I’m Doing the January Whole30

I'm doing the January Whole30

I’m baaaaaaack! I’ll admit I’ve been a pretty MIA blogger lately; no excuses or reasons, I just wasn’t feeling it, and that’s ok! But now I’m back in action and EXCITED to announce I’m doing the January Whole30!

I'm doing the January Whole30

After two months of the holidays and the ~treat yo self~ mentality, I’m officially feeling like a hot pile of garbage. My body has given up and I’ve been sick in bed the last four days and I’m over it. I’m SO excited to feel amazing again and hit the reset button. But I’m going to need your help to keep me accountable!

Follow along with my journey this month on Instagram @allyscooking 🙂

What’s the Whole30?

From https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/

“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.”

Yes: Meat, seafood, and eggs. Lots of veggies, some fruit. Plenty of natural fat, herbs, and spices.

No: Added sugar, (real or artificial) alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.

It’s going to be super hard (see the timeline below) but SO WORTH IT! Just take a look at my Whole30 Diary from last round.

Whole30 Meal Plans on Ally’s Cooking!

If you’re doing the Whole30 too, lucky for you, I love to plan and have tons of Whole30 Meal Plans, grocery lists, and recipes already on my site to make it super easy for you!!

The Complete Whole30 Meal Planning Guide and Grocery List: Week 1

The Complete Whole30 Meal Planning Guide and Grocery List: Week 2

The Complete Whole30 Meal Planning Guide and Grocery List: Week 3

The Complete Whole30 Meal Planning Guide and Grocery List: Week 4


Are you joining me this January??? Comment and let me know!!


xoxo Ally


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  • I’m totally joining you! Thanks for the recipe recommendations!!! I decided back in November that I was due for another reset (intentionally put it off for January) and of course that’s only MORE true, now, lol. Good luck to us both. Yay health!!!

    • Woohoo!! Feel ya girl, I’ve known I want to do this for a while now too, and these last few days are torture waiting! I’m just ready to get back at it 🙂 Good luck to you toooo!!!

  • Hey Ally!

    So this year, we are totally stereotyping for our New Year! My husband was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic about a year ago. I left it to him to follow through on his eating and exercising plan and I prepared the healthiest foods I could, when I cooked. That hasn’t worked. My husband is 50+, I have a teenager allergic to nuts, another teenager allergic to dairy and dyes, and a finicky eating toddler. It has come to my realization that the only way to get this family on track is to put on my big girl panties and make it happen!!! Although I am pretty knowledgeable in healthy living practices with regards to foods (My rule for food: eat a bite, enjoy it, don’t overindulged!), I believe if I follow “someone else’s set up plan”, there’s no way to argue with it. Kind of like how I used to tell my kids something and if they argued, I would tell them to take it up with God because it was His Word-The Bible-that said to Honor and Obey (many other examples I could add in there). So I’m pushing my family to try this diet. I know it will be on me to ensure meal plans are taken seriously and the easy way is not taken! I saw a few places where you added comments such as *pick up buns for those not on the diet*. I am hoping that will help alleviate any of the hunger groans. Or if it seems the first plan is too much for my husband to manage, I have some side additions that could be added in the beginning and then taken away once he gets used to eating healthier. I figured it would be only natural for a chore chart and vision board to go along with the diet and subsequently a reward system. The funny part is that the kids think we are doing this for the toddler and the husband. The husband thinks we are doing this for the toddler and the teenagers. I know-and now you know….I am doing this for my husband which will result in the toddler learning better eating habits and the teenagers recognizing the importance appreciating the food they are given (and if they don’t like it, they at ages 16 and 17, are welcome to work and warn their own money for their own food. lol! Wish us luck!!! Would love any additional suggestions you could offer!

    • Hi Summer! Thank you for your comment, and I’m excited to have you! I think it’s great that no one knows exactly who it’s for 😉 that will be a big help. No one wants “diet” food, so if they don’t think it is they probably wont notice! The first week is so full of meat, potatoes, and classic dishes with healthier twists I hope they are happy and full. My one too would just to make lots, keep leftovers around, and never give yourself a chance to be starving with nothing on hand. Please reach out with any questions as you go!

  • I’m giving this a go! I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. I constantly have a runny nose but I don’t want to take allergy meds all the time, I’d much rather just figure out what it is that’s causing it and eliminate that without the need for meds. The food is not the problem with this kind of diet for me.. I would prefer to eat healthy foods over the junk. But It’s the planning and prep that is daunting. I love the way you have set this up. Seems much more manageable than coming up with a plan on my own.

    • Hi Jen! I love that you’re trying to eliminate some of your symptoms through food rather than medicine 🙂 I think you’ll find you have a lot of “non-scale victories” like that when you do a whole30. The feeling is so life changing. Best of luck!😙

  • I absolutely love this!!! I’ve got all 4 weeks ready to start. Your grocery lists, recipes, and meal plan seem like they will be super easy to follow!!!
    I didn’t see your final results or a recap?? I’m interested in what you thought and how you did!

  • I am on day 29! Your meal plan and grocery list made this attainable. I would have never been able to do this without your help! Trust me if I can do this, you can too. Now I am moving on to the reintroduction period. Wish you had a meal plan for the next week.

    • Thank you for this message! I have been thinking about putting one of those together, so thank you for the motivaion

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