So a lot of my questions after my first day (1/14/19) revolve around meal planning, I'm just gonna fire them off..
1) Does the Whole30 guide book and the servings for each recipe take into account male vs. female portion control? I found that I was stuffed by the end of breakfast on the first day and didn't eat the fruit that's on the meal plan. Anyways, the portions just seem big to me but I used to be a 4-6 meal/day, weighing everything I ate, person. Should we just eat until we've had enough and then up the meals/day if needed until we can get down to 3-4 meals/day? Or should I finish the whole serving size in the recipe and try to cut to 3-4 meals/day now?
2) When planning ... I want to plan the days meals on my own because I'm seeing so many recipes that look great, but I was curious if the 7-Day meal plan (on pg. 196) is set up in a specific way? Basically, does my meal around lunch impact what my meal at dinner should be or should everything go by the meal planning pdf? If I have a lean protein at lunch should I go for a fatty protein at dinner? This is kind of a hard question to explain but hopefully you get what I'm saying! Basically, can I just choose any Whole30 recipe I find and go with it for whatever meal?
3) I like meal prepping so I don't have to cook much during the work week. What I have been doing for the past few years is making 2-3 recipes/week and then just eating that all week (bc I'm lazy but it works for me). For day one, I had the spinach frittata and half an avocado for breakfast. For lunch, I had the protein salad (chicken) on a bed of baby spinach with ranch dressing and a side of fruit. For a pre-workout snack, I had a lemon LARABAR. For my post-workout meal which was at dinner time so it was also for dinner, I had the perfect ground meat with italian seasoning, tomato sauce and roasted spaghetti squash (I probably had 1/2 of the serving size that the recipe makes, it is a lot of food! But that did fill my plate anyways.) My actual question here is... can I eat that exact meal plan for 4 days in a row? It really has never bothered me to eat the same thing everyday, I'll switch it up next week, and I have a ton of leftovers anyways from making the whole recipe from the book! I guess I am wondering if I might be missing key nutrients by not switching things up. Any discussion here would be helpful