The holiday season has come on gone. On the one hand, I’m sad to have no excuse for eating all the glutinous comfort foods and sweets I could get my hands on, on the other, I’m excited to get the new year off to a healthy start.
Enter: The Whole30 eating plan…
…an awesome guide to get your health and fitness back on track!
If you’re having trouble losing weight or feel tired and unmotivated, Whole30 can be a game changer for you. You may not realize it, but there are certain foods and ingredients that are negatively affecting you on the daily, and they result in long-term consequences as well.
Stripping your body of these foods is what Whole30 is all about. It’s a system that works to cleanse your body of hormone-unbalancing, inflammatory food. You’ll feel better, look better and have more energy to take on your busy days!
What is the Whole30?
If you’re not familiar with the Whole30 eating plan, it’s based on the idea that some foods, such as sugars, dairy, grains, and legumes negatively affect our body, both physically and psychologically.
Following the Whole30 plan, you cut out all the bad-for-you foods and replace them with nutritious, natural whole foods. Over on the Whole30 website, it’s explained as a “short-term nutritional reset” completed in 30 days to wipe out unhealthy cravings, boost your metabolism and promote a healthy digestive tract and immune system.
Wholesome, natural foods include foods like eggs, veggies, fruits, almond butter, meat, and seafood. It’s not a plan that deprives you, but rather fills you up with healthy, real foods instead of processed, sugar-filled junk.
You’re not required to count or restrict calories, the main point is filling your body with good-for-you foods. By eliminating sugars, dairy, alcohol and other foods, you’ll naturally slim down as your body will be less inflamed and irritable. The plan aims to get your body back to its healthy, natural state and recharge from there.
You can check out all the Whole30 rules here, but stay away from legumes (including peanuts!), soy, alcohol, refined and added sugars, dairy, MSG, sulfates, and grains. These are the foods that lead to inflammation and are psychologically unhealthy.
You are NOT allowed to weigh or measure yourself while going through the program! You can weigh yourself before and after to see your results, however, during the program you’re encouraged to focus on how you feel and the benefits the whole foods are bringing to your body.
If you’re looking to read up on the Whole30 and want some delicious recipe options, make sure to check out the following books:
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond
30 Day Whole Food Challenge: Award Winning Recipes Guaranteed to Drop Weight.
The 1-Week Mean Plan
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a 1-week meal plan just for you! We’ve included breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes for each day of the week so you can start the plan off right! You’ll quickly notice that there is still so much you can eat when you eliminate the foods that are bad for you.
The beginning of the year is a great time to reset your eating habits for the year ahead. After seeing how much better you feel (and how many options you have) on the Whole30 plan you’ll likely want to eat more whole foods all the time! So why not start now?
The recipes below can be re-used, saved for leftovers, or prepared in batch so you don’t have to keep buying tons of different ingredients. The options are endless with the Whole30 eating plan so go ahead and get started now!
Breakfast: Skillet Roasted Breakfast Veggies (Little Coconutty)
Lunch: Turkey Avocado BLT Salad (Pink When)
Dinner: Paleo Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce (Noshtastic)
Snacks: Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (Hip2Save)
Breakfast: Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg in a Hole (Eat the Gains)
Lunch: Lettuce Wrap Tacos (Thank You Honey Blog)
Dinner: Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork with Pineapple Coleslaw (Primally Inspired)
Snacks: Buffalo-Style Cashews (That Paleo Couple)
Breakfast: Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl (The Almond Eater)
Lunch: Chicken Shawarma (My Natural Family)
Dinner: Fajita Chicken Salad (The Pinning Mama)
Snacks: Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches (Skinny MS)
Breakfast: Roasted Coconut and Chocolate Homemade Larabars (Wicked Spatula)
Lunch: Bacon Deviled Egg Salad (Bunches o Lunches)
Dinner: Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Brussel Sprouts (Chocolate Salad)
Snacks: Tex Mex Salsa (Skinny MS)
Breakfast: Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins (Paleo Running Momma)
Lunch: Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls (Physical Kitchness)
Dinner: Tropical Chicken Burgers (Laughing Spatula)
Snacks: Homemade Baked Banana Chips (Diethood)
Breakfast: Banana Chia Pudding (Our Paleo Life)
Lunch: Whole30 Chicken Tenders (Little Bits Of)
Dinner: Roasted Paleo Butternut Squash Soup with Apple (Noshtastic)
Snacks: Family Favorite Guacamole (The Whole Cook)
Breakfast: Grain Free, Dairy Free Cinnamon Apple Porridge (The Nourishing Home)
Lunch: Shrimp Scampi Zoodles (Pink When)
Dinner: Simple Chicken Curry (My Natural Family)
Snacks: Salty Zucchini Chips (Life Made Full)
There you have it, your 1-week meal guide to start off the Whole30 eating plan! The recipes are just as delicious as they are healthy, so you can feel good about whipping them up for you and your family! Good luck!
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