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Are you ready for another week of healthy wholesome food, which just happens to be Whole30 compliant? Whether you are starting a new round of Whole30 or simply want to keep feeling spectacular, you always have a seat at the Healthy 7 table. The fact is that there’s some delicious food out there and it happens to be healthy and Whole30 compliant.
So let’s get to this week’s menu. We’ve been experiencing some cooler temperatures in Virginia (finally), so it’s time for one of my all-time favorites – chocolate chili. We’ll round out the week with pork lo mein, crispy one-pan paleo bacon wrapped chicken with spinach artichoke twice baked potatoes, and baked halibut accompanied by roasted asparagus. Enjoy!
This week’s menu starts with the spectacular Chocolate Chili, from the Well Fed website. Awhile back I took a big batch of chocolate chili with me to North Carolina, where I spent a week learning how to carve wood. Well it was so tasty that I ran out of chili before my week was up! I love chili and this is one of the tastiest recipes ever. You can pair it with a side salad for your lunches.
Next up is Crispy One-Pan Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken, from paleorunningmomma. Bacon and chicken – can you say yummy? The one challenge you may have is finding Whole30-compliant bacon, as most commercial bacon contains some amount of sugar. I admit I’m not totally strict on that requirement, but if you want to be totally compliant, here’s an article with some bacon suggestions. I’ve paired the bacon wrapped chicken with Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes, also from paleorunningmomma.
Your second primary lunch of the week is Paleo Pork Lo Mein with a side salad. This seems to be a good week for paleorunningmomma on our Healthy 7 menu! The nice thing about lo mein is that you can make all kinds of substitutions without ruining the recipe. For instance, I swap out the pork in favor of chicken, and since I don’t care for sweet potatoes, I use zucchini noodles. You can take all the liberties you want by using your favorite meat and vegetable combinations.
Finally, the menu features an uber-healthy dinner of Baked Halibut with Lemon & Thai Chili from Meatified, with Simple Roasted Asparagus from OneLovelyLife. Again, you can go a little crazy by replacing the asparagus with another vegetable to your liking. I like convenience, so I just plop Trader Joe’s frozen grilled asparagus spears into my toaster oven and add a bit of salt and ghee when they are broiled. Make the menu work for you!
And call me crazy, but here’s the big news! Soon I’ll be launching 30-Day Challenges. Let me tell you how this came about. I took a month off of work, and my gosh, I had such a difficult time returning. And the thing is, I have a pretty terrific job. But I still got caught in a rut, in a slump. How do I get out of a slump? I change things around and make a concerted effort to do something for my health and growth. I’m still tweaking the information on my website, but I’m getting closer to officially launching the first two challenges – the Meditation Challenge in December and the Sugar Challenge in January. The pages are not quite ready for prime time, but I’m letting you in on the secret now. They should be ready for you to sign up if you are at all interested.
You may be scratching your head as to why on earth I have a Sugar Challenge, which is a step down from Whole30. Well, what’s the reaction you’ve received when you explain to a friend or acquaintance the requirements of Whole30? It ranges from I could never do that to Are you crazy! Most people aren’t going to jump into Whole30, but perhaps they’d be willing to give up sugar for a month? Of all the damaging “foods” in our modern industrialized society, SUGAR remains the biggest culprit and driver of obesity, diabetes, and a host of other diseases. So that’s why I’ll be focusing on sugar in January. I’ve been a little busy of late!
And here’s your weekly reminder to make the Health 7 menu work for you! Swap out vegetables. Adapt the recipes to meet your needs. Don’t make something you know you’ll hate! You can always pull out favorites from previous menus and switch around your meals as you like. I want YOU to be successful as you prioritize your health, so make adjustments that will guarantee success! Have a healthy and happy week.
Below are some Whole30 offerings from Amazon.
You can also try Barefoot Provisions and Thrive Market. Both deliver organic and non-GMO products right to your door, and offer a good selection of Whole30-compliant foods.
Dr. Brenda is a financial coach, educator, researcher, and sociologist. In addition to blogging at The Five Journeys, she is the founder of the Gutsy Women Club. Her passion is guiding people on their journey to financial freedom through coaching at DrBrendaMoneyCoach and online courses at DreamBigMoneyAcademy.com.
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