The month of January flew by…can’t believe our Whole30 is coming to an end this week! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the best way to reset going into a new year. I feel awesome, have great energy, am sleeping better, and my sugar cravings are gone! All Non Scale Victories! I’m working on a post for this coming week, talking about personal NSVs, comparing my starting point with Whole30 back in March 2013 to now, so be on the lookout for that…
Was January a mellow, easy month? Not at all! Our schedule was very full, between work, school, kids, and family. But, I can honestly say that taking care of my body and focusing on consuming nutrient dense foods makes a huge difference in how I handle everyday stressors! I notice an increased ability to focus in general and feel relaxed in my relationship with food, and it extends to other areas of my life. I’m able to cope more gracefully with stress, and feel more motivated and capable. It’s a great feeling!
Day 30 is Tuesday, February 7th!
Most meals will remain Whole30 this week, as you probably noticed. I’ll start the reintroduction on Wednesday. (I chose the Fast Track plan because prior to starting I’d had some skin issues and I want to see if I can figure out what’s behind the problem. I’ll be talking about this at length in a future post!)
Fast Track is a 10 day reintroduction schedule, where you keep everything Whole30, while adding non-Whole30 foods back in systematically. Be sure to read more about this in the Whole30 book (p. 47) or online for more details, if you skip it you’re missing out on valuable information! The Slow Roll option is also a good one if you want to keep going and add foods back in more gradually.
This week’s menu, recipes, and links are listed below…
Prepping a few proteins, veggies, and sauces on Sunday makes life easier for the rest of the week! I’m going to do the same thing I did last week.
Monday: Green Salads with Chicken, Baked Potato Wedges, and Ranch
Super basic but we love it! Mondays are our busiest after school day, so dinner needs to be as simple as possible…most of this is prepped and ready to go thanks to Sunday Meal Prep. Just reheat the chicken!)
- Start with a bag or two of your favorite salad greens.
- Add any veggies you like…we do a build your own salad bar and everyone makes one to suit their taste. I usually have cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, olives, and bell pepper available.
- Add chicken
- Top with Whole30 Dump Ranch
Tuesday: Meatloaf and Baked Brussels Sprouts
Love this healthy comfort food recipe…haven’t made it in a while! Both recipes can be found through the link above. Sometimes we add sweet potatoes wedges or a green salad on the side.
Wednesday: Curried Chicken Salad
This chicken salad is amazing. It reminds me of the chicken salad at one of my favorite cafes in Dallas, Number One, that closed its doors. I was bummed I couldn’t get their curry chicken salad anymore, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe from Performance Paleo! I tweak the recipe a bit to add in a few more fave chicken salad elements. I’ll make extra so I’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day!
- 2 lbs cooked chicken lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, diced into small pieces.
- 3 stalks celery, sliced diagonally
- 1 cup red grapes, halved
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds or walnuts
- 1/2 tbsp hot or mild yellow curry powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
- 1/4 cup homemade Whole30 Mayo or store bought (I like the one from Primal Kitchen.) You can add more to your liking…
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stir until everything is combined and well coated.
Delicious served in lettuce wraps or over a bed of arugula and spinach.
Thursday: Mexican Cauli Rice Bowls
An easy dinner the entire family loves…everyone builds their own bowl! (I’ll use all ground beef and skip the chorizo listed in the recipe.)
Friday: Dining Out!
If you did the Whole30 with me this month, I’d love to hear more about your experience! Feel free to comment below. I’ll also be sharing my reintroduction on instagram stories (@loubiesandlulu) and in my private Whole30 Facebook group, be sure to join us there if you haven’t already! Thinking about doing a facebook live or instagram story q + a this week, about the Whole30, so send your questions my way and I’ll answer them there…
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!