J-Dog! How are you my verbose amigo!!? The Short answers:
1- Donít worry about the 5 block upper limit. People are consuming in excess of 10 blocks in a sitting and doing great on this plan. Pack those meals in any way you can that minimizes the feeding window.
2- Play with your block levels! See how your energy and recovery is when you stick with 17 and also when you bump it up. Many people have reported needing more food but they are putting on muscle as a consequence. Tinker with that and let us know how it goes.
Keep us posted on your progress!