Whole30: Day 16 {Meal Plan}

Yesterday’s excitement was tainted by my almost 9 month old going on a nursing strike. In addition, she woke up long before the sun screaming to be fed, something I thought she had finally outgrown. I nursed my oldest until she was 14 months old and hoped to do the same for my baby. I am a little worried that they change in my diet could be a factor, but I am still eating plenty of calories, just better calories so I can’t logically see how that would be a problem. Part of me wonders if I am selfish for putting so much time and energy into my diet and exercise lately and that it is somehow affecting nursing.

Truthfully, I am unsure if the problem is on my end or hers. All day I have been pumping and chugging water and extra calories and trying to coax a distracted and uninterested baby into nursing for more than a few seconds. There is a small part of me that is tempted to just give in and give up nursing, to call nine months enough and allow myself to be done. It has been three years since the last time I wasn’t pregnant or nursing and that freedom is very alluring. But a bigger part of me has cried the few times I have had to supplement over the last few days.

When I sat down to write this post, I only planned to write about my meal plan, but then my nursing struggle just slipped out. It feels good to let it out. If anyone out there has any experience or advice on the matter, I am all ears.

Now that that is out of the way, here are all the dinners I have planned for this week:

Whole30 Meal Plan

Dinners:

Monday – Fend for yourself (I ended up having a breakfast salad and everyone else had grilled cheese)

Tuesday – Wedge Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing and Cracklin Chicken (see picture)

Wednesday – Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls (because I already finished off the leftovers from a few days ago and I have been craving it ever since!)

Thursday – Lettuce Wrap Burgers

Friday – Beef Stew (sub beef broth for wine to make it whole30 approved) over Crispy Potatoes

Saturday – Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Mushroom Cream Sauce Sauce (this was on last week’s meal plan but we had something quicker instead)

Sunday – Pot Roast

To see last weeks Meal Plan click here

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Whole30: Day 12

Andrew quit the Whole30 today. Breakfast has been hard for him since he gets up earlier than the rest of us and normally eats cereal. He doesn’t want to wake up earlier just so he has time to make eggs and neither one of us can come up with an egg-less breakfast idea. He choose to quit and solidified his decision by stealing a bite of our toddler’s quesadilla. Now it’s just me. However, family dinners will still be Whole30-compliant! And thankfully, no one in this family seems to mind our new dinner menu. Little ones included:

Whole30 Baby

I have been tempted to think of the Whole30 as a diet, because I don’t know anything else. But a diet couldn’t be more different. This biggest difference being, that dieting has always been about trying to be sustained with less fat and less food. Dieting forces you to keep a mental tally of everything you have had to eat that day and review that list every time you reach for something to eat. With the Whole30 I am learning to make real whole food in new, extremely satisfying ways and I don’t feel like I have to try and eat less. If anything, I am eating much more food. No tallying and no guilt! I can honestly say, no diet has ever made me feel like this.

Whole30: Day 6

How’s it going to far?

The last two days I have been grumpy and short-tempered. Most of the time I am fine, but if one little thing goes awry, then All. Hell. Breaks. Loose. I am crossing my fingers that this side effect goes away quickly! So far, the cravings have been manageable. I think this is do in part to the strictness of the program, it’s not a question of if I should indulge or how much should I indulge, the answer is simply, no.

Meal Planning and Shopping:

Today I planned all our meals for the next week and went grocery shopping. We still have a lot of meat on hand, so I mostly bought fruit and vegetables. Lately, Andrew and the girls have been eating their weight in fruit. Likely, a lot more than is recommend for the Whole30. However, as far as my girls are concerned, I have a hard time saying no to fruit, so I have started offering protein and veggies first and then finishing with fruit. (Pictured is only half of the fruit I bought, not pictured is raspberries, strawberries, grapes, nectarines, and peaches, all in Costco-sized proportions)

Whole30: Fruit bowl

I have been shocked and humbled to discover that a handful of people actually read and follow this little blog! Thank you! Since many of you are here because I am writing about my Whole30 experience, I thought it might be helpful to post my meal plan, so I am posting the rough outline I have for our dinners and veggies I have planned for this week. I tend to pick the vegetables the day of depending on what sounds good/ how much time I have. As far as breakfast goes, I am not super creative and tend to just eat some variation of eggs; scrambled with green onion, soft boiled over spinach, omelet with spinach and chicken, or hash browns and fried eggs. For lunch I have been eating left overs or taco salad but I plan to try a chicken salad with grapes, apples, and cashews over spinach sometime this week.

Dinners:

Monday – Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Tuesday – Italian Roast Chicken (again, since everyone really liked it)

Wednesday – Steak

Thursday – Artichoke Chicken Thighs

Friday – Easy Paleo Chicken Curry and Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

Saturday – Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Mushroom Cream Sauce and Quick Baked Potatoes

Sunday – Pot Roast

Vegetables:

Steamed Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, or Green beans

Salad (with Tessamae dressing)

Baked or Mashed Potatoes

Marinated Veggies – (Substitute soy sauce for coconut aminos)

Green Bean Amandine

Cauliflower Carrot Herb Mash

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots