Life after Whole30

Life after Whole30….

A reader asked me to post about life after Whole30. What does it look like? What do I eat? What plan do I follow?  Well, here goes…

Some folks follow an 80/20 (80% Whole30, 20% not) or 90/10 (90% Whole30, 10% not) plan after Whole30. For me, it helps to go Paleo for a few days.  For me, going Paleo means I follow Whole30 but I allow maple syrup and/or honey.  (AND ENJOY LIFE CHOCOLATE CHIPS). These are usually the only things I reintroduce.  I have found after doing a couple of Whole30 that by the end I have kind of hit a plateau.  So eating Paleo helps trick my system (since my goal is weight loss).

I try not to focus on the Whole30 being OVER. To me that releases me from all the structure and good choices.  This is dangerous.  Whole30 is not a diet (diets end) it is a path to food freedom (freedom that I want to continue).  By saying that the Whole30 is over means “all done”.  I rather like to tell myself I am just in another “phase” of Whole30 called Food Freedom.  Typically, after a Whole30, I try to eat Whole30 during the week and Paleo on the weekend.  What does this mean/look like.   Here is an example of what I would eat in a day after Whole30.

WEEKDAYS:

Breakfast Option 1:  Deviled Eggs, and Adelle’s Sausage

Breakfast Option 2:  Fried Eggs, Bacon and Roasted Sweet Pot.

Breakfast Option 3:  Boiled Eggs, and Bacon

Lunch Option 1:  Chicken Salad (recipe coming this week), veggies and Veggie Dip

Lunch Option 2:  Leftover’s from the night before

Lunch Option 3:  Salad w/protein (chicken or steak), homemade salad dressing, and an apple w/ Almond Butter

Dinner Option 1: Homemade Veggie Soup (recipe coming this week)

Dinner Option 2: Onions, Sausage, Peppers with a baked potato

Dinner Option 3: Baked or Grilled Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Side salad w/ homemade salad dressing.

ON THE WEEKEND:

Breakfast Option 1:  Paleo Pancakes w/maple syrup, Fried Egg

Breakfast Option 2:  Paleo Muffin, Scrambled Eggs

Lunch Option 1: Paleo Pizza (Coming Soon)

Lunch Option 2: Bun-less Burger, Sweet Pot Fries (cooked in air fryer), Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (YUM)

Dinner Option 1:  Paleo Pizza (coming soon)

Dinner Option 2: Steak, Potato, Salad w/homemade dressing

Dinner Option 3: Tacos w/ Paleo Tortillas, Plantain chips and Salsa

If I eat out I try and keep it as Whole30 as possible.  Examples:

If the kids want to go eat Mexican, I order:  A Plate of lettuce with fajita chicken, grilled onions, tomatoes, guacamole, and I bring homemade Whole30 Ranch Dressing.   I don’t eat the chips or salsa (it usually has sugar in it).

If we go to a restaurant with steak or burgers on the menu, I order:  steak, plain baked potato, or steamed veggies (plain-I bring ghee for the potato and add some to the veggies too), side salad (I bring my own salad dressing). OR I order a bun-less burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions.  I ask for mustard and mayo (this will not be compliant- but that is why I only do it occasionally on the weekends) on the side and mix them into a sauce, with either a side salad (bring my own dressing) or steamed veggies (plain).

Obviously, with all the Paleo sites out there and Whole30 recipes you can switch this up and keep it interesting.  This is just a few examples of some of my easy meal plans.  The key is PREP, PREP, and more PREP.

I make a batch of Mayo every week, a batch of Veggie Dip, a batch of Veggie Soup, Chicken Salad and Boiled Eggs.  This is the only way I can survive after Whole30, aka “Phase 2-Food Freedom”.