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This is my first whole 30 and I am pretty excited. I am a night owl, and at midnight my challenge started. I had a small snack (it had been a few hours after dinner and I was hungry). I ate a small handful of macadamia nuts and a few slices of turkey. Couple of rasberries. Small serving of coconut water.

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Hi, Pandora, welcome to Whole30.


You'll get the very best results from your 30 days if you work on making all your meals meet the meal template. Smoothies are really not a good substitute for a hearty breakfast, and we'd strongly encourage you to skip them for 30 days. Here's the official word on smoothies from the Can I Have list:


Smoothies: We’d rather you didn’t

This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally made using lots of fruit) are technically compliant on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against it. Food that you drink sends different satiety signals to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that it’s had enough of what it needs. Plus, smoothies are generally really fruit-heavy, and starting your day off with a liquid sugar-bomb sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, we’d rather you just eat the food, and skip the smoothie.


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And the amount of macadamia  nuts (1/2 cup) added protein and fat. 


Sorry to jump in on you here again, but nuts count as fat only for Whole30 purposes, so really your breakfast lacked protein and veg.

The thing about so much fruit first thing in the morning is that it can play havoc with your blood sugar having fasted over night. This can cause a spike in energy followed by a crash, with the accompanying faux hunger. MANY people report being hungrier sooner when they eat fruit at breakfast, even if they eat the exact same breakfast that previously lasted them the suggested 4-5hrs PLUS the fruit.

Sure, you can just eat complaint foods for 30 days, but you'll honestly get the best bang for your buck if you follow the >recommended meal template<, three times a day, the first within an hour of wakening (plus pre/postWO meals where necessary).


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