Whole30 is an elimination diet that removes inflammatory food groups from your diet for 30 days. The list of eliminated foods includes dairy, sugar, legumes, alcohol, and all grains. For 30 days and 30
Once you’ve completed the 30 days, you then re-introduce foods into your diet, one category at a time. By introducing the foods slowly, you can gauge how your body responds to different inflammatory food groups. Based on that information, you may choose to exclude certain food groups from your diet indefinitely. The Whole30 diet is a challenge, period. It can be even more difficult if you are traveling.
Personally, I completed Whole30 while traveling. I began at the start of a new assignment and completed the diet during my first month. My personal results were amazing! I lost 17 pounds in the 30 days and resolved persisting gastric indigestion (GERD) issues. It’s been six weeks since I completed Whole30 and have slowly reintegrated all of the food groups. I still feel great and have maintained my weight loss. Here are my tips for finding success on Whole30 while you are traveling.
YOU Have To Be Motivated
Whole30 is a big commitment and you have to be personally motivated to do it. If you are dealing with pain or an ailment associated with inflammation, such as GERD, stomach pains, irregular bowels, skin rashes, etc., you may be more motivated to commit to the diet than somebody who doesn’t have pre-existing issues. For me personally, I was at a bad point with my GERD and had recently put on extra pounds that seemed to be inflammatory water weight. I was highly motivated to relieve my GERD symptoms and drop those pounds.
If your only goal on Whole30 is to lose weight, this diet may not be for you. While you might lose weight on Whole30, especially if you have inflammatory bloating, you may not necessarily lose weight. Whole30 isn’t low carb and doesn’t count calories. Honestly, there are less restrictive ways to lose weight.
Know The Rules
Whole30 is very restrictive and you need to know the rules. The number one resource that I recommend for the Whole30 diet is the book by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Also, there is a TON of great information online. The Whole30 website is a great place to start. You absolutely need to read labels on any foods that you buy. However, you will probably find yourself ignoring labeled foods altogether. It’s much easier to stick to natural whole foods.
Start at The Beginning Of a New Assignment
It can be hard to pick a start date for Whole30, so decide to start at the beginning of your next assignment. Drive to your assignment, eat a meal, and then go to the grocery store for the first time to stock up your new kitchen.
Only Bring Whole30 Foods Into Your House
When you go shopping that first time, do not buy any non-Whole30 approved foods and do not bring any non-Whole30 approved foods into the house. This will just tempt you to stray. Keep your kitchen Whole30 only. Then, you don’t have to think about what you are eating, you can just eat it. And, you will not be tempted to eat other foods. This is the best advice that I can give to anybody who does Whole30, whether you are traveling or stable in one spot.
Tell Your Peers & Ask for Support
When I explained to people what Whole30 was and why I was on it, I found them to be very supportive. This is unlike other diets, where my friends often pressured me to have a cheat day. However, on Whole30, I found that people were very understanding and supportive of my diet. I attribute this to the strict rules and guidelines. It was easier for people to stop pressuring me to eat something because they could understand the clearly defined dietary rules, versus if I just said, “I’m on a diet.”
I told all of my co-workers and friends that I was on Whole30 and explained it in detail to them. I think this was a huge part of my success. My co-workers, who barely knew me at the time, were super supportive. While I never asked them to do this, they curbed ordering
Meal Prep On Your Days Off
The key to success on Whole30 is preparation. Meal prepping is critical to following Whole30. On your days off of work, set aside time to go grocery shopping and meal prep. I prepared lots of meatballs and chicken breasts that I could add to salads or vegetables for protein. I also made Whole30 approved stirfries.
For ideas of recipes, definitely check out this book: The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide To Health And Food
Avoid Going On an Assignment That is a Culinary Destination
In eight years of traveling professionally, there were assignments where I ate out multiple times per
If you are thinking about completing Whole30, please do not let traveling stop you! With a dedicated mindset and some simple planning, you can complete it! If you are suffering from any chronic issues due to inflammation, I would highly suggest trying Whole30!