True confession: in all the years past, Mondays were always my day to start my post weekend cleanse. Usually something extreme, like not eating dairy and grains and sugar and alcohol and meat or juicing straight until I felt a little like gumby.
Something- if I’m being totally honest with you- that would make me pay my dues and punish myself for enjoying all the weekend fun I wanted.
Two extremes, but I didn’t know any other way.
And I’m sharing it with you today, just in case you might be right there too.
Because sometimes the real problem is actually learning how to live in the gray zone, without being so black and white and extreme about your daily eating and living.
There’s a lot less guilt, a lot more vibrancy and happiness in that space. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Which is why set diets are appealing. It’s the easy way out- you’ve got rules to follow. Which is exactly what makes it not sustainable over time.
Because eventually that cheese plate or sandwich or chocolate cake is gonna look real good. And life is too short without it.
So, it might be a better idea to actually learn how to live with it. With calmess and joy instead of the crazy.
So, today. I’ve got something for ya.
Tell me this. What else could you do in your life, if this was your reality:
Go to the store 1x/week. Cook 3 hours [or less] per week.
Eat amazing tasting food all week. That also happens to be healthy. And seasonal [read: less expensive, colorful + healthier for you]. And different than your 5 recipe dinner rut rotation. Plus. You get to feel awesome. So there’s that.
For 4 weeks in a row. While living your real life. Take it at your own pace (whatever that means for you).
This is no diet plan. It’s a specific hands-on blueprint plan for how to shop, cook, eat and live a real-food lifestyle. Without being crazy. Made simple.
So, what kind of recipes are on tap this round? Cozy ones. Warm ones. Hearty ones. All made healthy. And all with brand new, never before seen recipes!
What are the recipes like? A lot of make-ahead style dishes, one-pot meals, and more veggie-eating than you’ve done in a long time. All are naturally gluten-free, most are dairy optional too, and are written to be adjusted to your own tastes.
WINTER MEAL PLAN RECIPE LIST:
Tahini Kale Salad
Roasted Red Pepper Harissa
Roasted Carrots + Chicken
Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Turkey Sausage Stuffed Zucchini
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Turkey Sausage Tamale Bowls
Roasted Beet, Avocado + Citrus Salad
Tamale Hash + Fried Eggs
Truffle Kale Salad
Creamy Mushroom, Chicken + Green Bean Skillet
Ginger Thai Scallops/Shrimp/Fish/Chicken and Grilled Bok Choy
Winter Roasted Asparagus
Broccoli and Leek Soup
French Stuffed Peppers
Creamy Mushroom, Chicken + Green Bean Risotto
Grilled Fish in Packets
Creamy Carrot + Cauliflower Puree
Sweet Potato+ Scallion Pancakes
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Cinnamon Chicken Chili
Winter Raddichio Salad
Mexican Chicken Salad
Saffron Quinoa Bowl
Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs
Roasted Broccoli Peanut Bowl
French Stuffed Peppers
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettucine
Miso Honey Grilled Fish
Kale + Yam Fritters
Healthy Banana Bread
THE DEETS: How (Specifically) Does It Work?
How It Works:
Every Friday for 4 weeks, you get an entirely new plan for the coming week, including real food recipes you can tailor to your likes, specific directions on what to do when (and how much time it will take you), and a printable shopping list (also viewable on your phone or tablet) that you take to the store with you 1 time per week. The Meal Plan will enable you to have a plan for your breakfast, lunch + dinners for the weekdays, but not in a rigid way.
Real food 101 basic guide, my full green smoothie recipe collection, long term pantry + staple list, cocktail, wine + coffee order guide, healthy snack list, my favorite books, cookbooks + recommended resources, a private Facebook group, access to Sarah anytime for questions/recipe modifications and lots of great bonuses along the way!
This is not a diet. On purpose. It’s a real food healthy lifestyle blueprint plan that you can take and make it your own. You can add in other food and other snacks if you want to. You can go out to eat. It’s just based on eating real food [unprocessed and whole foods], prepared simply and efficiently for busy people who want to eat well.
Is This A Good Fit For Me?
1. You are done dieting, juicing and being so extreme when it comes to eating healthy.
2. You want to educate yourself and feed yourself (and those that you love the most) better.
3. Craving less sugar + processed food would be awesome.
4. You need new “go-to” recipes: healthy, easy to make + delicious
5. You’d love to have 4 weeks of a ready “plan” that you can take out anytime in the season: re-use them all season long!
Who is this plan NOT meant for?
Anyone who wants a deeper education on the “whys” behind real food, those that need more personalized accountability and support, or those that have a negative or more emotional relationship to food that they’d like to change. The Meal Plan does a great job of showing you what to do to feel better, but if you don’t address the root cause of some of your thoughts and behaviors, it won’t stick for good. All of these factors would make doing some one on one mentoring a much better fit for you, if the goal is to actually change how you think about food for the rest of your life.
1. Can I travel + go out to eat while doing this?
Yes, the plan is totally flexible. Stop and start or adjust is as you need to. You can save entire weeks to pull out for weeks that you are fully home too.
2. Is anything off-limits? Coffee, wine, desserts, etc?
No, nothing is off limits at all. This is not a diet plan– just a way to help you maximize your healthy eating, mix up your routine and get you eating and feeling better without so much effort! We make suggestions for you on how to think about your desserts, cocktails + coffee habits, but it’s up to you how you want to go about it.
3. I’m cooking for my significant other or family. Can the recipes be doubled?
Yes, absolutely. The plan is written for 1 person with a large appetite. For couples, it’s easy to double the recipes. For a family, check out the Family Meal Plan options! If you ever have questions on this, you can always email Sarah directly for more guidance on this.
4. I have food sensitivities! Can I do this?
Yes, the entire plan is naturally gluten-free and dairy and egg optional for most recipes. There are meat dishes, but can easily be replaced with bean or lentil substitutes with the same sauces/toppings if you are vegetarian. This plan would not be a good fit for vegans.
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Just ask in the comments below, or contact me.
photos by Jasmine Pulley for The Simply Real Health Cookbook: Easy Real Food Recipes, Made Simple. On presale now!