This is a blog written to myself about the Whole 30. When I get discouraged after I start my journey on May 1st, I can look back and remember that it's worth it and my excuses are not valid.
Excuse 1#: I'm going to say it's too expensive, and it's really not. I spent $129 in groceries for two weeks, and it won't last that long more than likely. Grilled meat and grilled veggies cost no more than baked meat and mashed potatoes. I just spend $8 on lunch at Wendy's when I could have bought some oranges ($5 for 10), Guacamole cups (6 for $4), Carrots (a big bag for $3), apples (10 for $5) and it would have lasted me 6 days (that's $2.84 a day for lunch instead of $8). For breakfast, I can always boil eggs and have some guacamole if I'm hungry - that's $3 for 12 eggs, and $4 for 6 guacamole cups. Again, that's only $1.17 a day for 6 days of breakfast. Dinner gets pricey, but not if I don't let it. A sack of sweet potatoes $5, 5 for $20 meats at Food City or Save-a-Lot, some frozen veggies are cheap, and various natural cooking oil - not a big deal. It would be under $50 a week, so that's about the same as I just spent in groceries alone, without eating out for lunch or breakfast. Overall, I would save money and I like saving money.
Excuse #2: Eating out. Put the bread basket down and look for simple dishes with the least ingredients. Steak and broccoli, chicken and asparagus, a salad with no croutons, cheese, or dressing (I'll bring my own.) Plan ahead, and don't worry about asking for exactly what you want.
Excuse #3: The weight isn't coming off fast enough. IT WILL. Look at your friend that did it! She didn't lose weight for the first 2 months and then BOOM! 50 lbs just fell off. That's incredible! Get through the first 30 and turn it into 90 and beyond!