Taking on the Whole30 plan takes some planning. Taking on the Whole30 with your entire family takes lots of planning. How do you do it? What do you eat? What do the kids eat? Will they like it? Now, some families do the Whole30 in a modified way, so we will talk about that as well.
Before you start the Whole30, I want you to do three things:
1. Finish reading this post. Then, talk to your family about this challenge before you start it. Instead of focusing on what you can’t have, or what you’ll be giving up, talk about what you will gain from this experience. Plus, it’s only 30 days!
2. Check out the Whole30 website. It’ll catch you up on all the “rules”, compliant foods, etc. You can buy the book, too, but I found that almost all of what’s in the book is on the website for free. Clear out your cabinets and get rid of foods that are non-compliant.
3. Open your mind, because big changes are going to take place.
Each family completes the Whole30 in their own way. Some will just make Whole30 compliant meals for the entire family, and that is that. Others will make Whole30 meals for the grown-ups, and add rice, pasta, or whatever else to the kids’ dishes. No matter which way you decide to go, I think the thing that will help guarantee your success the most is planning.
There are many resources for the Whole30 family:
What do we eat?
One great tip I read online was to start off by cooking Whole30 compliant dinners. Then, you can start on the other stuff. Dinner is a big deal for most families, so starting with just dinner will make it an easier transition. Then you can add in the rest of the meals, plus snacks, etc.
Breakfasts usually include eggs, avocado, and some type of fruit.
Lunches are simple: fruit with almond butter, tuna salad or patties, avocado, sweet potato fries, hard boiled eggs, etc.
Trail mix is a life saver! Mix together nuts, seeds, and dried fruits (be careful – check labels for added sugars if you’re not making your own). It’s the perfect snack for the whole family, and it’s portable!
Burgers – Burgers are Whole30 compliant, just eat them without a bun.
Tacos – Tacos are Whole30 compliant, just leave off the sour cream, cheese, and tortilla. Make a taco salad instead, and load up on veggies.
At the end of the day…
Put the effort in, show some willpower, and plan, plan, plan. This is the formula for Whole30 success.
Not sure you’re quite ready to go Whole30 but want to go gluten and dairy free? This Gluten and Dairy Free Meal Plan is quite tasty, and you can’t forget about snacks!