I have almost a week under my belt and I’m ready to see results. I’m leaning hard into some of my favorite foods to give me the motivation to keep going while not feeling so restricted.

Again my ground rules are the same: $150 budget has to cover it all; I shop almost entirely at Walmart; still cutting (let’s say 98%) dairy, soy, gluten and added sugars. This upcoming week will be especially interesting because the kids’ birthday party is on Saturday and Independence Day is on Thursday.

OK, let’s do this thing:

Friday: Shrimp Boil (peel-n-eat shrimp, corn on the cob, asparagus boiled in gluten-free beer with a healthy splash of Old Bay seasoning and butter)

Saturday: Birthday Party — Dominos pizza for the kids, assorted crudite for the adults

Sunday: Garlic Steak Bites and Green Beans

Garlic butter steak bites and green beans, AKA heaven

Monday: Fiesta Potato Boats (baked sweet potatoes smothered with chicken breast, salsa, guacamole, etc.)

Tuesday: Parmesan Garlic Wings – a request from Peanut. Not the healthiest but I can pack it to snack on at Summer Shootout that night.

Wednesday: Fish Tacos – one of my absolute favorites. I’ll cheat a little and give myself a couple tortillas.

Thursday: Hot Dogs and Chips – I’ll probably stick to the natural wiener topped with chili and slaw. If I don’t let the Hubs grill on Independence Day I’m fairly sure he’ll question my nationality.

Bunless hot dog with chili and slaw. Really looks like a dog log…

Before I started my ‘journey’ (still rolling eyes thinking of The Bachelorette ruining this phrase) I was taking a handful of supplements each morning to help manage sugar cravings and inflammation. I think I’ll start those back again tomorrow. Here’s a quick rundown of what I use:

  • Inositol – powder supplement I used to put in my morning coffee that helps with insulin levels (and thus sugar cravings)
  • NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) – helps with inflammation and PCOS-related gut issues
  • Probiotic – gets that gut bacteria in a good place