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Margaret's Lent Whole30


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My first Whole30 ended after day 3. As a nursing student in college, I didn't realize the temptations and struggles that I would be facing. The hardest days were Tuesdays and Thursdays when I would get home from the Hospital exhausted and starved. Of course these were my weakest moments. And while my head told me not to eat the entire refrigerator, eat the entire refrigerator I did. HOWEVER, I am now ready to fully complete my Lent Whole30. What better motivation to start AND FINISH my Whole30? 


I made sure to stock up on enough groceries to carry through this next week with no temptations. I will be making Paleo chili/meat sauce, chicken salad with my homemade mayo, beef brisket, turkey burgers, omelettes, and other salads. :) 


So Day 1:

I actually wasn't too hungry today considering I ate a ton of food late the night before...but no more of that! 


8:00 Breakfast:1 hard boiled egg


12:30 Lunch: romaine with vinegar, 1 avocado mashed 


3:30 Snack: banana, tea 


8:30 Dinner: chicken breast, 1 tbsp paleo mayo (homemade), green onions, romaine, 1 tbsp olive oil + balsamic vinegar


10:00 Snack: lemon Lara bar


I know I'll be much hungrier tomorrow, I can already feel my appetite coming back. 




1. Focus on the meal template (protein + veggies, then fruit and fat) 

2. drink H2O!! 

3. take fruit or Lara bars up to your room if you feel tempted (other grab and go snacks: squash/sweet potato baby food, apples, almonds, chicken, sausage, avocado, carrots) 

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I think you've misunderstood the meal template. Protein, veggies and fat at every meal, fruit occasionally.

Each meal, have 1-2 palm sized portions of protein (that's the length, width and depth of your palm) or if eggs are your only protein source, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand; have 1-2 thumb size portions of fat, or a heaping handful or two of olives or coconut flakes, or a half to a whole avocado, or a small, closed handful of nuts; and have 1-3 cups of vegetables. Occasionally have a serving of fruit, where a serving is about the size of your fist, and it's best to have fruit with a meal, not on its own.

Ideally you'll have meals that keep you full 4-5 hours at a time, but if you are hungry between meals, try to have a mini meal of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. If you have long enough days that eating every 4-5 hours, you need a fourth meal, that's fine.

Bars, whether they're sweet like Larabars or savory like Epic bars, are really for emergencies only, like if you get stuck at work or in traffic and are ready to gnaw your own arm off and there's no other option.

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