January Whole 30 Challenge – Week 2

We have successfully finished our first week of our January Whole 30 Challenge. Dinners have been the easiest for us and lunches are mostly leftovers. Breakfasts are a bit more challenging, especially trying to get all seven of us out of the door in the morning. My protein smoothies have been a good break from having eggs every day. I was a bit under the weather this past week, and am still recovering, so my husband took the reigns on cooking. I’ll take pictures this week of what we’re eating.

The Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Danielle Walker over at Against All Grain were my favorite dinner this past week. My seven-year old son (our picky eater) really liked the Hawaiian Shredded Chicken and the Cranberry Rosemary Chicken. You can find all the recipes here: January Whole 30 Challenge – Week 1.

And now, on to our Week 2 Meal Plan. As a reminder, we plan Friday – Thursday weeks, so tomorrow morning is our shopping day. Wednesday’s we have dinner at church, so we pack leftovers or have a big salad. Happy healthy eating everyone!

 

Blackened Salmon with Avacado Mango Salsa

Walnut Crusted Lemon Chicken Piccata

One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken

Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Spaghetti Squash

Taco Salad

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

January Whole 30 Challenge – Week 1

Menu 30

New Year. New You.

or is it

New Year. Same You (but with a few tweaks).

My husband and I are diving into the new year and joining the Whole 30 January Challenge. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, you can learn all about it here. Our family already focuses our meals around fresh, whole and healthy foods, as well as boxed mac and cheese some nights so the children will eat. It’s all about balance. For the next 30 days, we are cutting out: gluten, soy, sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy and legumes. After 30 days, we’ll start adding a few healthy items back.

Here are a couple of notes for our family:

  • Our family: two adults and 5 children (ages 14. 12. 9, 7, 2 1/2)
  • Wednesdays we have dinner at church. The children will go ahead and eat what is provided, but my husband and I will pack leftovers.
  • The 20th we are hosting a potluck, so I will make a Whole 30 compliant meal in the crock pot that everyone will enjoy.
  • We will make the children pasta or tortillas for some of their meals, but they will eat what we cook. Our normal rule for dinner: If you don’t like it after you try it, you can make a peanut butter sandwich, have yogurt and fruit. I do not make two meals.
  • The children will eat their normal foods for breakfast (unless we make a Whole 30 breakfast) and lunch.
  • Adult lunches will be leftovers, salads or one of the many ideas I’ve found. Breakfast will be more challenging since I normally eat yogurt every morning.
  • We set out meal plans Friday – Thursday because of our work schedules. We usually go shopping on Friday mornings.
  • Some of the recipes I will link may have one non Whole 30 ingredient, but we will substitute.

This is less diet and more intentional eating. It’s healthy choices with simple limits and good quality goods. Our results and outcomes will be different, but I’m excited to share them with you.

I’ll be posting meal plans and links to recipes here and on my Instagram account along with pictures and reviews. You can find all of my recipe ideas on my Pinterest account. I hope you will follow along and maybe even try out some new foods along the way. Scroll down for my Week 1 Menu and click on the links for recipes.

 

Week 1 Menu

Shrimp, Scallops & Cauliflower Rice

There is no recipe for this and something we normally cook. We saute the shrimp and scallops with a little avocado oil, salt and pepper. Remove shrimp and scallops and saute cauliflower rice until cooked. We will serve fresh tomatoes and avocados on the side.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Shredded Chicken

Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Mushrooms and Garlic

Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Orange Chicken with Fried Cauliflower Rice

 

 

Trusting Your Decisions

It took ten minutes for my two and a half year old to pick a muffin this morning. He sat up on the tall stool pointing at each one. Counting. Thinking. NOT letting me pick for him, but unable to decide himself. Ten minutes. The time making his choice was stronger than his hunger. He finally made his pick and was able to move on with his morning.

It may seem silly, but sometimes we are just like my son. We see all of the choices in front of us, all of them good and right, but we just can’t pick. We agonize over what would be right.

In my devotion yesterday, Embraced Lysa TerKeurst, she talked about making the right decision. Many times we already know our decision, but we’re too afraid to make it. Lysa says we “over process the what-ifs and maybes…” She tells us that “God has woven into us the ability to discern what is best if we’re closely following” God.

This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9-10)

When we live into God’s calling, we live into the truth He gives us. God has given us everything we need to make simple decisions, like which muffin to pick, and also to make big decisions. Here are some things I do when I’m working on a decision.

1. Pray – I pray about it and ask for wisdom.

2. God’s Word – I read the Bible and apply God’s teachings to every part of my life.

3. I talk it out – I talk with my husband or a trusted friend.

God doesn’t always give us a huge green light or flashing sign. Often, He speaks through our prayers, His Word, and our trusted relationships. God has gifted you with everything you need.

Lysa concludes by saying: “It’s not about trusting ourselves. Rather, it’s about trusting the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus promised us…”

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)

When our decisions are God-honoring decisions, they are easy to make.

Follow me on Instagram at Simply Liz Smith as I continue through Lysa TerKeurst’s book Embraced, on my Simply 100 journey into 2019.