Hey mama! Chelsea here, Content Coordinator for Whole Mamas. It’s hard to believe that a new decade starts in just 5 days. As we look toward 2020, I wanted to share some ideas to kick off your new year on the right foot!

Do the #JanuaryWhole30

We have over 100 women in our private Facebook group excited to start on January 1! The women in our Whole Mamas Pregnancy Program represent several stages of motherhood. Some women are focusing on preconception health, some are pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum.

Stocking your pantry for January? Join Thrive Market and receive 30% off select Whole30 approved brands from 12/29-1/4.

There’s still time to join our program today and take advantage of the highest level of support and accountability to help you troubleshoot your Whole30.

Our Whole Mamas co-creator Stephanie Greunke, RD, plus six Whole30 Certified Coaches (Judith Forman, Mia Reyes, Kelsey Sherman, Flávia Niemeyer , Michelle Kapler R.Ac and Sunny Marie Williams Negless) are leading our Whole Mamas members through their January Whole30 with daily check ins and inspiration. See more details on the support and fun extras we offer during these group Whole30s on our Join Now page. This week only, we’re offering $40 off our lifetime membership with the code W30JAN20.

Give yourself a break in the kitchen

I mentioned in a recent email that ButcherBox has been a huge game-changer for me this year in terms of meal planning and grocery shopping. Their membership platform makes it so simple and convenient to pick the meats I want for the month to come. Plus, I love scoring the deals that they offer each month. It’s so nice to be able to shop from my freezer anytime I’m ready to make dinner. Kick off your new year with a fully stocked freezer!

If you absolutely hate taking the time to come up with a meal plan, then you just might love Real Plans. Here’s why we love Real Plans for the busy mama:

  • Meal plan on mobile with their app.
  • Feel free to load recipes from bloggers that you love.
  • Personalize your meal plan to please even the pickiest of eaters (don’t like mushrooms? No problem!) and to suit your weekly schedule.
  • Choose which kitchen gadgets you have available and find recipes that use those (like a slow cooker or Instapot).
  • Real Plans generates a grocery shopping list (and order your groceries through their Instacart integration) and includes helpful prep notes.

If Real Plans isn’t your thing, consider purchasing a new cookbook to inspire tasty meals all month long. Melissa Hartwig Urban’s newest cookbook Whole30 Friends and Family makes hosting any occasion a snap with its healthy menus that will please even the most skeptical eater.

Reevaluate your busy schedule

I know it’s cliche, but self care really is so important. On a personal note, I went through a stressful few months this past year. I was overworking myself, not sleeping well, and struggling with my mental health, too. It took me a while to figure out that no supplement, lab test, or adaptogenic drink was going to solve my essential problem; I was just trying to do too much. If you’re feeling the same way, I read a few books that were really helpful in untangling my issue and getting me on a new path. Burnout by Emily Nagoski helped explain why I was so stressed out, and Fair Play by Eve Rodsky helped me to find a new system to help my household run more smoothly.

Remember, mama, you don’t have to do it all, and you shouldn’t do it all. May 2020 be a year for you to drop what doesn’t serve you, have redefining conversations with your support system, and prioritize yourself. Whole Mamas will be here, cheering you on!

kick-off-your-new-yearFormerly an English as a Second Language instructor at the university level, Chelsea shifted her interest to holistic health after giving birth to her first child. Her degrees in Communications and Education serve her well as she works to support women in their journey through motherhood. Chelsea is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) and is passionate about helping women thrive.