Ashley Manley
Ashley Manley

One Sunday night in September 2017, after seeing a mom living my same life of diapers and laundry post on instagram she was starting a Whole30 the next day, my jaw hit the floor. I had always made excuses why I couldn’t do one (too tired, too busy, too many people to feed, too lazy, blah blah blah) and seeing her commit to giving it a whirl with all of my same excuses made me rally. I wanted to do one, too! I wanted to start the next day, too! And so I did. Roughly 9-days later, I failed. I wasn’t prepared, I didn’t plan, and my mind wasn’t in the right place to succeed. I wasn’t deterred though, and 1-month later I started another one…and succeeded. This time with more planning and organization. Since then, Whole30 habits have been influencing my food choices on a daily basis!

I created this page for a couple reasons, but mostly to help people out there like me: the now or never yet quasi-lazy people. The people that want to do a Whole30 because #JanuaryWhole30 is everywhere but they have no clue WTF a “NSV” or “SWYPO” is. So, if you saw a post on Instagram and want to get your relationship with food in-check but have no idea where to start, I got you covered. One piece of advice? Don’t start tomorrow with only 2-eggs in the fridge, start next week when you are stocked, know what ghee is, and have a plan.

You got this!


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Below are the best resources from the Whole30 website for learning what exactly the Whole30 is. I also highly recommend reading these books:

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Forever

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food (my personal favorite!)

From the Whole30 site:


EVERYTHING ELSE (this is a collection of guides to additives, how to travel while staying on plan, shopping lists, and everything else you could ever want to help you rock your whole30!)


Here are some of my favorite and most useful Whole30 posts. You’ll see I keep things pretty simple. I’m not a gourmet chef and I’m a pretty busy mom- I gotta make healthy eating fit into MY life, not the other way around! If there is anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know!


Here are 3 of my favorite Whole30 accounts to follow.

ThePurseWhisperer, Sara Rentfro (paper plates and meals so easy even I can throw them together)

TheDefinedDish, Alex Snodgrass (beautiful, slightly more elaborate, food that I treat myself to making once a week)

HealthyLittlePeach, Ashley McCrary (combination of the first 2 accounts: sometimes really fancy, sometimes really simple…she offers some great hacks!)