Meal Plan for My Last Week of the Whole 30

I’m finishing up a Whole 30 nutritional reset this week. Here’s the meal plan.

protein style burger

Can you believe I only have one week left in my Whole 30? The last three weeks have really gone by quickly. While I can’t say that I’ve had a huge improvement in the areas I was hoping to improve (aches in my thigh and hip muscles), I have had sweet restful nights and been more alert during the day.

I’m thinking it’s the sugar.

So, on the other side, I’m going to try to limit the sweets that I add in. Hold me to it, will you?

If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, you can read about it here:

This is my last full week of the Whole 30, a nutritional reset. It’s amazing to think that I’ve eaten zero processed foods since Valentine’s Day. Pretty wild, actually.

(And yes, I’ve been in the kitchen. A lot.)

Last week I did a small freezer cooking session where I prepared a bunch of protein-rich meals to stash in the deep freeze. You can download the free cooking plan yourself if you’d like to give it a whirl.

sliced vegetables

Here’s my meal plan for the last week — as well as how I’ll adapt things for my family. The items with an asterisk* are in my cookbook.

What’s on YOUR meal plan this week?

Check out Menu Plan Monday for even more meal planning ideas.

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  1. Thanks for letting us follow along with you, Jessica! I’ve been cutting back on carbs for the past week, and very little processed or sugar…. has been interesting, I feel like I’m coming out of the fog as well. Focusing on whole foods, protein, and lot of veggies and fruits seems to be working well for me too. Keep us updated. I’m wondering if the hip/thigh pain will reduce eventually….

    • @Donna, the sugar I think is the culprit for my fog/lack of energy/weird sleep. I’m having to rethink that going forward.

      (Went to the chiropractor this week. I don’t think the food would have mattered.)

  2. Sarah Bauer says:

    I’m sure that you have had many people offering suggestions of things to try for your pain, but I wanted to throw one more out there b/c I have had similar hip/back/leg pain that doctors have not been able to figure out. @ MRIs, and injection and 2 rounds of physical therapy later I was not much better and they could not give me a cause. Everything comes back normal. Over the past 3 weeks I have began myofascial release, a specialized massage therapy and it is really helping. When I read about it I had almost all of the symptoms and I was so excited to find out what was going on with me after over a year and a half. I first had pain when I was training for a 5k and it just never really went away. I will come and go, but I felt like I had to be careful what I was doing to keep from hurting myself again. Maybe this might help you as well.

    • Thank you. It’s been hurting more the last few days and quite localized. I can “deal”; I just worry that it might be something worse (like cancer) so I’ll be making an appointment today. Sigh.

  3. Another 2 thoughts regarding your hip/thigh pain.. They could possibly be:
    1. your hip is rotated in your hip socket.. Mine goes out often and my chiropractor is able to manipulate it back in easily. You heed to find a really good chiropractor though. I’ve been to some who are nice enough but not masters of their chosen field.
    2. Even most chiropractors are not familiar with this skeletal issue but its called a sacroillac that is out of place or impinged.. its located lower off your spine/hip/pelvis and when its out it pinches nerves that can affect your hips, down your butt, and thigh and often doctors think its siatica but its not. If you can find someone who can manipulate it, its a life saver. I just found this on YouTube that you might want to consider trying.. Its easy.. just did them myself.. It feels a little awkward at first, but hey, its free & worth a try. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnKPXYSoMjM

    • @KimH, Ohh.. haha.. sorry.. was also going to say… Your food looks fantastic.. Have you lost weight on this eating plan? I’d love to go 30 days without eating any commercial food & thats my goal but I’ve not made it a full week as of yet.. One of these days. :)

    • @KimH, I went to the chiropractor this week. My sacroiliac joint was dysfunctional and my right hip is out of alignment with the left. I guess that was “easy”. Lol

      And no, I haven’t lost weight. In fact, I think I’ve gained it. Boo.

      • @Jessica, Well wonderful regarding your chiropractor.. Sounds like a good one! For me & others I’ve known, it may take a few times to get things to mostly stay in place but it sure makes life much better when you know what the problem is and how to fix it.. Strengthening the muscles helps until you over do it (thats me that does that). ;) Gotta find that perfect happy balance.
        Glad you got some clarity and I hope its already made a difference. Im 2 weeks late getting to my monthly chiropractor apt & my body can tell.. Monday!

        Im quite surprised by your possible weight gain.. but who knows.. our bodies are strange things. :)

  4. You’ve done a great job with this–I’m not sure I’d be able to stick with something like this. I think you are wise to get the hip pain looked into, though. It sounds like your previous doctor was treating the symptoms, but that doesn’t explain the underlying cause. Best wishes for some resolution with that. Unresolved medical issues can be so frustrating. Hang in there.

  5. Congrats, you’re almost there!!!! I’m doing a Whole30 in April and I managed to suck a bunch of my friends in too :)

  6. Have you tried yoga to relieve your hip and thigh muscle pain? I am not big on this, but my cousin, who was training for a marathon, told me that yoga and biking were how she got through that because running made her hips hurt so much. The yoga really stretched her and strengthened some of those muscles that don’t get worked from running, but that you need to support you. I have tried it a couple of times (just with a video) and I can really feel the stretches in my hips and thighs.

  7. I had hip/leg/back pain last spring similar to what you describe in your day 26 food post. I went through physical therapy and they found my pelvis was tilted. Along with the therapy and exercises, they were able to manipulate it back to a normal position. It made a world of difference! I could finally walk standing straight up again. Hopefully, you will get some answers and relief at your upcoming appointments.

    • @Leslie, yep. Went to a chiropractor this week who specializes in sports medicine. My pelvis is out of whack. I’m doing ice and stretches and adjustments now.

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