If you've been following me or my good friend Slap Dash Mom on Facebook (or her website Slap Dash Mom), you probably know we are doing a Whole30 together. At the end of this entire thing, I'm going to give you a lengthy blog post about how it went, my before/after stats, and my thoughts on it. Currently, I want to share a few ways to survive cravings on Whole30 because that is definitely the hardest part for me! I have probably the world's biggest sweet tooth (honestly, I could eat chocolate for every meal and feel no shame until I stepped on a scale) and I absolutely love fried food!
Whole30 for me isn't just about losing weight, and I think it's important to note that. For me, it's about changing my lifestyle, becoming healthier, and setting a good example for Princess. Because of this, I've been avidly trying to get over these cravings so that I can continue down my journey to a healthier me! I won't lie, it's been hard, and I've wanted to quit a lot. But knowing the end results will be awesome is SO worth it! With that being said, here are some tips for surviving cravings on Whole30 (because let's be honest- it's hard).
1. Stay hydrated.
Drinking water, no matter what kind of food plan you're following, is extremely important! Fortunately, water consumption is pretty ingrained into my brain from living in Arizona for 22 years, but if it isn't for you, find a way to remember! Whether you have to mark a gallon of water with times and amounts to drink, or just keep tabs on how many water bottles a day you're drinking - water consumption is the most important thing! Often times, when you switch over to clean-eating, you'll notice tons of cravings and sometimes your brain thinks it's hungry when it's not. By drinking a glass of water every time you get a craving, you'll be hydrating yourself efficiently and steering clear of any junk food you might be tempted to binge on!
2. Find healthy snacks.
It's important to find healthy snacks to replace the junk food snacks from the past. Find a few different snacks that are Whole30 compliant that you enjoy and keep them in rotation! If you need ideas, check out these 45 Paleo Friendly Snacks to spark ideas as many of them are compliant! A few bites of some healthy veggies can go a long way in keeping you satisfied and away from junk food.
3. Realize that starting over isn't going to "feel good".
Instant gratification is something I struggle pretty badly with. I'm all about the delicious fried food until I have to deal with the health consequences that follow! Eating junk food and fast food all the time is eventually going to catch up with your body and wreak havoc. Think about the way eating healthy makes you feel. By binging on junk food and causing yourself to start over, you'll only be cheating yourself, and really - who likes a cheat?
4. Check your progress if you need to.
While the actual Whole30 plan recommends against weighing and measuring yourself (because it can create a negative relationship with food, as you already have), sometimes it can be healthy too! Seeing progress can deter you from taking two steps back, and I think there's value in that. So while it isn't recommended for Whole30, if you're having non-stop cravings on Whole30 and you need a little push to stay on track, consider checking your progress.
5. Remind yourself that food is fuel.
This is one of the most important lessons I've learned since starting to eat healthier. Food is fuel, not a form of stress relief! After all, is eating that cheeseburger and onion rings really going to make you feel better and solve your problems? No, probably not. Stress eating is hard to quit, but it CAN be done! I need to work on this and I'll let you know how it goes at the end of my Whole30, but for now, I'm actually starting to feel this way about food!
If you've ever done a Whole30 before, what did you do to help survive the cravings? If you've never done Whole30, would you try it? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!
Also - I challenge you to join Slap Dash Mom and I in 30 days of health and fitness below!