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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 Naptime, My Healthy Happy Home, Sweet C's Designs, Daily Rebecca, and Buzzfeed.
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.
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!