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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 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.
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 Hash | Grilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette | Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins | Homemade Guacamole | Sausage Egg "McMuffin" | Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce | Tomato 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.
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!