Whole30 Week 3 Recap + Tips for Traveling

Friday, November 03, 2017


I'm playing catch-up with these Whole30 recaps! We just wrapped up our Whole30 this week and there's so much I have to say about it, but I'll get there eventually. For now, here's how Week 3 went down.

Week 3 included some travel for me which made meal planning a little difficult. That said, I was happy to be traveling at this point in the month versus earlier in our Whole30. My self-control wouldn't have been nearly strong enough — even though it was still a little tough to resist all the amazing restaurants Richmond has to offer. Because I was working in the office most of the time, I didn't have a lot of time to meal prep every day so I just made one big batch of this spicy cabbage casserole for all of my lunches and stuck to the same thing for breakfast every day. Yes, it got boring, but it also took the decision-making out of meal times. Trying to decide what and where to eat when I'm hungry never turns out well (both on Whole30 and off), so having a hot, filling lunch every day made it a little easier to resist the catered work lunches. This was also the only week that I ate out during this Whole30. Usually eating out is more trouble than it's worth, but I made it work.

If you're traveling while on Whole30, my top tips would be:

  • Always be prepared. Self-control is hard to maintain when you're hangry. I carried Larabars and apples in my purse and, sadly, had to depend on them too many times but at least I had something compliant to eat!
  • Check out the Whole30 forums. When in doubt, Google "food + Whole30" or "restaurant + Whole30". I was able to find some great recommendations for eating out as well as tips on what to order. There's a Whole30 forum for pretty much everything so Googling can be your best friend while traveling.
  • Take out the decision-making. Always having something with me to eat made it so much easier to stay on track. I didn't have to ponder whether or not I would eat the pizza my coworkers were diving into because I already had a hot lunch waiting for me. 


Week 3 Meal Plan
Sunday
B: Scrambled eggs, apples with almond butter
L: Cabbage casserole with roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes
D: Leftovers

Monday
B: Apple with almond butter, black tea
L: Cabbage casserole with roasted potatoes, zucchini, and squash
S: Larabar and green tea
D: Outback Steakhouse (Sirloin steak, grilled shrimp, mixed veggies, and sweet potato - asked them to hold the butter)

Tuesday
B: Apple with almond butter, grapes, black tea
L: Cabbage casserole topped with grilled chicken and stir-fried veggies, La Croix
D: Yep, you guessed it - more cabbage casserole with stir-fried veggies

Wednesday
B: Larabar, apple, black tea
L: Boulevard Burger & Brew (burger with no bun, topped with avocado, pickles, tomatoes, and kale + a side salad with no dressing)
D: Larabar, grapes (yikes, what a meal, that's what happens when you're stuck on an airplane though)

Thursday
B: Scrambled eggs, grapes, rooibos tea
L: Tuna, sweet potato
D: Roast, potatoes, green beans

Friday
B: Hardboiled eggs, grapes, strawberries, black tea
L: Sweet potato topped with ghee & cinnamon, tuna
S: Larabar & La Croix
D: Taco stuffed sweet potato

Saturday
B: Scrambled eggs with bacon, grapes, black tea
L: Pecans & raisins (a late breakfast led to a snack for lunch)
D: Whole30-compliant hot dogs, sauerkraut, pickles, roasted veggies


Week 3 Grocery List
Cabbage, onion, garlic, ground beef, can of crushed tomatoes, cauliflower florets, Organic Valley Ghee, red potatoes, zucchini, squash, Bubbies Sauerkraut sweet potatoes, organic chicken breasts, apples, Whole Foods freshly ground almond butter, grapes, pumpkin pie LarabarsVital Farms Pasture Raised EggsPederson Farms No-Sugar BaconSafe Catch tunaApplegate Uncured Beef Hot Dog

Looking back now, I wish I had taken the time to make better breakfasts while traveling instead of relying so much on fruit and snacks. It's always easier to see what we could've done differently in hindsight. That said, I love the simplistic perspective Melissa Hartwig gives in her book Food Freedom Forever: food either makes us more healthy or less healthy. There are always things we can improve upon, but doing our best to make the healthier choice (even while traveling is what really matters.

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