I can’t believe that it has been two weeks since we’ve started the whole30 journey! For some reason, this previous week just flew by. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a lot of work on my day job as a veterinarian. But no matter what, I just want to say that I FEEL GREAT!
If you’re just joining in, I would recommend you first read this post –> Why I’m Doing The Whole30 Challenge, and then My Whole30 Journey Week 1 Update. That way I’ll know that you’re familiar with this little experiment of mine. Have you read it? OK, now let’s move on. 🙂
On the second week of our whole30 journey, Vesely and I haven’t been eating much differently than usual. And when I say „usual“ I mean not only during the whole30 but more like we eat normally. The only difference is that we haven’t been eating bread and added more salads.
For this week I’ve tried a different approach. I actually wanted to see if it’s going to be easier for me if I didn’t plan for the meals, and didn’t do meal prep. *SPOILER ALERT* that didn’t go very well! When I do the meal prep (especially during this challenge) I know that I am prepared for any type of craving. And in my second week, I wasn’t really prepared, and I ate more fruits than I should have. I guess I’ve learned that lesson there. I’m not saying that I was feeding my sugar demon, ’cause I haven’t been craving sweets. I just had a lot of work to do, didn’t have much time to cook, and when I felt hungry I would grab any type of fruit, and couldn’t eat real food afterward. I honestly believe that is a BIG MISTAKE I made during this week, and I will do my best to change that in the upcoming weeks.
My shopping list was a bit shorter because I’ve stocked freezer and pantry the week before. So, during the second week, I’ve been only buying fruits and veggies as necessary. Here is what I bought:
- Sweet potatoes,
- Chicken breasts,
- Collard leaves,
My menu was also pretty simple this week. That is the main reason why I’ve decided not to do meal prep because I’ve „planned“ to make just a few recipes that can last me for two days at least.
So here is what I made throughout the week
First, I made a big batch of my Slow Cooker Goulash Soup. The only difference that I made in the recipe is that I’ve added a few tablespoons of tapioca flour at the end to thicken it a bit. I also baked chicken breasts so that we have them for lunch while at work. Hard-boiled 6 eggs and made almond milk, plus chia pudding (that was all the prep that I did).
Then we’ve been eating that thickened goulash for three days. First, we ate it with cauliflower rice, then with mashed potatoes. Both of the combinations were really delicious! You should really try them out. You’ll LOVE it!
On the third day, I made a shepherd’s pie with the leftover goulash. I’ve only added one grated small zucchini, warmed everything in the skillet, transferred it to a casserole dish, topped with mashed potatoes w/broccoli, and baked it in the oven! That was also really yummy! I’m just sad because I didn’t take any photos of it. Vesely was thrilled how tasty that was, so he asked if I could make it again. So, when I do, I’ll make sure to take some photos.
Then we were both pretty busy one day so we ate more fruit and canned tuna than we should have. I just didn’t have time to cook, and Vesely also was busy, so I guess that is OK, as long as it’s not turned into a habit.
On Friday, my mom said she was coming to dinner, so I made the whole30 compliant lasagna. OMG, that was really delicious (and also I haven’t taken the photo of it – we were all pretty hungry, so we just jumped in). I haven’t been using any particular recipe – I just replaced pasta with zucchini and made the bechamel sauce with the coconut milk, an egg, and tapioca flour. Honestly, I really should make that one again too!
When it comes to breakfasts, again we stuck to good old fried eggs and almond milk chia pudding. One day we also had a kitchen sink frittata, that I made using a lot of leftovers. I’ve shared the recipe on my Instagram account, and lots of people seemed to like it. So if you want to give it a try, head to @simply.anchy and take the recipe (be sure to follow me, so you don’t miss on the future delicious recipes).
Considering everything, the week two of our whole30 journey actually flew by quickly. I must say that I feel amazing! I have more energy than ever. And I can’t believe that it happened in the second week of the challenge. I just hope that it’s going to continue like that. Luckily, I’ve never got to that point that my clothes feel tighter. YAY! I think this is all due to the fact that I actually try to eat whole foods regularly, and that my body just needed to get rid of the grains and sugars. I believe, when I’m done with the challenge, that I will stick with the most whole30 recipes, and eat other stuff only when it’s the only thing available.
That is it for this post. I tried to keep it short this time, but I’m not making any promises for the week 3 😉
Until next week…
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