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So another week of Whole 30 is down, and I’m still loving it. I enjoy everything I eat and look forward to cooking and planning meals. I have started planning ahead of time for two weeks to help me budget and use my time efficiently. I realized last week that although we usually have leftovers every day for lunch, we never have any for dinner. And sometimes I make a lot of food. Instead of coming home and cooking every single night (because that’s what I do except on Fridays when we go out for dinner), I could just heat up some leftovers for us. I make enough food. It would save me time and money.
So I sat down and made a two-week meal plan and shopping list. It wasn’t complicated, and I ended up spending less than $100 on two weeks worth of groceries. I think planning meals this way will help my budget. And it’s nice some nights to just come home and heat something up, especially since we don’t get home until almost 8pm.
Week 2 Meals:
BREAKFAST: Leftover Harvest Breakfast Hash and a banana.
LUNCH: Leftover Caramelized Pear Pork Chops, wilted baby spinach and kale, and half a sweet potato.
DINNER: Leftover crock-pot Chicken Tikka Masala over cauliflower rice
SNACKS: Lemon Larabar, raw almonds
BREAKFAST: Leftover Harvest Breakfast Hash, banana
LUNCH: Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala over cauliflower rice, pink lady apple
DINNER: Leftover Pork Chop, steamed broccoli
SNACKS: Raw almonds, Lemon Larabar (pre-wod), dates (post-wod)
BREAKFAST: Aidell’s Chicken-Apple sausage, wilted baby spinach and kale, banana and blueberries
LUNCH: Leftover Caramelized Pear Pork Chop, sweet potato
DINNER: Shrimp and Bacon “Spaghetti”
SNACKS: Raw almonds, cherry Larabar (pre-wod), dates (post-wod)
BREAKFAST: Turmeric Tea Latte made with homemade sweet almond milk, Sweet Potato Toast with almond butter, egg&bacon muffins
LUNCH: Aidell’s Chicken-Apple sausage link, wilted baby spinach, steamed carrots
DINNER: Crock-pot Venison Chili with sliced avocado
SNACKS: 1/2 Cashew Cookie Larabar
BREAKFAST: Half a link of Aidell’s Chicken-Apple Sausage, sweet potato toast with almond butter, banana and blueberries
LUNCH: Leftover venison Chili
DINNER: Mooyah Iceburger with onions, mustard and tomatoes. Doesn’t look like much, but it was good.
SNACKS: Cherry Larabar bite
BREAKFAST: Breakfast “sandwich” with sweet potato, egg and avocado, and a banana
LUNCH: Lunch was really late, like after 4pm. David had a competition in Austin. I knew I would be there a while, so I brought an RX bar to snack on. But I got pretty hungry. There wasn’t much around that was Whole30 compliant, so I had planned to go to Juiceland and pick up a couple smoothies for David and I. However, my GPS lied about how much time it would take, and I didn’t realize the location it was taking me to was in downtown Austin. By the time I got there I didn’t think I’d have enough time to find the parking garage, grab the drinks, leave and get back in time to see David lift, so I turned around and drove back and used a mango La Croix to help suppress my appetite. We waited around after his lift for the closing announcements and prizes, and then started to drive home. We were both starving, so we stopped at Corner Bakery on the way home. I ordered a Harvest salad without cranberries, sweet crisps, cheese or dressing and used olive oil for the dressing.
DINNER: Baked Lemon Garlic Rosemary chicken thigh (recipe coming later)
SNACKS: RX bar, cherry Larabar bite
BREAKFAST: I made us Omelets with eggs, bacon, onions, peppers and avocado, and roasted potatoes.
LUNCH: For lunch we tried a place in Austin called Modern Market, and I would definitely recommend it. All of their ingredients and wholesome and they “believe added sugar is the devil.” They tell you the oil and spices they cook with and the food it good! I got the Thai Coconut Salad with olive oil for dressing and it was delicious!
DINNER: Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup with Italian Meatballs (recipe posting soon!)
SNACKS: Hubby and I were craving the smoothies that I couldn’t get yesterday so we went to Juiceland and got a couple. I got the Kaleibrator. This will not be a frequent thing, this was just a SWYPO treat for the both of us after a day of moving furniture.
How I feel: The best thing about Whole 30 is the way I’m feeling. From when I wake up in the morning until I go to bed I am awake and have energy, The mid-day slumps are gone. My stomach is the biggest improvement. I have no heartburn, indigestion, bloating or nausea. This is what makes me the most excited. The last time I felt this good was when I first began paleo and I was strict about it. I’m also feeling less hungry in between meals. I do know that I need to limit my fruit more, especially if I am eating a Larabar the same day, and the dates need to go. They are great for recovery for after workout, but they really make my sugar dragon come alive, and the fruit isn’t helping in my goal of decreasing my sugar cravings (because fruit is just sugar). I don’t feel like my weight has changed, if anything it might be going up slightly because I’m eating more fat and not as many carbs as before, and I’m working out hard. And although I’m not counting calories anymore I wonder if I’m eating enough fuel for my workouts. I will be interested in the reintroduction phase to see how my body reacts to rice and some grains.