Whole30 tips for people who don't know or like to cook

You want to do Whole30 but you don’t like or know how to cook? 

Hi, I’m Whole30 Coach Betsy Karr and I’m going to help you get started on your Whole30 journey. I’ve had clients that were interested in the program but had reservations because they don’t like or don’t know how to cook. If that’s you, don’t worry, I’m going to share some helpful tips to help you reach your goal of completing Whole30.

I want you to take a moment and think about why you’re turning to Whole30. Are you interested in Whole30 because you’re uncomfortable in your own body? Have you gained weight and it’s affecting your self esteem? Fatigue? Do you suffer from joint pain? Do you have severe cravings for sweets? Interested in reducing/eliminating inflammation? Do you struggle with an autoimmune disease? High blood pressure? Was Whole30 recommended to you by your physician to help with diabetes? There are a number of reasons why people turn to the program, what’s yours?

Based on experience, I can assure you that the discomforts you’re currently going through are a lot more difficult to deal with than cooking. The way you feel, the discomforts are your norm but know that you can feel better and it will be worth it. Once you start feeling good, it’s hard to accept feeling anything less than great.

I’m going to give you some tips to make your cooking experience easy and effortless.

    1.) Make a crockpot your best friend. Crockpot meals are easy and require minimal effort, you don’t have to tend to the meal to avoid it burning. All you do is  put all the ingredients in the crockpot, set a timer, and walk away. Because the food cooks slowly, there’s an abundance of flavor with minimal effort. You can make enough food for several days and the bonus? No mess to clean! 

   2.) Sheet pan dinners; sheet pan dinners are another easy method of preparing meals. Some of my favorite meals to make are chicken fajitas for lunch/dinner, and sausage and apple sheet pan meal for breakfast. The benefit of sheet pan meals is the minimal effort it requires and easy cleanup.

   3.)Find restaurants that have Whole30 compatible meals. Knowing of the restaurants that have Whole30 compatible meals will be less work and stress on you. There might be days when you don’t have the capacity to cook, or you get caught up at work longer than expected, having a backup plan will save you. I’m in Southern California and some Whole30 compatible restaurants are:

  • In-N-Out
  • Chipotle
  • Tender Greens
  • Sweet Green
  • Five Guys

   4.) Meal delivery service; if meal delivery service is in your budget, there are several companies that offer Whole30 Approved meals.

   5.) Remind yourself that you can do anything. There’s a reason why you’re turning to Whole30, I guarantee you, once you finish the program you’ll walk away feeling better in your body and feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Cooking might not be what you enjoy or you might not know how to cook, but do you enjoy feeling uncomfortable in your body? The discomfort of learning a new skill is easier to deal with because it gets better. The discomfort you feel in your body never gets gets unless you choose to make a change.l.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me, I can be reached via email Whole30betsy@gmail.com