Eating real food all day, every day is a ton of work! I now understand why so many people comment that their second or third Whole30 experiences were better than their first. It’s because they finally figured out that meal planning, careful shopping, a stocked pantry and fridge, and a bigger grocery budget are the keys!
Being OK with repeating meals for a few days is truly a big thing, especially if you are like me and generally just cooking for one person. By week two, I knew that if I kept endeavouring to keep things interesting I would never get out of the kitchen! So I did what I always do when faced with trouble…put on my thinking cap and got some planning done!
Tricks that saved my life during W30…
- bake 4-5 yams on Sunday evening.
- boil at least a half dozen eggs on Sunday evening.
- every time veggies are being chopped, chop extra.
- grill up extra chicken sausages while using the BBQ on the weekend.
- pre-washed spinach.
- fresh fruit, Larabars, raw cashews, dry roasted macadamia nuts, and organic apple chips.
- invest in a few extra food storage containers and a box of freezer bags.
- spend one night each week making homemade mayo, homemade almond milk, homemade chicken stock, and clarified butter when needed.
- pre-portion and pack as many breakfasts and lunches as possible at the beginning of the week.
- batch cook. chicken soup, bison chili, salmon cakes.
- rely on canned tuna and bagged salad.
What are some other good time and money saving tips for a real-food heavy diet?