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Whole30 & Paleo Gadget Shopping List

Worried about how you're going to make the Whole30 or Paleo diets work in your life? Here's a gadget shopping list to make life a little easier!

Worried about how you're going to make the Whole30 work Here are the products that might make life a little easier during the Whole30.

If you've been around this blog for even a millisecond, you will quickly realize that our family does a lot of Whole30 and paleo-type eating. We aren't fanatics, we just eat what works for our family.

Over time, we've really come to appreciate certain gadgets in the kitchen. If you're doing the Whole30 or eating Paleo meals, you know that it requires more effort than just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. There's a Whole30 cookbook that has a lot of great recipes

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  1. Vegetable Spiral Slicer

  2. 6 Quart Regular Slow Cooker (or this programmable one if you spend a lot of time outside of the home)

  3. Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives

  4. Meat Thermometer

  5. Cast Iron Skillet

  6. Vegetable Peeler

  7. Boxed Grater

  8. Baking Sheets with Raised Sides

  9. Food Processor or Blender

  10. Travel Friendly Food Storage

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1. Vegetable Spiral Slicer

If you're missing spaghetti, then you need this gadget. Will zoodles (zucchini + noodles) taste the same as real, carbohydrate noodles. Um, no. But it's a good substitute!

2. 6 Quart Regular Slow Cooker

Slow cookers in general just make life a lot easier. Busy school or work nights will thank you for planning dinner ahead of time with a gadget like this. I personally love this Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew recipe for the Whole30 and just remove the non-complient ingredients. It still comes out tasting great!

3. Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives

Spaghetti squash. Those are the only two words you need to hear to understand how badly you need sharp, durable knives in your kitchen. The Whole30 and Paleo diets require a lot of fresh veggies and those veggies require a lot of prep. Please don't use cheap knives.

4. Meat Thermometer

Please don't undercook your meat and get salmonella. Yuck.

5. Cast Iron Skillet

Am I the only one who thinks Brussel sprouts turn out amazing every time they're cooked in a cast iron skillet? My Dad gave us one when my husband and I got married. Even though I kind of chuckled at the time, (Me?? Cook??) I've been using it ever since then. Thanks, Dad!

6. Vegetable Peeler

I'm not the best vegetable peeler with a regular knife. I waste too much! Peelers are necessary in my healthy kitchen.

7. Boxed Grater

I love to make "cauli rice" but used to do it with a regular flat grater. That cauliflower would fly everywhere and was a pain to clean up. I just don't have time for the extra mess. Use this boxed grater to keep the chaos contained.

8. Baking Sheets with Raised Sides

When I first purchased baking sheets, I grabbed the ones without the raised sides because I thought they looked sleek and modern. Obviously, I knew nothing about roasting vegetables because I would've known what a terrible choice I had made.

Save your veggies from flying off into the depths of your oven by purchasing baking sheets with some sort of protective wall.

9. Food Processor or Blender

Unless you have incredible chopping and blending skills by hand, you're going to need one or both of these. I just don't have the time to do that kind of heavy lifting...oh and I'm also very bad at chopping things into tiny pieces.

10. Travel Friendly Food Storage

This may be listed as last but it's probably one of the most important gadgets on this list. Why is it so hard to find on-the-go food storage options for working or busy men and women? You can only pay for so many overpriced salads before you decide to bring your own lunch into work (or in my case, send lunch with your husband).

Eating healthy is only as fun as the gadgets you use to make your meals. I look forward to making a delicious meal when I know I have good knives to chop the veggies and sturdy baking sheets to roast them in.

What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets? 

Whole30 Game Day Recipe: Guacamole

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? If you've been around Frugal on the Prairie for a while then you know what huge football fans we are. We have literally worked schedules and birthday parties around games on the weekend. I know that sounds a little insane, but it's just something we're passionate about in our family.

I'm sure you've noticed my family is doing the Whole30 for the month of January so our Game Day recipes will not be including the carb-filled, sugary stuff I usually cook. I'm excited to be including this yummy recipe on one of our favorite days of the week.

(Psssst...If you're interested, I've got Whole30 meal plans and tips here and here available.)

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This past weekend I shopped at my local Randalls to make this delicious guacamole recipe that I've tweaked a little to make it Whole30 compliant. Guacamole is like the official family dip for every vegetable in our house. We love it!

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Whole30 Guacamole Recipe for Game Day! Ingredients

  • 5 avocados

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Ole El Paso™ chopped green chiles

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • chopped fresh red onion, if desired

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Directions

  • In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except onion, mashing avocados. Sprinkle with onion. Enjoy!

  • (Note: The original Old El Paso™ recipe calls for 2 ounces of queso fresco cheese but I omitted this for the sake of the Whole30.)

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

What's your favorite Game Day recipe? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #oldelpaso :)This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tips for Feeding Your Family On the Whole30

Is eating healthier a part of your New Year Resolutions? I've got some great tips for feeding your family on the Whole30!

Are you ringing in the New Year with healthy resolutions? Planning on doing the Whole30 with your family but worried about how it will go? My family and I did it and survived so we've got a few tips to share! Today I'm guest posting at My Love for Words blog and sharing all of my secrets for making the Whole30 work with a family. It's easier than you think but there are some MUST DO's on the list so don't miss it.

If you're unfamiliar with this program, here's a very brief description: The Whole30 diet is where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, such as sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes.

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Interested in some Whole30 meal plans and other tips? I've got plans for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. I also have a list of things you should know before you start the program.

Note: I am not affiliated with or endorsed by the Whole30 program or it’s authors in any way. All views and opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Please consult a physician before you make any drastic changes to your diet.

9 Things You Should Know Before Starting the Whole30

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If you haven't heard of the Whole30 before, you're going to hear about it today and for many days after this one because it's here to stay. I give a more detailed summary on what it entails here but my very brief description goes like this: The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, such as sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes.

Still think you want to try it? I've done the Whole30 myself and have a few helpful tips to share.

Keep in mind that everyone experiences the program differently. It was harder for me than it was for my husband. (Seriously, the man barely struggled. Ugh, so unfair.)

Here are 9 things you should know before you start the Whole30.

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 1. It's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet.

Don't look at it as a temporary fix to your health because then you'll be missing the main purpose of the Whole30. This program is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Let yourself be open to fact that the Whole30 is here to create a permanent change. Plan on sticking with it after the 30 days and continuing to make healthier choices with your life.

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2. It might take a serious toll on your psyche.

Let me just raise my hands and shout so everyone can hear me loud and clear: doing the Whole30 program was very difficult for me! Don't let people convince you that you just have to "put your mind to it" because the experience is different for everyone.

I spent over 20 years perfecting the art of eating pizza so it took a lot of hard work to resist the temptation of my comfort foods. Making any sort of big change to your life is hard, especially if it involves the habits you've had for your entire life. I never read ingredient lists or listened to my body before so it felt mentally exhausting to start doing so now.

3. You will likely fail if you aren't thoroughly prepared.

If you start to enter the "I'm Getting Hungry" territory and you have no Whole30 menu or recipes to follow, you will probably blow it. I know that sounds ridiculous. How hard is it to cook some meat and veggies, right?

You're in the process of resetting your body to a more healthy system so you're not going to feel like your normal self. If you're not prepared to eat healthy before the cravings kick in, you're going to lose every single time.

4. It gets worse before it gets better.

The Whole30 isn't a quick fix to your health problems. If it was, it would be called the Whole48 hours. I personally felt and saw the biggest change in my body towards the end of the 30 days.

When you start the program be fully aware that the headaches and withdrawals are coming and that in spite of that, you will survive. 

The Whole30 authors state that you will experience "the carb flu" during the first week. Since you're removing so many foods that you typically depend on for energy (sugar, carbs, etc.) your body is going to essentially freak out. Headaches, sluggishness, and bad moods are normal. Warn your spouse.

5. It's okay if you fall off the wagon as long as you climb back on before your body notices.

When I started researching Whole30 experiences through different forums, I was blown away by the comments made by people I'd like to call the "Whole30 Police." They were so strict about every detail of food that I was turned off by the program.

Look, I get it. The Whole30 is very structured. But if you're supposed to make this big life change then you need to take into account the fact that we are all living, breathing, mistake-making humans.

If I had adopted a 'succeed or die' mentality I would've given up much, much sooner. Finding forgiveness for myself has been the saving grace that tells me, "You've got this, girl. Just get back up and keep going."

6. It's not over at the end of 30 days.

You didn't see that coming, did you?

This kind of ties in with the #1 but I feel the need to mention the Reintroduction stage. You can read a bit more about it here but essentially you will slowly introduce some non-compliant Whole30 foods at the end of 30 days, one at a time, to determine how they affect your body.

Here is the authors' recommended schedule for reintroduction.

Day 1 - Legumes

Day 2 - Non-Gluten Grains

Day 7 - Dairy

Day 10 - Gluten Containing Grains

7. Cheat Days are the gateway to failure.

Have you ever given up cake for Lent? I was raised Catholic and every year we would consider Sundays our "off" days during Lent. Monday through Saturday we would make the sacrifice and give up the sweets and on Sunday we would pig out.

These Cheat Days made the Lenten experience much, much harder. The same will be true if you try to cheat during the Whole30. Just don't do it.

8. You will become a master of thinking outside of the meal plan box.

If you're like my family then you've been using starches like pasta or rice as one of the main ingredients of your meals for years.

Obviously, those aren't allowed on the Whole30. So if you want to eat a spaghetti wannabe then cook some spaghetti squash and pour some homemade sauce over it.

Will it taste identical to you what you're use to? Heck no. But there are some killer recipe options out there and you can eat some delicious food if you're willing to step out of your comfort zone.

Here are some of my favorites to get you started:

  1. Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash - Noble Pig

  2. Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" - Nom Nom Paleo

  3. Homemade Guacamole - I Heart Naptime

  4. Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

9. There's a fine line between encouraging and using a soapbox.

Lastly, I have to include this because it was such an influence on why I didn't start the Whole30 sooner.

If you haven't already, you're going to run into that Whole30person. Let me explain. I have a well-meaning friend who will look at your cheeseburger and fries and shake their head, giving you the gory details about how you're ruining your body and will never enjoy the same health they have. That feels judgmental, right?

Now that I've done the Whole30 I can honestly say that I get it!If you're successful with the program, you're going to feel so freaking healthy and happy that you'll want to spread the good vibes to everyone.

But there is this dangerous line between encouraging your friends and using a megaphone. Some people might be really aggressive about what you should/shouldn't do. Don't let their comments about the Whole30 turn you away from the program.

The Whole30 may be a little difficult but it is absolutely worth all of the hard work. If a pizza-loving, ice cream-eating woman can do the Whole30, so can you. Good luck!

Have you tried the Whole30? Did you love/hate it? 

My Whole30 Resources:

  1. My Pinterest Whole30/Paleo board full of recipes.

    1. Book: The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

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

    3. Website: The Whole30

    4. I also have a lot of different recipe websites that I use. They can be found in the meal plans below.

Note: I am not affiliated with or endorsed by the Whole30 program or it's authors in any way. All views and opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Please consult a physician before you make any drastic changes to your diet.

Looking for meal plans? Here are 30 days worth of meal ideas that will fit your busy schedule. 

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 4

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I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

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Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Thursday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan for the last week of the program. I added an additional two days to the menu so you could have a full 30 days worth of ideas.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, be sure to save some chicken from Saturday's dinner to use in Sunday's lunch. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

Whole30 Recipe Sources

I didn't shake things up too much, even with this being our last week on the program. But I was excited to find some new yummy recipes from From this Kitchen Table, I Heart NaptimeMy Healthy Happy HomeSweet C's DesignsDaily Rebecca, and Buzzfeed.

Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps |  Bacon Butternut Squash Quiche | Homemade Guacamole | One Pot Paleo Chicken Curry Stir FrySweet Potato Breakfast CasseroleTomato and Avocado Omelet

Pinterest has also been a great source and I constantly use it for reference and inspiration.

I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used whatever extra meat I had on hand instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! I also love reading It Starts with Food (written by the Whole30 founders, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig) for even more inspiration.

Whole30 Experience

The beginning of this week was fantastic! I felt stronger and more dedicated to the Whole30 program than ever. I loved the food I was eating and my unhealthy cravings were not only non-existent, but any sugary and non-compliant foods also looked downright unappealing. It was the first time in my life that ice cream didn't look good. I know this sounds crazy but it made me feel like I was finally in charge of my own body. It was awesome!

However, my last few days on the program were surprisingly difficult. I started thinking, "Well, 27 days is basically the same as 30 so..." Our work and life schedules also became increasingly hectic as we got closer to the end of the month. Did that influence things? Maybe a little bit. Subway sandwiches always look so much easier than whipping up a hot meal.

But I stuck it to the end and I'm officially done. BAM! Let's just say that the morning after Day 30 I did a happy dance on my way to the kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself still reaching for Whole30 meals following the 4th week. When your body feels good you can't help but continue to eat healthy!

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

Previous Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 3

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

Interested in starting a blog and making money from home? I earned my first $200 within 3 months of starting Frugal on the Prairie then went on to earn a full-time income from home about 6 months later! If you're ready to get started, I have a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your domain and hosting here, which can be a headache to figure out by yourself if you've never done it before! I also highly recommend and use Bluehost for my hosting! (<---That's an affiliate link but girl, I never recommend something I don't love or use ;) 


I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

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Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Sunday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, be sure to save a little chicken from Saturday's dinner to use in the recipe for Sunday's lunch. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

Recipe Sources

I stumbled onto Lexi's Clean Kitchen this week and went a little crazy. She's got so many delicious Whole30 recipes that I just couldn't help myself! I also used a few from Nom Nom Paleo, Half Baked Harvest, and Buzzfeed.

3 Ingredient Breakfast Skillet | Brussels Sprout Breakfast HashGrilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette | Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins |  Homemade Guacamole | Sausage Egg "McMuffin" | Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat SauceTomato and Avocado Omelet

Pinterest has also been a great source and I constantly use it for reference and inspiration.

I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used whatever extra meat I had on hand instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! For inspiration to keep me going, I've been loving It Starts with Food by the creators of the Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.

Experience

I've never felt better in my entire life. My energy is endless, I sleep like a baby, and my body feels strong and healthy. And my skin! I have the same glow I had before I went through my hormonal teen years.

Despite all of these incredible perks, my cravings for unhealthy food seem to be on my mind constantly. Maybe my body is thinking, "You already feel so good so a cookie or two isn't going to hurt you." The closer I get to the end of the month the harder this becomes.

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

Other Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 2

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

Interested in starting a blog and making money from home? I earned my first $200 within 3 months of starting Frugal on the Prairie then went on to earn a full-time income from home about 6 months later! If you're ready to get started, I have a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your domain and hosting here, which can be a headache to figure out by yourself if you've never done it before! I also highly recommend and use Bluehost for my hosting! (<---That's an affiliate link but girl, I never recommend something I don't love or use ;) 


I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Monday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

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I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used ground turkey instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! I also love reading It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig for even more inspiration.

Whole30 Experience

There are some repeats from last week's menu and here's why: I'm cheap. Really cheap! It's as simple as that. But I had more time on my hands towards the weekend and was able to find some new, affordable recipes.

The headaches from last week are completely gone and have been replaced with the best sleep of my life. My mid-morning and mid-afternoon energy slumps have also disappeared. I have never felt this energized before and the extra pep in my step is all the encouragement I need to keep up with the program.

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

*I prepped the cabbage the night before to make for a quick breakfast.

**I replaced the bacon with ground turkey because it's cheaper.

Other Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 1

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

Interested in starting a blog and making money from home? I earned my first $200 within 3 months of starting Frugal on the Prairie then went on to earn a full-time income from home about 6 months later! If you're ready to get started, I have a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your domain and hosting here, which can be a headache to figure out by yourself if you've never done it before! I also highly recommend and use Bluehost for my hosting! (<---That's an affiliate link but girl, I never recommend something I don't love or use ;) 


I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Monday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

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Whole30 Recipe Sources

I constantly browsed the Whole30 website, Our Paleo Life, and The Clothes Make the Girl for recipes and ideas. I don't have the money or patience for half of the fancier dishes but I got lucky and found the following recipes.

Homemade Sausage Patties | Bangers and Mash  | All Day Frittata

Pinterest has also been a source lifesaver and I'm still pinning away like a madwoman.

Anything else listed on the menu was made very low-key. For example, the eggs were either scrambled, boiled, or fried. It's a real life meal plan, people.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom and It Starts with Food are great resources!

Whole30 Experience

Headaches in the morning. Headaches in the afternoon. Headaches in the evening. If there's one thing I can tell from the first 24 hours of this program, it's that I am addicted to sugar. I didn't gorge myself on carbs or candy the night before like I wanted to and I'm glad I didn't! My head was constantly pounding the entire week and all I needed wanted to do was pour a bag of Skittles down my throat.

I quickly realized that Whole30 recipes can be Paleo compliant but not the other way around. The limitations were killing me and I realize how pathetic that sounds. I've become too used to easy/fast/cheap foods. The fact that I was dragging my feet to make something fresh and healthy is ridiculous.

At the end of Week 1 I made it a goal to branch out and find new recipes.

Other Weeks:

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

Is the Whole30 Program for You?

I am not a doctor, nurse, registered dietician, or any other form of medical intellect. I deal with numbers, not nutrition. So please consult a physician before making any changes to your diet. This post is for entertainment and informational purposes only. 

Is the Whole30 program made for you? There is always a trendy eating habit in this world (remember the rice cake lunches of the 90's?) and everyone seems to be raving about the Whole30 lately. Is this diet the answer to your prayers?

The Hubs and I started the Whole30 on June 1 as a kick start to a healthier lifestyle. After the birth of our son, our eating habits took a nosedive into junk food, fast food, and everything bad in between. We've spent a lot of time traveling this year and have really struggled to maintain any semblence of healthy nutrition.

When I began weaning my son I realized that I had adopted an "eat what I say, not what I eat" mentality when I fed him. I was serving him fresh veggies but eating pizza myself. Besides not being very fair, I found that those habits weren't sustainable as making two separate meals was starting to take a toll on my schedule. This is when the Whole30 was introduced into our lives.

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Who created the Whole30?

So who are the masterminds behind the ever-growing trend? Melissa and Dallas Hartwig kind of took readers by storm with their book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. To quickly sum things up, the book covers why certain foods could have a negative impact on your life and also provides a healthier nutrition strategy. I know it sounds simple but that's essentially what it is. There's no counting calories or points or any math to this program. And man, is that refreshing!

I was surprised, and you might be too, to find that Dallas and Melissa are not doctors. So everything within the diet should be- not literally- taken with a grain of salt until you've had the chance to consult with your own physician. There is never a one size fits all plan for dieting or health changes. So please take this into consideration.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

Who needs to do the Whole30?

Like I said, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for this world. And I'm no doctor so I can't say with any semblense of conviction that you need to do the Whole30. But the program is intended for someone who is looking to revolutionize and enhance their lives just by changing what they eat. Insert eye roll here because that sounded cheesy. But I'm not kidding, this program is amazing and is one of the healthiest I've seen to date.

Why don't you do it if it's so great, Allison?

I am! I'm in the middle of it right now. And while I miss Doritos like a child misses his mother, I can also say that my relationship with food and general health has changed so much. I'm now one of those conscious shoppers that reads all of the nutrition labels.

I sleep so much better. My stress levels are lower. I have the most energy I've had in a long time. Overall, my body is in better shape than it was even before I had a baby.

Stay tuned because I've got some exciting posts coming up about where to shop, what to buy, and other helpful tips for surviving the Whole30. Once you buy the food and get over the cravings, it's actually very easy to eat on the program. It's crawling through the lack of compliant foods in grocery stores that's hard to overcome. I'll keep you posted!

Are you on the Whole30 and what do/don't you like about it? What other health programs do you love?