My husband has always been a fan of restricting his diet, sometimes a little too drastically, to achieve his body goals and he has seen great success. I've always been of the kind of person who will kill themselves at the gym and then go eat a cheeseburger (Not every time of course but, if I want a burger, I eat a burger.) I do use moderation when eating and am not actually a big fan of sweets but, maybe it is going to take a little more this time around to achieve the body goals that I have in mind. I did turn 30 this year and everything I hear says that when it all starts going downhill.
After reading about the program I realized that the key to succeeding is to plan. Just like any diet, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail. So, I began to scour the internet for recipes that I felt would help me not only succeed but actually look forward to the food I would be eating. I will say that they suggest not creating whole 30 friendly food bread knock-offs like pancakes and muffins but, I am using them. The ingredients do follow the whole 30 guidelines. I know myself and if I'm not allowed to have something every once in a while that resembles bread I might not make it. My plan also includes doing A LOT of prep before we start our week including pre-cooking and preparing breakfasts, prepping veggies and organizing ingredients in ready to go "kits". I'm thinking about making a homemade version of HelloFresh boxes by pre-portioning everything in a box giving us very little prep work on our weeknights. But, that might be too ambitious so I guess I'll find out Sunday what is achievable.
My plan includes recipes like knock-off Chik-fil-A nuggets & Mustardy Kale Salad with Bacon and Sweet Potatoes, Paleo Pad Thai and Paleo Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles. I even get my chocolate fix with Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding. I'm pretty excited to try them all!
I have included my meal plan, shopping list, Sunday night prep plan AND recipes for each of the meals I will be making for week one so that you can also give the whole 30 challenge a try if you like. I'll let you know how it goes and post week two as soon as I'm finished. I plan on starting on Monday (today is Wednesday). Wish me luck! I've also included a blank menu planner if you want to do your own thing.
*My shopping list does not include a few key ingredients for seasoning and cooking because I already had them. Make sure you double check for things like coconut amino acids and coconut oil. :)