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Hi everyone! Brand new to Whole30. Brand new to healthy eating, really! Boyfriend and I started on 1/2/17 and I am trying to figure things out as I go along. I am super excited about doing this and SO happy that my boyfriend is willing to participate. We are junk addicts - pizza, burgers, cheese, alcohol, fried ANYTHING...and we are feeling the effects of it all! Our goal is to feel better, learn to make better choices, get rid of the cravings, and hopefully lose a little weight along the way. With that said, I am not sure I am doing this right just yet...so I would love some feedback on my meals so far.

Day 1: (off work)

10a - 2 scrambled eggs with 1/2 sliced apple

3p - 6 oz salmon with 1c broccoli

8p - leftover roast beef with 1c sauteed zucchini & peppers, and mashed butternut squash

Day 2:

8:30a - 2 HB eggs, 1/3c blackberries. Should I add veggies and small amount of fat here and skip the fruit?

12:30p - 6 oz salmon with lemon and capers, 1c asparagus, handful of raw almonds

5p - Cashew Larabar because I was hungry

8:30p - ~1c Skinny Taste No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili (http://www.skinnytaste.com/no-bean-turkey-and-sweet-potato-chili/)

Day 3 has been fairly similar to Day 2, switched blackberries from strawberries and asparagus for green beans/broccoli. Will have a pork chop with cauliflower rice and a roasted red pepper for dinner.

As I type this, I realize I am very light on veggies so will definitely work on that. I don't mind eating the same thing for about 3 days in a row and then try to switch it up as I don't have a ton of time to cook during the week. One thing that is going to be challenging: I drive about 1.5 hours every other day after work to go to the barn (to ride my horse) and don't get home until ~8:30pm. On the opposite days, I work out around 5:30p so those days are a bit easier to manage. Any suggestions for meal timelines would be greatly appreciated. I usually wake up around 6:45, get to the office around 8:15 (I like to eat breakfast at my desk - yikes!), can eat lunch any time, and leave the office between 4:30p-5:30p. 

Thank you in advance!!

 

 

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Hey, you're on the right track! For your first meal I would increase the eggs to as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping; start with 3-4 for most people or add another protein source. Add 1-3 cups of veggies and some fat before you add fruits. 

For your lunch, how does "6 oz salmon" equate to your palm size? Protein should be 1-2 servings that are the length, width and thickness of your palm. Almonds (and all nuts) as a fat source are meant to be limited so think one closed handful every other day.  

For dinner, 1 cup of chili isn't enough when you consider the protein recommendation and the fact we want you filling your plate with veggies at every meal. At least 2-3 cups. And add a fat (guacamole or avocado would be great here!).

If you are hungry between meals as you get used to how much to eat, go for a mini-meal of protein, veggies and fats. If you can't manage all three, try for protein and fat or protein and veggies as this would serve you the best to get you between meals. Larabars, while technically compliant, are really a sub-par choice and it's our experience that people who do not rely on those tend to branch out more and build larger meals and slay sugar dragons! :)

Meal timing recommendations are fairly static; eat every 4-5 hours. However you have to fit that in for yourself should work.

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5 minutes ago, ladyshanny said:

Hey, you're on the right track! For your first meal I would increase the eggs to as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping; start with 3-4 for most people or add another protein source. Add 1-3 cups of veggies and some fat before you add fruits. 

For your lunch, how does "6 oz salmon" equate to your palm size? Protein should be 1-2 servings that are the length, width and thickness of your palm. Almonds (and all nuts) as a fat source are meant to be limited so think one closed handful every other day.  

For dinner, 1 cup of chili isn't enough when you consider the protein recommendation and the fact we want you filling your plate with veggies at every meal. At least 2-3 cups. And add a fat (guacamole or avocado would be great here!).

If you are hungry between meals as you get used to how much to eat, go for a mini-meal of protein, veggies and fats. If you can't manage all three, try for protein and fat or protein and veggies as this would serve you the best to get you between meals. Larabars, while technically compliant, are really a sub-par choice and it's our experience that people who do not rely on those tend to branch out more and build larger meals and slay sugar dragons! :)

Meal timing recommendations are fairly static; eat every 4-5 hours. However you have to fit that in for yourself should work.

This is very helpful, thank you!

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