30 Days of Real Food–Week 3 Meal Plan and Update

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30 days Week 3

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Week 2 of our 30 days of real food challenge is finished!  Woo Hoo, we are still alive!  Not that I had any doubts or anything.  I am so proud of my husband for doing this with me.  He has so many temptations at work since lunch is always catered, but he’s stuck with it to support me.  It makes it so much easier to have someone else doing this with me.  We can hold each other accountable, and cheating is less likely.  Neither one of us wants to be that person who cheated. 

I am still having those foggy moments, where I feel like my brain is semi-detached from my body.  I have also developed joint pain.  It has subsided a lot this weekend, but Wednesday was pretty miserable.  I felt like all of my joints were swollen, and I hurt all over.  My knees, ankles and wrists especially.  I don’t know if this is diet change related, or if it’s just a terrible coincidence.  Not to worry though, I’m pretty tough and will stick it out.  I think in the long run, this diet change is for the best.  Plus I’ve learned that it will take more than just 30 days to fully get rid of proteins and toxins that are in your body.  And when you have as much fat stores as I do đŸ˜‰ it could take awhile to totally detox them.  I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn this, after all in my profession, we tell owners of dogs with food allergies that it could take up to 3 months to see full results after a diet change.  So maybe we should make this a 90 day challenge? 

I also just can’t seem to shake that craving for Coca cola!  I see how that industry is such a booming one!   It’s really opened my eyes to notice just how much I was addicted to the stuff.  If after 16 days without it, I’m still craving it, obviously I don’t need to be putting that toxic crap in my body.    This has been my biggest challenge–drinking.  Everything I was accustomed to drinking is terrible for you–soda, energy drinks, sugarey iced coffee drinks, flavored teas, juice with a pound of sugar added to it.  I’ve never been a water drinker, but in the last 2 weeks I have been forcing myself to drink more of it.  I even bought a new water bottle to keep at work, so I can make sure I am drinking more.  Did you know you are supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water a day?  That is  A LOT of water, but it does help flush toxins out of your body, and its better than putting unnecessary sugar and sodium into your system. 

One more thing–we started this not necessarily to lose weight, although that would definitely be a plus.  Just to keep track, though, I did weigh and measure myself on the first day.   So far I am down 6.4 pounds and lost 2 inches in my waist.  I will definitely take it!

10 things I learned this week:

  1. Detox sucks
  2. It may take more than 30 days to get rid of toxins in my body
  3. I don’t think I will ever get over missing soda and other sugary drinks
  4. Honey is yummy
  5. As long as I use my bread machine for dough making–I think I got this bread thing down!
  6. Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with some sort of berries and granola is pretty good–no need for Vanilla
  7. When making smoothies in a cheap-o blender be sure to wet the O-ring!  Suction is a NECESSITY! No one wants to clean up the mess if you don’t.
  8. I need to drink about 3x as much water as I have been.
  9. Austin has a plethora of local farms to find produce, eggs and meat
  10. Salad dressings are pretty easy to make

So what are we eating this week??



–Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Greek Yogurt

–Blueberry, Banana, Spinach, Greek Yogurt

–Strawberry, Banana, Apple Juice, Greek Yogurt

Yogurt with Granola and Fruit


Whole Wheat toast with Peanut Butter

Scrambled Eggs with Whole Wheat Toast


Wraps with hummus or Guacamole



Egg Salad Sandwiches

PB and J Sandwiches


Monday–Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice

Tuesday–Tacos in whole wheat Tortillas with Cheese, Salsa, Guacamole, and Greek Yogurt (as sour cream)

Wednesday–Breaded Chicken with Salad

Thursday–Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Friday–Homemade Veggie Pizza

Saturday–Veggie Quiche Whole Wheat Crust

Sunday–Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, Salad

I am also excited to announce that I am working on printable Meal Plans and Grocery Lists for Weeks 1, 2 and 3 for those of you that would like to start your own 30 day challenge.  I plan to have Week 1 available for you in the next few days, with Week 2 to follow shortly after.  I will also include links to the recipes I used as well. 

These printables are obviously put together for a 2 person household, but you can always adjust, double, or add to them to fit your families needs. 

*****Update***** You can find the first of 4 printables HERE!


Check out our final weeks of the challenge:

30 days challenge week 4

Week 4

30 days challenge final days

Final Days

Real Food on a Budget

Real Food on a Budget Challenge


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