Starting tomorrow, Jeff and I are going to be following the Whole 30 clean eating program for the next 30 days. I heard about this program from some other bloggers on Instagram, and lots of them have had great success using this program to improve their health. When I checked out the Whole 30 website, the program actually sounded doable, so Jeff and I decided to give it a shot.
I’m going to be sharing our experiences as we follow the program, and I’ll share recipes that are Whole 30 approved. We’re hoping this program will kind of “reset” us, help establish some healthy habits, and curb our cravings for carbs and sweets.
I read tons of things on the Whole 30 website this weekend and used their free printable shopping list to go to the grocery store this afternoon.
I had a budget of $100, and I only went over that by about $10, so I was pretty pleased (my biggest concern for this challenge was the expense of buying all clean foods). Here’s what I got for our first week of the challenge (I already had staples like chicken breasts and broccoli in my freezer):
- Apples (golden delicious, Granny Smith, gala, and red delicious)
- Onions (white and red)
- Green onion
- Bell pepper
- Russet potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- Red potatoes
- Ground chuck
- Lean stew beef
I’m totally horrible at diets, so I am currently cleaning out my kitchen of any foods that are not allowed (sugars, breads, processed food, soda). Am I the only one who eats those foods like crazy the day before something like this? I think I’ve had three handfuls of chocolate chips while I’ve been going through the fridge.
I’m doing meal planning tonight. I started by making a batch of Whole 30 approved taco seasoning from Emily Eats Real Food’s blog (click the link for the recipe).
I cooked a large batch of meat for tacos tonight and to use for taco salads for a few meals this week. This taco seasoning is SO good!
I also spent some time prepping my fruits and veggies for the week so I can cut down on meal prep time when it’s time to cook.
So far, the thing that has me the most baffled is what to eat for breakfast. This is easy for Jeff, because he loves eggs. I don’t. I normally eat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast or grab a granola bar on my way out the door. Since all of those foods are no-nos, I’m really not sure what to eat. I’m going to try a fruit salad and some walnuts tomorrow and see if that’s filling enough. If not, I’ll have to figure out how to get some protein in there.
For lunch tomorrow, I made a salad with lettuce, spinach, avocado, red onion, bell pepper, and pineapple. I’m going to heat up some taco meat and toss that on top.
I’m planning to grill some chicken and make roasted veggies for dinner tomorrow night, and I’ll probably make a lot of extra so I can have leftovers for lunch throughout the week.