Easy Whole30 Meal plan.
Well, we are starting Whole30 again! While we have not really re-gained any of the weight- we feel like puffed marshmallows over here after the holidays and our trip to Disneyland. We indulged daily Y’ALL! So back to it we need to reset and start fresh this 2017- if you’re not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation, or my beginners guide here. Here is my humble and brief summary from a three-time veteran of Whole30.
What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes are eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients- then you reintroduce and see which if all or none affect your body personally. For us Gluten and Dairy are troublesome little boogers.
Things You Should Know About our Whole30 Meal Plan
The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Monday’s dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our schedule.
I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes every evening. I wish there was room in our budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. Some how I never find the time to make complicated recipes and our budget is so dismal at the moment it has to be cheap – such is life !
If you’re looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy person who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place! Here is a basic one week sample.
Behold, The Busy Person’s Whole30 Meal Plan.
- To reduce costs– eat less meat more veggies. Make sure you are hitting your protein goal, but really your needed meat intake isn’t the oz you think it is.
- Eggs– Learn to love them. SO cheap and you can make them for any meal in many forms. My new favorite is over easy eggs with Primal Mayo on top, with a side of sautéed veggies – sounds weird but is HEAVENLY.
- Plan, prep, and package- If you don’t put in a little effort it is SO easy to get derailed. On whole30.com there is so many partners with prepackaged Whole30 meals or emergency meal replacements – I used a couple of systems my first whole30 when I was working- it was EXPENSIVE but worth it for me back then.
- Support– The easiest way to complete your first whole30 successfully is find your support system! If you don’t have anyone willing to join you, let me know I have a Whole30 Facebook group to help provide what your inner circle may not be ready to.
Whole30 seems intimidating at times but it is SO worth the 30 days. Any ideas for meals on the cheap I missed? What are your thoughts on whole30?