Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 3
I've made it to Week #3 of the Whole30 Eating plan! Can I get a HIGH FIVE and a WOOT WOOT! 🙂 Seriously, it hasn't been bad at all, which in fact, I am enjoying myself quite considerably. Shockingly I am eating much more food than I am use to and I'm starting to feel pretty darn amazing.
Not quite yet to the TIGER BLOOD stage where you have this surge of energy that everyone says is coming around Day 16 but that comes this next week!
I hope that many of you find this Whole30 meal plan helpful for you in seeing that it really can be done. It's not just something only us "health conscious" people can do - well it is if you want to do it but anyone can do this. I put these meal plans together for you to not only hold myself accountable but to also inspire action among those who are ready to make the jump into a clean eating lifestyle.
I'm so incredibly tired.....What the heck?
Days 8-12 of the Whole30 meal plan were really hard as I was SUPER exhausted and ready to call it a day and go to bed about 3pm. Obviously because I stay/work at home with our 3 young children, I don't get to take naps so I'd resort to coffee mid-afternoon. I guess this stage is super tough and when most people give up because you can experience bloating, fatigue, and your pants can actually fit TIGHTER than when you started. Um, isn't this supposed to help me "lose" weight in a round about way from eating better, less processed junk food?
If you read the book, it explains that your body is really trying to figure out what the heck you are doing to it. Where is the sugary and processed foods? It's learned to adapt to the foods that you have been eating and when you change anything it can start to freak out and not know what to do, therefore you can get some bloating until it figures out what you are doing and adjusts. I did experience this on days 9-12 and really just had to focus on the long-term cause I wanted to resort back to the old me and if I didn't see results in 10 minutes it "didn't work" for me.
Ever feel or do something like that? Yup. Same here. I'm going to keep on plugging away till day 30, maybe even day 60 who knows! 🙂
New Whole30 Meal Plan Week #3
Below you will find Week #3's Meal Plan with clickable links to the exact recipe I've decided to try for the 3rd week of my journey. I use Pinterest to "PIN" everything that goes into my meal plan so I hope this works for you! I've really enjoyed trying new recipes each week and have found fun in planning, prep and the amount of stress I've relieved myself from since I'm planned out!
If something comes up and I need to run out the doors, I know that I can grab and go! Don't feel like cooking or a craving pops up - instead of making bad choices, I can just reach in the fridge and it's done!
What Workouts Am I Using During Whole30?
Since I am relying on early morning workouts before the rest of the family wakes up - I decided to tackle Shaun T's T25. It's ONLY 25 minutes which works great because I can get a workout in, do 10-15 minutes of personal development and then get the majority of my business work done before 7am when the kids wake up!
I'll be starting Week #5 of T25 and then I'll progress to the BETA phase of the program for another 25 days! This past week presented a great challenge because waking up at 5:30am to workout AND being really tired from Whole30 just wasn't a piece of cake. Not only that but the weather was SUPER cold and icy last weekend which made me want to just stay in bed snuggle up to my husband! But nonetheless, I have goals to achieve this year and it's less than 30 minutes. How can I NOT get it done?
Planning Is Key To Success
How have I been able to stay on track? Planning. No iff's and or butt's. My friend who is also doing Whole30 get together either on Saturday or Sunday depending on what works in our schedule and cook! We each decide which meals will make the meal plan and then we bring the ingredients and get to work. It usually takes us 3-4 hours to do it but it more than saves us that much time AND stress during the week!
Check out my video below to learn more about how I plan! Get my FREE meal planner and grocery list here
Here are the exact containers that I use each week to
Whole30, Larabars, Rx Bars, and Shakeology
While Shakeology isn't Whole30 compliant -you may notice that I AM continuing to use it. I wasn't willing to take this out of my diet because it's important to me. I won't ever stop taking it so why do it for 30 days? It will always be part of my lifestyle as it has been for over 7 years. I currently am using it as a snack in the afternoon because I tend to get hungry and start craving bad things at this time.
Some Larabars are compliant on Whole30 but not all of them. I personally love having either the Apple Pie or the Cashew Cookie. BOTH of those are delicious with only 2 ingredients!
Whole30 recommends that you eat enough food at meals so that you don't have to snack at all. Snacking turns daily habits into grazing which can promote over-consumption. I've noticed that I feel less likely to crave things this way - it's working out great but I was eating them daily and falling back into old habits of just grazing.
So, this week I am focusing on eliminating these bars unless I fall into an emergency situation and see if my results are expedited.
My Favorite Snack Bars - Whole30 Compliant
Apple Pie Larabars
Larabar Sampler Pack
Some Images of My Whole30 Food This Week!
Food is fuel guys! If you need more help, or want to follow me for more stories on my journey - please reach out to me at www.facebook.com/reneeschnuerlefitness or send me a message here! I can't wait to share the rest of my 30 days with you and show you progress and results at the end!
Thank you for following me on this incredible journey! I hope this inspires you to take action at whatever level to improve your own nutritional choices.