This week marked the halfway point of our Whole30 journey! We are feeling good and I’m proud that we haven’t slipped up so far. Here are our thoughts so far:
- Well Rounded Meals
- Sitting Down to Breakfast starts the day off right
- Making Healthy Choices
- Becoming more aware of the hidden sugars and ingredients lurking in processed foods
- No more headaches
- Less Craving
- Fewer trips to the grocery store with a solid meal plan
- Discovered foods we didn’t know we would like
- Lot’s of meal prep
- Expensive grocery bills – organic foods are killer!
- Turning on the oven in 90 degree weather…
- Lack of motivation to create a full meal after a long day (this is when we used to fall into the takeout habit)
- So. Many. Dishes
Honestly we haven’t noticed any of the main things we were looking for, ie: more energy, better sleep at night, clearer skin, etc. And we obviously won’t know whether there was any weight loss until the end. Overall the pros outweigh the cons, but there certainly haven’t been any life changing moments.
On to the meal plan!
We are continuing to use our meal planning app, which is a great way to keep us on target and share meals for the week. This is not endorsed, but we are using the free version of “Meal Planner” from the apple store. I give it 2 thumbs up. You will see meals being repeated, we are falling back into comfort zones, easy meals, and ones we have found we really enjoy. I don’t have photos for every meal, just the new or really great ones!
Without further delay… da photos:
We have received some skepticism regarding how there could possible be a “whole” hotdog, aren’t they super processed food? The best brand we have found is Applegate. Again, NOT endorsed, we just love them. Applegate creates natural and organic meats. Here is their label, which shows that the hotdogs are made from grass fed beef and other simple ingredients. No preservatives, no antibiotics, no added sugar, no nitrates. We highly recommend them, not the easiest brand to find, but we found them at Wegmans.
We had a lot of really good meals this week, and a lot of repeated meals. But I think that is ok. I am finally getting comfortable with the ingredients I can use that I’ve been able to branch out from just strictly following recipes, which has felt pretty good. Would you like to see some recipes on a later post? Let me know if you do, I would be happy to share!