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Hi! I need some help! Any comments, advice, or suggestions would be very appreciated! I'm finding it difficult to stick with the meal timelines (food every 4-5 hours). I have been having 3 meals 1 snack, or 4 smaller meals, plus a small pre-workout and post-workout for days when I workout. I mostly do high-intensity interval training, but also I run or erg sometimes. Here is what I eat (roughly): Breakfast: 2 eggs + 1/2 cup while egg + a fist-size ish of leftover veggies (zucchini, mushroom, onion, red bell pepper, kale), a little bit of shredded chicken or turkey (leftover) Lunch: 1/4 sweet potato or potato + veggies would pile up my plate (kale, zucchini, mushroom, onion, red bell pepper, kale, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli) + protein (2 palm size of ground beef or fish, or 1 chicken breast) + 1/2 avocado + 1 tsp olive oil + 2-3 pieces of either cashews or walnuts Snack: (1/4 sweet potato + a little bit of shredded chicken, or 1/2 can of tuna + 1/4 avocado) OR (1 apple gala + 1 tbsp almond butter + a few blueberries + 5-7 almonds/pecans/walnuts) OR (chia pudding with 1 tbsp chia, 2/3 cup of almond milk, and 5-7 almonds/pecans/walnuts, and 1/2 dates) Pre-WO: chicken and avocado as per template, 1/2 banana and 1/2 tbsp almond butter if it's a morning workout, or just almonds if I'm rushing Post-WO: compliant deli (a few slices) and 1/4 sweet potato Dinner: same as lunch.
Hello everyone, I started my whole30 three days ago on Friday and I've read the whole30 book and have been browsing this website for more information and ideas. A lot of the people here talk about their struggle with being hungry more frequently, but I have the opposite problem, I don't feel hungry that often. I don't purposefully restrict food, but I've been an one meal a day girl for as long as I can remember. There are no psychological traumas related to food that has caused this, no one has ever called me fat or commented on my weight as a child, teen, or young adult so that is not a factor. I've just always heard everyone say that we should follow our hunger cues so that's what I do. I know this program suggests that we eat three meals a day but I find that I'm not hungry for that much food. On my first day of the whole30 I ate 1/4 of a 10in Spinach Frittata and a peach as my only meal of the day because I wasn't hungry for the rest of the day and I didn't feel like preparing food that I wasn't hungry for in the first place. On my second day I felt no bad side effects from eating so little the day before, but I made myself eat three meals (another 4th of the frittata and strawberries for breakfast, protein salad with canned chicken, grapes, celery, carrot, and onion over baby spinach for lunch, and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and ground turkey for dinner). I'm feeling a little more tired today, but still pretty normal. I have eating another 4th of the frittata and a banana so far. I need to eat the protein salad in about an hour if I don't want dinner to be at 10 or 11pm, but I'm not feeling hungry. I used to eat a calorie bomb meal (lots of cheese, carb, fat, and sugar) as my only meal in the past, so I'm not underweight --just tired and sluggish all the time which is why I started this program. I know we're not tracking calories on this program (and I've never been one to really track calories anyway) but now that I'm not eating the high calorie fatty foods, I'm wondering if I should be concerned about how my poor hunger cues are going to affect my ability to get enough calories in a day. Should I just listen to my sporadic hunger cues and eat when I feel hunger --trusting that they will regulate into something normal as the program progresses--, or should I eat three meals a day to "train" them into being more normal and to ensure I'm getting enough calories? I do have excess fat that I can use for energy, but according to the book, my body is not adapted to do that yet. Making myself eat three meals a day is not torture, it's just not particularly enjoyable either, so I'm not going to do it if you guys/the whole30 team don't think there's benefit in doing it or harm in not doing it.