Take it a week at a time
It may feel really daunting to start Whole30. For one thing, it seems really restrictive on paper: There’s no sugar, legumes, dairy (oh, but the cheese!), bread, grains, or my beloved alcohol. You have to be mentally ready to make the sacrifices. I told myself to start with seven days—just seven—to see how I felt. And that’s the advice I now give to people when they start the Whole30: Be in it 100 percent for seven full days. If you don’t see a difference or feel a difference, by all means, stop. I have coached six people and counting through this program now. None of them have stopped after seven days. Here’s why most fad diets don’t work.
Wade in slowly
While it may be tempting to eat all of the “bad” foods in your house before you start Whole30, it’s not the smartest idea to go that route. For me, I didn’t have a lot of time to eat all of the bad foods—I was away on a business trip (where I ate differently than I would have had I been at home) in the days leading up to my intended start date. So when I got home, I only ate the leftover Chinese and passed on all of the ice cream I had in my freezer and all of the snack food I had lying around. That totally saved me, as it turns out.
It’s definitely a good idea to eat as clean as possible in the days leading up to the big kickoff. I have had friends that did not heed that advice, and it was met with carb flu and sugar withdrawal, among other things. Find out all the amazing things that happen to your body when you quit sugar.