January is one of my favorite months of the year! It reminds me that He makes “all things new.” After the holidays, my body needs a reset. Usually, I am good around Christmas and I rarely eat sugar….that was until I tried Christmas Crack. It’s called crack for a reason!! I’m ready for another round of Whole 30.
I love doing a Whole 30 but it is more fun when you have a group of friends who do it with you. This year I have a few friends who wanted to do it with me. We’ve started a Facebook group where we will share recipes, tips and hold each other accountable. It is so inspiring to see what others are cooking and how they are enjoying the Whole 30. I love linking arms with others who have the same goals as me. (Feel free to email me, if you would like to be added to our group. Everyone is welcome.)
We will begin on January 3rd. If you aren’t familiar with the Whole 30, be sure to check out their website. Their belief is that “every single thing you put in your mouth is either making you more healthy or less healthy.” It makes you think about your the food you eat.
My passion is clean eating and one of the things I’ve learned over the years is that you must plan your meals. If you don’t plan your meals, you will get home at 6:00, exhausted and hungry….and want to order a pizza. My motto is “Fail to plan, plan to fail!!”
My goal is to plan out my meals on Thursdays, go to the grocery store on Fridays and meal prep on either Saturday or Sundays. That may sound like a lot, but it is actually simple. I’ve learned over the years, that if I don’t invest in my health and take care of me, no one else will do it. Eating clean is a huge part of taking care of me. I’ve learned through years of having stomach issues that I must eat clean. Plus, I know my girls are watching and I believe if we don’t teach them how to meal plan, cook and eat healthy, who will teach them? Tristyn will help plan our meals and also do some of the cooking. I know that my older girls who no longer live at home are also doing the Whole 30!
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I use the website Plan to Eat for my menu planning. It is so nice to have all of my recipes in one spot. If I find a recipe I like on Pinterest, I simply import it to my it to my recipe book. It will even put together a grocery list for me!!
I plan to make bone broth each week so roasted chicken will be on my menu. If you’ve never made bone broth, don’t be intimidated. It is so easy…especially if you have an Instant Pot. Most of the time I will have a cup of broth with my breakfast..
We will begin the Whole 30 on January 3rd, which is a Tuesday.
Here is my menu for Whole 30/Week 1:
Breakfast: hard-boiled eggs, blueberries, walnuts
Dinner: Roasted Chicken with potatoes and carrots/salad
*Today I will use the bones from the left-over roasted chicken to make bone broth.
L: Soup with kale, carrots and onions
(I use the bone broth and toss in sautéed veggies and a dash of salt. It is so delicious.)
D:Grilled chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, salad
L: Leftovers (Grilled chicken and vegetables)
*In order to make the fries Whole 30, I will substitute avocado oil for the butter and ignore the sauce.
B: Homemade turkey sausage and eggs
L: *Chicken salad with homemade mayo
*I will make a huge batch so we can eat on it for a couple of days.
D: Salmon Cakes served on a bed of spinach with avocado/steamed vegetables
(This is one of my favorite Whole 30 recipes!)
B: Salmon cake with fried egg
L: Leftover chicken salad
D: Out to eat – We are eating at a Mexican restaurant. I’ll order fajitas with guacamole….and ignore the tortillas and chips. Pray for me. 😉
What are your goals for the New Year?