We're almost there! Just two more steps before we're ready for our Whole30! Are you as excited as I am? I know, it can sometimes seem less than exciting to cut out all the bad foods that you love, but I've seen and experienced first-hand how transformational this program is, and I can't wait to start feeling better!
Step #4 - Make a Meal Plan
Last time we talked about finding some meal ideas. Hopefully you've got a few good ones you want to try! And don't worry - I wasn't much of a cook before Whole30, but now I'm pretty decent. You'll get the hang of it, I promise! Just keep trying.
Now comes the time to make a meal plan. You can do this several ways. If you're Type A and a little OCD (like me), you may want to draw out a grid for the first week and drop in meals for every day. This can be great, if it works for you!
PRO TIP: if you plan a new meal for every day, you're going to be exhausted cooking that much, and you'll likely end up throwing out a lot of leftovers. Leftovers are your friend! (And they make the best lunches for the next day.)
Make sure you work in some room for changes. Remember that day I talked about in the last post, where you come home tired and HANGRY? This is where you throw the meal plan to the wind and eat scrambled eggs and whatever veggies are cooked up in the fridge. We typically like to have about 3-4 actual recipes we cook during the week, eat leftover of those for lunches (and sometimes dinners!), then sub in meat or eggs and two veggies on the crazy days.
REMEMBER: Meal planning isn't an exact science, and it will take a little bit of time to find what works best for you. Maybe you just need a list of recipes to choose from for the week that you know you have the ingredients on hand to make – if that works for you, roll with it! There is no right way to meal plan; whatever brings you the least amount of stress is probably your best bet.
Hand in hand with meal planning is meal prep. I'll talk about this at the end of the next (and final) prep step. It's a crucial, on-going step in your Whole30 process, and ensures that you'll stick to the program!
That's it! Use all those recipes you found from the previous post and drop them in a meal plan that works for you! How are you planning to succeed? Let us know in the comments!
P.S. If you're still stuck and can't seem to figure out what works for you, a site called Real Plans has a Whole30 track. We've used it in the past and the recipes looked amazing! Check it out, and let us know if you decide to give it a try!
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