Menu Plan Monday: The Whole 30 Program

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fruit saladI just finished day six of The Whole30 Program!

Some days are hard, but for the most part it has not been as bad as I thought.  It does take a lot of meal planning.

What have I been eating?  A lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.

What have I not been eating?  Sugar, processed food, grains, dairy and alcohol.

I do miss my chai tea and a glass of wine.  But, I’ve found my trigger points…stress.  At night when I am on my own and making dinner, helping with homework and doing the bedtime routine, I’d love to sit down and eat a big piece of chocolate cake and drink a glass of wine!  Instead, I’ve been keeping fresh fruit on hand to satisfy my craving.  Or a sweet potato with walnuts and cinnamon.  Surprisingly, it has helped.

Something else that has helped?  You will think I’m crazy, but you may thank me later.  When I am stressed and want to scream, I leave the room and do a round of speed bags…sounds like drugs right?!  You know when you hit a hanging punching bag over and over super fast?  That’s a speed bag.  I hit an imaginary one while I count to fifty.  It wears you out and is an amazing stress reliever.  I even taught the kids.

They think I’m nuts.

On to the menu for this week…

chicken salad plateWell Fed Chocolate Chili

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins with Paleo Broccoli Salad

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy with Green Beans, Mashed Cauliflower and Raw Carrots

Turkey Burgers, Avocado Slices, Salsa and Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Meat Sauce

Chicken Fajitas with Green Peppers, Onions, Avocado and Salsa with Salad

What do you have for breakfast if you can’t have your beloved oatmeal with fruit every day?  I love my steel cut oats…

I’ve had scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, with mushrooms, with kale, with chard and with salsa.  When I get sick of eggs, I have a sweet potato with cinnamon and walnuts.  Another option is fresh fruit salad.  I love bananas, blueberries and pineapples at the moment.

If you still need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out the Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!

Have you tried The Whole30 Program?  How did it go?  What advice do you have?  Leave me a comment!









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