A Whole30 Weekend (#WIAW)

Last weekend was my first weekend doing the Whole30. I knew that weekends would be one of the more challenging times to follow the plan but it really helped that I wasn’t going out so I had full control over my meals. I also didn’t have as much temptation to drink:) 

Over the weekend I felt like I make some steps towards really getting the hang of this Whole30 thing. I was putting together meals more easily and falling into a better eating schedule without relying as much on snacks. Honestly I also think it helped that I wasn’t running so I wasn’t starving like I usually am after a long run. 

I broke down my meals by Saturday and Sunday:


 Breakfast: frittata and sweet potato fried in coconut oil, black coffee

Lunch: leftover spaghetti squash with paleo meatballs and tomato sauce with spinach

Snack: gala apples with cashew butter

Dinner: bacon bison burger sliders with homemade paleo ketchup and a salad

Post-dinner: green tea


Pre-breakfast: banana and black coffee

Breakfast: apple, zucchini, squash, and sausage hash with eggs (After I took the above picture I ended up making it into a scramble as the eggs finished cooking)

Lunch: taco salad with spinach, ground turkey, peppers, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado and homemade taco seasoning 

Snack: Roasted almonds with sea salt

Dinner: Slow cooker chicken, kale, and sweet potato stew

Post-dinner: Apple chips baked in coconut oil with cinnamon (with a little melted cashew butter!)- we ate dinner much earlier so I felt like I needed to eat something else before I went to bed.

The trick was finding things we could eat over the weekend without interfering with our meal plan for the week! (Usually I don’t plan meals for the weekend other than Sunday’s dinner and we rely on eating out or eating leftovers). I think it went pretty well for not eating out at all!

Do you usually plan your meals for the weekend or just wing-it?

Do you eat differently on the weekends than during the week?

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57 thoughts on “A Whole30 Weekend (#WIAW)

    • I think part of what makes it hard it the uncertainty of weekends. During the week I know Ill be bringing lunch to work and eating breakfast and dinner at home, so I can always plan for that. I do like using the weekends as a time to go out more but its much easier to control what I eat during the whole30 by cooking myself!

    • I just have a really hard time knowing how much of everything to buy without meal planning- even still I end up running out of stuff! I hate having to go to the store more than once a week, which is what happens if I don’t plan ahead!

    • It’s really hard. I think its a little easier to be creative/flexible with snacks, but with meals you really need to have some options available!

  1. Weekends on Whole30 were strange at first, but we weren’t going out to eat much anyway so I quickly realized it didn’t make much difference what day of the week it was! It was all mental. The extra prep felt like a lot though – planning 7 meals rather than maybe 5 – and now I break the week into two parts in my head to make meals more manageable.
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    • I think planning for 7 days is really hard. Its a good idea to split the week into two parts. I just never know if I’ll have time to get back to the grocery store during the week. I think I am learning what foods to just buy a lot of (like sweet potatoes and eggs!) because they will get eaten in a reasonable time no matter what!

  2. It’s funny, the weekends are usually easier for me because we are home more often. During the week I am always running around taking kids to different appointments etc so it’s so easy to get something quick somewhere (read: a smoothie. My addiction 😉 )- but even then I keep it healthy. Meal planning makes me stick to healthy eating better though and I love being prepared!
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    • See that’s funny because I put so much more effort into the days when I am busy/out that I am always prepared with what I’ll be eating! On the weekends I know I will have more time so I don’t necessarily plan, and then end up without anything to eat!

    • I don’t think I had too much of a sweet tooth before..I mean I definitely enjoyed some chocolate on occasion, but I was also fine with paleo baked treats instead of sugary sweets. I don’t chew gum so that wasn’t an issue. I am learning to enjoy fruit as my snack, so I guess thats a good thing!

  3. When it comes down to me making the meal plan (instead of my partner) I only write down Monday through Friday in hopes he’ll take us out for dinner or something on the weekends. It seems to always be a scramble deciding what to have… and when not doing a whole 30 or eating strictly paleo like we are now.. it usually ends up being pizza. We start our next Whole30 in February and will be much better at planning that out in advance so we aren’t as scrambled for food when we can’t rely on the junk.
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    • I used to always just put “out or leftovers” as our Saturday meal plan, but we never had leftovers so we always ended up just having to go out! I did like having a break from cooking:) It doesn’t hurt to save some money by eating in every day. And while doing the whole30 its much easier to control what you eat by cooking at home!

    • That sounds like a really good way to do things! The only purpose I have for planning each day is so that we don’t eat similar things back to back, and also if I know I will be home later I plan to make something quicker (or that my husband can make).

    • We would have loved to have you (and the babies!) Thanks! Following the Whole30 has really pushed me out of my comfort zone a bit with some of my meals!

    • I think it can be hard to truly plan for all 7 days. Its nice to have a back up plan when things don’t work out come the weekend:)

    • I was thinking it would be weird and that I would just eat the burger with a fork and knife…but it actually really added to the flavor of the meal! I might have to use sweet potatoes as buns all the time now!

    • Thanks! I think I need to start doing that for the weekends- just buying a few items that I know I can make into some sort of a meal over the weekend! Or that won’t go bad if we don’t use them.

  4. Week days are pretty planned out, but I tend to wing it on weekends or finish up left overs. I haven’t seen the needle moving on the scale lately, and that’s probably because the weekends have been a little too loose.

    I love reading your food posts, they give me great ideas. I should probably just use my crock pot a bit more on the weekends. And possibly dip my toe into Paleo. I don’t think I could do the Whole 30. My husband is not health inclined and it would just be way too difficult doing that solo.

    Your kale stew looks fantastic and reminded me of a soup I had from Wegmans last week that I wanted to try making at home.
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    • I used to always find that I ate way worse on the weekends. Even when I wasn’t going out to eat or “splurging” I was not eating fruit and veggies like I usually do. I think its just hard to stick to a routine on days off!
      I think that doing whole30 alone would be really hard. Since I am pretty much in charge of cooking around here, my husband realized he didnt have much of a choice so he’s giving it a try:)

    • You’re welcome! Its definitely a learning process. You did great with meal planning last week and if you keep at it, it will just become part of your routine!

    • It definitely does take practice! Part of my reason for doing such specific meal planning is to avoid going to the grocery store more than once a week. If it was more convenient, I would probably go every day (and probably spend way too much money!)

    • The stew was really good! Even my husband who doesn’t like crock pot meals admitted he liked it:) I used to really enjoy having some more flexibility with my eating on the weekends. But it is good that we aren’t going out to each as much lately!

  5. Those meals look so delicious! Spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes are the best!
    I usually try to plan our meals for at least Saturday and Sunday night dinner (or plan meals with leftovers at the end of the work week) so we don’t get tempted into eating out. We’ll eat out maybe one weekend per month, but it’s so much healthier to eat at home, even if we just have something like an egg and sweet potato hash.
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    • That’s so true, and such a good idea! I have really been struggling with figuring out if we will have leftovers from meals before I make them. Some of the meals this week I expected to have 4 servings of leftovers and only had 1!

    • With certain meals I do expect to miss cheese but I think as long as you get creative with spices it can still taste really good! Hopefully I can keep finding good meals to make for the next few weeks!

    • That’s great! Let me know if you have any questions when you are doing it! There are SO many great Whole30 recipes out there, it makes it much easier to follow! Oh and have a great time in Mexico:)

    • It was great! My husband said it was better than store bought! Not sure if I would go that far, but I do think I could get used to it and eventually just make my own instead of buying it anymore!

    • Thanks! I don’t think I could manage to the the whole30 without meal planning. Otherwise I would be at the grocery store every day!

    • It was a little hard but I think after having so much wine over the holidays a break from it was welcome:)

    • Thanks! I agree that it gets so tiring to cook every single day! Usually I also eat out on the weekends or rely on leftovers, but while doing the Whole30 it seems easier to make my own meals so I have some more control over what I eat.

  6. Your meals look great, especially the chicken, sweet potato and kale stew! I will have to try it.

    I kinda do, kinda don’t plan meals for the week: I don’t plan exactly what meal we will have what day, but I have a rough idea of what we’re going to make for meal prep on a Sunday and meals throughout the week. We always have quiche on hand, a dish made with ground beef (grass-fed of course!), usually a chicken curry of some kind made by my husband, plus fat bombs and nutter bombs. We plan our weeknight meals so that Monday, Wednesday, Friday are the nights we cook some combination of meat and vegetables, and Tuesday, Thursday (aka running group nights) are the leftovers that we just heat up. This planning and organising allows to always have delicious, wholesome, real, primal food always on hand so that we’re never tempted to (or resorted to) grabbing something non-primal friendly. We also don’t keep any non-primal foods in our house, what’s the point?
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    • It sounds like even without specific meal planning you are extremely organized! I love that you have figured out a schedule for leftovers versus cooking- that’s what we try to do as well based on what we have going on throughout the week. For me its gotten easier as I have discovered more meal and snack ideas that are Whole30 compliant but also easy to prepare/keep on hand in case of emergencies.

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