Fact 1: Weight gain is just ONE of the symptoms of an unhealthy diet.
Fact 2: I’ve been having waaaayyyyy too much fun eating this summer.
Fact 3: I, and I know many of you, are ready to change the way we eat. NOT DIET but change.
With that, I invite you to join me in a Whole 30 change. What is the Whole 30? Well, I can tell you this much…it stems from the book “It Starts With Food” and it 100% changed my outlook on food. I no longer counted calories, I just started making choices on how to feed my body and my body responded in the most glorious of ways. I lost weight for the first time since I had my children, my psoriasis cleared up, my chicken skin was gone and the one that floored me the most was my son did not have ONE issue with allergies this year. I became a huge believer.
I could go on and on but I encourage you to read more about the book and just go ahead and get that bad boy on your Kindle ASAP.http://amzn.to/1aMZWL6. Since everything is easier with friends, join this https://www.facebook.com/groups/whole30mamas/ facebook support group.
Here is my week 1 menu. Admittedly, it is a little scattered and an ambitious cooking schedule. I usually try to plan around items on sale, what I already have, etc but I had kids climbing on me so it is what it is.
At first, the Whole 30 will feel expensive and like a lot of work. I promise you,the costs even out when you are not eating out. You will also need to plan and get strategic. For example, if you know someone can keep the kids at bay for a couple hours on a Sunday, look at your recipes and figure out everything you can cook and chop ahead of time. That two hours will save your life and diet later. When I hit a recipe I’m sure will freeze easily, I make extra and freeze for a future menu.
For lunch, I always do leftovers, salads in Mason jars or I buy the chicken and apple sausages. Lunch has to be quick and thoughtless for me. Also, you’ll see smoothies on here. Smoothies are not technically allowed on Whole 30 since they are made with lots of fruit. I try to take the below recipes, make sure they have coconut milk and I add extra veggies that compliment it. This is my slight cheat because I just can’t make a big ol breakfast every day.
Day 3: Steam/poached eggs with avocado and peppers, leftovers and Gyro Taco Salad
Day 5: Steam/Poached eggs with Avocado and peppers, salad from leftovers and steak kabobs from this recipe (using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce)
Day 7: eggs with leftover veggies from kabobs (day 5), salad from leftovers and brats with lots of sauteed veggies.