Whole30 Pitfalls…and how to avoid them!

Guest Post by Whole30 Certified Coach Debbie Marlowe

Doing a Whole30 isn’t easy.  But if you have the right mindset and you want to “change your life” as we like to say, you can sail through it.  Rarely is there a perfect Whole30.  Life doesn’t usually allow it. Curve balls thrown weekly! Below are some of the Whole30 pitfalls I see with a few of my clients.

I have some ideas to help you maintain perspective to get to the end of your reintroduction.  A good Whole30 combined with a GREAT reintroduction will fill you in with good information about what works for YOUR body. This information will start you down the yellow brick road of health care and Food Freedom!

You get bored after Week 2

Traditional diet mentality is to blame.  How many times have you read the book, cleaned out the pantry, gone grocery shopping and then derailed the first weekend? 

 We are impulsive by nature.  We love everything shiny and new.  There’s a whole fashion industry built on that premise.  Billions spent on new, look here!  So maybe you want a little excitement.  That’s cool. Get a new kitchen utensil. Make a recipe that is WAY outside your comfort zone.  Perhaps you are doing too much and need to just have a few days of assembly type meals.  Or order some pre-made Whole30 meals from a company liked Cooked or Kettlebell Kitchen. Whatever it is, shake it up — but keep going!

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

“But Teri Turner made this really delicious dinner and mine didn’t look like that.”  “So and so blogs all her meals.”  Insert any person’s name here and any skill.   First off, Teri cooks FOR A LIVING and has staff to help her manage.   People blog for a living.  YOU may have a full-time job, 8 kids and a mother-in -aw staying at your house. In that case, a bunch of greens on a plate with some chicken and salad dressing is beautiful and absolutely, positively fine.   You aren’t those people.  You have to do YOUR Whole30.

My friend and fellow Whole30 Coach  Theresa Newman has a gorgeous kitchen and loves to cook.  I would love to make the dinners she does.  My reality is that I don’t want to remodel my kitchen, I want to sell my house soon and move into my bus, Clara Belle. I work a full-time job and travel a lot.  We have different lives.  But you know what? I’m going to go take my Southwest points and visit her in her beautiful kitchen and let her cook for me!

All you can do is be the best you. Melissa Hartwig Urban reminds us that she has childcare, can work out as long as she wants and she can go into the office at 10am.  It’s a privilege. I love that she tells people that because she knows she’s the face of Whole30 but that is her JOB.

You Start to Fade About the Weekend of the Third Week

Reconnect to your WHY. I have done plenty of Whole27’s.  You don’t want to do that.  Trust me.  Stay the course. There is a reason it is 30 days.  That’s the minimum effective dose for reintroduction of allergens.  

That Friday,list out all the reasons why you are doing Whole30. Better yet, pull out your Non Scale Victory Download and start checking things off.  That will help out a lot. 

I Don’t Care Anymore

I get it, you are at a function and the (whatever, fill in the blank) looks so good.  My friend just handed me a glass of wine.  So what? You do care. You cared enough to come this far.  Don’t let food pushers or being tired, hungry or angry bring you down.  Grab your emergency snacks, shove them in your “used to be pie hole” and stay on your Whole30.  

Proper planning will keep you from going down this road.  Eat beforehand, or eat emergency food you bring with you. Call/email/text your coach or post in your Whole30 Facebook/Instagram support group. Just don’t go down that road.  You want to get rid of your autoimmune disease.  You want to be able to play with your grandkids, you want to be in less pain. You want to be healthier.  You want a lot of things and that rank canape isn’t what it really is.

No One Gets Me

We have entire communities for that.  I am one of the moderators for the Whole30 Fabulous After Fifty Facebook Groups.  Online there are so many Whole30 groups.  I will say this though – any social media people that make you feel less than stellar about yourself – delete.   

You can also check on Meetup, or reach out to me, I’ll see if I can find anyone in your area for you to play with.  It’s always a great idea to have a friend do one with you, if possible so you can meal prep and swap or grocery shop together.  

Maybe you have people undermining your Whole30 success.  Stay strong.  You are on a healthcare journey for the long haul.  Like all relationships, some may fray.  There is no shame in seeking new friends or groups that suit your goals.  YOU have to walk your walk and talk your talk, in order to do that – seek like-minded people who support your efforts.

Like attracts like and building a healthier future for yourself is a noble and wonderful feat.  Don’t discount it for anyone.  Support yourself with new information, mindset changes and new habits. Go forth Whole30 Soldier.  Change your world.

Debbie Marlowe is a Whole30 Certified Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Level 1 CrossFit instructor who loves movement, good clean food and teaching self-care. She adores taking sedentary people and finding ways to empower them to take better care of themselves. She wants to prepare you for vibrant old age and to withstand the rigors of life in spite of aging. She will teach you how to nourish your body and be able to carry all the grocery bags into the house in one trip safely – because you are built for it!

August 2019 Whole30 Discounts Round-Up

By Judith

Looking to save a little money this month? Or just need to stock up on some of your favorite products before the September Whole30? We’ve got you covered! 

Here’s a round-up of some our group’s current deals and discounts. Some of these links are affiliate links, meaning we make a small commission on your order. Thank you for your support and enjoy!

  • Ayoba-Yo – Use code WHOLE30FB10 for 10% off South African dried meat and a new delicious spice blend at www.ayoba-yo.com/ 
  •  Bare Bones Broth – Use the code JUJUSWHOLE30 to save 15% on your order of bone broth and collagen peptides at www.barebonesbroth.com.
  • Chomps – Get 15% off your order + free shipping when you use code EVERYDAYWHOLE at http://www.chomps.com
  • Georgia Grinders – Use code JUJURULES for free shipping on your order of $30+ of premium Whole30 Approved nut butters. Shop at www.georgiagrinders.com
  • Kettlebell Kitchen — Use code KBKWHOLE150 at www.kettlebellkitchen.com to receive $25 off your first TWO orders of $50 or more!
  • Naked Bacon – Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for 10% off your order of heritage breed raised Whole30 Approved bacon and sausage links, made in small batches. Shop here http://nakedbaconco.com?aff=9.
  • nutpods — Use code JUJUSWHOLE30 to save 15% off your order of our favorite dairy-free creamers at www.nutpods.com
  • Paleo Powder – Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for 20% off your order of Whole30 Approved seasoning blends. Shop here: http://bit.ly/2J2NlJ1
  • The New Primal – Use code “whole30facebook” for 25% off your order of sauces, marinades, coconut aminos, and beef thins! Shop at www.thenewprimal.com
  • Thrive Market – Use the link www.thrivemarket.com/everydaywhole for 25% off your first order when you activate your trial membership. You will also be directed to a list of our favorite Whole30 compliant products! 

My Food Freedom Weekend


I’ve been on this journey for a long time – since October 2015, to be exact. I’ve done so many rounds of Whole30 that I’ve sort of lost track (9 or 10?) and I’ve had really solid periods of time living in Food Freedom.

My last round was in January/February of this year and since then I’ve been living a Food Freedom that’s been really close to Whole30 (adding in occasional sugar and some Whole30 no-no’s like plantain chips.) But to be honest, I haven’t had many situations over the past few months with possible “worth it” moments so it’s been pretty easy to stick to my comfortable Whole30-style eating. I don’t go out to eat much and I’ve stayed away from alcohol for more than five months – not because I am depriving myself but because it just hasn’t felt like it serves me.

Last weekend was the first chance I’ve had in a while to truly flex my Food Freedom muscles. I went to New Hampshire for the night to visit my fellow Whole30 Certified Coach and awesome friend Jen Woods Maloney. Driving up to New Hampshire by myself (I had nearly 24 hours off of MOM DUTY!) was a big deal for me as I do not like to drive but I
knew it would be worth it…and it was!

Here’s how I approached my big night away in Food Freedom:

  1. On Saturday morning, before I left, I made sure to get in one of my Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD workouts. I had to put my daughter in front of Netflix while I did it but I knew that moving my body, doing a little yoga, and getting my sweat on would help me stay as calm as possible during the drive and as I thought about my food choices. Movement is KEY for me – it sets the stage to allow me to be my best self in whatever I do.
  2. I packed Whole30 compliant snacks with me for the car and ended up snacking on a few handfuls of raw cashews as I drove deep into the hills of New Hampshire.
  3. When I got to Jen’s house, we had a little snack before dinner. We enjoyed carrots with guacamole and Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese spread. I also had an orange. I didn’t want to go into dinner starving or already eating junky foods. I had never had the Kite Hill spread before – and it was awesome. It’s compliant but should be used with caution, especially if you have a complicated relationship with cheese. (I do not so it was fine for me to have some and then we put it away.)
  4. At dinner, I made my biggest Food Freedom decision to date in 2019! I had my first glass of wine this year! I went through the Food Freedom questions in my head – Was it worth it? Would it mess me up? Did I really want it? Was there something else I could have instead? Would it add to my overall experience? I decided that it was worth it, this was a special occasion, if I was careful it would not mess me up, and that I did want it. I also knew I did not have to drive and I did not have to wake up to a 6-year-old the next morning. All of my boxes were checked! So, I ordered ONE glass of white wine and I enjoyed the heck out of it with my dinner.
  5. For dinner, I stuck to dishes that were Whole30-ish – obviously, I have no idea of the exact ingredients in each dish but I chose things that were familiar. I had bluefish pate with red onions and housemade potato chips as an appetizer, and scallops with asparagus, crispy potatoes, and tomato jam for my main dish. The food was delicious. I took home some of each which became my dinner the next night. It felt good to enjoy – but stop when I was ready. I also snuck two French Fries from Jen’s plate and those were worth it was well!
  6. I had no desire for dessert so that was easy to pass on – I was totally satisfied with my wine, my food, and the overall experience.
  7. Since I had not had wine in so many months, I took a preemptive approach to any side effects. I made sure to drink a lot of water that night and I did take some Ibuprofen – just in case of any inflammation. I also got to bed shortly after we got home and slept like a baby!!
  8. The next morning, I woke up feeling good! After coffee, Jen took me for a hike in nearby Laconia. The uphill was challenging at times and we were rewarded with a gorgeous view. As always, it felt great to move and I am lucky to have friends who have the same priorities that I do!
  9. Post-hike, we met up with two other Whole30 Coaches and friends (Amanda Alley
    and Dolly Sengsavang) for breakfast at a local spot. I chose poached eggs, bacon, steamed spinach, sweet potato hash, and more coffee with BYO-nutpods and collagen peptides! My dish came with gluten-free toast, which I never have, but I decided to try one square of it. It was good but I didn’t need more. I left the rest of my toast on the plate. It didn’t seem worth it to me.
  10. Before I hit the road, I loaded up on some of the tasty Whole30 food Amanda and Dolly had brought to enjoy by Jen’s pool. (This mama had to get back to soccer practice!) I packed up some buffalo chicken dip and Dolly’s famous tostones and some spinach and artichoke dip that Amanda had made. I was excited to enjoy this Whole30 compliant food back at home – I knew it would help me over the next few meals after being away. I also had plans for some easy meal prep when I returned
    home so I would be set up for success as I returned to my “regularly scheduled program” of eating. I made it home – back to my daughter and to real life. I was happy to have been away and feel recharged for a new week.

I am proud of myself for being a little flexible with my food and putting my Food Freedom skills into practice. Nothing “messed me up” and I did not let the wine or the meals out turn into “all-or-nothing” free-for-alls. I enjoyed and moved on. As a reformed dieter and former binge eater, it’s been a long road to get here but I’ve been doing the work. To me, this is what life – and Food Freedom – is all about.