Week 3! Finally in the second half of Whole30 where everything starts feeling gooooooood. I can’t believe that I can wake up now and actually function without coffee. I definitely still miss the taste, but I’m so glad that I’m not relying on it.
What do you find the most challenging about Whole30? For me it’s definitely the social functions. I hate being the odd one out, not eating yummy treats at a ladies night or dinner get together. I also hate turning down food that has been cooked for me by someone who loves me. A friend of mine had me over last night and baked a wonderful looking gluten free peanut butter pie and I felt awful for turning it down. I REALLY hate being thought of as the girl who is always on a “diet”. That’s not at all who I am, but when you give the 30 second Whole30 run down to someone, it can certainly come across that way.
However, with all that being said, I’ve found that most of those people at those social functions eventually come to me later wanting more information about Whole30. I’ve seen a lot of them change their lifestyle around completely, and then it’s all worth it, right? We’re spreading the Good Food Word. Plus, no hangover, no food baby, and no extra toilet time.
Here’s what I’m eating this week.
Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin”
Baked Yam and Brussel Sprout Hash
Sweet and Savoury Quiche
Easy Paleo Pot Roast
Roasted Nectarine Salsa on Wild Salmon
Healthy Braised Pulled Pork
Vegetable and Mango Curry With Basil-Ginger Quinoa (Use cauliflower rice instead of quinoa, chicken instead of chickpeas, and coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.)
Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon
Bacon Chorizo Chipotle Smothered Meatloaf (I always skip the almond flour here and have no problem, but it IS approved to use on Whole30 for this recipe if you wish to use it.)
I’m doing the official Whole30 challenge again! The first time around, I was just focused on SURVIVAL. It gets easier every time, and so this round I’m adding a new challenge. This will be my first time completely cutting out caffeine. I only drink 1 cup of plain black coffee in the mornings and the occasional coffee in the afternoon or evening if I’m at a special occasion or family event, but I’ve recently had some adrenal issues and so I’m interested to see if cutting it out completely will make a noticeable difference. Right now I really treasure my steaming cup of coffee every morning so this is definitely going to be difficult for me. Wish me luck!
One of my most important tips for completing a successful Whole30 is meal planning. I really enjoy meal planning and so I’ll be posting my weekly plans here for any of you who don’t enjoy it or need inspiration or ideas for recipe resources.
Each week I will post 7 dinners and 3-4 breakfasts. I will double my breakfast recipes for leftovers, and I will eat dinner leftovers for lunch each day. (Another tip for Whole30: cook once, eat two or three times.) Remember to make sure any sauces and meats are sugar free. These are the base recipes for each meal, but I will add steamed veggies, roasted veggies or huge salads to all of these meals.
Hope this helps!
Eggs in Purgatory by Nom Nom Paleo
Apple Pork Breakfast Sausage by SEP, sautéed swiss chard, and fried yams.
Jalapeño Lime Chicken Wings by SEP
Garlic Pork and Cauliflower Rice (Crockpot) by Paleomg
Lemon Roast Chicken by Jamie Oliver
Thai Pork and Veggie Meatballs by Paleomg (skip the honey)
Lemon Rosemary Salmon by Diane Sanfilippo
Mango and Avocado Salsa on Salmon by Nom Nom Paleo
Balsamic Beef Roast by Civilized Caveman (skip the white wine)
Never heard of Whole30? Check out the official website, and read about how it completely changed my life.