I have had a few people ask for more information on my Whole30 so I decided to do a little mini series on what I learned, what I eat, ect. Going through it was such a great experience and I learned so much that I thought it would be great to put it in one place for reference.
My husband and I are still eating mostly Whole30 meals with only a few adjustments here and there. It is pretty hard to stop eating this way when we both feel so great and we are both not yet at our goal weights. Additionally the end goal here is to hopefully help improve our fertility. We have both been really considering what we eat (if it’s off plan). Sometimes we treat ourselves, but we don’t make those decisions lightly. Sometimes it’s just not worth it to indulge and sometimes it is.
In my first few posts I am going to focus on preparing for Whole30. It may not seem like a big deal, but if you want to be successful I would highly recommend spending some time preparing. This includes researching Whole30 compliant recipes which sound good to you, making a meal plan for your first week, and stocking your kitchen appropriately. There is currently a shelf in my pantry dedicated to only Whole30 friendly foods.
In this post I will focus on some pantry items which I find to be key in Whole30 cooking.
First is the cooking fats. Coconut oil, Ghee (clarified butter), and olive oil are by far the most important three fats to have on hands. Almost every Whole30 recipe includes one of these and they are all unrefined and good for you. If you want more info on how this kind of fat is good for you, I highly recommend that you read “It Starts With Food”. Actually I highly recommend that you ready it if you are going to do Whole30 in general but more on that later. I also stock avocado oil because I make my own mayo and this is a key ingredient. Finally I also have some sesame oil, which should be used in moderation but can give food a delicious and powerful flavor. I buy avocado oil and coconut oil at Costco. It is much much more economical to buy it there than at a grocery store.
My next set of must have items include the vinegars and a few other special items. I would highly recommend that you stock balsamic vinegar coconut vinegar, and apple cider vinegar. They are common ingredients in many Whole30 recipes. Additionally having coconut aminos on hand is a great idea as it is a substitute for soy sauce and also a common ingredient. Finally Whole30 Fish sauce such as Red Boat appears in lots of recipes. Just a little goes a long way with this one, and it doesn’t have a great smell, but it does add great flavor.
Finally below are some of the condiments we keep. Compliant hot sauces and salsa were super important for my husband and I as we like things on the spicy side. We also found having Dijon and whole grain mustard (without sugar-check labels!) on hand was helpful. Finally finding compliant pickles was huge for me!
When I first started shopping took forever. You literally have to check every label because they sneak preservatives and sugar into everything! I was excited to find compliant salsa and hot sauce at Trader Joe’s both for cheap! The salsa is also organic!
All in all I found that I did a combination of shopping at Costco, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and a local grocery chain called The Nugget to full stock my house. Obviously you do not need to go out and get EVERYTHING on my list but hopefully you found some of this information helpful!