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  1. Try this recipe instead if you prefer: Or this one: Or Google whole30 carnitas for tons of other options.
  2. You can do reintroductions in any order you want -- the important thing is to leave at least two days of completely whole30 eating between each reintro day. If you know you have problems with wheat, you don't have to reintro it if you don't want to. If there's something you don't think you'll eat any time in the near future, you could skip that. Right now, I'd focus on the things you think you're likely to have while camping, especially if you may not have as much control over the foods you'll have access to.
  3. You still have nine days to go, and it's possible you'll see some changes in those last 9 days. Some people notice most of their changes in the last week or so, so hang in there, don't quit when the magic might be just around the corner. It's pretty normal to start being bored/ready to be done with this around this point. Hang in there. Find a new recipe that you really want to try, or make one that's been a favorite, or just have a meal that sounds really good to you -- for instance, my go-to meal when I'm bored and want something that feels special is something like a steak, grilled zuchhini, and roasted sweet potato with mayo or ranch dressing for dipping, it's just a meal that always sounds good, and sort of special because I don't buy steak often, so if there's a meal like that that you can think of for yourself, try that. If nothing sounds good, try browsing the Well Fed site -- her food pictures always make me want to go cook something. I did look at your previous topic on bloating from a few days ago, and while the things that might cause bloating were pointed out, something I noticed was that there didn't seem to be any starchy vegetables at all. Most people do best with about a fist-sized serving of some kind of starchy vegetable each day, and many people find having it at their final meal of the day helps them sleep better at night, so you might try that. Starchy vegetables are things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, and root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, and turnips. Also be sure you're drinking plenty of water and salting your food to taste -- sometimes being dehydrated or getting your electrolytes out of whack from not enough salt can contribute to headaches and tired feeling.
  4. These are okay to have.
  5. @copywriteramy have you check out Well Fed? Lots of recipes, the vast majority of them completely Whole30 compliant. Her Best Chicken Ever is a great way to do chicken breast, although it does require some planning ahead so it won't help for tonight. @Ruthless have you thought about why you've quit before and tried to come up with ways to avoid similar situations going forward? For instance, if it's that you get busy and don't have food prepared, you might want to prep a week's worth of food at once, or even look into batch cooking and freezing meals ahead, Or if it's that you get bored with the food or feel deprived, you might want to look for more exciting recipes that make you more excited about the food. Or if it's something else and you're not sure how to deal with it, post here -- I can almost guarantee you that somewhere on this forum someone will have gone through something similar and have ideas you may find helpful.
  6. In recipes, I would always assume they mean canned stuff (or the tetrapacks like Aroy-D brand uses), the regular full-fat version as opposed to the low-fat version. I would never assume it's the cartons in the dairy section unless they actually specifically say to use that. It tends to be thinner than the canned versions and while it might work for some recipes, it wouldn't be the same consistency so your result might not be the same.
  7. Reusable grocery sacks work well, you can stack containers in them pretty easily. Or look for foods you don't mind packing already combined so you can make it all fit in what you're used to carrying -- like, if you're having a big salad with boiled eggs, put your veggies in their bowl, and then put the eggs in on top. You'd still probably end up with extra containers for dressing and for anything that you don't want to get soggy, like if you were making this Paleo Gado Gado, you'd keep the fried ginger and crispy shallots separate, but it could cut down on the number of containers. I'd try to only do separate containers for things that needed to be heated separately or that would change texture if they were combined early.
  8. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. The most obvious thing that jumps out at me is that you're working out 6-7 days a week and not giving yourself pre- and post-workout fuel. If you're working out first thing in the morning, or if it's been several hours since your last meal, have a pre-workout of protein and fat -- so a hard boiled egg with mayo, some chicken and guac, something like that. If you are working out mid-day, this may not be as important, just see how you do. Post-WO is more important -- you want to have it very soon after you work out, like possibly before you leave the gym to head home, and it should be lean protein and optionally some starchy vegetable. Chicken and sweet potato is a popular option. Tuna would work. Eggs are okay, though in this one instance, egg whites might actually be better due to the fat in the yolk. Pre- and Post-WO are in addition to your three meals, but don't need to be full-sized meals -- just a bite or two of something is usually good. Other than that, it's hard to tell portion sizes from what you're listing, but make sure that each meal contains: 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein, the length, width, and depth of your palm (your hubby needs to measure his own, if your hands are different sizes). If eggs are your only protein in a meal, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand. If you don't want that many eggs at once, you can always combine them and have a couple of eggs and some sausage or whatever leftover meat you have. 1-2 thumb-sized portions of fat, or 1/2 to a whole avocado, or a heaping handful or two of olives or coconut flakes, or 1/3 to 1/2 a 14 oz can of full-fat coconut milk, or a small handful of nuts/seeds. Typically, you'll want to add one or two of these in addition to whatever oil you cook in, since some of what you cook in stays in the pan, and if you're cooking multiple servings at a time, what looks like a fair amount of oil ends up divided among portions. If you occasionally have a meal with more fat, that's okay -- sometimes it'll just sound good to have, say, a salad with avocado and olives and ranch dressing. Don't worry too much about it, you're unlikely to consistently overeat healthy fats if you're having them in the context of full meals. Fill your plate with vegetables. 1-3 cups. Every meal. occasionally have some fruit, always with a meal, not as a snack on its own, and try to keep it to no more than a couple of fist-sized servings per day. Don't substitute fruit instead of vegetables, focus on vegetables first, and then if you want some fruit too, that's fine. Most people feel best if they have a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable each day. People who are very active (with 1 hour of cardio per day, 6-7 days a week, you probably qualify for this), people who are prone to depression or anxiety, and women who are pregnant, nursing, or in the week or so leading up to their period, often find they need more than that. Starchy vegetables would include potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, or root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, or rutabagas. For you, given how you say you're feeling, maybe try adding a serving of starchy vegetable at each meal for a few days, and see if you feel better. Once you're feeling better, you can play around with how often you need it to keep feeling good. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water -- at least half an ounce per pound of body weight (so if you weigh 120 lbs, at least 60 oz), and more if you're sweating a lot. Also, be sure you salt your food, just whatever amount tastes good. We do generally need some salt in our diets, and the foods on Whole30 typically don't have much unless you add it. And finally, if you're actually hungry in that six and a half hours from lunch to dinner -- as in you'd eat something bland and boring like plain steamed fish and broccoli -- go ahead and eat something. Ideally, make a mini meal of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three, just in a smaller serving than a meal would be. We really only expect you to go 4-5 hours between meals, and sometimes, if schedules dictate that you must go longer than that, you need to have something to get you through. The no snacking rule isn't about being hungry and just gritting your teeth and hanging in there as best you can, it's more about not doing mindless eating or emotional eating. If your body needs fuel, give it fuel.
  9. No, you don't have to do reintroductions in this case.
  10. The article SugarcubeOD listed is the final word on this. We had a discussion among the moderators with Melissa about this in March or April of this year to clarify exactly what the rule was, since several of us had some questions about this based on our previous understanding, and Melissa's ruling was that we cannot actually know what the label means based on where the sugar is listed in the ingredients list because there are no actual rules governing how the labels were worded, and that it is easiest all the way around to say, if there's sugar on the label, you cannot have it during your Whole30.
  11. I didn't care for LaCroix the first time I tried it, but do like it now. There are some flavors I like better than others -- I can't stand the coconut, but like the grapefruit. I really prefer the Curate line (it's in different boxes, in the tall skinny cans) -- I love the cherry lime flavor. It feels like it has more flavor than the regular ones. You can also try infusing water -- put some sliced fruit or some herbs into water, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and your water will take on the flavors of whatever you've put in it. If you like cucumber, try a mix of cucumber and either lemon or lime, but just put a couple of slices of cucumber in, because it tends to be very strong in flavor.
  12. Yes, plain walnuts are fine.
  13. You're right, no honey or any other sweeteners.
  14. Check out this article about whether to start over or not:
  15. Those are all okay. For future reference, you can check the Common Additives Cheat Sheet or google Whole30 plus any ingredient you have questions about and you'll probably find past discussions -- most anything you can think of has been asked about before.