Prepping for Whole30

In my last post I shared WHY I wanted to start the Whole30. It’s a huge commitment, so having those things written down has been super helpful in keeping me on track. In this post, I’d like to share how I prepared for my first round of Whole30. While the rules are simple, getting started can seem daunting, and, if you’re anything like me, this will be a pretty drastic change in habits and may require some time to prepare.  So, set yourself up for success and take a few days to get everything lined up.  

Prepping for Whole30 - Squishy Cheeks and Cupcakes


  1. Read the book – There are two books that I know of that you should read before starting Whole30 – It Starts With Food & The Whole30: 30 Day Guide. I borrowed my friend Melissa’s 30 Day Guide book and started there. From what I understand, the guide book doesn’t go into as much detail about the background and science of Whole30, but get more at the how. It also has some great recipes that will quickly become your staples for the next 30 days.
  2. Research Recipes – Pinterest was my go-to for finding Whole30 compliant recipes that might work for the whole family. You can check out my board here.  Also, I wanted to get a list of the staples that I needed to have on hand throughout the 30 days. The Whole30 website has some great downloadable lists for shopping.
  3. Meal Plan – I am used to making meal plans, so this wasn’t anything new for me. My mom made meal plans when I was growing up and my husband and I have been meal planning since before we were married. But, this time, I made a plan for all three of my main meals. One reason was that my husband makes my breakfast every morning (yes…I’ve got a great guy) and I needed to make sure he wasn’t going to use anything accidentally that I can’t have. I also wanted to eliminate the possibility of not having compliant food to eat and then slipping up and just getting take out or drive-thru. You can find my week 1 meal plan below.
  4. Shop and Prep – I hit up Costco and Cub for my staples and the ingredients for all of the meals for the first week. My prep consisted of baking a whole chicken and using the bones to make bone broth, making homemade breakfast sausage patties, and portioning out fresh veggies to take along for lunch. Check out my shopping list and prepping pics below.

The planning, shopping, and prepping took me all weekend, but it was worth it to get in the mind-set and ready to start my Whole30. I was SUPER pumped to start!

Whole30 Week 1 Meal Plan : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes

Whole30 Week 1 Grocery List : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes


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My First 15 Days of Whole30 - Squishy Cheeks and Cupcakes