This January, I’ve set off on my third round of Whole 30. I return to it every year because I enjoy the reset I get after the indulgence of the holidays. Getting back to basics with food feels amazing after eating all the cookies and drinking all the wine in December. Each year, my sweet friend goes along on the journey with me. We encourage each other, we talk ourselves off the ledge of quitting, but mostly we are each there for one another from start to finish. I began thinking about how I could show her how grateful I am that she continues to do this with me. I missed my opportunity at the start of this round, but next time I’m sending her a little Whole 30 gift to show her how glad I am that she does this with me. I’m sending a few of the following:
- Homemade Whole 30 spice blends. As many will tell you, spices/sauces are the
keyto surviving Whole 30 and not wind up in a food rut. So, I’m going to take some of the work out of it for her and mix up the dry ingredients to make some of our favorite sauces and rubs. There are great recipes online from many different sources (just double check your ingredients 😉
- The Whole 30 Day by Day book. I meant to follow along in this book last year but never got around to grabbing it before I began. This year, I’m going to use it to help me along and thought it might be nice to send it over to her too. After using it halfway through my current round, I don’t ever want to do a Whole30 without it again.
- Whole 30 Pantry Staples. You can make everything for Whole 30 from scratch. I’m lazy, so I don’t. There are several Whole 30 approved staples that are worth it. And
thenare a few I cannot live without:Nutpods Creamer, Tessamae’s Dressing/Marinade, Chomps Meat Sticks, and Barney Butter Bare. Sending over even one of these with wellwishes for a successful Whole 30 is a sweet gift.
- It is hard as hell to eat out on Whole 30, but not completely impossible. You must ask one zillion questions about the food and its prep. After a few rounds, I know of a couple of places we can eat. A gift card to one of those is a super-thoughtful gift for when you’re in the Day 9 or 10 fog and cannot force yourself to prep anything.
- A little note to let her know how grateful I am that she does this with me, and how I’m here to support her too. Sometimes just letting someone know you’re thinking about them is the best gift in the world.
Are you doing Whole30 this month? If so, is anyone joining you? Send a Whole30 gift to help them along.