(Photo by Ella Olsson)

Six weeks in, and Charlie’s shattered her stats holding pattern!

(It’s kinda weird to say she’s smashed through the “floor,” so we’re going with the ceiling-shattering analogy instead.)

Down 20 lbs, TWO pant sizes, and 7 inches total off her bust, midriff, waist, and hips. Charlie has worked her way into an entirely new wardrobe in less than two months.

…Well, not “new” new. It’s really that whole wardrobe of clothes we keep in the back of the closet that we refuse to let go of, because eventually this latest chunk of weight (and the chunk before that) will decide to disappear someday by accident, and we will totally be glad we kept this shirt at that point, just wait and see.

…It’s that day!

Charlie is winning the closet wars AND blowing numbers off her stats, like a Boss!

(Enter Accidental Nutritionist team dance party here)

(As we all doo-de-doo, doo-de-doo, doo, dooooo the tune together)
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…Meanwhile…

I’ve sent Jamie back to her notebooks to scrape together a version of the meal plans she’s been building across the past six weeks…dodging through her notes, picking through her side-bar addendums and lists of things to look up, and scrambling through her growing manifesto of Charlie eatery.

…She tells me she needs to “keep better notes” because some of the seasoning details didn’t make it to the page. For someone who has never consciously cooked anything but popcorn the same way twice, Jamie is building and adjusting to this new process just fine. We’ll take what we can get. I mean, Charlie has had very few complaints. And when you’re on your 30th meal with riced cauliflower, that’s pretty freakin’ good.

…So, without further ado (and remembering that week #1, Charlie cooked all her own meals while Jamie began her studies), we give you: six weeks of meal plans!

(A quick note: Some meals are repeatable within the same week. All foods are made from fresh or frozen, unpreserved & naked ingredient sources, except for beans…which are low-sodium & canned but rinsed. Cuz, we have whole other jobs, here people. We don’t have beans-from-scratch time too.)

Week #2

Meals: Dill Salmon Salad with Citrus Champagne Vinegar / Shedded Orange Pork, Black Beans, & Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice / Salmon Cake over Vinegar Coleslaw /Poached Lemon Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, & Sauteed Zucchini / Baked Herb Chicken with Lemon Asparagus / Mash Pinto Sauce with Seared Broccoli and Sweet Potato Noodles

Snacks: Cashew “Cream” Salmon Dip / Black Bean & Sweet Pepper Dip / Garlic Lemon Hummus / Chopped Veggies (Carrots, Celery, Cucumber — for dipping) / Balsamic Herb Dressing with Citrus Champagne Vinegar / Egg Whites / Fresh berries / Almond Butter

Week #3

Meals: Tuna Chickpea Veggie Scramble with Zucchini / Italian Pork Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles / Chinese 5-Spice Chicken Stirfry with Cauliflower Rice / Roasted Rosemary Chicken & Asparagus / Spiced Sauteed Chickpeas with Salad

Snacks: Black Bean & Sweet Pepper Dip / Chopped Veggies (for dipping) / Balsamic Herb Dressing with Citrus Champagne Vinegar / Egg Whites / Fresh berries / Almond Butter / Naked Popcorn

Week #4

Meals: Orange & Sesame Chicken with Zucchini Noodles & Garlic Green Beans / Middle Eastern Chicken Stew over Cauliflower Rice / Mashed Garlic Pinto Beans Salads with Spinach in Romaine “Taco” shells / Seared Pork with Onions & Steamed Broccoli / “Colcannon” (Slow-cooked pork in corned-beef replicated herbs and spices and Cabbage and Carrots, mixed with Herb & Spice “Potato-Mashed” Cauliflower)

Snacks: Chopped Veggies (for dipping) + Fennel & Radishes / Balsamic Herb Dressing with Citrus Champagne Vinegar / Almond Butter / Naked Popcorn / Egg Whites / Fresh berries

Week #5

Meals: Tuscan White Bean & Kale Soup / Pesto Salmon with Zucchini Noodles / Cuban Black Beans with Cauliflower Rice & Roasted Zucchini / Roast Chicken, Mashed Cauliflower, & “Carmalized” Brussel Sprouts/ Asian Pork, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Snacks: Chopped Veggies (for dipping) + Sweet Peppers / Almonds, Cashew & Pistachio nut mix / Egg Whites / Fresh berries / Naked Popcorn / Balsamic Herb Dressing with Citrus Champagne Vinegar

Week #6

Meals: Bavarian Chicken Stew (with Yellow Onion, Carrot, Celery, Green beans, Sweet Potato, Broccoli & Cauliflower) / “Taco” Salad with Mashed Garlic Beans, Fresh Salsa & Cilantro on Greens / Lemon Air Fried Chicken Bites with Sweet Potato Steaks & Collard Greens / Chinese 5-Spice Pork Stirfry (with Cabbage, Yellow Onion, Carrots, Broccoli & Sweet Peppers)

Snacks: Chopped Veggies (for dipping) + Sweet Peppers & Zucchini / Fresh Salsa / Egg Whites / Fresh berries / Naked Popcorn / Balsamic Herb Dressing with Citrus Champagne Vinegar / Almond Butter

…Tummy grumbling yet?

This is how I know Jamie is a genius no matter how “accidentally” she has found herself in the position of becoming a personal nutritionist and chef on the side. You can’t create this kind of menu with these many restrictions in about 8 hours of prep and cook-time without a touch of freak-giftedness.

…Luckily for Charlie.

…Hell, and me too, when it comes to that. As we get to wrap up whatever meal plan-building extras are leftover (supplemented into our weekly eats by Charlie-restricted occasional red meats, pastas, and potatoes.)

Want to know more? Fear not; we will be deep-diving into the whole process as we get further into this blog. So tune in next week for more updates, meal plans, and Jamie’s feature share on tools she uses in the kitchen and why they have been important.

…We’re talking about a person with a specific brand and color of pen she uses to take notes with — so we’re gonna get super specific (for all you fellow tool-nerds out there.)

Now, as we round out this week, take a few minutes and click over to Charlie’s page for the answer to our question as a prompt:

“What are helpful tips for people starting their own nutritional journey that you wish you had before you started yours?”

Healthy Eating!

~D