What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

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I haven’t shared a post like this is foreeeeeever! In the past, I would share What I Ate in a Day posts, but I found that it put me in a weird headspace, it made me feel like people were judging my diet, and then I found proof of that in gossip forums talking about how I ate too much or ate too little. So I dropped that style of post for years. I also found that other people would compare themselves in a some sort of negative way, and that’s not why I shared those posts. I shared them because I think it’s helpful for some people, it gives other people ideas of what they could eat at home, and it inspires others to try new foods. But if looking at people’s daily food intake triggers, just don’t read it. I simply want to share what my diet is looking like these days while on the Bean Protocol to hopefully help someone who is going down the same path with their health.

I started the Bean Protocol over 2 months ago and I’ve seen drastic results in 2 months. My acne is clearing up like I hoped and I’m really loving this kind of eating. For the first 2 months, I was SUPER strict. No sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, no fat when I ate beans, etc., but now I’m being a bit more flexible with my meals. And that’s because it’s something I want to stick with long term, so I need a bit more balance. If you’re a person who is trying to heal a health issue or autoimmune disease, that flexibility might not be an option, keep that in mind. For me, it’s worked, BUT I still have had some breakouts from not being super strict. Not being as strict has helped with my mental state, but not my physical state, aka acne.

Now before we jump in, let me prepare you for BOREDOM. My meals are boring AF, especially last week when I was absolutely drowning in work. My meals are mostly comprised of leftovers because that’s all I can get together in the 10 minutes I have free. Not all weeks look like this, many others are filled with way more veggies, but it’s a good overview on how it’s averagely looked day-to-day during the Bean Protocol. Just know, I never measure or weigh anything, or even track it in full details, so you’ll see ‘spoonfuls’ or ‘handfuls’ because of that. And just FYI, I’ll be sharing a full blog post at the 3-month mark of the Bean Protocol where I’ll share a full in-depth look at my experience on it!

Below is a photo of the bean dip I’ve been LOVING lately and eating all day every day! I eat it with chips, with veggies, with meals – with everything. So when you see me mention bean dip, this is what I’m talking about!

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Monday

Snack 1 – Glass of Oatly low fat oat milk

Snack 2 – Handful of plantain chips with bean dip

Breakfast – Black beans, turmeric rice, ground turkey cooked in everything but the bagel seasoning

Lunch – Black beans, turmeric rice, ground turkey cooked in everything but the bagel seasoning

Snack 3 – Handful of taro chips

DinnerStewed beans and steak tip hash

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Tuesday

Breakfast – Black beans, turmeric rice, ground turkey

Snack 1 – 1/2 red bell pepper and bean dip

Lunch – Steak tip hash, eggs (leftover from a burrito bowl over the weekend), black beans

Snack 2 – Handful of taro chips with bean dip

Dinner – Modern Market pork grain bowl – I divided it (so I could have leftover the next day) and added black beans

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PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Wednesday

Snack 1 – 1/2 redbell pepper and bean dip

Breakfast – Burrito (made into a bowl) at Bacon Social House (ate about 1/2-3/4 of it)

Lunch – Leftover Modern Market and couple handfuls of plantain chips

Snack 1 – 1/2 yellow pepper and bean dip

Dinner – Bean and steak tostada with chickpea tortilla (ate only 1/2 the tortilla and more of the stewed beans)

Snack 2 – Couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Thursday

Breakfast – Black beans, turmeric rice, ground turkey

Snack 1 – 1/2 yellow pepper and bean dip

Snack 2 – Couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

Snack 3 – Handful of plantain chips

Lunch – Ground sirloin, black beans, bean dip, turmeric rice

Snack 4 – More plantain chips and bean dip

Dinner – Lentil taco pasta with some garlic dip mix in

Snack 5 – Couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Friday

Snack 1 –Glass of Oatly low fat oat milk

Breakfast – Turmeric rice, stewed beans, bean dip

Snack 2 – Couple bowls of popcorn

Lunch – 1/2 burger with fries from Five Guys + small bowl of black beans on the side

Snack 3 – Handful of plantain chips and bean dip

Dinner – Ground beef cooked with onions, mushrooms, and lentils paired with a veggie sauté of onions, bell pepper, carrots, and zucchini

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Saturday

Breakfast – Oats with leftover ground beef with lentils and a small bit of veggies

Snack 1 – 1/2 yellow pepper and bean dip

Snack 2 – Decaf oat milk latte (drank 1/2 of it) from Rivers & Roads Coffee

Lunch – Ground beef with lentils, turmeric rice, and black beans

Snack 3 – Plantain chips with bean dip

Dinner – Khao Sio from Daughter’s Thai – only ate 1/2 portion (got rice instead of noodle)

Snack 4 – Bowl of black beans with white rice

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PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

Sunday

Breakfast – Turmeric rice, leftover ground beef with lentils, and black beans

Snack 1 – Black beans with white rice

Lunch – Inside of falafel wrap with a couple bites of wrap & some fried cauliflower & broccoli from Vital Root

Snack 2 – Couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

Snack 3 -small bowl of black beans

Dinner – The other 1/2 portion from my khao sio

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PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

PaleOMG What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol

I hope this post gives you a little more insight into what the Bean Protocol for someone who isn’t being too crazy strict on it while still making it part of their daily life! Let me know if you have any questions below!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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34 thoughts on “What I Ate in a Week on the Bean Protocol”

  1. This all looks absolutely delicious! I’ve been wanting to try Daughter’s Thai for months now, this was a good reminder to do that soon!

  2. I love these kinds of posts, but what exactly is it about the beans that helps with acne? the fiber? I am just wondering.

  3. Are you able to eat plantain chips as your “fat snack” while being strict on the protocol or not since plantains are a fruit and you can’t have fruits on the protocol? Is it just part of your weekly meals because you aren’t being as strict?

    1. Is there a book available where you can access how to do the protocol (ex/ what to eat, how much and how often)?

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  4. I like how you keep it simple and eat almost the same meals all day. It makes me feel better on how I eat because I can eat the same meals for days. I see it as nutrition for my body that doesn’t take a lot of time to make. It’s hard to do this and live with someone that doesn’t like leftovers and prefers to eat out when there are no other options at home. I do have a question. Do you just prefer black beans or is there another reason?

    1. i just don’t have time to be creative for multiple meals a day lol leftovers are king in my house. and yes, i prefer black beans because they seem to work better with my digestion

  5. Thank you for this post! It’s really helpful and motivating. Hope you don’t get any negative crap from people like you have in the past and none of the mental/emotional fall out either. Anyway, love you, love this. You’re awesome. That’s all.

  6. Hi Juli,
    Love your posts and sharing of your bean protocol journey and this one week of meals. So happy it is working out well for you. I have been inspired to do it and am on month 1. So you mentioned having gas and I have had too. No other problems for me but this Anything you have found helps?

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    1. no i haven’t tried anything. i’m just letting the fermentation process work its way through so hopefully it’s not an issue in the future

  7. wait, five guys is paleo?

    hahah juuust kidding!
    I loved this post and how real you are with your meals. Nice to see you aren’t perfect!
    I was hoping this was going to the week you drank bean soup all day. Those were some of your funniest insta stories!!

  8. Thank you for posting! I just finished Unique’s book, and I wished there had been more details on the diet. I have been doing IF and usually only eat 2 meals plus a snack. Is it imperative to eat many times/day? I started adding in beans and have dropped the fat content of my meals. Was the coaching necessary?

    1. i think it depends on what health issues you’re dealing with. with my hormonal acne, i have beans up to 12x/day to ensure that the hormones are able to get out of my body. so yes, i believe it’s pretty important to get them into your system multiples times per day. she recommends eating 1/4-1/2 cup 6-8x per day and i personally can’t imagine more than that amount in one sitting, my gut would be destroyed. that being said, everyone is different and you have to figure out what works for you. and her ecourse has WAY more about the protocol and i felt like it was incredibly helpful. and the calls with her are even more helpful.

  9. I love these kinds of posts! Do you buy your beans canned or dried?
    I’m in Australia and we don’t have that bean dip that you purchased- maybe as an idea for a future blog post you could make up the recipe to replicate? Or not, up to you!

  10. Hi Juli,

    great post as always. I have been noticing your boobs. They look great. Do you mind to share your doc???

    Thanks 🙂

  11. I ate a lot of beans growing up so I stayed away from them but your recipes have really helped me add them back in because your recipes taste so good. Also, your Turmeric Rice & Beans was so good I couldn’t stop eating it and I caught my husband eating two bowls of it. Keep sharing!!

  12. I too love these posts and hope you don’t get any crap for it (they are so helpful to see). I just started my 14 year old, who is dealing with some terrible acne on this same protocol, thanks to you for the information. The improvement in her skin in ONE week is crazy unreal. Who would have thought— beans and acne? We rarely ate beans before, so I really appreciate your recipes on incorporating them. We love all your recipes anyway and have two of your cookbooks. Keep up the great work, Juli.

    1. that is AMAZING!! omg i’m so happy you were able to find this info and help your daughter!! i wish i would have had that when i was younger!! so happy for her!!

  13. Curious if peanuts (aka legumes) count as a bean source on bean protocol? Realize they are also a fat source so probably not ideal if so

    Really appreciate you sharing your journey!

  14. These daily meals showed me that it is possible, I’ve been back and forth about trying the bean protocol and I think I’m going to go for it, thank you!

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  15. Since you aren’t having anymore coffee, are you still having collagen everyday? If you are, what are you putting it in? Can you still have collagen on the bean protocol?

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