November Whole30

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What!? A post from me on a Saturday? Yeah, I know, but I am starting another Whole30 this month and since I plan out my menu in advance, I wanted to share it with you in case you were interested in starting one too.

I am really doing a Whole29 (I really can never pull off the 30 can I?) since I'm giving myself Thanksgiving as a cheat day. Sugar and alcohol will be had along with one dinner roll. Otherwise I'm sticking to the rules.

If you're interested in trying a Whole30, the best place for you to start is here, Whole30. There's a book you can order as well if you have the extra time. If not, the website should more than get you through. On their website you can learn about the program, find out what is and isn't allowed and even find a support group for those days where it takes every ounce of self control you have not to run to the nearest fast food restaurant and order a cheeseburger and fries.

The general basis of a Whole30 is to exclude the following foods for 30 days: sugar (real or artificial, other than what is found naturally in fruits and vegetables), no alcohol (this includes cooking with wines), no grains, no legumes, no dairy (except clarified butter) and none of those fun ingredients they put in foods like MSG, sulfites, etc.

Seeing as I've done one of these before, I can promise you, you will survive. It's just 30 days. You may want to start by cleaning out your fridge and pantry of the items you can't have if you think you'll be tempted or if you've managed to wrangle the rest of your household into trying this as well.

Same as last time, popcorn will be my exception.

Now, lets get onto the food. The first thing you should know is I am completely content with eating the same breakfast and lunch for an entire week. I understand that you may not be like this, however that is how my menu is being planned.

I also just graze on the weekends and don't eat proper meals. I'll eat things like tuna mixed with avocado, a few slices of prosciutto and a baked sweet potato, a handful of baby carrots, a fried egg and 2 slices of bacon, bag of popcorn, a banana, etc.

Week One: November 1 - November 8 
Breakfast, whole week: prosciutto eggs cups (no mozzarella cheese)
Lunch, weekdays: bacon wrapped meatballs over butternut squash puree, roasted green beans 
Sunday, dinner: Shrimp fra divolo
Monday: beef and mushroom stir fry
Tuesday: apple bacon chicken burgers, homemade sweet potato fries, salad
Wednesday: roasted pork tenderloin with apples and onions, roasted green beans, mashed sweet potatoes
Thursday: spaghetti and meatballs
Friday & Saturday: leftovers


Week Two: November 9 - November 15
Breakfast: dijon baked eggs (sans cheddar)
Lunch: Mu Shu Lettuce Wraps
Sunday: French pot roast
Monday: cashew chicken with green beans
Tuesday: Taco Shepherds Pie
Wednesday: cranberry turkey meatballs
Thursday: shrimp chowder
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: I have a birthday party so I'll have to make do with what is there. I think I'll be okay though.

Week Three: November 16 - November 22
Breakfast: steak hash 
Lunch: chicken vegetable soup (no noodesl, adding veggies)
Sunday: chicken, sausage and kale stew
Monday: garlic-herb pork tenderloin with roasted parsnips and and green beans, mushrooms and tomatoes
Tuesday: caveman chili
Wednesday: green chile and cilantro turkey burgers, oven sweet potato fries
Thursday - Saturday: leftovers
Almost everything this week will generate more than enough to have as leftovers

Week Four: November 23 - November 29
Breakfast: prosciutto egg cups
Lunch: chicken vegetable soup (no noodles, adding veggies)
Sunday: French pot roast leftovers
Monday: garlic ginger pork, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts
Tuesday: caveman chili
Wednesday: cashew chicken leftovers
Thursday: Thanksgiving
Friday & Saturday: Whole30 approved Thanksgiving leftovers

Sunday, November 30: apple stuffed bacon wrapped chicken breasts, sauteed kale, baked sweet potatoes

I plan to continue the Whole30 lifestyle straight through to the week of Christmas where I'll spend that indulging and then start all over again, for 30 actual days, in January. I'm not sure what's going to happen between Christmas and New Years. At the worst, I'll be Paleo with extra sugar and at the best it will be a full Paleo diet.

One last thing, you can replace soy sauce with coconut aminos (small bottle, usually on the bottom shelf in your natural/organic section by the salad dressings), the butter I use is Kerrygold and you can get salted or unsalted. Check your spices! A lot of them have sugar included! Also check your condiments, there are quite a few that contains sugars in them as well.

As I make these recipes, I'll try to remember to come back to this post and update with links! 

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