suchjosh Posted February 11, 2013 Share Posted February 11, 2013 Hello, everyone! My name is Josh. I am twenty-six years old and live in Memphis, TN with my fiancee (who will also be participating), our two cats, and three birds. We got the idea to start a Whole30 from The Clothes Make the Girl, and we bought ISWF last week. A little background: I have been partially vegetarian for a little over a year (meaning that we have not had any meat in our home for over a year, though we would eat meat if our family had cooked or if we were craving it while out). I have had some intesinal issues that point toward IBS (pretty mild, but who wants ANY problems in that area?), and I am hoping the Whole30 can whip my digestive track into shape. I have high blood pressure, usually hovering around 140/80, but am not medicated. I work as a secretary, so my job is very sedentary, but, in the warm months, I augment my activity levels with cycling and frisbee (need to do more!). Cooking is a passion of mine, and being vegetarian has given me some preparation for the creativity required to keep the Whole30 interesting and diverse. I am, however worried about cooking meat again! It's been so long, I feel like I'm going to be a beginner in the kitchen all over again. I am not planning to treat this first week as formally part of my Whole30, because I will be spending much of the week in various grocery stores reseaching and discovering all the budget friendly options that are available to me. We are on a very tight grocery budget in our home, and I am terrified to see how much meat costs after all this time away from it. I hope that eliminating the cost of cheese, milk, pasta, beans and the processed foods we were accustomed to eating while vegetarian will balance out the cost of the meat (we are already familiar with the price of qualty produce, so it doesn't intimidate me as much). Another hitch that I am going to have to plan around very carefully is that we work out of town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and stay away from home for all three days. I get the feeling that we will struggle with getting our vegetables on these days. I also work nights, and this is something that I will be asking others on here about very frequently. So that's it for the intro! My goals are to shed some weight, lower my blood pressure, clean up my bowel issues and reinvigoate my culinary skills with the reintroduction of meat. Really looking forward to it! This week's meal plan (let me know if I'm doing anything wrong!): Monday (starting with Meal #3) Mexican spiced turkey lettuce cups with roasted brussels sprouts and carrots Prep: Homemade salad dressing and homemade mayonnaise (ISWF) Tuesday Meal #1: Scrambled eggs with onion, bell pepper, shredded carrot, spinach and garlic; avocado Meal #2: Chicken salad (canned chicken, mayo, red onion, green olives), spring salad with homemade vinegrette and raw vegetables (carrot, broccoli, cauliflower); maybe some almonds Meal #3: Asian chicken soup with savoy cabbage and bok choy (TCMTG, I think?) and a side salad Wednesday Meal #1: "Superfood frittata" w/ eggs, shredded carrot and sweet potato, onion, bell pepper and broccoli; avocado on the side Meal #2: Left over Asian chicken soup with shredded cabbage, kale and carrot slaw (dressing = homemade mayo + curry powder) Meal #3: Gound beef curry with butternut squash, sugar snap peas, onion, bell pepper and garlic, served over cauliflower "rice" pilaf (so excited to try the cauliflower "rice" thing!) Thursday Meal 1: Left over curry with eggs scrambled in and avocado on top Meal #2: Tuna salad (same as chicken sald, but with tuna) with steamed broccoli and cauliflower; almonds Prep: This will be our big chicken breast cook day. I will have to play around with just how much we need Meal #3: Broiled chicken breast with a baked sweet potato topped with spicy coconut kale and roasted broccoli on the side This is as far as I've planned out so far. The weekends are going to be very tough starting out. I hate to be pessimistic, but I'm sure the first couple of weekends will be very difficult to keep clean. Regardless, though, we'll give it our best. I may not keep this as a daily log, but it will certainly be at least bi-weekly. I am so excited to join in with this community in making my life healthier and more delicious. Thanks for reading! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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