Anyone who has completed a Whole 30 or similar program hears this question, and it’s the one I asked before I started.
Here’s the basics of what to eat: Real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.
What not to eat: alcohol, sugar (or any added sweetener, including honey, maple syrup, etc.), grains, dairy, legumes, white potatoes. And what’s the point of such a radical change?
From the Whole 30 website:
Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
The good news is that with so many paleo blogs and Pinterest, finding ideas and recipes takes some time, but not much.
I also printed the grocery list from the Whole 30 website and was able to come up with a few ideas off the top of my head: simple ideas like steak and green beans for dinner, or eggs, bacon and fruit for breakfast.
Since you’re eating unprocessed food, you can keep prep pretty simple most of the time.
I kept track of many of my meals so I could share them with you. Keep in mind that I consider myself a picky eater. I clung to the promise from the Whole 30 website that “your tastes will change,” and it has proved true.
The point of a Whole 30, at least to me, is to reboot and pave the way to a healthier lifestyle. If I hate everything I’m eating for 30 days, I won’t be able to sustain even a less drastic version. Thankfully, I’ve really enjoyed most of my meals.
How many times have I wished not to feel that craving for something sweet after meals? How often have I cursed my lack of willpower to eat vegetables and pass on sugar? The only hope for me to break the sugar addiction was to get it out of my system long enough to stop craving it.
So what exactly have I been eating? Here’s a look with links to the sources:
- Coffee black or with coconut milk or vanilla extract
- Veggie scramble for two: 4 eggs, 2 slices bacon, 1 slice ham (diced), 1/2 diced green bell pepper, 1/2 zucchini, 1/4 cup diced onion
- Egg fried in coconut oil with 2 slices bacon or 1 slice ham with side of fruit (mandarin or raspberries usually)
- Simple smoothie: Mix of frozen strawberry, pineapple, banana, blueberries with canned coconut milk
- Pumpkin pie smoothie: canned pumpkin, one banana, coconut milk, coconut flour to thicken (but not necessary,) pepitas, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract
- To go options: boiled eggs, carrot sticks, piece of fruit, Trader Joe’s prepackaged Go Raw Trek Mix
- Piece of fruit (apple, grapes, clementine)
- Homemade apple chips
- Veggies (bell pepper, carrot sticks)
- Pumpkin “granola”
Lunch (I usually eat leftovers from dinner, but here are a couple)
- Greens with carrot rounds, canned tuna, homemade dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper
- Mashed avocado with shredded chicken and tomatoes
- Slow cooker beef stew
- Roasted spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and chicken sausage slices
- Meatloaf and garlic cauliflower “mashed potatoes”
- Roast chicken with roasted carrots and onions
- Chile verde (without the rice, tortillas and cheese, though Mike ate tortilla chips with his)
- Sausage, apple, butternut squash skillet
- Steak and green beans
- Brussels sprout skillet
- Chicken fajitas in romaine lettuce instead of tortillas (I used garlic, lime juice, chili powder, salt and pepper for marinade)
- Spiced zucchini fritters on greens
- Spinach salad with chicken, pomegranate, roasted asparagus and dressing made of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Trying this week:
- Chocolate Chili
- Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
- Shrimp Tacos
- Greek salad with chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, and no bean hummus
- Prosciutto wrapped mini frittata muffins
For more inspiration, check out my Whole 30 Pinterest board, although I’ve added some things there that are Paleo but not strictly Whole 30.
What are your impressions after seeing my meals?