This meal plan comes with a complete grocery list. Check it out at the bottom of the post.
First off, I’m very sorry for posting the week 2 meal plan on the first day of the second week and not sooner. Friday and Saturday really caught me off guard and I didn’t spend much time near a computer. Plus, putting together the shopping list took up a lot of time.
One week down, 3.3 to go. I’m feeling much better than I felt the last time around, but I assume that’s because I have 7 extra months of paleo under my belt. When you eat better in general, the Whole30 has less of a negative impact on your body in the first week or so. Less withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and for that I am extremely thankful. I don’t feel as bummed when I have to turn away some non-Whole30 food as I did the first time. It’s easier.
However, I am not really pleased with how I handled week 1. I ate way more fruit and nuts than I intended, and didn’t stick to the schedule I set for myself. Life got in the way (as is to be expected with 2 school-age kids with after-school activities) but I hadn’t adequately prepared for the hectic schedule and my food intake suffered. Lesson learned, that’s for sure. Now if only I could get my act together this weekend in preparation of week 2…
What I learned from Week 1:
- Prepare, prepare, prepare! Last week threw a lot of curveballs at me and we wound up eating dinner out three nights in a row. I also didn’t have many veggies prepared and wound up eating too many nuts and fruit. That’s no bueno.
- I’m sick of eggs. I eat eggs every day even when I’m not on a Whole30, but not being able to balance that out with treats every now and then just made me sick of them. This week has less eggs in the schedule, especially at breakfast. It is possible to skip the eggs for breakfast. Breakfast is just another meal and you can eat anything, not just “breakfast” foods.
- Eat larger portions at meals. As I mentioned before, snacking is not supposed to be happening on the Whole30. I’ve been snacking because I was hungry between meals. I haven’t been eating enough at each meal. Time to fill up the plate.
- I can avoid temptation. I went to Five Guys and got a bunless burger. I went to Chipotle and said “no thank you” to the sour cream and rice. I didn’t eat the bread at Outback.I refused the cookie offered by my son’s football coach. If I can do this, then so can you!
As promised, here is the second weekly meal plan of my Whole30. I might not follow it to a “T”, I do have some recipes I’d like to try out for you guys so I might make some substitutions in there like I did last week with the Paleo Stuffed Peppers. I’m also testing out some non-Whole30 recipes and letting Rob and the kids be the tasters for those.
And same as last week, I’ll be posting updates and pictures on the original Whole30 blog post. It’s my little way of staying accountable to all of you, because it’s nearly impossible to cheat when I have to photograph and document everything I eat.
Whole30 Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2
|Sunday||Scrambled Eggs & Bacon||Leftover Bacon Bison Chili||Smokey Bacon Chicken Thighs & Best Roasted Veggies||“Baked” Cinnamon Apples|
|Monday||Fried Eggs & Skillet Sweet Potatoes||Leftover Smokey Bacon Chicken Thighs||Paleo Stuffed Peppers||Savory Coconut Flakes|
|Tuesday||Breakfast Sausage & Sauteed Onions/Peppers||Leftover Paleo Stuffed Peppers||Spicy Grilled Shrimp & Grilled Squash||Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs|
|Wednesday||Scrambled Eggs & Bacon||Leftover Spicy Grilled Shrimp||Artichoke Meatloaf||Mini Sweet Potato Souffles|
|Thursday||Avocado Egg Cups (recipe coming soon)||Leftover Artichoke Meatloaf||Paleo Pad Thai||Fruit|
|Friday||Egg-less Sweet Potato Hash (recipe coming soon)||Leftover Paleo Pad Thai||Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi (no honey)||Fruit or Veggies|
|Saturday||Scrambled Eggs & Fruit of Choice||Leftover Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi||Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder||Savory Coconut Flakes|
The Week 2 Meal Plan, at a glance:
Same as last week’s Meal Plan and Grocery List, keep in mind that this is all for a family of 5. Adjust the list as needed for your family.
- 15 Apples
- 1 bunch Bananas
- 2 Broccoli Crowns
- 1 Head Cauliflower
- 12-15 Brussels Sprouts
- 2-3 medium Beets
- 2 medium Zucchini
- 1 large Yellow Squash
- 7 Sweet Potatoes
- 3 lb bag of Carrots
- 6 Bell Peppers
- 4 Yellow Onions
- 1 Red Onion
- 3 bulbs Garlic
- 2 Jalapenos
- 1 lb Tomatillos
- 5 Limes
- 2 Lemons
- 5 Avocados
- 1 large Spaghetti Squash
- 2 cups Sugar Snap Peas
- Fresh Ginger
- Fresh Dill
- 3 lbs Ground Bison (or Grass-Fed Ground Beef)
- 5 lbs Uncured Bacon
- 10 Chicken Thighs, boneless/skinless
- 1 lb Ground Pork
- 1 (6-7 lb) Bone-In Pork Shoulder
- 2 lb Raw Shrimp
- 6 (6 oz) Mahi Mahi Filets (wild caught)
HERBS / SPICES
- Chipotle Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Dry Mustard
- Sea Salt
- Black Peppercorns
- 1 Vanilla Bean
- Vanilla Extract
- 5 dozen Eggs
- Olive Oil
- 3 (14.5 oz) cans Diced Tomatoes
- 1 (4 oz) can Diced Jalapenos or Diced Green Chiles
- 1 (14 oz) can Artichoke Hearts
- 1 can Black Olives, pitted
- 2 cans Coconut Milk (full-fat)
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Butter
- Coconut Aminos
- Roasted Cashews
- Sunflower or Almond Butter
- Yellow Mustard
- Rice Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Red Cooking Wine
- 4 cups Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Flax Seed Meal
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder