I’ll be honest, I’m not really one of those New Year’s “resolutions” type of people. I prefer to just set healthy goals year-round, not limiting myself to waiting for a specific time of year to start fresh. Time is relative and why should we bother waiting for the “right” time to start over? But all that said, here I am, January 1st just a day away, and I’m “resolving” to start the new year better than I’m ending the old one.
The holidays have been rough on my self-control. I’ve upset myself on enough occasions and know that I need to get my nutrition back in check. It’s easy for me to blame my job on my lack of getting to the gym or having the time to plan and prepare nutritious meals, but the fact of the matter is this: I’m just being lazy. So, it’s time to reset, and what better way to do that than with a Whole30?
I have had success twice before and know that although it will be tough in the beginning (possibly really tough this time around) that in the end it is always worth it. It’s not just my body that benefits, but my mind as well. I have more control over my food, instead of food having control over me. It’s actually quite a magical effect and I’m looking forward to feeling it by the end of the month.
Ideally, I won’t be on this journey alone. I asked you on Facebook if you’d be joining me and based on your responses, it looks like I won’t have to do this on my own. I’m looking forward to seeing your success as well and hope you’ll share it with me on Facebook, here in the comments, and on Instagram as well. If you do share your Whole30® journey on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #OPLwhole30.
To get you started, it might help you to check out my past Whole30 blog posts and read about what exactly it is, as well as some tips that will help you succeed:
- You’ve Made The Decision To Try Paleo, Now What?
- My Whole30 Experience
- The Whole30 – A 30 Day Visual Guide to Clean Eating
You may notice that the following meal plan does not include any snacks like my previous Whole30 meal plans included. This is because technically, snacking isn’t really something you should do while on a Whole30. Just be sure you’re getting enough food at each meal (which may be hard at first) and you won’t need to snack. If you do feel the need to eat something between meals, I prefer to keep cut-up veggies on hand so I’ve got something easy and quick nearby and I am not tempted to grab something non-Whole30.
Whole30 Weekly Meal Plan: Week 1
|Day 1||Fried Eggs, Sweet Potato Hashbrowns1, and Breakfast Sausage Patties||Chicken Bacon Salad w/ Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar||Taco Salad|
|Day 2||Aidell’s Sausage (or other Whole30-approved sausage), Sauerkraut, and Bell Peppers2||Leftover Taco Salad||50/50 Bacon Bison Burgers & Skillet Sweet Potatoes|
|Day 3||Egg Muffins||Leftover 50/50 Bacon Bison Burgers||Coconut Curry Chicken w/ Cauliflower Rice3 & Egg Drop Soup|
|Day 4||All-Day Frittata||Leftover Coconut Curry Chicken||Beefy Ratatouille|
|Day 5||Leftover All-Day Frittata||Leftover Beefy Ratatouille||Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder & Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts4|
|Day 6||Pork Scramble5||Leftover Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder & Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts4||Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken & Best Roasted Veggies|
|Day 7||Fried Eggs, Sweet Potato Souffle, & “Baked” Cinnamon Apples||Chicken Bacon Salad w/ Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar||Creamy Lemon Artichoke Chicken|
The Week 1 Meal Plan, at a glance:
Meal Plan Week 1 Grocery List
Please note that this grocery list is for 2 adults and 3 children. We eat a lot of eggs, that is not a typo. If you will not be feeding 5 people, adjust the recipes and grocery list accordingly. Also, this Grocery List doesn’t include any snacks since they’re not included in the Meal Plan. Add some extra produce to account for your own snacks.
Get the rest of the Weekly Meal Plans here: