I’m finding myself in disbelief to be saying that I’m already on day 9 of my first Whole30. Originally, when I considered doing this, I was just going to “try it out” for a week. (Remember, I have put this off for years.) In retrospect, I determined that that way of thinking was short-selling myself and my ability to stick with the nodairygrainsalcoholsugarlegumes plan for the long haul. As I began reading the book, It Starts With Food, I learned that the “magic” of the Whole30 really doesn’t start happening until about day 14. So, let’s say I were to have only given it a week, … well at that point, I would already be halfway to this alleged “magic!” (Who doesn’t need a little magic in your life from time to time, right?) So to throw in the towel after such a significant life change, only to give it up after 7 days (and miss the magic!) began to feel like a cop-out. And, more importantly, a missed opportunity to take a full 30 days to nourish and heal myself. With that said, … here I am, and it feels great!
Some highlights of my Whole30 thus far are:
- sleeping better than I have since high school (I pass out easily by 9 PM, stay asleep as long as Little Bean allows, and wake up feeling refreshed!)
- clothes already fitting better by about day 3 or 4
- energy to carry me through the day!
So … I’d like to share some ideas of how I’m getting from day to day in the Whole30 while keeping my meals compliant and realistic with a family (who is not all on this with me, by the way). When I began the program, I made a list of some dinners that I already had in my arsenal that were either already Whole30 compliant, or darn close (with a few modifications), and I have relied on this list as the backbone of my program for now. Here is my list:
- Lettuce Wrap “Tacos” (fill with taco meat or seasoned ground meat of any kind, … add some extra veggies and a healthy-sized dollop of avocado)
- “Random Casserole:” cube up a couple of potatoes (white or sweet), rough chop an onion, add any kind of meat that you have laying around, a healthy amount of cooking fat and whatever other veggies you like; bake at 375 until it looks done, stirring occasionally. Optional: melt cheese on part of the casserole for members of your household not on Whole30. This is a man-pleaser in my house (even before Whole30).
- Zucchini Boats: look on Pinterest … SO many options
- Meatloaf with Potatoes (mashed or roasted) and a salad: practically a religion in our house!
- Cauliflower “Fried Rice” (loaded with veggies) and a side of meat of any kind
- POT ROAST
- A good steak with several veggie sides
- Lettuce-Wrapped Burgers or Dogs/Sausages with veggies (COLESLAW!)
- Egg Bakes/Frittatas loaded with healthy fats and fresh veggies
- Big Salads
- Chicken Salad (with homemade mayo!) – add lots of veggies to it and eat it in lettuce wraps
- Egg Salad (^see above^)
- Taco Salad
This list comes out to about two weeks of dinners, and if you plan it, lots of leftovers to eat for your other meals. It is all easy stuff that can be done with common ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. AND, … that list does not include all of the cool things that I have been pinning to try eventually! I mentioned this before, but one of the biggest reasons I’m so excited to be doing a series on the Whole30 is that I want inspire you and give you confidence that this healing life change IS achievable, and it doesn’t have to take over your life. In the next post, I’m going to be sharing some things that have been lifesavers for me in my Whole30 journey.
Until then, thanks for reading!
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