How Not to be a Whole30 Failure

Failure is a big word.  So perhaps I should have titled this “How To Be a Whole30 Success”.  But really…same coin, different sides.  And there are no participation trophies here.  So how not to be a Whole30 failure it is.

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I can see already, as I sip my delicious morning coffee with coconut milk & cinnamon, that Whole30 is not easy.  Change is always hard.  Breaking old habits is tough.  And Whole30, like Nothing New Month before it, is about making conscience changes & breaking bad habits.  Sometimes enthusiasm runs low & giving up seems better.  Easier.  And it would be easier.  Easier to just grab a cracker, a slice of cheese and a glass of wine & call it a day.   But I’m committed to this thing.  So how exactly can the transition be made less awful?  Announcing Tips to Not Be a Whole30 Failure:

Tip #1 – Drop The Gourmet Chef Act

Once I read the book, It Starts With Food {you must read this!} and decided to go for it, I immediately turned to Pinterest.  Because, hello, Pinterest.  She literally knows everything about anything. {Pinterest is a girl.  99% certain of that fact}  She did not disappoint!  Recipes galore!  Glorious, glorious recipes.  With pictures that were delicious.  No, really, I could’ve eaten the pictures!  Delish!  I pinned, & pinned & pinned. I added to my Plan-to-Eat recipe collection.  Such divine, delightful dishes.

Such complicated, strange, time-consuming, expensive ingredient recipes.  Ugh!  I have never in all my life seen recipes with such long lists of unusual ingredients and so many complicated steps. For all you out there with a personal chef, have at it!  However, I do have other things to do besides prepare meals all day.  I figured out quick that this could get way out of hand, time-sucking & discouraging in quick order.  And failure is just one “I don’t feel like doing this anymore” away.

I decided to Drop The Gourmet Chef Act.  I love to cook.  I love to try new recipes & ingredients.  But I could see burnout around the corner if I started out this way.  Time to rethink the Whole30 meals.  You know what I discovered?  Many of my regular rotation recipes will work just fine.  For example, last night we had salmon with an avocado salsa.  This is something that we eat regularly because everyone likes it.  And you know what?  It’s Whole30 compliant.  I made rice for the kids & the hubs.  I also made a vegetable medley with all kinds of goodness.  I had a little roasted sweet potatoes for me {since no rice was on my plate}  We all enjoyed it, left feeling very full & satisfied.  It was easy.  And easy is good when change is so hard.

Don’t reinvent the wheel.  Yes, many things you normally eat will not work even with tweeks {like lasagna} but there are many things that will work.  It just takes a little looking.  And if you’re a prepackaged, drive-thru, open-a-can kind of dinner chef, look for easy Whole30 recipes on Pinterest.  She won’t let you down.  Promise, she’s that good. Happy eating!

Print Recipe

grilled salmon with avocado salsa



  • 2 lbs salmon cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 12 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • for the Avocado salsa:
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 12 small red onion sliced
  • 2 limes Juice from
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
  2. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the grill.
  4. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  5. Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
  6. Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

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