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That’s a wrap on week one! And let me tell you, it has been quite the week. Below I’ll give a breakdown of our budget, what recipes we made, and a few things I learned in the first week of this Whole30 journey.
So this week on food, David and I spent:
• Groceries at Cub = $30.68
• Eating Out = about $56.00
Clearly we ate out a bit too much. However, it was only 3 times. On Monday and Saturday we ate at Jimmy John’s. We had Un-witches which are completely safe as long as you make sure to order a sandwich with foods that are allowed (I had to ask for no cheese on mine). Each Un-Witch cost about $6.50.
On Wednesday we ate at Applebee’s. David paid, but I know we typically spend about $30 there. I had a burger (with no bun) and a side of mashed potatoes while David ate a chicken breast/shrimp/potatoes dish. We did our VERY best to make sure everything we ate was Whole30, but we obviously can’t know for sure. Next week I’d really like to cut out eating out altogether because of this. Eating out a lot is a really bad habit we have, and it’s been a difficult one to kick.
As for groceries here’s exactly what we bought:
• Bag of baby carrots
• Head of cauliflower
• Head of lettuce
• 3 Gala apples
• Green Onions
• 2 potatoes
• Bag of Clementines
• 2 onions
• 1 green pepper
• 1 red pepper
• Can of crushed tomatoes
• 2 cans of diced tomatoes
• Carton of 6 eggs
This is everything we needed for the whole week to make 5 dinners. These dinners became lunch for the following day. When choosing our recipes we kept in mind what was on sale at Cub, and what food we already had. This brings me to the next section: Recipes.
Each recipe we used this week, came from the book: The Whole30 The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. I initially planned on not buying this book since you can find TONS of recipes on Pinterest, but my mom gave it to me – and let me tell you, I’m SO glad she did! Not only does it include many, many awesome Whole30 recipes, but it also has a ton of other information. Sections I thought were helpful include The Whole30 Program Rules, You’ve Got Questions We’ve Got Answers, and the trio of chapters: Can I Have? (Food), (Drink), and (Supplements and Miscellaneous). Seriously. This book is amazing. Anyway…
The recipes we used were:
• Grilled Coconut-Curry Chicken
• Shepherd’s Pie
• Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest
• Chicken Cacciatore
• Classic Chili
• Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice (David’s recipe for Chicken Fried Rice, but we subbed for Whole30’s version of Cauliflower Rice)
Each recipe was SUPER easy to make, delicious and took under an hour to make from beginning to end. I think the highlight was the Shepherd’s Pie though. It was just comforting to eat something more homely after eating new recipes all week. I was also partial to the Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and the Cauliflower Rice. I had made cauliflower rice before and it had turned out way too sweet, but this recipe was great. It tasted just like couscous! David even said he preferred the cauliflower rice to the rice we typically put in.
We only had two of the recipes have negative aspects. The Grilled Coconut-Curry Chicken was good when we first made it, but it didn’t reheat well at all. Also, the Classic Chili was fine, but both David and I like a spicier chili which this definitely wasn’t.
What I Learned
1. I got hungry a lot faster than I typically do. It’s a soft rule of the Whole30 to not snack, but I DEFIITELY did. I found myself stealing small handfuls of walnuts and clementines from the fridge between meals. I didn’t cheat with anything bad, but I was definitely missing my usual sugars and fats.
2. I craved sugar like nobody’s business. I didn’t feel this need throughout the day, but the second after I ate dinner I felt like I needed a cookie… or 5.
3. I actually felt pretty energized. Despite being mildly hungry more quickly, I was surprised I didn’t need a whole extra meal. Because everything I ate was healthy, I was more productive than I typically am.
Overall, the first week went better than I expected! I thought I would for sure break down and eat something I shouldn’t. To be honest I think I might have if it wasn’t for David. It has been incredibly beneficial so far to go through this with somebody else.
Later this week, I’m going to write a post about the different tools we use to stay on budget during the Whole30. It’s surprisingly easy! I thought it would be more expensive, but we’ve actually cut down on our spending by quite a bit! Until then, have a great start to your week! 🙂