I’ve (successfully) completed three rounds of Whole30 and while I’m contemplating another one, I decided to do a few week break from alcohol and sugar – strategically, around the weeks of Halloween so I don’t eat all the candy – okay, all the Reese’s!
What I’ve learned from it time and time again is that when you change your habits and when you consider how food is capable of making you feel, even when you get off track, you’ll get yourself back on because you know how good you CAN feel!
If you’re new to the Whole30 or have used on/off diets, I promise you if you commit to it, this isn’t another diet craze, it’s about changing habits. You can read more about how I’ve changed my regular habits over the last several years and how that’s really changed my life. I was definitely overweight years ago, a good 35 pounds heavier than I am now. And actually, the Whole30 is not what made me lose weight. I had done that several years ago through more portion control and changing to some better habits overall, but I knew I still wasn’t really eating RIGHT or eating very well.
I’m grateful for the habits I’ve changed based on what I’ve learned over the last three years but that doesn’t mean I never eat ice cream or buy store bought salad dressing anymore. It does mean, overall I eat A L O T better. I check the ingredients – not calories – the ingredients, in my store bought purchases and I know when my body needs a reset. And here’s the important part – not necessarily because what the scales says but because of what my body is telling me.
So if you’re considering Whole30 or just are looking to make a switch to eating cleaner but aren’t a chef or feel super confident in the kitchen, here are 5 meals to give you a glimpse of how simple and delicious it can be. These are staples our weekly meal planning lists!
- Chicken sausage and veggies – honestly, no rocket science here and I’m not even go to link you to a recipe. Find a great chicken sausage like Aidells chicken and apple sausage that has very little ingredients. This one is Whole30 approved. I cut it up, add it to a skillet with a little ghee or avocado oil. Then add veggies like broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, etc. with a little salt and pepper and that’s it! I like to use this for lunches on the weekends or for a night after we’re getting back home from traveling because it’s so quick and easy.
- Taco bowl – again, I really don’t use a recipe for this but will link you to one I’ve used. I make my taco meat without the taco seasoning packet (if you’ve never checked your ingredients, you may want to). The link will take you to a seasoning you can make on your own, but nowadays, I just add a bunch of paprika with garlic powder, onion powder and a little chili powder and salt to season my own meat in the skillet. I eat the meat over lettuce with tomatoes, avocado, guac, fresh salsa and bell peppers. That’s typically all. If I’m not officially doing Whole30, I add in some tortilla chips but take it easy.
- Burgers sans grain bun – I typically add guacamole, tomatoes and caramelized onions to mine. Here’s a great recipe for inspiration. If you don’t want to use a fork, wrap your burger in some large leaf lettuce or even cut up a red bell pepper to create a fun bun.
- Blackened fish – I’m still not a huge seafood lover, but I am a spice lover! Use this blackening season in your recipe to spice your fish and serve with veggies and a potato, or serve it over a salad.
- Sloppy Joe sweet potatoes – simply leave out the coconut sugar (I never add it) and you’ll be impressed with this simple recipe! (And if you don’t already, you’ll eat so many more sweet potatoes with things than you used to. I didn’t even really like them before.)
Enjoy your yummy meals and remember, eating well doesn’t have to take too much time or effort. Just some new inspiration and a focused mentality to look at what you’re cooking each day. Cheers, friends!