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  1. Hello, I'm a single mother with two children and - between family, work and life - it's impossible to do the Whole30 without nearly complete weekly meal prep. After I wash/prep veggies & sauces for the week, I can cook breakfast/lunch/dinner each morning, but I do need to be able to follow a quick-reference plan. I don't have nearly enough time to figure it all out during the morning rush (or evening exhaustedness, esp after work, homework and bedtime rituals). I've gone online and, though there are recipes in various places, I REALLY need some help finding a full 30-day meal prep help. Part of my problem is that after being a vegetarian for 30 years, what I've read has convinced me that I ought to try meat again...and I don't know how to cook, spice, or prepare any kind of meat. So... Specifically, I need: Printable recipes that are complete meals (not mix and match side dishes). So if a recipe for breakfast is given, it will have protein, veggies and fat (not just the side veggies with the option to add protein). Printable shopping lists that go with the recipes A full 30-day plan Though I've looked online, full meals that come with shopping lists AND a printable version seem to be nonexistent. Can someone please help me? Thanks in advance!
  2. First the thanks: ShannonM816, thank you so much for your incredible links and insights. I will check them out but I'm particularly interested in the app you mentioned...sounds ahhh-mazing! Thank you, slc_melissa, for the tip! I totally get that starting small can be better for some as it definitely helps keep overwhelm to a minimum. And ladyshanny, thank you for the amazingly fantastic quick tips to get started. Then some info: So here's a full disclosure: I need a 30-day "system" because not only am I a single mother, but i'm trying to launch a business all while meeting the needs of my family and keeping my sanity. If anyone can relate, not having to reinvent the wheel each week with a tasty, varied menu would be absolutely dreamy! Another thing is that I'm going from being a vegetarian for the last 30 years to trying meat again (because of the claims of the Whole 30 Diet) which means I *really* don't even know how to cook meat!! So... LadyShanny, your step by step quickie will DEFINITELY come in handy for a novice like me! [mod edit to remove link to "for profit" trademark infringement] Anyway, than you ALL for chiming in and helping a mamma out! It takes a community to raise a new Whole30'er!
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    Compact Lunches (physically compact)

    I know this is an old post, but if anyone (like me) happens to read it in the future, here are my two cents: I'd recommend you buy yourself a small/mini fridge and put it under your desk. They are fairly affordable new but you can always use Facebook Marketplace to buy a used one in great condition at 50% off too. The more you can take control of everything around your meal habits, the longer the experience will last. Good luck!