This coming week will mark the end of my Whole 30 challenge, and while it wasn’t perfect by any means, I definitely had some wins in the terms of improved energy, decreased indigestion and fewer crazy cravings.
While I won’t be eating strictly Paleo anytime soon, there are some eating habits that I hope to carry out, especially as I get closer to my glucose screening which will determine if I once again have gestational diabetes.
I want to continue to load my plate up with plenty of fresh vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats. I want to continue to eat plenty of fruits to help curb my sweet tooth. I want to continue to limit, possibly even restrict, the amount of dairy that I consume. While it will be near impossible to restrict grains on a regular basis, I do want to reduce the amount that I eat.
I’m thinking that going forward I would like to schedule one or two days a week where I do eat a strictly Paleo diet just to help improve my digestion and provide small mini-restarts throughout my weeks. But I also know that I am pregnant, and we are heading into my favorite season of sweet treats and snacks,I want to be able to enjoy in moderation.
So I will continue to cook up recipes from my Paleo/Whole 30 Pinterest book, dog ear more recipes to try from Well Fed and continue to adapt some family recipes to reduce grains and dairy as need.
I believe in a balanced approach to nutrition as I want to enjoy food but also to make sure that we are eating healthy and getting all the nutrients that we can from food.
Unfortunatly I forgot to take a single picture of any meals this week but if you have been following along then you have a pretty good idea. Trying to snap a photo before dinner is sometimes darn near impossible! 🙂
Alright ready to hear what’s on the menu for this week? Here’s a peak at what our meal plan will look like for next five days. Since my Tuesday is the last official day of my Whole 30, you will notice a few dinners that are not necessarily entire Paleo.
Breakfasts are pretty simple and won’t change much from what we usually eat
- an egg scramble with fresh vegetables
- turkey sausage with fresh fruit
- a smoothie with a banana and almond butter.
- And of course coffee flavored with coconut cream (my new favorite obsession) and a dash of cinnamon.
- I am so looking forward to warm oatmeal again seasoned with pumpkin pie spice, raisins and almonds. Yummy!
Lunches are also going to be simple and will either consist of
- salad loaded with fresh vegetables, almond slices and shredded chicken
- turkey roll-up with guacamole, vegetables and a pickle
- cut up vegetables with either guacamole or almond butter and a fruit and nut mix
Even though I am the only one from my family who will be participating in the Whole 30 challenge exclusively, I will be making all dinners Whole 30 approved for everyone because I’m not a fan of making two different meals. Everyone will eat the same.
- Beef Stew
- Chicken Fajitas
- Harvest Chili
- Tacos, black beans and salad
- BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, sweet potato fries and roasted vegetables
- Dinner out
- Baked Chicken Pasta
Technically the idea behind the Whole 30 challenge is not to snack but to allow your body time to repair from the damage some potentially harmful foods are causing your body, but since I am pregnant and tend to become hungry more often I am allowing myself some snack options.
- Mixed nuts
- Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and dipped in almond butter
- Pickle (yes I am the stereotypical pregnant woman who loves to eat crunchy, garlic pickles)
- approved LARABAR (not all LARA bars would be Whole 30 approved since many do contain juice concentrates or brown rice syrup, but there are a few that are made from nuts and fruit, these are my favorite )
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Freeze dried or baked fruit slices
I’m linking this post up at Meal Plan Monday on I’m an Organizing Junkie
So here is my question to you… now that I have almost completed my Whole 30 challenge, would you still be interested in me posting my weekly meal plan here on Sunday afternoons from now on? I’m curious to know what you might be most interested in. I have found that I enjoyed posting our weekly meals and it helps serve as accountability too. I also enjoy reading other meal plans because it gives me ideas and recipe links for future meals.
I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section if you don’t mind sharing them.
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