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  1. My first post...couldn't wait to share this find with the Whole30 community! For dinner tonight, we tried a new item from Sam's Club called Member's Mark Hardwood Smoked Authentic Pitmaster Seasoned Pulled Pork and my family all agreed it was delicious! It comes in a 2 lb. package and can be either heated in the oven for 30 mins or microwaved for 6 mins which is what I did. It does not come in or with any sauce so you can add your own after heating or do what we did -- ate it with a hearty kale salad with grapes, apples, pecans, raw beets, shredded carrots, and tomatoes (dressed with Tessemae's Creamy Ranch)! Can't remember the price but I think it was around $10. It fed 2 adults and 2 teen boys with leftovers, and we are not dainty eaters! We all enjoyed the smoky/savory yet not too salty flavor, and the meat was tender and not fatty. The package says it was slow smoked for 8 hours. I will definitely return to Sam's for more. So many ways to use it for a quick meal! Ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Paprika, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder. https://www.samsclub.com/sams/mm-pulled-pork-2-lb/prod21051154.ip
  2. My name is AlexSandra and I am diabetic (type 2). I was diagnosed about 2 years ago, stopped testing and watching my foods when my mother died last year (Only because she had so much crap in her house we had to clean out and I had to eat what was presented with or go hungry and the choices were not healthy) . That took so dang long that I just fell off the wagon in watching how much sugar I put in my body. After that, my life became a whirlwind of emotion and flurry of activity, including a move across the state. Ever since the move 7 months ago, I just haven't felt well and have developed driving anxiety (I do have to share the road with a lot of truckers now and most of them have proven to be road hazards!). I figured it was just age creeping up on me (I'll be 50 in 2 months), but I went into the Dr. for some issue or another and he did a complete blood work-up. My results came back over the top-and by that I mean that everything bad was high and everything good was low. He told me that my triglycerides were so high that they wouldn't even register on the chart. He was about to send me to a cardiologist, but some time had passed and he did another blood panel. This time it was a little better, but still not very healthy. I had a friend who read the book It Starts With Food who had highly recommended it. I figured it was about time to look into it and ordered it. After getting into it, I was getting more and more livid at the food industry! My husband had been nagging me to help him lose some weight (he's about 100 lbs overweight), yet he's a total sugar junkie. I was down to an acceptable weight before we got together, but soon I was indulging like he was and now I'm up there on the scale myself. I was sick of not feeling well and him complaining and everyone just not happy! After reading the book, I resolved that we were going to do this 100%! Now for the unusual challenges...my husband kept his old job, so he drives 100 miles to work ONE WAY! He has gotten to the point of staying with our older kids while he's there so he only does that commute twice a week, but still. He has sleep apnea, so he eats the entire drive home to try to stay awake. It' s either that or fall asleep at the wheel. No, chewing gum or yawning or any other trick does not work-he's tried them all! He eats fast food crap when he's in town, as he has no way to prepare his own food (interesting situation where he stays-long story). He leaves for work at 4 AM. So as far as I can tell, I'm going to have to get up at 3 AM to make him the proper breakfast he needs and also get him lunches and dinners for the nights he will be there, pack them in a cooler and go back to bed until the kids need to get up for school 3 hours later when I will have to again make them a proper breakfast and lunch to eat at school. Oh yeah, there are kids involved in this. My VERY picky and stubborn 15 year old son who has ADHD (and yes-he WOULD rather go hungry than eat what is presented to him) and my 11 yr old daughter who will fight this as well because of the kinds of food that will need to be eliminated. How the heck can I ensure they will stick with this and not just go to school, dump out their lunches and beg junk off their friends? I REALLY want to see if this way of eating will really help the ADHD (I have it as well and I think my dear hubby is ADD as well). Any suggestions for any of these huge hurdles in front of me so we as a family can be successful?
  3. After having my first successful run with Whole30 in January, I have encouraged my family to try it with me starting the day after Mother's Day! DH is finally onboard and ready to commit. DS is willing to give it a go, but a little scared, especially the thought of having to commit to 30 days (he did a 7 day sugar/gluten cleanse when I started my W30 in Jan). My main reason for pursuing this with my family is to alleviate some symptoms I've noticed in my son's health (low energy, weight gain, moodiness, mild gluten allergy, dairy intolerance, not hungry in the a.m., adult-sized appetite). Aside from the usual advice about reading the Whole9 literature about Kids doing the program, I would love some general tips and tricks from those of you that have had success with Kids' Whole30 or are in the process right now. Is there a mantra that helped you guide your kids through the program? A kid-friendly recipe website you couldn't live without? Did you modify the program at all for your kids? How did you explain the program to your kids to motivate and educate them? How did you manage slip ups? Any other words of wisdom to help with a 9 year old? Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!!
  4. This is my first time doing Whole30 and I am on Day 19 and feeling amazing. My parents took my brother and I to Universal on Day 13-17 of the Whole30 and I was so nervous about what I could eat. I decided to go to Trader Joes and PCC (A local Co-op) to get snacks prior so I did not feel deprived. Devoting a couple hours to preparing some bars (date/cashew/salt/cinnamon = amazing- go to http://www.stayfitmom.com/homemade-larabars/for recipe) and packing healthy snacks helped. I also asked for a refrigerator in the hotel room so I could go to the store and get some fresh food. We got to Universal and THERE WAS SUGAR EVERYWHERE. It was like a treasure hunt finding NO sugar in foods. The good news is that it is DO-ABLE. My parents were considerate and choose restaurants that had options (usually salads with chicken or shrimp). The waiters probably got annoyed with all my questions but the truth is, I will never see them again! I also splurged on the "apples and greens" smoothie which was just fruit and veggies blended, from Jamba Juice. This was an eye-opening experience for me. So much sugar is in not only the bucket of donuts, but in beef jerky, dressings, and sauces. My awareness was heightened as to all the sugar people around me were consuming. YES it is vacation but it doesn't mean your diet should go completely out the door. My family is pretty healthy but even they consumed a lot of sugar! The truth is, if I could be on the Whole30 in Universal Studios, than ANYONE can, especially since it is my first time doing the Whole30. Best of luck to all you travelers and remember to prepare some snacks beforehand and stay strong! All the best, Katy
  5. I'm really starting to worry that I am going to break down this week! I'm on day 7 today. Thursday I leave to go to my cousin's wedding and because it is family I do not see often, I don't want to make a fuss with special demands. I'm really not one to speak up and I always just go with the flow. I'm not sure I'll be able to stick to my good eating habits while a guest in someone's home and a guest at a formal wedding. So far, my plan was to pack well for the plane ride and go to a grocery store right away. I've been invited to other dinners and lunches but have not replied because I don't want to make a big deal out of my diet. It would be rude not to give hosts a heads-up if I plan to stick to this, right? My not drinking and picky eating is going to stick out like a red flag and I'm not quite prepared to answer all the questions. I started the Whole30 exactly 31 days before my birthday with the plan that my first reintroduction would be sugar/gluten from my cake, so I don't really want to start over. I was highly considering scrapping the whole diet for this trip so I wouldn't be a difficult guest! Any tips?
  6. Hello all! My mom and I are starting our Whole 30 journey, TOMORROW! We were going to start today (and we still kinda are) but we didn't realize when you sign up for the daily emails that you have to start at Day 0, haha. We already have been preparing food for the week and today is now a test run! Thank you all for your support, I am very excited to be starting my Whole 30! -Angela
  7. Hello All, I'm sure there has been a post about this in the past, but I've had trouble finding one. My husband and I are on day 22 of the Whole30 so I am beginning to read up on reintroduction. To be honest, I don't really want to go through reintroduction. I've begun to find comfort in the structure of the Whole30 and the pattern of checking labels and eating only compliant foods. That said, people at our church keep inviting us to their houses for dinner....for after we're done with Whole30. I was just wondering - how do we handle a dinner invitation that is for Day 31? We can't foresee what they will be serving us and I'm sure there will be some confusion as to why we would still be restricting ourselves from certain food groups after the thirty days are up. Is it okay to eat a meal at someone's house that may contain several food groups at one time so soon after the Whole30 is done? I feel rude declining so many dinner invitations...but we live in the south where everything is covered in cheese or deep fried. Just wondering how to handle dinner invitations (and also a wedding!) during the reintroduction period. It's making me anxious to think of undoing all the progress we've made in thirty days.
  8. We, the poppa, the momma, the 2 and 5 and newborn-year-old, are planning on starting this October 1st, 2015. As I am due with our third child any day now (end of July) and then are starting our first serious year homeschooling in September, I think October seems the right time. Though, depending on sanity level and my ability to plan, we may start in September. But. PUMPKIN SPICE! I am all about pumpkin spice. Like people who crave Christmas, I crave autumanl drinks and all the glory of the pumpkiny love. Hope please?
  9. Well I decided yesterday that we would start for the first time and commit to the 30 days. Today I cleaned out the fridge and pantry of all or any temptations. Today I re-read all the guidelines etc. Today made a meal plan for Week 1. Today I started my food prep for Week 1. made balsamic dressing, marinaded chicken souvalaki, made mixed nut bars as a snack. These were my goals for today. Tomorrow I will shop for veggies and fruit. and a few pantry items that I need for the week. Looking forward to getting back on track with clean eating!! Real Food!!!
  10. Hi gang! Thanks for joining me on this journey and being welcoming - it's my first time, and I am doing the Whole 30 for the month of March!! I am thrilled and nervous and glad to be a part of this. I am doing this program in solidarity with my Father, for his medical problems, and my mother who is supporting my dad. The wonderful thing is, I get to reap the benefits as well!! Along with this W30, I am doing a 30-day yoga challenge and doing a yoga class every day for this month (or about every day...) Anyone else out there also doing this combo? Hopefully this will make me be nice to my body and start listening to what I need - mostly I will be glad to not have alcohol for this month to give my body a much needed reset and detox. Things I will miss: CHEESE, sugar in my coffee, pasta with pesto, and black beans. Of course it will probably be the hardest to not give in and go out for drinks with friends - I'll join, just can't drink with them. Gotta stay strong!! Thank everyone!! Best of luck to us all, Kira
  11. Hi everyone! I'm really excited for my Whole30 starting Tuesday. It's my third, and I NEED it this time. My eating has been TERRIBLE, my exercise habits have been even worse, and I can't wait for this re-set. I'm also excited because this time, my husband is doing it with me! But I could use some advice. I tend to lose weight on my W30s, and I need that this time (I'm 5'8" and I don't know my weight... probably 195ish? I'm afraid to look). My husband, on the other hand, does NOT need to lose any. He's 6'2" and 160lbs -- a total bean pole. He eats like he's hollow but cannot put on weight... so I'm worried that he might lose weight too. Should I make any tweaks to his meals to ensure he maintains his weight? Should he eat more snacks? Any advice on that front is very appreciated. In the meantime, I'm glad to be back on the boards and paleo living!
  12. This is my second whole 30. I feel like meal planning is a breeze and I'm happy to be eating healthy, tasty foods again. I decided to eat some holiday treats and while they tasted good, I did notice that they made me feel really awful. I think I'm going to try and stay on a paleo diet indefinitely instead of thinking that I can have cheese or bread next month. The major roadblock that I've had this time is the drinking. Somehow there are a lot of events going on in my life this month that all seem to revolve around drinking. Family visits, birthday parties, random friends wanting to get cocktails. I feel like such a debbie downer to be the ONE person who's not drinking. I guess I know how to handle it and just say no, but it's hard, and somehow it's been happening multiple times a week! (spillover festivities from the holidays, I think). It makes me depressed, like being healthy means that I can't partake in social activities that seem to be normal for everyone else. Advice? Words of encouragement? Anything?
  13. Hi everyone, I'm starting my first 'Official' Whole30 today, September 1, 2014. I've always been a big proponent of 'Be The Experiment' and I've dabbled in many different things including bits and pieces of the Whole30 over the past year or so since I first read the book, "It Starts With Food". I realize that dabbling doesn't do much. Success in anything requires another word: COMMITMENT. What makes it so easy for me to make a commitment to this particular program is the commitment everyone here has already made. It seems that pretty much EVERYTHING is covered here. Personally, I feel I've got the personal determination and self-discipline to pull this off fairly easily. I mean, 30 days eating good food with the goal of feeling better in the end... how HARD can that be? Well, as it turns out, it's a very good thing there is a Day 0 to this program. While I'm already 'All In', my wife needed some explanation. You see, a couple of times a week she brings home 'treats'; leftover goodies from luncheons at her office. And she's the type who takes it personally if we don't all share in her bounty - she's a really giving, generous person at heart. So that was my BIGGEST challenge during the week prior to my official Day 1. I think I've got all the feathers unruffled with my wife and she now promises to give me full support by not expecting me to eat the 'treats' that are not compliant with my guidelines. If this is the hardest thing I've got to overcome, I've got it licked! All the best from Toronto, Russ
  14. I'm back! I have felt myself slipping and sliding back into my old habits, fortunately not all of them, but a lot. So I am back. I want to annihilate my sugar dragon this time. Total annihilation is my goal. I'll do my best to post my meals is time around. I am starting my first year as a middle school teacher, and boy is it gonna be interesting. There is always food at school. But that's ok. I have done this before and can do it again. My goals: prep for the half marathons I have scheduled. Eat right, teach my family (they aren't doing this with me, but they eat what I cook), run, run, run, and teach, teach, teach. Breakfast today: 3 egg omelet with bell peppers and lots of water. Getting ready to pack my lunch, not sure what to pack, but it will compliant, fixing my meals is easy, it's the baked foods that my kids make that get me. I know I will have a hard time finding compliant bacon, fish sauce, canned fruit, and a few other things I can't think of right now. I found bacon last time only to find out it was made with organic honey. I need to check on the smoked pork chops and look at the ingredients for those as well. They are yummy! I did find an electrolyte replacement that is whole30 compliant!! Coco Hydro, and it's pretty good too. I know I can buy coconut water, but having a powdered version is really convenient.
  15. Help Please! I am currently on day 2 of my AI-Whole30. My boyfriend, whom I live with, is not doing the Whole30. On the evening of my first day I told him that I will need his support and need him not to bring junk food around me so I can maintain focus. He goes off ranting how I'm "setting myself up for failure" by starting "cold turkey" and that I didn't ease into it. I told him the book says to start the Whole30 that way (after you prepared you kitchen and read the book). Needless to say he didn't listen. I was hoping on some advice on how to go about it with out getting angry (which could lead to stress eating)! Or has anyone else had trouble with this?? Thanks in advance! -Sara
  16. I've had incredible success with my Whole30 - no more ineffective allergy medications! I'm going home to visit the family for the first time since rolling off my Whole30, and I admit, I'm dreading it, and not just due to the normal family stressors! Mom likes to make me homemade ziti as a bribe, to get me to come home more often (because, frankly, I've always loved it). Dad helpfully offers me whole wheat or seeded bagels, because they're "healthier." My sister and her kids want to go out for ice cream and treats, since my visiting is such an occasion. At least one dinner is typically pizza ... but we get salad with it! We swear! Breakfasts are bagels, or toaster/frozen waffles, or English muffins. There will be, quite honestly, nothing in their house that I can eat in safety. While I can make my own food (hell, I can bring my own food, since my parents do not recognize the difference between factory farmed meats and non), I hate being That Girl who is the one alone, who has to eat different meals. Even though I have told them about my new need for no allergy meds, but they remain skeptical. "Why do this, when you can just get allergy shots? You could always eat these foods before, why can't you eat them now?" I want to be a good example for them, to show them what focusing on real foods can do without drugs, but I want to make it easier for me too. My parents are both pre-diabetic (along with hypertension, arthritis and other health issues) now and are being their usual selves and "following doctor's orders" - whole grains! lots of whole grains!. My niece is AD(H)D and I really think that diet is a cause, and taking meds was gotten to too quickly. How do people deal with relatives who love you, who are totally entrenched in modern pharmacology and the standard American diet counseling? How do you handle situations like this where you don't have the freedom to handle your own food, without making EVERYONE uncomfortable?
  17. Hi, I am one month away from turning 39 and feeling horrible! For the past 2 1/2 years I have been on a downward spiral of eating poorly. When mama eats poorly, so do her children! In my household we have: my husband (overweight), me (overweight), 16 year old son, 13 year old daughter, and 10 year old son. Believe it or not, prior to this past 2 1/2 years our family ate very healthy, and I was able to get rid of stomach issues as well as headaches and allergies. My daughter's allergies are back, as well as her headaches; my headaches are horrible, and I feel nauseous most mornings; my older son (16) is working out and gaining muscle, but he is not eating well at all....mostly carbs! So, I took the plunge to guide us back to a healthy lifestyle...We started May 12, 2014. Here are some issues right now: 16 yr old feels week while working out at gym...should I add more protein???? He is used to mostly a refined carb and protein diet since he started working out. He could lose some body fat, he is not able to though...I think it was the carb intake. 13 year old is super active, almost no body fat and a lot of muscle. She tumbles, cheers, plays soccer. She does not like meat or eggs very much...she is getting lightheaded. What should I add? She's eating fruits, veggies, cashews, almond butter...a lot of these foods! I have a problem getting meat into her...she gags! I am tired!!!!! But I know this is like a withdrawal effect. I am excited...but worried about the kids energy needs! I haven't started my 10 yr old yet....well I have incorporated more fresh fruits. There are no more processed anything ( I hate the stuff anyway). But I have not taken the bread and rice and pasta away yet....Not sure how to handle this. He is allergic to eggs....so I am thinking duck eggs will work for him. My husband is away this week for work. Thank god! Or I may bite his head off....I am very moody right now! He has not started....having trouble with motivating him. The GREAT aspects: We have been planning every meal together (for the past 3 days...lol) We have been talking about the foods as we pack lunches for the next day. The 10 year old is a part of it and is asking more questions about the foods he eats. We are all in this together!!! I am happy to get back to what I enjoy and believe in....clean eating!
  18. My wife and I decided to do the Whole30 5 days prior to Jan 1. Part of our deicsion was do we include our 4 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Long story short, we decided to go with the "All or Nothing" method here: http://whole9life.com/2012/11/whole9-let-us-change-your-kids/ Ok, just some background info: I am 5'9" and was 169.0 on January 1st. My wife is 4'11" and was 148.0 on January 1st. Our kids are both not overweight at all. We had concerns that they would not be able to thrive on the Whole30, but we decided to give it a shot anyway. Prior to Whole30 we ate 'healthy' according to what we used to know. Here WAS our typical day: Breakfast - Cereal (organic and usually gluten free with 1% milk) Snacks - Plain yogurt w/ honey Lunch - Sandwich with whole wheat bread and deli turkey Snack - Cheese stick Dinner - Spaghetti / Fish sticks / Homemade chicken nuggets / whole wheat rolls / corn / green beans My other snacks - I would constantly snack on Goldfish crackers, cereal, or anything else that I craved. On January 1st we cleared out ALL non compliant foods and shopped based on the shopping list here: http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Shopping-List.pdf At first our fridge was very bare and for the first few days I was so worried me and the kids would starve!! I want to cut out most of our experience during the 30 days to keep this short. However I do want to go over some basic achievements from the Whole30 (some expected and some not excpected): 1. I lost 11.6 pounds (over 6% of my body weight) 2. She lost 10.4 pound (over 7% of her body weight) 3. Kids did not gain or lose significant weight (maybe 1/2 pound at most lost) My son is a wrestler so he is weighed in often and I never saw a huge difference. 4. I can now breathe through my nose when I sleep - Ok, about day 15-20 I told my wife that I noticed I could breathe through my nose consistently. She replied with, yeah I know I can't even hear you! I have been a mouth sleeper as long as I can remember. I seriously did not expect this to happen. And I am still breathing and sleeping peacefully through my nose. I don't exactly know why this happened, but if I had to guess it's due to the systematic inflammation that the 'other food' was causing. 5. My wife and I both never get too hungry or too full. Seriously, I used to come home from work starving pretty much no matter what I had for lunch. Now, I could honestly go all day and yeah I would be hungry but not the belly growling craving hunger that I used to feel. AND I am never too full. I used to get so bloated after meals and snacks. Well that is no more. 6. My kids behavior has improved. Ok, this is apparent by not only our observation, but at school as well. Just last week my son's Pre-K teacher said "He has had an excellent week". Umm, are you sure this is my son! And, my very very talkative daughter has for 2 weeks in a row been allowed to go to the office and pick out a prize for her lunchroom behavior. Only 2 kids in her class of 20 have been chosen both weeks. So, yeah we have noticed and so have their teachers. 7. My son used to complain of belly pain throughout the day. We not once heard him complain during the 30 days. Throughout the past 1-2 years we have listened to him complain on and off of belly pain. We have had him on Miralax and even visited the doctor. However, since the Whole30, nothing, no belly pain complaints. 8. We are not picky eaters anymore. My kids cheer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner now. They love the real food they now get. One example, before the Whole30 my kids liked eggs a little bit, only when we had them for dinner with toast and bacon. Now, in the morning they cheer for scrambled eggs (that I cook in Ghee). Then put out a platter of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries and they think they are in heaven. Before the Whole30, my son wasn't snacking on cucumbers and guacamole. My daughter wouldn't think about eating raw carrots. We have had a variety of brussel sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, squash, zuccini, spaghetti squash, carrots, onions, etc and our kids know they have not choice and they actually look forward to dinner. One of their favorites is sweet potatoes sliced and cooked in EVOO. Yeah, I have always been picky and have always looked forward to whatever BREAD was cooked for dinner. But now, I love my veggies. My wife has cooked some amazing dinners with REAL FOOD. My daughter used to only eat Mac'N'Cheese for lunch. My son would always want the bread for dinner and nothing else. This has caused them to eat more protein and eat more veggies and they actually like them. 9. We didn't step on the scale for the entire 30 days. I totally did not expect to lose 11 pound. I have not been in the 150's since my early college days and I am a runner. I feel stronger now and much leaner. My wife has been on SlimFast and other 1200 calorie plans and this was a total shock to her. How in the world can we just eat whatever is on this list and still LOSE WEIGHT? How? Well, we were both shocked. We are still going forward with Whole30 lessons learned. 3 of our family members have birthdays in Feb, so yeah we will have some cake. We are more flexible with our kids when they are out, but at home we still eat REAL FOOD. Thanks for reading. I have before and after photos and other details. I totally support the Whole30 and cannot say enough about it. Jarrett Family 2014
  19. Hi everyone: Introducing myself. I'm 43 y.o. mom of 3 active boys (ages 7, 9, 11). We're about to hit the busy season with sports so I'll be needing to make sure I have some grab and go meals available. I wish the family were supporting me and doing the the Whole 30 with me, but they aren't. Husband is supportive and will eat what I cook, but kids are not. I was diagnosed with Celiac about 2 months ago and have done well eliminating gluten. I'm also allergic to sulfites. I've made it 2 1/2 weeks on a whole30 before and then slipped up and haven't gotten back. I felt better and had lost a little weight so why haven't I been able to get back. My biggest problem areas (snacking both due to hunger and emotions), making sure I'm prepped and have food available (especially on those really busy days), and sometimes just having bad food around (which I try to limit but my family loves tortilla chips and popcorn - two of my favorites). And I have been a carb and sugar addict and I don't do moderation which is a main reason for doing the whole 30 because my system really needs a restart and I need to slay those dragons. Oh and I do like to have a drink (martini) with hubby 1-2 times/week so that's also very tempting. I KNOW this is NOT hard like other things, but breaking habits isn't necessarily easy either. I'm also working to get back in shape. I have always been active and love a combination of cardio+weights. However, back in October, I started having sciatica and hip pain. With a lot of chiropractor, massage, and PT I am slowly working it out (no pun intended) but very anxious to get back to a more active lifestyle. I also feel SO much better when I am able to be more active. I am really looking forward to completing a Whole 30 and feeling better. Cheers and Ciao to sugars, grains, etc.! -caroline
  20. My aunt is 77, and has had severe RA for almost 50 years. She's had several joints replaced (more than once!) and takes Remicade infusions. She also has a lot of trouble with allergies, sinus infections, and eczema. I have talked to her several times about Paleo (and plied her with books) , but she's often depressed and her attitude is "I'll just be this way until I die." Her diet has a lot of grains (toast, sandwiches). It is hard for her because she can do very little food prep with the condition of her hands. So, I'm planning on doing another W30 in Jan, and am considering planning/cooking all her meals for her for the month. She only lives about 8 miles away, but still, I'll need to plan things that she can heat/fix very easily and will keep for 2-3 days. That will be hard enough, but in researching I see that nightshades, eggs, and lots of other things are recommended to be cut for RA. I'm hoping for some ideas out there about: 1)foods that will work for "delivery," and 2)What might be a good balance between eliminating foods so that she gets some immediate benefit and more motivation, with not making is so strict that she gives up at the beginning. Also words of wisdom to convince her to even try! Thanks.
  21. Hello! This is day 31 of my Whole30 that I plan to continue for a while. On Friday after work we took a 7 hour road trip down to southern California to be with my husband's family for his birthday. Before the trip I packed in a cooler: 1 can of Trader Joe's tuna mixed with home-made mayo and celery Deviled eggs made with mayo, spicy mustard, Frank's Red Hot Sauce, and sprinkled with paprika Turri Farms grass-fed beef jerky (no sugar added) Almonds, pecans and pistachios Carrots, jicama, celery, tomatoes Mandarins When my husband stopped at Carl's Jr for two burgers, he remarked how good my food smelled.I devoured the tuna and a few eggs. I was exhausted when we arrived at 3:30 am but I wasn't hungry and stayed compliant. The next day while staying at my in-laws, I made eggs for breakfast, but I forgot my avocado :-( In the middle of the day, after running around with family members, I suddenly got hungry. I told them that I had to eat, NOW. And then I returned to the house and ate my leftover deviled eggs, beef jerky, and veggies. That was enough to keep my full until dinner. My husband's parents wanted to take him out, and I realized that I didn't research a compliant place to eat. They wanted to go to Soup Plantation http://www.souplantation.com/, but I was pretty sure they don't have any compliant protein I can eat with the veggies. So then I found Reds. I didn't have time to call them to double check, but according to their website, http://www.redsbarbecue.net/steak_seafood.html their tri-tip is only seasoned with garlic and pepper. We went there, and it was packed. There were six of us, and my father-in-law was a little frustrated that we had to wait 15 minutes to get a table (he's in his 70's so he is allowed to be cranky) but my husband asked me, if there is anywhere else I could eat at? I told him, no I know I can eat here. Anyway, we got seated, and I informed the server about my dietary restrictions and he was fine with it. He confirmed that there would be only salt and pepper on the tri-tip steak, I ordered it with steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini, and a salad with oil and vinegar on the side. I also ordered the 16 oz size instead of the petit! My sister-in-law commented that the smaller steak would be large enough for me and cost less, but I thought, hey, everyone else is eating garlic parmesan bread rolls, onion rings for appetizers and dessert, so I will get the larger size! It was a little bit hard standing up for myself, but I did it. It also wasn't easy saying no to their onion rings, bread, and home-made dressings, but I did it. So, It was delicious. I ate a good 12 oz or the tri-tip and the veggies. I felt satiated and had enough for leftovers. After eating that big piece of beef I felt MUCH better. I think I didn't eat enough protein earlier in the day. Then they sang happy birthday to my husband and brought this HUGE ice cream sundae with hot fudge and 6 spoons. I thought, this is the last few hours of day 30, I could probably eat a little ice cream, but nope. I didn't succumb! Today is Easter, and my husband's birthday. My sister in law is making a turkey, Mormon funeral potatoes (potatoes with cream, cheese, and corn flake crust), and green bean casserole, and we are having cake and ice cream afterwards. When I told her I can eat meat and vegetables, she thought I can eat what she makes, but they have cream of mushroom soup in them, which has wheat. So, I am bringing a salad and vinaigrette, making sauteed mushrooms and kale, a sweet potato, and some strawberries for when they eat the cake. I am hoping that she doesn't have one of those self-basting turkeys, and will avoid the gravy. I figure that I can eat the turkey and my vegetables and I should be OK It is day 31, I may succumb to the ice cream with my strawberries, but overall I am happy with this road trip.