whole30 pantry essentials
If you've been here before, welcome back to my poor, neglected blog. If you're new, you came to the right place at the right time. I am getting ready to do some remodeling around here, and it all starts with this post.
If you're reading this, I am going to go ahead and assume that you are either a). gearing up to take this journey with me next month (woohoo! 🎉) or b). have general interest in Whole30 and may consider doing it at some point in the future. Either way, I'm glad you're here!
So what is Whole 30 anyways?
If you came here seeking general information about this 30 day self experiment, I am going to direct you to the Whole30 dashboard, as I am not yet an expert in this and do not want to misinform my loyal followers (yes, you!) before we even get started. So take a minute and read up on what this thing is all about. When you think you've got it, come back and see me, and we'll dig into to the good stuff...
The good stuff
Before we get started with the actual Whole30-ing, we need to first prepare our kitchens for the party. And if you know parties like I do, you know that there has never been a truly good one that didn't have a lot of prior planning go into it.
Set yourself (and your kitchen) up for success
If you're like me and are taking this on alone, it might be a good idea to purge your pantry and fridge of any non-compliant items so that you are not tempted to stray from the rules. If you don't want to dump everything, find a friend who will hold on to your goods until the 30 days are up. Or maybe you just have self control and can resist the temptation. If so, props to you!
Once you've cleared out the illegal goods, which for me meant pretty much everything in my fridge and pantry, you can start shopping for replacements. You might have to allocate a bit of money to this, but consider it an investment in a super happy and healthy future... and who doesn't want that??!! Plus, all of these items are things you can continue to use once the 30 days are over (or at least until they're gone), so it'll be money well-spent!
Because I love you, here is an itemized list of everything I ordered on Amazon in preparation for this adventure (extensive grocery list for week 1 will follow in a few days).
For all of our chopping, dicing and mincing needs!
To keep all of our hard work nice and fresh!
For all of our meal prepping efforts...because we are going to have a lot of them!
Because you are depriving yourself of the best kitchen tool of all time otherwise!
For all of our soups and stocks!
Because we absolutely need it. That's it. That's the reason.
***or any other flavor without peanuts
Other pantry essentials:
Why did I order all of this on Amazon? For personal reasons! Meaning if you don't want to...you don't have to! Simply put,I'll be out of town from Wednesday-Sunday this week and won't have time to stock my pantry before kicking off Whole30. I needed to make sure I had some things waiting for me when I got home so that I can start on Monday morning. By no means do you need to order this stuff on Amazon, but it is available should you feel compelled to! Most of this stuff (or compliant alternatives) can be found at your local health food grocery store. Just make sure to #readyourlabels !!!
Now that we have a good start on stocking our pantry, we can spend the rest of the week prepping and researching recipes to try over the course of the next month! As promised, later this week I'll be sharing a detailed grocery list for week 1 of Whole30, and by early next week, I hope to have another post for you guys containing (at least) a few recipes I plan on trying in the first few days of our Whole30 journey.
If you've lasted with me this long...I appreciate you. I am doing this 100% out of love for my friends and family that follow me and have expressed interest in the cooking videos I share on my Instagram. I have zero expectations for this to become anything other than me sharing my cooking tips and favorite recipes with you guys...but if you ever feel compelled to share my new food instagram (@whole30bytatum) with your following, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks so much for spending a couple minutes of your life reading something I wrote...that will forever remain the most rewarding feature of this passion of mine.
Until next time,