I am not gonna lie, I have let myself down this year. My weight has definitely gotten the best of me and I have hit my highest weight ever. Scales, mirrors and even myself are not my friends right now. A couple years ago my certified fitness instructor friend and sister-in-law, Kelley (find her on Instagram here) introduced me to the Whole30 program. Admittedly, I lasted less than a week. Fast forward to a couple years later and over 30 pounds gained I am ready to try again. I will be posting twice a week to keep myself accountable and to document my journey. Once at the beginning of the week about any meal prepping I have done and once at the end of the week as a recap on food, feelings and thoughts. I hope you follow along on this journey with me!
What is Whole30?
This is my personal overview of Whole30, if you are looking for actual guides and instructions please check out Whole30.com or grab the book here for all the details! Whole30 is a lifestyle program where you dedicate 30 days to eating real food. No alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or added sugars. I know, it sounds intimidating. However, once you download the grocery list cheat sheet there is two full pages full of fruits, veggies and add-ons that you CAN have. I make it sound easy but I haven’t even officially started yet, soooo talk to me at the end of the week, haha.
Week One: Meal Prep Recipes
Okay, let’s get into planning for the week. As Kelley always tells me, meal prep is super important. Last time I tried Whole30 I used a lot of excuses about commuting an hour to work and back, living in a small apartment and having zero time to focus on myself. Now in 2019, I have my own house with a full blown kitchen, I commute 15 minutes instead of an hour and more time on my hands than I know what to do with. So I SHOULD be able to take all that extra time to prep and focus on me.
January in Maine is frigid. The wind is cold, my house is cold and the office is cold. So I need all the warm foods. I will be focusing on warm recipes this week that I can make in bulk to split up for work lunches and quick dinners.
This is the perfect recipe to get rid of all the random stuff in my refrigerator and cabinets. I have some leftover cabbage, broth and sausage so I thought this would be the perfect recipe to start my January journey with!
I LOVE sweet potato chili and made it a couple weeks ago. So I thought I would make a new batch with compliant Whole30 ingredients. A big problem for me is always wanting to snack and I need hardy meals to help keep me full and on track. You can add as much as you want to this chili to create a hardy and delicious meal. I am super excited about this one!
If you want to check out some more slow cooker type recipes please check out the Whole30 slow cooker cookbook!
Stay tuned for Friday’s post as I recap my first work week on the program and let you know how these recipes went! Find me on Instagram and let me know if you are joining January Whole30 too!