I don’t know if it’s all the yoga I’ve been doing lately, but your girl is feeling a little extra woo woo these days. No, I’m not building crystal shrines or burning incense (yet), but I’ve definitely gained a greater appreciation for the power of self-talk. So today, the first day of the new year, I wanted to share some helpful mindset mantras to get you through your January Whole30.
This list of quips holds some of the things I’ve actually said to myself (though usually not out loud) to get me through the tougher moments of my past Whole30s. And now that I’m officially a Whole30 coach, I want to share more of my tips with you guys. I hope that some or all of these give you that little boost you need over the next month. You go.
Thirty days is not forever.
As you approach the first few days of your January Whole30, it probably feels like you can’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel. Pause for a moment to remind yourself that thirty days isn’t forever. It’s really not very long at all. Take it one day at a time, or even one meal at a time. Focus less on when it’s going to end or what you’re going to do when the month is over. Instead, enjoy the process and feel proud that you’re doing something really good for yourself.
I’ve done way harder stuff.
Ever gone through a break up? Disappointed your parents? Given birth? Gone through illness? Had someone close to you pass? Yeah, all of that is way harder than drinking black coffee or politely declining a cocktail at happy hour for the next month. You got this.
I’m stronger than food and stronger than my cravings.
You absolutely, one thousand percent are. You’re bigger, and better, and badass-er than the grocery store cupcakes your coworker brought in, or the pint of ice cream that used to call your name each night. Consider this month your opportunity to show yourself how strong you are, and maybe even take the time to focus on what’s really behind those cravings.
I deserve to feel awesome.
Yep. And that’s why you’re doing a Whole30. You deserve to feel awesome, and you will. You’re putting your oxygen mask before helping others. You’re taking the time to understand your current physical and emotional relationship with food so you can set yourself up for greater success in the future. Welcome to your new, elevated baseline of what it means to “feel good.”
I can have (insert non-compliant food here) tomorrow.
I read this in one of the Whole30 books and it really stuck with me. When you feel like caving, tell yourself to give it just one more day. Chances are, tomorrow will come and whatever low you were going through will have passed and you can continue on your merry Whole30ing way. Sometimes a little mental trickery can go a long way.
What are your mind over matter tricks for getting through a Whole30? Leave me a comment below!
P.S. There will be lots of W30 goodness on my Instagram over the course of the January Whole30, so be sure to follow along!