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