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  2. Whole30 Ketchup Recipe

    I realize that. I've done many rounds of Whole30. I don't eat sugar or other sweeteners as a general rule & have gone without ketchup since my first round in 2013. However, the results of this recipe were very runny tomato-flavored vinegar. No other recipe I've found calls for more than a few Tbs, so I wanted to check & see if it was correct. Also, even here in the forum & in bloggers & sites that are Whole30 affiliates, many "Whole30" ketchup recipes include 1/4-1/2 cup of dates, which per the book, is not in the spirit of the program. I was just curious as to why that would be ok. I'm a moderator on a very large Whole30 group, and when we tell them these recipes really aren't in the spirit of the program, as the book says, they then say they got it from this forum or a Whole30 endorsed source. It causes a lot of confusion.
  3. Whole30 Ketchup Recipe

    It is correct, 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar. On whole30 you will be retraining your taste buds. It isn't supposed to fast just like Heinz. If the vinegar flavor is too strong reduce the amount of vinegar. Also, it is not as thick as store bought ketchup, that's ok.
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  5. October 1st 1st Day of the Rest of my Life

    I'm on R2 starting 10/1. Feel free to jump to the thread I started "October 1st....Ready, Set..." My best advice: pay close attention to ingredients in things you buy. It's what's done me in countless ( succeeded on my 3rd try for R1. Busted on my first attempt at R2 Welcome both of you to W30!
  6. Starting the Whole30 on October 1st with my wife!
  7. September 18 start date

    I agree with @dmrob2009 that @Mike5858 you should take last night as a win and know you've got it covered tonight! Sounds like you're uber prepared too. My husband and I took the same look at each other last night, after he poured him self a nice cocktail and asked if it's hard doing what I'm doing. Funny it's seems hard for all of about 2 minutes, then it passes. Isn't that the typical craving time factor. I do have to replace it with something though. Tea, a bath, keeping busy. I'll be thinking of you all tonight when I head to a football watching party armed with my own compliant food. Might look up a special something to drink too... think I saw that in the whole30 book.
  8. September 18 start date

    I don't have any advice since I'm a newbie, but feel your pain. Maybe time will sort it out? Okay to take a break from work outs for a bit? Seems i've read that not enough food caused some of those symptoms. I did some sort of work out three of the days of the week, and rested on Friday. I woke Saturday with a headache for the first time. After taking something and doing a pre-workout meal, I ran for an hour (but should've probably been shorter, but I was running so slow). Not sure if I'll get all the meals in I'm supposed to today as it's middle of the afternoon and I"m not hungry for lunch yet. So hope that doesn't contribute to negative repercussions. Hang in there, rest up and lay low!
  9. Prepping for my first Whole 30! Starting October 1

    I'm on R2 starting 10/1. Feel free to jump to the thread I started "October 1st....Ready, Set..." My best advice: pay close attention to ingredients in things you buy. It's what's done me in countless ( succeeded on my 3rd try for R1. Busted on my first attempt at R2).
  10. New-Will start October 1, 2017

    Hello @MMWolford81. It can be tough going from eating whatever you want to strictly following a Whole30. I'd use this last week of September to get sort of a "running start". My first attempt lasted 11 days. I started over on Day 1 because I discovered an item I was using almost daily was non compliant. My second attempt lasted 21 days. That one ended just because I was angry and depressed and thought my favorite foods would make me feel better. It didn't. So I'm going to start again with the knowledge I have gained about how emotions affect my eating. Here's to attempt number 3. 1: Read EVERY label. Non-compliant stuff is everywhere. There is soy in most canned tuna fish, sulfites in lemon juice concentrate, sugar in spice mixes etc. Don't be fooled by "no-sugar added". That just means it was replaced by HFCS. Get a magnifying glass and take it shopping with you. 2: Keep your meals simple at the start. Take meals you normally cook and tweek them if necessary to make them compliant. 3: My companion is not concerned about doing a Whole30. But he does eat what I cook because I don't make anything weird (refer back to #2). I will occasionally add a roll or rice to his plate, but I'm only going to cook one breakfast and one dinner. (He's on his own for lunch.) 4: Sauces and salad dressings are your friends. They do count as your fat, and you need a small amount of fat at every meal. My personal favorite is to mix fresh lemon juice with Bertolli's Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil. Put it in a small mason jar with a lid and shake it up real good. Easy peasy. Great for salad, veggies, fish and chicken. 5: Be kind to yourself. Mistakes happen. Finding out the favorite spice you've been using has sugar in it (McCormick Lemon Pepper? Seriously?), is not nearly as bad as purposely getting a large Dairy Queen Blizzard. Good luck on your prep week.
  11. Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I just remembered that I went through a similar situation when I decided to give up gluten four years ago. I had a couple of months after that where I ate a lot of candy. I think my brain was trying to compensate for the new dietary restriction but I eventually got back to where I had no need for it. And I did meet my goal of defeating my Dairy Demon (not sure if that's a thing either) during my Whole30 so I try not to beat myself up about the start/restart cycle I'm now in. My three meals are always compliant so I'll do what you suggested and distract myself when I start craving candy. I can't think of a single time over the past six or so weeks where it's been worth it.
  12. September 18 start date

    TjV, sorry, I meant to add I will also have your uncle in my thoughts.
  13. September 18 start date

    I just wanted to offer up an awesome resource that I've known about for a while, but only recently stated utilizing. Nom Nom Paleo's newest book, Ready or Not! will not disappoint. They have a lot of Whole 30 plugs in it and on their website, so I figured it'd be okay to tell y'all about it here. Well worth the money spent. We've been using mostly recipes from the Whole 30 and Well Fed 2 (recommended by the Hartwigs)... which have been really good thus far, but I added this new one because I feel like I need a lot of extra options. Nom Nom Paleo has a website, too. They have lots of recipes not found in the book, so a free resource! You've got to try the magic mushroom powder: Have a great weekend, all!
  14. September 18 start date

    So glad you feel better, so do I! Yesterday I had a dull, annoying headache all day, and was a little queasy. I got home from work last night, let the dogs out for a minute, ate a little turkey salad and went to bed. For the first time in I can't remember how long, I fell straight to sleep and slept right through till this morning. Today, headache is gone, I feel energized (the good sleep probably helps), and black coffee and leftover turkey salad was a perfect breakfast. I think I actually look brighter and more alive. Happy day 6 everyone!
  15. September 18 start date

    Woohoo! You seem to have recovered. Yay! Have a great Day 6, Tj V! PS. Me thinks I feel the TIGER BLOOD coming on!!! Had lots of extra energy yesterday. The whole fam is starting to feel better, in MULTIPLE ways. @ the whole Sept 18 group... you all ROCK! I'm so glad I utilized the forum this time. It's a tremendous help.
  16. September 18 start date

    Mike, I totally understand how you feel about food as rewards... and congratulations for getting past a tough moment! Goodness, my family is bad about the food/drink reward. I've gotten a double dose of it, as it applies to both sides of my family + my husbands family. Tonight won't be easy, but you have one success under your belt from last night. Let that feeling carry you through this evening and I commend you and your wife for socializing whilst doing this. I've not yet taken that step, as it's so hard to go to my family's favorite Mexican restaurant and bypass the margarita, chips and salsa. Having said that, you've inspired me to give it a try, at least, in the near future. Cheers!
  17. September 18 start date

    Good Day 6 Morning everyone! I got through a tough moment yesterday, when I thought I might crack. When my wife and I reconnect at home after work on Friday, it normally means a glass of wine, a vodka tonic, or a whiskey sour on the deck. Talk about our week, what the weekend will bring, and make that transition from work week to weekend. It's one of my favorite parts of the week. Well, last night we just stared at each other for a minute. "What do we do now?" We took a deep breath, and started making dinner, and the feeling past. We don't drink a lot (in my opinion), but we do enjoy a cocktail with each others or friends. So tonight, the next big challenge. We are going to a BBQ with some old friends of my wife's. They all used to work together, and haven't all been together in some time. Sounds like lots of sweets, non-compliant salads, meat with non-compliant BBQ sauce, beer and wine are on the menu. We are taking some things we can eat (shrimp with compliant cocktail sauce, a big green salad with chicken and Whole30 recipe dressing), and we will see how it goes. This is a big part of my relationship with food and booze that I'm working on changing. I see it as a reward (for a long work week, a stressful day, etc) or a part of a celebration that HAS to be a part of it. Wish me luck! Have a great day 6 everyone! Mike PS: TjV sorry to hear about your Uncle. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.
  18. September 18 start date

    Welcome aboard!
  19. Starting 8/28 Excited

    @Scott W I can't believe I am saying this but I am considering another whole30! And right away! Originally, I wanted to be back on regular food by Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct 8). I'm Canadian and the thought of this holiday without stuffing and pumpkin pie was too much. But, I can't believe it; I got on the scale today and I am down almost 10 pounds!!!! Needless to say, that result THRILLED me so much that I felt like starting right over again. When measuring my level of happiness against the difficulty of compliance (98% of the time) the scale tips me towards the happiness side of doing this. And I know it's not supposed to be about the scale. I did take stock of the non-scale victories before stepping on, and they were numerous. Biggest one for me was freedom FROM the scale. About 9 years ago, I lost 52 lbs. I very slowly and in a healthy way went from 212.5 lbs down to about 160 (my ideal weight). Then I kept it mostly off - hovering between 168 and 173 for perhaps 6 years. But about 3 years ago, I started going into a mild depression and began to not care as much. I ate to comfort myself and to entertain myself. I was shocked to get on the scale at the doctor's office at my last visit not long ago at 197 lbs! I think my home scale said around 192, but whatever.... Anyway, last night I got on the scale before bed (I usually would weigh in the morning, but I was super curious and ready to weigh), and it said 187! Then to get a 'typical' weight, I got on this morning and it said 185! Woo hoo! That's only about 20 lbs above my happy point, so I figure, why stop now???? I mean this was doing the program but not following all the rules about snacking: I was snacking on fruit quite regularly and having dates and walnuts for lunch a couple of times. I think what I might do is complete the re-introduction that I was planning, just to check for reactions. Then if all is ok, I will stay compliant 6 days out of seven. Perhaps when I go out to a restaurant, I will allow myself one non-compliant food choice, provided all reactions are ok. Waddya think? Good luck to all! mo
  20. Pre-workout meal

    Hi all! Today is day 1 for me, and I didn't expect to be so confused out about my pre-workout meal while planning for all this! I probably shouldn't have planned a workout on Day 1 because it added a level of stress that I could've done without! I'm asking for advice about my morning meal-planning. So, I wake up about 1.5-2 hours before my morning workout, sometimes 2.5 hours before, and I usually eat within 15 minutes of waking up. I do crossfit or Orange Theory, which can be pretty intense. I read the Whole30 book, and I understand the meal template. Based on that, my plan was to wake up and do a pre-workout meal with a protein and fat, then an immediate post-workout meal with sweet potatoes and a protein, then have Meal 1 after my shower. But after my pre-workout meal this morning of 2 eggs cooked with clarified butter and 1/3 avocado, I started to doubt my plan. I didn't feel like I was eating enough and that it was too long of a gap between my meal and my workout. I ended up not doing my workout for unrelated reasons, and was actually relieved! But I need to have a better plan for future workout days, including tomorrow, so I got on the forum and read all the posts I could find about meal timing around workouts. From what I've read, many people suggest skipping the pre-workout meal and just sticking with Meal 1 if there will be a long gap before a workout. I think this applies to me, and I'm going to do that tomorrow. I'll still do an immediate post-wo meal, then Meal 2 a while later. Here's my question: since Meal 1 will be 1.5-2 hrs before my workout, should it be a full meal that includes meal-sized protein, fat, veggies and starchy vegetable and/or fruit, or should I skip the carb portion since I will be working out relatively soon and want to use fat for fuel instead of carbs? If I'm interpreting everything correctly, I think I should just eat the regular meal, carbs and all, but just want to be sure. Thank you for your help!
  21. September 18 start date

    Day 6 everyone!! Woot! Hope everyone has a great day! Off to teach an art class and taking leftovers from last nights dinner. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
  22. pomegranate seeds

    Pomegranate seeds are super awesome with an ahi Caesar salad.
  23. Trader Joes Organic Free Range Chicken Stock

    Thanks Shannon!
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