily without a recipe and without a lot of time in the kitchen.  Find a few favorites and put them into your meal rotation so your meal planning is more simplified.  At the same time, don’t get stuck in a rut!   It’s easy when you feel restricted to eat the same things over and over, but trust me, this will get old fast.  You have 30 days of this.  Keep it fresh, and keep rotating in new things so you can stay excited.  For me, personally, I have not felt deprived at all on my Whole 30 journey, and I’m a huge food lover! I contribute that to taking the time to find new recipes and try new things each week.

If you’ve done the Whole 30, I’d love to hear your experience!  Did you have any favorite recipes? Feel free to link them in the comments below!




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