Another week has been completed of our Whole30 during this Lenten Season. I'm so grateful that we are using Lent as a huge motivator for this one as well as my recent discovery of adrenal fatigue to further keep me motivated, as those chocolate and sugar cravings were tough this week!
I stuck with it though, with a lot of prayer and focusing on my bible and other spiritual readings.
To know that I really need to extend this whole30 for myself, at least for the most part, seems daunting at this point, but I am grateful to know what the reasons are for my symptoms and to know that this Paleo lifestyle has helped this issue from growing worse and will keep me on track for recovery sooner! So while it seems daunting at times, I know also it's the standard way of today's living - high amounts of sugar and processed foods, constantly being on the go, not learning how to say no or take care of myself - is a good part of what's gotten me here, and those are the things that I have control over and the Whole30 is a big part in getting me back on track. It won't teach me to say no or take care of myself in a LOT of ways, but it does teach me to be more aware of what foods have an effect on my body.
This past week was another set of delicious meals!
Again breakfasts were mostly scrambled eggs with either hash browns, sautéed veggies or a small bit of fruit such as blueberries and strawberries. For myself, I preferred heating up a mix of leftovers in the morning. Here is one of y mixtures! It’s a combination of brussels sprouts (my personal favorite) and the roast from last week and a side of fruit.
Lunches were leftovers, salad, or what we call a lunch plate. It’s simply a few slices of organic lunchmeat (ham, turkey, or roast beef), raw veggies, cashews or another nut, and a little fruit and occasionally a Lara Bar. Lunch plates are nice for when we are in a hurry. It tends to be my 6 year old’s favorite. He’s going through a somewhat picky stage right now though and will even complain about the lunchmeat on occasion as well as the raw veggies. It’s a phase.
This was our dinner menu for the week:
Monday: Paleo Sloppy Joes over Sweet Potatoes/Baked Potatoes, Salad
Tuesday: Beef and Gravy over Cauliflower Rice, Salad
Wednesday: Hamburgers on a bed of bib lettuce, tomatoes, and fried mushrooms and onions, fries (not technically a whole30 food but we use organic fries and bake them rather than fry)
Thursday: Spaghetti Squash with tomato sauce and meatballs, Salad
Friday: Tuna Salad over lettuce greens with tomato, cucumber and dried cherries, Baked Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes ( my husband likes the sweets, the kids prefer the whites. I like both!)
Saturday: Leftovers (the guys were away part of this week so there were more leftovers in the fridge than usual, so Saturday became a planned leftover day as well as our usual Sunday)
Sunday: Leftovers (Sunday is often a leftover day so nothing new here!)
So next week's menu is made and the grocery list is in progress for my Monday shopping trip. Once again I've used a recipe or two from Well Fed Weeknights, my current favorite paleo book. The recipes are mostly all Whole30 approved or easily adaptable.
I'll be sticking the Whole30 it despite the desire for chocolate that burns inside of me as I write this. My health is important and needs to come first. I'm learning more each day about the adrenals and adrenal fatigue and know that I need to change some habits and make new ones. The Whole30 is the beginning to my adrenal health and a wonderful way to stay on my Lenten journey! If you haven't ever done a Whole30, I encourage you to try it out! Your body will thank you!
Have you done a Whole30? What was the hardest part for you?