The home stretch! Week 3 is almost over and now there are only 9 days left. Things are going good over here, and I haven’t caved yet, thank goodness. I know a lot of people go into a Whole30 wanting or expecting to lose weight (in addition to the more primary goal of of resetting your nutrition and getting rid of cravings), but as of yet, I haven’t lost weight on my previous two challenges. Weight loss isn’t really my main purpose in doing a Whole30 anyway, but of course it’s not a terrible side-effect.
At the end, on Day 31, I already know I’m going to want to reward myself. The problem with that mentality is that “reward” is almost always synonymous with “food”. We often think “Wow, I did such a great job, I deserve some ice cream” and that basically defeats the purpose.
So rather than a food-related reward for working so hard the last 30 days, why not reward yourself with something you’ve been wanting. This doesn’t have to be something tangible, just whatever you want. Personally, I would love to get some new clothes, food props, go out on a (kidless) date with my husband, or get a massage. You get the idea, something that appeals to you but that isn’t food. We’re not dogs, we don’t need treats for good behavior.
So now that I’ve gotten that bit off my chest, on to the Week 4 Meal Plan. Again, no snacks listed, and by now you shouldn’t need them. You should be eating enough at each meal to satisfy you until it’s time to eat again. And as always, don’t forget to check in and share along the way over on Facebook and Instagram. If you post any pics of anything related to your Whole30 on Instagram, be sure to use the #OPLwhole30 so I can follow along.
** Quantity Disclaimer**
My meal plan and subsequent grocery list is intended for my family of 5. Yes, we eat a lot of eggs, yes, we go through a lot of food. These quantities are intended for 4.5 people (our 4-year-old doesn’t eat a full portion… yet), so if you don’t need to prepare for that many people, adjust accordingly so you’re not working too hard or wasting any food.
Whole30 Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4
||Fried Eggs & Breakfast Sausage||Leftover Smokey Bacon Chicken Thighs & Mixed Greens Salad1||Chicken Broccoli Bake|
||Chicken Bacon Ranch Omelette||Leftover Chicken Broccoli Bake||Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi & Asparagus Potato Hash|
||Fiesta Scrambled Eggs & Country Potatoes||Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups||Salmon Cakes & Guacamole|
||Leftover Salmon Cakes with Fried Eggs||Chicken Bacon Salad||Paleo Spaghetti Sauce & Zucchini Noodles|
||Sweet Potato Souffle, Fried Eggs, & “Baked” Cinnamon Apples||Leftover Spaghetti (make fresh Zucchini Noodles)||Beefy Ratatouille|
||Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, & 1/2 Bell Pepper||Leftover Beefy Ratatouille||Creamy Chicken “Noodle” Soup|
||Spicy Egg Muffins||Leftover Creamy Chicken “Noodle” Soup||Pork Shoulder & Skillet Sweet Potatoes|
||Fiesta Scrambled Eggs & Fresh Fruit||Leftover Pork Shoulder||Cinnamon Lemon Pepper Chicken & Best Roasted Veggies|
The Week 4 Meal Plan, at a glance:
Meal Plan Week 4 Grocery List
Please note that this grocery list is for 2 adults and 3 children. 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: