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