If you really want to commit to Whole30, you may want to buy the book. It Starts With Food. It’s an easy read and filled with a lot of great testimonials and information. I found it very motivating.


Awesome and helpful links:

http://whole30.com/downloads/book-shopping-list.pdfFoods you can have. I recommend food shopping more frequently. Don’t overbuy produce. You’ll be sad when half of it goes bad or you realize you hate eating just squash all week.

http://whole30.com/downloads/additives.pdfThe top additives are COMPLETELY OFF LIMITS. Check labels if you’re gonna be bold and search for canned/boxed/packaged stuff.  – The bottom list is basically saying eat those items infrequently. You are going to find xantham gum in a lot of canned coconut milks. You’ll also find citric acid in canned tomatoes. Just don’t eat a ton of these ingredients, maybe just a few a day.

** A note about carrageenan. It is totally off limits. It is in almost ALL packaged deli meats.



http://stupideasypaleo.com/recipe-index/ Her recipes are all paleo, but just remember PALEO IS NOT ALWAYS WHOLE30. Just make sure you find the recipes with “W30” next to them. 

http://paleoleap.com/hearty-beef-stew/This is a good stew. I will make a bunch of it and freeze some for later. 

http://everydaypaleo.com/beyond-easy-pulled-pork/ – I will do at least one pork butt every Whole30 I do. Sometimes I do one the first week and one the third. One big shoulder or butt will last a week.

http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/11/23/paleo-breakfast-sausage-scotch-eggs/ – Just exclude honey. These are the bomb.com.

http://soletshangout.com/curried-shepherds-pie-with-sweet-potato-mash-gluten-free-grain-free-paleo/ – Never made this, but it looks amazing.

http://paleocomfortfoods.com/…/creamy-dairy-free-tomato-so…/ – I did tweak it a little. I added salt and pepper and Braggs aminos. I also blended/puréed the entire contents in my ninja. Made for a thicker texture.

https://instagram.com/p/8Rc2aCOpcE/?taken-by=everytwistedbeam This has information about ghee. — http://wellnessmama.com/24267/make-ghee/ — You find a block of unsalted Kerrygold butter and melt it on low for basically an eternity. Eventually the dairy/sugar burns up and you strain it. You’ll see in the photo that I use rubber candy molds. That way I can store them and get them out a tablespoon at a time. It’s worth the investment if you like using ghee.



Hot sauces with few ingredients – Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Original), Cholula (Original)

http://www.tessemaes.com/collections/all/whole30-approved – You may be able to find these in fancy grocery stores, but I order them online. The balsamic and lemon garlic are fabulous on salads. I have found them at a couple local grocery stores and Whole Foods.

Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos – This is like a magical sweet soy sauce that is W30 compliant and it tastes great in place of soy sauce. Good on basically everything.

Bragg’s Aminos – These are also very good. It’s like a substitute soy sauce, just not as sweet as coconut aminos. Also good on basically everything.

If you have a Costco, you can get these tomato sauces. If you dig hard enough in regular grocery stores, you may find tomato sauces that comply, but it takes a lot of label reading.



My ghee molds.


A NINJA… But any normal food processor will do.

A crock pot, non stick pans, so on…



What do I do about coffee creamer? Use coconut milk. Or make almond milk. Making almond milk requires cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. I don’t make it that often because almonds are expensive and I’m cheap. Coconut milk works great as a substitute creamer. Also, no flavored coffee. It has to be plain.

How do I get a healthy fat at every meal? You can cook with coconut oil or ghee and that can be your healthy fat.

Do I have to eat a million eggs a day? I mean you can, but don’t. They’ll get old really quickly. Live on the edge and eat non breakfast foods for breakfast. Eventually, you won’t care anyway!

Do I have to buy organic everything? It is recommended, but it can get a little pricey. I buy normal eggs and I don’t always pick up grass fed, lean, super awesome everything.

But what kind of bacon can I have? Almost all bacon you find will be cured with sugar. This sucks. You can find some “paleo approved” bacon at Whole Foods, but it’s expensive and you may not have a Whole Foods near you. My advice? Just eat regular bacon VERY sparingly.

Why do I feel like I’m hungover the first week? You’re detoxing. It happens to everyone. You may also feel sluggish.

How can I get rid of this dull headache? Hydrate and include potatoes, squash, and root vegetables in your meals. They are a good way to get carbs in and help get rid of possible headaches.

These strawberries are like crack. Can I eat the entire container? No. Although you may want to. Resist!

What do I do when I go out to eat? I typically find a salad and bring my own dressing. You can also order a steak with a plain baked potato. Honestly though, I recommend trying to eat at home as much as possible. It’s not really worth all the trouble until you really know what you’re doing.



This is optional to read. Just stuff I’ve found to be quite delicious.

  • I bake sweet and regular potatoes ahead of time. I bake about 4 at a time. They keep a while in the fridge. Regular potatoes are delicious cubed up and pan fried with ghee and garlic. This is one of my favorite sides
  • Sweet potato hash. Take an uncooked sweet potato and hack it up in a food processor. Pan fry it in coconut oil with some cinnamon and it’s a delicious sweet hash. You can pair with fried eggs and it’s very tasty.
  • You can find Whole30 compliant homemade taco spice recipes. Make taco meat and throw it on lettuce with avocado, and some homemade salsa. It’s a game changer. You won’t even miss sour cream and cheese… ok, maybe a little… 🙂
  • I wilt spinach as a side because sometimes salad sucks. Wilt in water or oil in a pan. If you want, add coconut aminos and it’s a good way to get your greens in.
  • Poached eggs. If you don’t know how to do it, learn! It’s a way to make eggs seem exciting. Scrambled gets old fast.
  • You can make date paste. It is a natural sweetener. I add it to some coconut aminos and use as a sweet glaze on ribs or meat. I also mix date paste with almond butter and dip fruit in it.
  • Juice an orange, lemon, or lime into a La Croix. Or juice them into regular water. Refreshing and sweet.
  • Hot wings. I buy the packs of drums and let them sit in Frank’s overnight. Bake them at 375 for an hour. MMMMM deeeelish. A treat for the weekend!

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