So I know it says no substitution


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I eat big breakfasts, big, healthy, whole30 approved and chocked full of veggies breakfasts. The problem is that I have 3-4 hours of classes in the morning with only a little break before I have another 1-2 hours of classes and then work. On days that I can, I try to make sure that I have a nice lunch, but I don't always have access to a microwave to heat up my leftovers or a place to sit down to eat a nice full meal. And I'm afraid that I won't get all the calories I need for the day- or that I'll end up eating them only in the morning/night. 

So I've taken to having my big breakfast, and then making a smoothie to bring with me to class, so I can have something while I'm sitting in lecture. that won't make it hard to take notes. I also bring a bunch of little things with me to munch on all day so that I never get hungry enough to break or feel like I'm legitimately starving.But I have to carry all my food with me around campus- and it's hard. I also have a recipe for some homemade Lara bars (go mom!) that I'd like to try. 

I guess, what I'm trying to say, is it ok to use smoothies and energy bars to supplement my meals? Or is that too close to substitution? 


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I'm not sure I understand what you mean by no substitution.  

Lara bars and smoothies are technically compliant, however any energy bars are recommended to be used as emergency food only on a Whole30. That means stuck in crazy traffic extending your time between meals or on a long hike in the woods. You shouldn't be using them to supplement your meals: use whole food instead. (Avoid making your own bars until after your Whole30 is complete.)

Smoothies are discouraged, as chewing whole food is more satiating that drinking it. 

"Munching all day" is also something we want to you step away from, for optimal hormonal balance. Ideally, have meal 1 within one hour of waking, and build each meal to satiate you for 4-5 hours.

Can you take meals with you an an insulated bag or cooler in the car?

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Sometimes you just have to suck it up a little bit and eat leftovers cold. I teach at two different gyms on Tuesdays after a full day of work (first gym does not have a microwave). My dinner is eaten sitting in the car (not while driving) and it's usually chicken and veg, eaten cold. It's awkward meal timing for sure, but it worked through my entire Whole30.


Smucky's idea of a thermos is also really good. Maybe I'll give that a try  ;)

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Remember, it doesn't have to be the best lunch ever. It just needs to closely approximate the Meal Template. A few hard-boiled eggs or  tuna/sardines/packet of salmon (no refrigeration needed) over a bed of baby greens and/or some celery and baby carrots and pepper strips and some olives would be stellar. (And surprisingly tasty!)


Check out this article for more easy, portable ideas. And this Whole30 Travel PDF.


You can do this!!

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