Whole 30 Week 2 RecapWe officially made it through Week 2 of our January Whole 30 on Monday. I can safely say that the honeymoon phase is over. I have some great recipes but I feel like I keep going back to the same ones and we may already be getting a little tired of them. I’m used to cooking every day but I am getting a little tired of always having to be prepared for every meal. When the kids are out of school it is nice to swing by Chick-fil-a while we’re out or order a pizza on a Friday night when we just want to chill and watch a movie. I do think it will be worth it though and I love the way eating whole foods makes me feel.

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Whole 30 Cookbook

The good news is I picked up the Whole 30 Fast and Easy Cookbook at the library and hope to find some new recipes this week. I also still have a few recipes to try from my list of 14 Recipes for a Successful Whole 30.ย  Of courseย Pinterest is always helpful when I feel like I’m in a rut. I’ve saved lots of great information on my Whole 30 Pinterest Board if you want to check it out.

Here is what Week 2 looked like for us:

Day 8

  • Breakfast – Apple with Cashew Butter and Two Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Lunch – Leftover No Bean Chili with a Hard Boiled Egg and Diced Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado
  • Dinner –ย ย Taco Bowlsย made with Ground Beef Taco Meat (homemade seasoning), Riced Cauliflower, Romaine Lettuce, Guacamole and Salsa

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

  • Breakfast – Apple with Cashew Butter, Two Hard Boiled Eggs, and Sliced Cucumbers
  • Lunch – Taco Rice Bowl and an Orange
  • Dinner – Portobello Mushroom Cap topped with Marinara Meat Sauce and Salad

Day 12

  • Breakfast – Veggie Scramble, Bacon, Berries, Spinach and Diced Avocado
  • Lunch – Portobello Mushroom Cap with Meat Marinara Sauce, Salad, and Hard Boiled Egg
  • Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, and Sauteed Zucchini

Day 13

  • Breakfast – Veggie Omelet, Berries, and Apple Slices with Cashew Butter
  • Lunch – Rice Bowl (Riced Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes, Leftover Chicken, Sauteed Mushrooms and Peppers) topped with Salsa and Avocado
  • Snack – Apple Nachos
  • Dinner – Sheet Pan Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Zucchini, and Baby Potatoes served with Green Beans, Cucumber, and Avocado

Day 14

  • Breakfast – Leftover Chicken and Veggies with Two Eggs and Sliced Cucumbers
  • Lunch – Bunless Hamburger topped with Sauteed Veggies, Bacon, Guacamole, and Pickle served with Riced Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • Dinner – Chicken Taco Soup and 1/2 Baked Potato

The Bunless Burgers were a fun change this week. I think we’ll definitely do that again this weekend. Sheet pan meals are definitely a go-to for me. It is so easy to toss together some chicken or sausages, veggies, and potatoes. I’ve just been tossing it with olive oil and seasoning salt and it turns out great!

Here is what I learned during Week 2 of our Whole 30:

  • I really do not like Zucchini Noodles. We will not be doing that again.
  • According to my family, our house smells like Cracker Barrell on the weekends. We were obviously not having a full blown breakfast prior to the Whole 30.
  • It is hard not to snack on the weekends.
  • Weekday breakfasts can be a challenge when you are used to grabbing a granola bar or a smoothie between school car lines. The RX bars are compliant and really good. Whole 30 recommends that you limit these though so I try to only do that about once a week.
  • As with anything, it goes so much smoother when I am prepared. I try to bake a few potatoes and boil a dozen eggs every few days. Washing up all the fruit and veggies to have on hand is also very helpful.
  • I no longer crave a sweet treat after dinner. That is huge for me and definitely an NSV (Non-Scale Victory)!
  • Matt is already telling a difference in his clothes but I am not. That is typical though. Men usually see results quicker than women.
  • I do not recommend getting a puppy at the same time you are trying to change your lifestyle eating habits. Both involve a lot of extra effort!

Here are some of my favorite products from Week 2!

I am thrilled that we have made it this far! I am really enjoying a lot of the meals and will definitely incorporate some of them into our weekly menu plans once I am done. If you are doing the Whole 30 right now, keep it up!ย  I know it will be worth it. If you are thinking about doing, I hope you can find some good recipes and tips to get you started here.

Whole 30 Week 2 Meals, Tips and Favorite Products

8 comments on “January Whole 30 – Week 2 Recap”

  1. You had some REALLY good meals on this diet! That’s awesome! I think it’s easy to assume that a diet will be all carrot sticks and celery the whole time, but that’s just not true.

    • Thanks Kristin! Yes, I am not a fan of just eating carrot sticks and celery. This is something I can see myself continuing to do. My goal is to reset our eating habits and I think it is definitely working!

  2. Good for you for sticking with this! Eating the same things can be tiring, I get that. I’m doing a weight loss program through my hospital so I could never do something like this as we’re meant to eat every 3-4 hours, so snacks are part of that.

    -Lauren

    • Thanks Lauren! I totally get needing to eat every 3-4 hours. I have realized if I eat a nice filling meal I don’t even get hungry. Hopefully that is a habit I can keep up with after the 30 days.

    • Thanks Amy! The food is really good! I enjoy eating lots of fruits and veggies and this has helped motivate me to do that. I’ve gotten lazy in the past and not wanted to take the time to prepare them. Hopefully I can keep it up!

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