Meal Planning: Whole30 Week 1

Tomorrow I start the Whole30 program. It's based on the book It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig. I downloaded the Nook book for my ipad and have been a reading fool. Very interesting information, and it makes total sense! In a nutshell you basically do a 30 day re-set. Eliminate ALL Sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes and dairy for 30 days. You eat real food; meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, healthy oils nuts and seeds. Foods that are nutrient-dense.

I'm excited to start tomorrow and have already learned a few things.

  1. I can NOT have nuts on this plan. Yes, technically you are ALLOWED nuts on the plan, but I can't have them. I have issues with portion control when it comes to nuts, so it's best to just not have them around.
  2. PLAN PLAN PLAN. I am such a planner, but have been slacking in the food planning department lately. Maybe slacking isn't a good word. L.A.Z.Y. is a better word. Undecided  I spent a great deal of time yesterday planning out our dinners for this week, and then shopping for the ingredients.
  3. Going along with food planning, is food prep. I will spend some time today cooking, dicing, and just generally being PRODUCTIVE with my time.
  4. Being a creature of habit when it comes to MY meals, I will likely have the SAME thing for breakfast and lunch this week. Breakfast will be this amazing sweet potato hash I made this morning, with 2 hard-boiled eggs...maybe 3, I have to check my palm size, and some avocado slices. Lunch will be a mixed green salad with protein and avocado for my healthy fat.


Without further ado, here is our dinner plan for the week: And yes I said OUR. My children will be eating this too.

Monday- Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad

Tuesday-Guacamole Burger

Wednesday-Sun dried tomato basil meatballs

Thursday- Garlic Shrimp

Friday-Mustard Crusted Salmon

I've created a Pinterest board here and will continue to add meals throughout the 30 days.

I'm ready for this challenge, and looking forward to the support from my group at CrossFit En Fuego.


Have you ever done the Whole30 challenge?? What was your experience? Do you meal plan??

Comments (16) -

  • Tif
    That hash looks so yummy!  Are you abandoning the Virgin Diet for this or incorporating? I noticed you mentioned eggs-is that something you're reintroducing or are you just switching over?
  • Kat
    Great week - I like that you're always challenging yourself to new workouts!
  • I love to meal plan, even wrote today's post about the upcoming week. I have never done the Whole30 challenge but I followed along Caroline's posts as she did it. I look forward to following along with you as you take on this challenge. I know you'll do great!
  • I've never done a Whole 30. Some of the things that you can' have (beans) intimidate me. I have hypothyroidism, and I really need to cut out all gluten. I'm also starting to eliminate sugar and processed foods. Today was definitely a cheat day, but I did it for 5 full days before that. I'd also like to cut dairy...but with all of this cutting I'm just not sure what I'll be eating. And I don't know how you'll eliminate nuts. Though I have portion control with them too I couldn't eliminate them completely. Have you seen those pre-portioned pouches?
  • Tif
    Just thought I'd pop on and tell you that you inspired me to sit John down and plan our dinners for the week. Wrote them down and everything-and I don't even need to do any shopping because they all worked in with the produce we bought yesterday!
  • I am having trouble viewing how you make the sweet potato hash
  • I abandoned the Virgin Diet ;) The Whole30 is quite similar, just eliminating a few more things like all grains, beans, and then adding back in eggs.
  • I love beans! That's going to be hard for me. But I made sure I had my fill of all my favorite foods yesterday (beans and beer) and I'm now ready to start! Smile
  • I just cubed up 3 large sweet potatoes, 2 green peppers, one red onion, fresh basil, rosemary and oregano (all spices grown in my garden) and mixed it all together with 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil and baked at 425 until potatoes were soft.
  • Your meals sound delicious. I would definitely have a hard time going without beans as I eat those probably ever day. Good luck on this Whole30 challenge. I love to do challenges I think they are so much fun.
  • I'm doing the Whole30 right now and love it.  Planning is SO important!  Looks like you got that down though Smile
  • Those meatballs look incredible!  Yum!  Totally pinned that!  Good luck on this diet!  I am excited for you!  Am currious...What happens after the 30 days?  What do you follow next?  Is it supposed to be such an amazing, life-altering change that you stick with this lifestyle?  
  • Pretty much, Denise. LOL. They say you can drink tequila and start adding in some foods that have small amounts of sugar.
  • I am on Day 1 of Whole 30 - SO glad I found your blog!  I too plan on doing the same things for breakfast and lunch for simplicity but was stumped on switching things up for dinner.  Your blog has solved that problem for me!  Thank you!!!  Smile
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