This photo was taken when I started my FIRST real whole3o back in January of this year.. Time flies for real.
So, I need to begin with a huge thank you for the big response I’ve received about this Group Whole30! I think I’m probably the most excited person right now, to know that all of you, whether you’ve been eating Paleo already, are vegetarians, vegans, carboholics, or have been dying to try and never really got that push you needed, are going to join this journey with me, if only for 30 days. This is what I’m talking about, reaching people, sharing in an experience, that’s the good stuff. And I’m not being corny, I’m being real.
I have told you a million times, but growing up, my family did not grocery shop. Here and there, sure. Prepared foods, boxed and canned goods, yes. Some meat, definitely. But fresh vegetables and fruit and nuts, no.
So beginning your whole30 can be really hard, or it can be kind of easy. I’m not going to say it’s ever easy to give up things that we, as a culture, are physically addicted to. But I will say that if you prepare yourself with the right tools, knowledge and resources, this whole30 can be pretty amazing.
We are eliminating things you’ve been buying probably for your whole life. Pasta. Bagels. Loaves of bread. Peanutbutter. Bags of flour. Bags of sugar. Skim milk (gag). Vegetable oil. Anything soy. Mac and cheese by the box (miss that). English muffins. Boxes of cereal. Granola bars. Pounds of cheese at the deli. Yogurt. Oatmeal.
And we are entering into a place that is whole and fresh and prepared only by nature.
If you look at this whole30 in the way that I try to, it might help.
I think of all those foods that we are giving up as cigarettes.
And I’m quitting cold turkey.
In 30 days, I will struggle. I will want to light a cigarette. I will see people smoking and want to steal one off of them.
But I know that just one tiny cigarette will not be the end of it.
One cigarette will just remind me how much I love them. My body will remember the addiction so well, and I will be off to the store buying a pack of cigarettes in no time.
Now, replace the word cigarette with “sugar” or “grains” or your favorite food that you’re giving up like “bagels with cream cheese”.
It’s going to be difficult, but it’s going to be so much fun.
You can’t see it, but you have a ridiculous amount of support right now.
And it starts here.
The following list is based off of how James and I used to shop every 7-10 days. We would buy our meat and fish from WholeFoods or Trader Joe’s. We’d leave something out for the night in the fridge and put the rest in the freezer. Each night we’d move meat from freezer to fridge for the next nights dinner, and so on.
Grocery Shopping List for 1-2 Weeks*
2-4 Grassfed steaks
2 lbs Grassfed Beef
4-5 Chicken breasts
Fresh or Frozen salmon
Fresh or Frozen Dover Sole
Fresh or Frozen Tilapia
Frozen Seafood Medley
Bacon. Lots and lots of Bacon.
Carrots (whole and baby)
Bag of Red Onions
Bag of Yellow Onions
Portabella Mushroom Caps
Bag of Lemons
Bag of Limes
Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil with Coconut Flavor
Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil for Cooking
Olive Oil for some cooking
4 Cans of Coconut Milk
2 Cartons of Coconut Milk Unsweetened Beverage (refrigerate one)
Organicville Sugar Free Mustard
Organicville Sugar Free BBQ Sauce
Organic Sugar Free Tomato Sauce
Brown Rice Protein*
*As mentioned in Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution for vegetarians attempting Paleo while remaining meatless.
Any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment here! Myself and CupcakesOMG (you like that girl, I threw you right in) who is attached to the email chain, are extremely helpful and can’t wait to do this with every single one of you. Remember, it’s not too late to join, just email me and you’re in. That simple.
Tomorrow I’ll post some recipes to get you started on Monday!
Okay, now everyone high-five!