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Planning what I will eat during my Whole30

Before I jump into the Whole30 program, I wanted to start planning what healthy foods I am going to eat when I switch to this Paleo based diet.

This really is a big deal to me, as I just can’t envision eating plain meat, fruits, and veggies everyday. I need to be able to prepare more complicated stuff.

I listed four meal categories below (these include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) and tried to plan out what I will be eating for each. I tried to find a few recipes to try, but will no doubt be working on finding more throughout the month.

For this post, I really just looked up a lot of recipes. If you are looking for a list of Paleo foods or the Whole30 shopping list, follow those links.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I think I am mainly going to keep it simple and eat fruit, nuts, and drink tea.

The tea is kind of my attempt at replacing coffee. I am really concerned about giving up my morning cup of Joe as I think I am currently dependent on that caffeine kick. The fact that I rely on that caffeine kick is of course probably not too healthy for me which is why I want to give it up. Tea also has caffeine, but not as much.

I’m really not too sure that coffee is actually bad for you (lots of studies show it has health benefits) and whether I want to give it up forever. I’ll be writing more about that eventually.  For the time being, I am giving it up for Paleo and Whole30. I do think I abuse coffee, which needs to stop.

In terms of breakfast food, I have recently been on a grapefruit eating spree and that will likely continue. I also will probably eat a lot of bananas and berries like blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I image some other fruits will make their way into my mouth over the next 30 days as well.

For the nuts, I think I am going to begin by purchasing pine nuts and walnuts to eat for breakfast.

Lunch

Lunch is a tricky one as I usually eat sandwiches, yogurt, and/or leftovers.  I could still eat leftovers sometimes, but sandwiches and yogurt are out.

Instead of sandwiches, I could try to do wraps but use lettuce instead of pita or tortillas. I’ve seen some people make bread-like substitutes from Paleo ingredients, but it seems like Whole30 forbids that (don’t quote me on that, as I am not an expert). These wraps also can’t have any cheese on them as dairy is a no-no. I’ll instead just use lunch meat and vegetables like tomato, onion, avocado, cucumber, and maybe some condiments (Paleo Leap has an awesome article on making Paleo condiments).

I’ll also no doubt be eating a lot of salads. Again, these will probably have lots of veggies and meats on them.

Dinner

Honestly, dinner is the category that I will probably be putting the most thought into. I like to eat hot, prepared meals for dinner. I also don’t want to eat the same thing more than once per week, unless it is leftovers.

I’ll have to spend a lot of time searching the web to find dinner recipes. There are quite a few Paleo blogs out there where I can look for recipes.

Some of the basic meals I’ll probably eat include:

  • Chili without beans
  • Chicken soup without noodles/dumplings
  • Chicken breast or tenders
  • Steak
  • Porkchops
  • Bacon Jalapeno Bites

I see a lot of people doing Whole30 seem to be eating potatoes. I cannot for the life of me figure out if you are allowed to do that or encouraged to. A lot of Paleo blogs seem to be against starchy white potatoes. I think I’ll be leaving them out, but will eat sweet potatoes which are more nutrient rich. I’m not that big of a potato fan in the first place, so this really isn’t a big thing for me to give up.

Snacks

Snack foods will mainly be fruits, veggies, and nuts. I just don’t envision myself eating meat or seafood snacks. Maybe Jerky.

I currently have been eating a lot of pomegranates and pears as snacks. I’ll keep doing that and will mix in other fruits.

For veggies, I think I am going to prepare a few boxes of vegetables that I can munch on. This will include carrots, peppers, snow and snap peas, celery, and maybe radishes.

Some other snack recipes I am considering include:

I also found that there are some Paleo snack box subscription services. That might be an easy way to get good snack foods. If I pick one of those to try for a month, I’ll write a review with pictures.

Obviously, I didn’t get super far with this post, but I will be adding to it overtime.

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