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Meal Planner - how to cut back on meat?

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Just started a whole30, bought the meal planner and all the ingredients I didn't have for the first day, and then I realized...

 

I normally eat this much meat in a month. Not a day. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, I've just never felt like I needed to eat that much meat. Surely suddenly downing 115g bacon and "1 turkey sausage" (assuming that's like maybe 250g? I bought 300g of it just to be sure) in a day can't go well, right?

 

Sure enough, I started feeling tired and sluggish some time after my breakfast consisting mainly of bacon. Not completely sure it was the culprit, but -

 

how do you cut back on meat in the meal planner? Not completely eliminate it - getting some in small quantities a couple times a week would be nice. I tried applying the "vegetarian" filter to most of my meals in a week, but turns out only 3 lunch/dinner recipes have this tag, and I'm not sure I want to prepare me 40 servings of ratatouille during the course of the program.

 

Cycling between the "Whole30" and "Vegetarian" meal plans is definitely an option - the latter seems to have a few more lunches/dinners if you eliminate all the things eliminated in a regular W30, it's just not very convenient to have to completely rewrite the entire meal plan several times a week.

 

If anyone's had a similar experience I'd love to hear from you! I really like the feel of this meal planner and it'd be sad to have to resort to using something else :/

 

(I guess I could just decrease the quantities of meat and increase those of everything else in the recipes?)

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I'm not sure if you're using Real Plans or something else, and I haven't used a meal planning app anyway so I can't really speak to how to adapt that for your purposes. 

What I can say is that whole30 recommends following the meal template for each meal, which you can download here:  https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/. This is just a recommendation, what we believe will get you the best results, and you are free to not follow it if you want, but definitely check it out and see how it compares to what the meal planner is recommending. 

I know you're not vegetarian, but some of the information about doing whole30 as a vegetarian might be helpful to you:  https://whole30.com/2017/06/veg-whole30/. There might be something helpful in this article as well:  http://whole9life.com/2013/02/eating-meat-a-primer-for-the-meat-challenged-2/.

 

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On 7/19/2019 at 6:09 PM, ShannonM816 said:

I'm not sure if you're using Real Plans or something else, and I haven't used a meal planning app anyway so I can't really speak to how to adapt that for your purposes. 

What I can say is that whole30 recommends following the meal template for each meal, which you can download here:  https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/. This is just a recommendation, what we believe will get you the best results, and you are free to not follow it if you want, but definitely check it out and see how it compares to what the meal planner is recommending. 

I know you're not vegetarian, but some of the information about doing whole30 as a vegetarian might be helpful to you:  https://whole30.com/2017/06/veg-whole30/. There might be something helpful in this article as well:  http://whole9life.com/2013/02/eating-meat-a-primer-for-the-meat-challenged-2/.

 

Thanks, I had a look at all those. I'd actually checked the meal template before and it seems great, but since I don't have too much cooking experience I decided to get me a meal plan instead - it would take me much longer to find suitable meals on my own (I'm already spending 6h a day fiddling with the recipes, trying to find how to do everything etc)

 

And yes, I am using Real Plans. I assumed it would be popular here

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On 7/20/2019 at 12:45 PM, SchrodingersCat said:

That much bacon or sausage would make me feel blergh too. Try eating decent quality meat instead, you might find it's a very different result. 

Any quick tips on how to find "decent quality meat"? I've actually never had to buy meat before

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4 hours ago, cdmrsfwb said:

Any quick tips on how to find "decent quality meat"? I've actually never had to buy meat before

I just buy lean meat, grass fed beef if it's available and affordable, and non-processed. Bacon I use more as a condiment than my protein, due to salt (makes me retain fluid).

 

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Meal planners can be helpful, but one of the drawbacks is that you can't necessarily change serving sizes or adjust things very easily.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all cooking involves following recipes, especially if those recipes are complicated or involve expensive, hard to find ingredients. You could have a meal of a can of tuna mixed with mayo and tomatoes and whatever else you like in your tuna salad, on top of a salad. Or you could have scrambled eggs and spinach, and add some avocado or olives for fat. Or cook a burger patty, top with mustard and mayo and pickles and tomatoes, have a side of oven "fries" (potato or sweet potato cut in slices and roasted in the oven).  

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5 hours ago, cdmrsfwb said:

Any quick tips on how to find "decent quality meat"? I've actually never had to buy meat before

Hi there,

Here is an excellent resource on "good meat" that we've created: 

https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meat.pdf

You can use this as a guideline when shopping for meat. I hope this helps, and please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!

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Thanks everyone for the tips! :)

 

As for my initial question, I found out that you can add your own recipes to Real Plans and that there are a lot of vegetarian whole30 meals freely available elsewhere, so I'll just add those to my plan

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3 hours ago, cdmrsfwb said:

Thanks everyone for the tips! :)

 

As for my initial question, I found out that you can add your own recipes to Real Plans and that there are a lot of vegetarian whole30 meals freely available elsewhere, so I'll just add those to my plan

Yes! Real Plans is great in that you can totally customize it by adding in your own recipes. :)

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