September Whole 30!

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As I wrote in Getting Ready for a September Whole 30, I originally planned on starting a September Whole 30 on Tuesday Sept 6, but our Labor Day weekend plans have changed so I decided to actually start it yesterday, Monday.  I was originally going to wait to begin the Whole 30 after the weekend since we were going to be out of town.  But since plans have changed and we will be in town I will have better control of my meals and plus I am just really excited to do my 3rd round of Whole 30.

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So yesterday was the day!!!  Day 1!  Since this is my 3rd round I feel pretty comfortable with what I can and can’t eat, so I didn’t make an actual meal plan for the first few days.  (Well, after writing this post and proofreading it, I realize I do actually have a meal plan for the next few days.  I have been meal planning for many, many years now I guess it is just ingrained in me!)  I am grocery shopping Thursday, so that is when I will actually be following a meal plan that I map out.  I will definitely share what my meal plan looks like and list the links to recipes I use.  But for yesterday, today, and tomorrow I am just trying to use up food we have at home.  Don’t want to be wasteful!  And like I said, I  am pretty comfortable knowing what I can and can’t eat.

I did look through my fridge and pantry to see what I have on hand.  So this is what the next few days will look like:

Breakfasts:

Let me just simply state right off the bat that I know smoothies are technically frowned upon during a Whole 30.  I get that the creators of the program want you to eat your food over drinking it, but smoothies are something I will not give up.  I LOVE smoothies and I personally feel they give me a good dose of nutrition, especially when I am short on time and can’t really sit down for a meal or when I just don’t feel like eating but know I need to have something in my system.  So, I have personally made the decision to enjoy smoothies while I am on the Whole 30.  You need to do what is best for you though.

I usually have a smoothie for breakfast because 1) we are usually short on time so it is something that is easy for me to take with me and drink in the car while I am taking the littles to school and 2) I have a sensitive stomach in the morning and often the thought of actually eating a meal makes it worse.  The smoothie I had yesterday and this morning  was one of my favorites that I drink quite often.  It is an almond butter smoothie.

Almond Butter Smoothie

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 TBSP ground flax
  • 1 TBSP 100% cacoa powder
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • ice
  • almond milk (I have a Ninja blender so I use the smoothie cup and single serve attachment and after I add the other ingredients to the cup I fill it up the rest of the way with almond milk.)

Lunches:

Both yesterday and today for lunch I had brussels sprouts and salmon.  One of my favorites!

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Brussels Sprouts and Salmon

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Salmon
  • Lemon
  • about 1 tsp butter
  • spices:  sea salt, pepper, really whatever you would like
  • This is one of my go to lunches.  I also sometimes make this with asparagus or green beans.  You can also mix your green veggies and that tastes wonderful as well!.  I simply place the veggies on a sheet of aluminum foil, top the veggies with salmon, squeeze lemon slices on top, sprinkle with seasonings (I have been using sea salt and a cajun seasoning), and cut up the tsp of butter and place on top of the salmon.  I bake at 350 degrees for anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on how big the salmon is.  DELICIOUS!

Tomorrow will probably be chicken salad, or leftovers from tonight.

Dinners:

Last night was a hectic night getting the littles to evening activities and we still had some leftover hamburgers from Sunday night so the kiddos enjoyed the hamburgers (they had BBQ sauce on them so they were off limits for me) and hubby and I had hard boiled eggs.  I wasn’t very hungry and I was busy doing stuff around the house so I just grabbed two eggs and 2 plums and called it dinner.  Sometimes it happens!  Tonight is going to be chicken thighs, broccoli, fruit, and noodles (for the kiddos).  Tomorrow night’s dinner will be eggs, bacon, potato hash (from the 100 days of Real Food cookbook), fruit, and I will roast some veggies we have left in the fridge to use anything up before grocery shopping Thursday.

Snacks:

I have been snacking on raw veggies, nuts, and fruit.  So far so good!

And, I have been drinking loads of water!

I have been loving my new water bottle from Target!
I have been loving my new water bottle from Target!

Today and tomorrow I will be working on my meal plan for the next week and will post that later this week.

And today I WILL GET IN A PILATES WORKOUT AND A WALK.  If I do this in all caps surely it will happen.  Right?

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