Whole30

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Perhaps its cabin fever but I’m ready for a change. Since I already cut my hair this year, I’m going a different route this time. The Whole30 cleanse is big in the blogsphere so I’m going to give it a go. The only notable activity in the next 30 days is St. Patrick’s Day so it’s a good time to do it. I’ve given up sugar on more than one occasion and am always better for it, so I’m curious to see what the 30 day impact of going off other food categories will be like.

Whole30 is basically Paleo+. There are plenty of blog entries, pins, and Instagram accounts about Whole30 – not to mention the official website and book – so I won’t go over the program details. You can eat meats, fruits, vegetables (not legumes), tree nuts, certain oils and coffee. You can’t eat sugars, dairy, legumes and wheat. This official grocery list will be my guide.

Everywhere I’ve read about the Challenge it is recommended that you meal plan; therefore, I’ve taken that to heart and planned out the first 10 days and will either repeat the meals 3x or do two more lists. Danny isn’t doing this with me but the plan is that he will eat the same meals and we’ll add a grain or cheese for him.

This meal plan isn’t meant to be creative. I’m very happy eating the same foods over again for multiple days. My hope is that the simpler I keep things the more likely I am to stick to it. I also picked up frozen berries, baby carrots and nuts to have on hand at all times to combat cravings.

Day 1: Wednesday
Breakfast – Eggs
Lunch – Salad with ground beef and guacamole
Dinner – Coconut Red Curry Shrimp

Day 2: Thursday
Breakfast – Eggs & sausage
Lunch – Salad with grilled chicken & banana
Dinner – Baked chicken and mushrooms

Day 3: Friday
Breakfast – Eggs & sausage
Lunch – Salad with grilled chicken & banana
Dinner – Leftover Baked chicken and mushrooms

Day 4: Saturday
Lunch – Omelet & smoothie

Dinner – Chocolate Chili & sweet potato fries

Day 5: Sunday
Lunch – Omelet & smoothie

Dinner – Pork Chops with roasted potatoes & greens

Day 6: Monday
Breakfast – Quiche

Lunch – Leftover Chocolate Chili & sweet potato fries
Dinner – Stuffed Cabbage

Day 7: Tuesday
Breakfast – Quiche
Lunch – Leftover Pork Chops & roasted potatoes & greens
Dinner – Rosemary meatballs with collard greens & apricots & potatoes

Day 8: Wednesday
Breakfast – Quiche
Lunch – Soup & Lara Bar
Dinner – Leftover Rosemary meatballs with collard greens & apricots & potatoes

Day 9: Thursday
Breakfast – Eggs & sausage
Lunch – Soup & Lara Bar
Dinner – Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Italian Sausage

Day 10: Friday
Breakfast – Quiche
Lunch – Soup & Lara Bar
Dinner – Slow-Roasted Salmon

I’m not going into this for weight-loss; however, I am interested to see how my body does or doesn’t change in 30 days. I’m also hoping that at the end of the Challenge I’ll feel fresher and lighter and ready to get back into a workout routine. Nevertheless, here’s an obligatory ‘before’ picture.


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