Hello Everyone! If you follow me on social media, you know I started the Whole30 this past Monday!
I wanted to do the Whole30 to kickstart healthier living, and just a healthier lifestyle in general. The stress over the past 2 years has shown through my weight, and just I want to be healthy!
If you are looking for something to try, I would recommend this. I am on Day 7, and am feeling SO good.
Reading the book helped me get a really good idea of what to expect, and what to do. You can find it here!
Last Saturday, I spent the morning planning, looking for the best recipes, and looking through my Whole30 books. I found so many things I wanted to try! Eating healthy doesn’t mean boring. These recipes sound AMAZING, even my husband wanted to try them!
I am going to share with you all my wins and losses throughout the week, along with my meal plan and shopping list. With these items, I hope it gives you the tools you need to succeed on this journey!
Grocery Shopping and Meal Prep
I normally only go grocery shopping every other week, but with the Whole30 I am going weekly so I can have the freshest produce available!
Once I looked through Pinterest, Blogs, and my Recipe Books I decided on what we were going to make. I put it into a spreadsheet to plan, and then used a separate spreadsheet as my grocery list.
I always look at the ads to see which store has the best deals for the week. I shop between Aldis, Hyvee, and Target! Hyvee almost always has coupons through their app, and their FuelSavers are AMAZING – I save a lot of money on gas just from shopping here. I have saved $36.59 so far this year!
Who doesn’t love shopping at Target? Their Cartwheel app is really great! I have saved $200.29 this year through Cartwheel!
I also use Drop and Ibotta as money savers as well!
With Drop, I just connect my debit card, and I earn points back from shopping at certain stores – Target is one of them! You save up those points to earn different gift cards. By doing this, I have earned $140 in different gift cards since last year!
You can sign up for Drop using my code “mq3wh” to get $5 when you sign up!
Ibotta is also another great app! I look to see what deals they have before shopping to see if any of the things I am purchasing is listed on there. They also have “any item” options, where you easily get money back. This money will in turn go towards gift cards. I have a lifetime earnings of $73.88 with Ibotta!
You can sign up for Ibotta using my code “yaudoeo” to get $5 when you sign up here also!
Once I look at all of these offers and deals, I set out to go shopping!
Flat Leaf Spinach – $1.59
Olive Oil Spray – $1.49
Broccoli Crowns – $1.39
Romaine Hearts – $2.19
Fresh Green Beans x2 – $3.18
Red and Orange Peppers (Package of 3) – $3.29
Red Grapes – $5.07
Green Peppers (Package of 3) – $2.29
Cucumber x3 – $1.35
Grape Tomatoes – $2.89
Zucchini – $2.62
Lemons (bag) – $2.99
Organic Chicken Broth x2 – 3.78
Baby Bella Mushrooms x2 – $2.38
Garlic (3 heads) – $1.39
Celery – $1.29
Fresh Chicken Breasts (5lbs) – $10.94
Diced Tomatoes – $0.69
Wild Caught Salmon – $3.99
White Onions – $1.99
Tomato Paste – $0.45
Red Onions – $1.89
Nectarines – 1.78
Riced Cauliflower – $ 1.89
Paprika – $0.99
Organic Dried Thyme – $2.69
Ice Mountain Sparkling Water (3 cases) $9
Red Potatoes (3lbs) – $6.29
Russet Potatoes (5lbs) – $3.99
Franks Hot Sauce – $4.79
Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce $5.97 *I don’t normally get my sauces at Target, I get them through Thrive Market.
Skirt Steak – $9..51
Turkey Sausage – $5.29
Eggs (30) – $2.29
Breakfast: Apple with 2 TBSP of Almond Butter and Coffee
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Bowls – I followed this recipe, except I packed my veggies separately because I wanted a hot lunch! So I did add an extra package of cauliflower rice. This was delicious. It made 4 lunches total.
Dinner: Italian Sausage Potato Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner – I followed this recipe pretty closely, I did use turkey sausage instead though. I prepped all of the potatoes and fresh broccoli on my Saturday meal prep day. This was great to be prepared, however, there was a lot of water when I dumped the bag onto the sheet pan. So I would suggest only prepping the veggies, and then seasoning them when you put them on the pan so you can remove the moisture.
Breakfast: 2 pan fried eggs with sautéed peppers.
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Bowls – see Day 1
Dinner: Lemon Basil Chicken – This was something I came up with on my own, recipe listed below. This was pretty good, but I was definitely missing the fresh basil! Served with oven roasted fresh green beans and potatoes.
Lemon Basil Chicken
- 6 chicken breasts
- 1 lemon sliced
- 3 tablespoons of ghee
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp of dried basil
- 1/2 tbsp of black pepper
- salt to taste
Throw all ingredients in a bag and mix around. Use bag to store and use for another night, or you can make chicken right away.
Turn oven on to 425 degrees, place chicken on tray with one slice of lemon on each chicken and put in oven for about 40 minutes.
Breakfast: Two eggs and Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: Leftovers of the Lemon Basil Chicken with Veggies
Dinner: Pepper, Onion, and Mushroom Egg Scramble – Jurgen helped me make dinner this night, he has been SO helpful and patient with me starting school
Breakfast: Leftover Egg scramble from the night before and Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: Whole30 bowl from Chipotle! Seriously, this was so good and something easy since I didn’t have any thing prepared for lunch.
Dinner: This dinner that I planned was a complete FAIL! Haha! I planned to make a marinated skirt steak with potatoes and broccoli. My skirt steak was a giant salt bomb. We tried to eat it, but couldn’t *facepalm*
So I made a completely different meal .. Chicken Thai Red Curry with Zucchini Noodles. This was delicious, and super easy! I should have just made this to start with. I topped it with some fresh basil.
Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Curry
Dinner: Ate at in-laws. I have to be honest, I cheated a little with the tortilla, and crema. Am I going to start over my 30 days? No.
I am sharing this with you to be transparent.
Day 6 was a complete failure.
I didn’t prepare, and so I ate something I shouldn’t have out of desperation in my hangry state – Chicken Lo Mein.
I started the day wanting to be successful, I ruined my coffee, and was running late so I didn’t eat breakfast. I didn’t get home until 1pm, I still hadn’t eaten and I wasn’t in a good mood. Jurgen wanted chinese food, so we ordered some.
I barely ate any, and I felt myself getting a headache from what I am guessing was the MSG.
I failed at preparing, and paid for it with a headache.
For dinner, I did much better! We went to my parents, and I had a piece of grilled salmon with steamed broccoli and a baked potato with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper
Breakfast: 2 eggs and Nitro Cold Brew from Starbucks
Lunch: Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast from The Whole30 Slow Cooker cook book (Page 101)
Dinner: I haven’t had it yet, but it will be compliant 😉
Yes, I know this was a lot, but I truly hope it helps someone!
I have survived my first week of the Whole30. I have made mistakes, but I am still moving forward. I am not going to beat myself up over it.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Good luck with your Whole30 and Meal Planning endeavors!