How I Whole30: Part 3

To have a successful round of Whole30,  it is important to plan ahead and have compliant foods and ingredients on hand.  I find this is especially important on weeknights after a long day of work.   During this process, you will also become very aware about what is in the products you buy and just how much sugar and unhealthy fillers are added by food manufacturers.  Knowing what brands to buy for things like chicken stock, or tomato sauce before going to the food store will make shopping a whole lot easier.  Also, keep the Whole30 Common Additives Cheat Sheet handy to know what and what not to avoid.

Going back to the wonderful resource of using blogs and Pinterest as inspiration as mentioned in my Part 2 post, you can search and find a number of shopping lists for specific food stores   For example,  let’s talk about , Trader Joe’s.  I buy a ton of products at Trader Joe’s both on and off a Whole30.  Some of my shopping list staples include:

  • Ghee
  • Avocado Oil
  • Tuna Fish
  • Chicken Stock
  • RxBars (Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate)
  • Varieties of nuts (pistachios, macadamia nuts, cashews, almonds)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nut butters (almond butter, mixed nut butter)
  • Unsweetened dried fruit (raisins, dried cherries, baby bananas)
  • Frozen and fresh vegetables
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Coconut Oil
  • Roasted and Peeled Chestnuts
  • Almond Flour
  • Sparkling Water

Here are a few of my favorite Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping Lists I Found on Pinterest:

Whole Foods is another one of my go to stores on and off a Whole30 round.  At Whole Foods, I buy specialty products not found at your typical food store.  These include:

  • Tessemae’s Dressings (not all are Whole30 compliant.  My favorites are Creamy Ranch, Creamy Caesar and their ketchup)
  • Wellshire Farms Turkey and Beef Bacon
  • Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise

Here is a Whole Foods Whole30 shopping list that I found on Pinterest that I use as a reference:

At my local ShopRite, I buy the items that cannot be found at Trader Joe’s and that are a little less expensive than Whole Foods:

  • Bob Mill’s Flours (almond flour, hazelnut flour, tapioca flour)
  • Certain spices
  • Annie’s Naturals Organic Dijon Mustard
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Poland Spring Sparkling Water
  • La Croix

     The Whole30 Approved website is also a great resource to find products with the Whole30 approved seal on it.  These items include things like dried meats, dressings, spices, proteins, and travel foods.

   Once you become more comfortable with the philosophy and rules of the Whole30, food shopping will become like second nature.  You will know which brands to buy and which ingredients to avoid.  It is also important to know that many Whole30 ingredients can be found at your local food store, I just find myself   

Screen Shot 2017-12-26 at 7.52.02 AM.pngBe on the lookout for my January Whole30 week one menu and meal prep tips!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Elinor May says:

    I am on Day 25 of my first Whole30. It has been a difficulty journey, but I am very pleased to say I have stuck with it. I did not have a lot of the issues listed in the book, but did deal with a host of other issues that were rather miserable for a good two weeks. The exhaustion lasted almost another week, but since week three I have been feeling better and better each day. I plan to eat more aligned to the Whole30 ideals, once this is over, but I am going to try reintroducing oatmeal and rice – – just not at the same time. Added sugar, which I am now convinced was fueling my very energetic self, will no longer be a part of my every day life (coffee with mostly hot skim milk and at least two teaspoons of sugar two to three times a day!) Wish I had found your blog earlier, but glad I have these posts to refer back to from time to time in case I need it.


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