Sunday, January 24, 2016

Whole30 - Week 3 Recap

We are almost to the end! Jarrod and I meal-planned this weekend and it included meals that will reintroduce foods we haven't had in weeks. We are very excited about the process of adding things back in and seeing how we feel. But we've really enjoyed this process and have learned a lot! We have found new recipes that will definitely become staples in our family.

This week was relatively easy for both of us. We only ate out once - a date day - and we went to Whole Foods where it's very easy to see what is compliant and what is not.

We ate a few different things this week and rotated a few things back in. I'm not tired of the food yet - we've been able to eat a lot of different things and are really enjoying the flavor of food. I had no idea bananas were do delicious!!

Here's what we ate this week:

Breakfast

  • Egg casserole - On Sunday evening, I baked an egg casserole with roasted butternut squash, sauteed spinach, and sausage. We ate it Monday-Thursday. 
  • Roasted vegetables and eggs - On Friday morning we ate roasted vegetables from the night before and eggs. 
  • BACON!!! - We found compliant bacon (which is surprisingly difficult because most bacon at least has brown sugar in it) and made some for breakfast on Saturday. It was really delicious. We didn't get much of it because it's much more expensive than even the expensive bacon we're used to, but it was yummy and we were grateful to have some bacon! 
Lunch/Dinner
  • Coconut curry chicken... again... Because I'm so obsessed. 
  • Baked potatoes - with tuna salad, chicken, ratatouille, etc. 
  • Ratatouille - I made a HUGE pot of this and we ate on it all week. We had it with baked potatoes, sausage, and meat balls
  • Turkey meatballs - we made really basic meatballs and had them with the ratatouille and salads.
  • Stuffed peppers - we brought this one back and were very thankful! We used colorful peppers this time and they were delicious!! 
  • Walnut-crusted pork tenderloin - when we purchased pork at the beginning of the month, we got a pack of two large tenderloins from Costco. We cooked one our first week and froze the second one until this past week. It was delicious
  • Roasted broccoli - one of my faves. We buy frozen broccoli at Costco and defrost a bag at a time. Toss it in olive oil, salt, and balsamic, and roast at 400 until crispy. Delicious.
  • Roasted brussels sprouts - same deal. I will eat them like candy
Snacks
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts and raisins
  • Clementines
We are already planning our reintroduction meals. We have one more week of meal planning exclusively on Whole30 and then we will add back in different food groups. The first week off the official plan we will add in beans for a day and then take a few days back on the plan to adjust. Then we will add in gluten-free grains. After a few days back on the plan, we'll try out dairy, and then gluten. We'll see how all of that goes and evaluate what we plan to keep out of our diets permanently. At first I prayed I'd be fine with gluten and dairy because I can't imagine life without ice cream, cheese, and bread. But now I know that if eliminating those food groups means I will feel better, I'm fine with it. 

Have you ever done an elimination diet? How did you feel adding foods back in?
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