A few days ago, I asked you guys to DM me on Instagram with your Whole30 questions. My intention was to answer the 5 or so questions I expected to receive via video on my IG story.
Over 50 questions later, and here we are! I’ve chosen a short list of questions to answer that I thought would be most helpful for y’all. If I didn’t answer your question, know that sooo many Whole30 questions are just a quick Google search away, especially if they’re about foods that are or aren’t compliant.
Alright, let’s get into it! Here are your Whole30 questions answered.
How do I handle my sugar cravings?
This is a big one for so many people. First of all, I think the Whole30 is an amazing opportunity to actually get to the bottom of where those cravings are coming from, whether it’s boredom, anxiety, or general emotional eating. But for those times that you’re genuinely hungry and want something sweet, some good options are: fruit (berries are best), dried fruit (just watch your portions), tea, nut butter, anything with cinnamon, LaCroix. If there’s nothing else around, you can also go for an RXBAR or Lara bar, but it’s best not to get too reliant on these.
How do you stick to the program with a crazy schedule and a household not on Whole30?
When it comes to having a crazy schedule, preparation is key. Take a few hours each week to look ahead, plan out your meals, grocery shop, and batch cook. The first couple of weeks will be the toughest, but you’ll get into a rhythm you can sustain. Bring your family into the process. Have them help you pick meals and either encourage them to enjoy a Whole30 meal now and then as a group, or prepare meals that are easy to modify for both Whole30 and non-Whole30 eaters. For example, you can have a gorgeous fajita salad while the rest of your family has tacos. Again, it’s all in the preparation.
What about pre- and post-workout nutrition?
If you feel like you need food to fuel your workout, you totally can. The “no snacks” aspect of the program is a recommendation, not a rule. What’s most appropriate for your pre- and post-workout nutrition will depend largely on what type of activity you’re doing and for how long, but for the most part, you’ll want a source of protein and a bit of carbs. Some things you can easily throw together are hardboiled eggs, grilled chicken, canned tuna, sweet potatoes, etc. Since your Whole30 meals are likely larger than your pre-Whole30 meals, you may find that you don’t need to be eating both pre- and post-workout.
What are fun social activities that don’t involve drinking?
I love this question! Food and booze is at the center of our social lives in so many cases, that I know this a big barrier for many. Instead of boozing it up, think about taking a new workout class with friends, going shopping, cooking together, going for a walk, checking out a museum, going to the movies, taking a crafting class, or just join in at the bar or restaurant and happily sip your sparkling water with lime, knowing that you’re doing this for you.
What do you recommend to have creamy and sweet coffee in the mornings?
I started to genuinely enjoy my coffee black during my first Whole30, so while you may find the same to be true, you still have options. A bit of coconut milk + cinnamon, Vital Proteins collagen or collagen creamer, or NutPods will give you that creamy, slightly sweet coffee you’re looking for.
Do you still have burning Whole30 questions? Leave them in the comments below!