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  1. I think kids just have bad days. Don't we all? I know I have days when I am just. not. agreeable. I have four kids, and I know that some days, even when they've been eating well and have apparently had enough sleep and are not sick, they are just...cranky. Devilish. My best friends always blame it on a cold/warm/damp front of some sort. Anyway, stick to your guns, know that you're doing a great job raising the healthiest human you can, and know that this, too, shall pass. :-)
  2. You can refer to this: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/9319-chiaand-biotin-good-or-bad/page__pid__93274#entry93274 And this: http://whole9life.com/2010/09/supplements-part-ii/ For what the Hartwigs think about supplementing while on the Whole30. All supplements have to be checked carefully...many contain fillers like soy and are automatically out. Breakfast smoothie? I'm sorry, that's going to be out. Your body doesn't recognize food in liquid form like it does in solid form, and since most smoothies are largely fruit-based, they also give you a pretty big hit of sugar first thing in the a.m. There are a LOT of good, easy, quick breakfast ideas on the forum that taste better, are more filling, and healthier than a smoothie, and take less time than whirling a bunch of stuff in a blender and having to wash the darn thing. Personally, I'd forego the chia, too, but I try to keep away from nuts and seeds as much as possible, except as a garnish. Best of luck to you!
  3. Ooh, I love Tsardust Memories! And their vanilla? Has a dadgum vanilla bean in it! I use Sunny Paris when I make Ranch Dressing and use Mural of Flavor on...hmm...everything. Loooooove Penzey's!
  4. Yeah, I didn't lose weight on my first one! I ate way too many fruits, nuts, and coconut products (coconut butter, especially) and actually gained a couple of pounds. But I looked hot. :-)
  5. I don't see how it's a lot different from Johnny's oh-my-god-good sweet potato fritters that he eats with breakfast and everybody loves, ingredient-wise. I'd say enjoy them...unless you're topping them with a bunch of maple syrup and butter.
  6. Cristina--YAY! I am so, so happy for you, and imagine things will only get better for you from here on out. The next thing to worry about is, are you sure your veggies are being grown by happy, wild-caught farmers?
  7. I guess we just don't understand, exactly, what the problem is. You're in ketosis and don't want to be but want to continue with your Whole30. You can remedy that by eating more starchy carbs. It WILL knock you out of ketosis and will probably make you feel better. What do you have to lose by trying it? And there are a TON of options, most of which have already been mentioned. There are also so many ways to prepare them that surely you can find something that will work. How about stirring some pumpkin puree into a chili or a curry? You can't even taste that it's pumpkin...just gives it a nice creaminess. To stay in ketosis, you have to maintain a carb intake MUCH lower than anybody on the Whole30 has ever recommended. It kind of sounds like you're mourning the loss of your grains and wanting a valid reason to return to eating them, which is a normal part of this process, but it is entirely possible to get all the carbs you need without them. Best of luck to you!
  8. Yes, as long as it has been rendered from compliant bacon ( no sugar in the ingredients list). There are better fat choices, but bacon is so yummy!
  9. Aw, I like you too.
  10. My kids and I like avocados cubed, sprinkled with lime juice, then sprinkled liberally with chili powder and salt. I also make a salad with avocado, minced onion, lime juice, and cilantro...think it's in Well Fed with the Machacado recipe, and it's killer with eggs or grilled meats. Or by itself. :-) I also like avocado in my "sandwiches," which are really just meat and veggies wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Mmm...if only I could find a decent avocado right now...
  11. I'd just like to add that I, too, have fibromyalgia. One of the doctors who originally came up with the 18-tender-point diagnosis has a clinic in San Antonio and puts his patients on a diet that looks remarkably like a Whole30...high protein, lower carbohydrates from non-processed sources, no grains, etc. I've been following that type of diet (Paleo, really) since before I learned of Whole30 and my symptoms are GONE. Not reduced in intensity, GONE. If you have an ethical problem or even a taste problem with meat, no argument from me, but this diet has changed my life so much for the better as far as my fibro is concerned, I can't even begin to tell you. I feel like the dairy I was eating (that is allowed on the vegetarian plan) before Whole30 was holding me back from reaping all the benefits of my diet. Of course, everybody is different and all doctors prescribe different things for their patients. When I mentioned this to my doctor, I am lucky enough to have one who said, "Why not give it a try?" I hope for the same benefits for you, whichever plan you follow!
  12. Hmm...I had not heard this at all. I am dubious about some of the olive oil just based on my research of true Italian olive oil processing standards and practices, but am also HEALTHILY skeptical of most research. Thanks Amy!
  13. That's great, that one of your goals is to nourish yourself! After I read your OP, my reaction was, oh, whoa. This isn't a diet, like South Beach or the Grapefruit Colon Cleanse Beating or whatever, but a way to heal yourself and your relationship with food. If you read ISWF you will get many of the answers you're looking for in a scientific context that will make you wonder why you ever ate a Standard American Diet! The only other thing I will add is that you need to check your ingredients on your almond milk (anything in the cardboard cartons is out...most contain carageenan, which will wreck your gut. I make my own) and tea (many contain soy). My first Whole30 was a month-long lesson in label reading. My salt contains sugar? My tuna, soy? And my dijon mustard, all kinds of stuff I don't want? Sheesh. Good luck, and we're all here when you need us!
  14. I have made mayo w/all different kinds of oils, and the only oil I really like is light olive oil. I made it with all avocado oil once and didn't like the flavor or green tint...kids did though! Like leprechauns got hold of our fridge... I have read about the oo problem here, but since we go through a quart of mayo a week (these children and their Ranch dressing!) I'll stick to the Sam's Club Bertolli I get, too. So far no problems with it! Fingers crossed that it stays that way!
  15. Was there protein at meal 2? Make sure they are getting PLENTY of protein and good fats at each meal. Your kids' breakfast sounds similar to what I feed my oldest two kids. We have four kids, ages 10, 8, 5, and 3, my husband has an extremely physically demanding job and eats a ton, and it is not unusual for me to cook four pounds of meat at a meal...sometimes there are blessed leftovers for school lunches. I have US Wellness snack sticks and boiled eggs and sardines available for snacks in addition to fruit and occasional nuts. We go through a quart of homemade mayonnaise every week to 10 days. I just read on Mark Sisson's site about a mother who was upset because her son ate half a roast turkey and all six sweet potatoes that her whole family was supposed to have for dinner while she was out for the day, and Mark advised her that it sounded normal and healthy. I don't know if that answers your questions, but it gives you something to compare to. I am thinking that when my boys are teenagers, either I am going to be chained to the kitchen, they are going to learn to cook, or they are going to starve. I am aiming for option B!