We 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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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. Of course 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.
Whole 30 Meal Plan
Here is what Week 2 looked like for us:
- 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 – Taco Bowls made with Ground Beef Taco Meat (homemade seasoning), Riced Cauliflower, Romaine Lettuce, Guacamole and Salsa
- Breakfast – RX Bar with Berries, Cucumber, and Hard Boiled Egg
- Lunch – Leftover Sausage and Veggies, Two Eggs, Spinach and Arugula with Dump Ranch
- Dinner – Sheet Pan Pork Sausage, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, and Peppers with Salad
- Breakfast – Leftover Pork Sausage, Apples, Sweet Potatoes and Peppers with Two Eggs, Berries, Cucumber and Avocado
- Lunch – Same as Breakfast
- Dinner – Zucchini Spirals topped with Marinara Meat Sauce and Salad
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
Whole 30 Lessons Learned
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 Barrel 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!
Favorite Whole 30 Products
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! 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. Be sure to check out Week 3 for even more recipes and products!