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  3. Eva Zu Beck

    Eating out

    It can be difficult but not impossible to eat out, on whole 30. Depending on your locale, time and resources.
  4. Eva Zu Beck

    Morning Suggestions

    A small meal will be a better option at your break. Prepare yourself a meal with balanced veg, protein and fat. Best of luck!
  5. AnnaCampbell

    Valentines Day Breakfast Menu Suggestions

    How was the menu? Did everyone love it?
  6. AnnaCampbell

    What's for dinner?

    Hi. Yesterday we had tasty grilled meals. I cooked barbecue on Portable Titanium Pocket BBQ Grill. My family loved the delicious barbecue meals cooked on this grill. Today, I will try the new barbecue recipes and I hope my family loves it. What you guys are having for today's dinner?
  7. AnnaCampbell

    Don't over think this.

    Great post!
  8. Yay Tiger Blood! How adventurous and fun: sushi, and Siberian "lasagna"...I'm calling it that because anything that is layered I call lasagna...and I love because such a layered dish is full of combinations, and combinations are a joy in life, I say. This combo does sound a bit odd, but I totally take your word for it that it was amazing....and now I want some. Thanks for the vote of confidence re grilling, and also for your tips, and the website. I have often had natural gas stoves, though it has been over 10 years. As for propane, this is the first time I've had propane - it only applies to our furnace, and the rest is electric. Having a propane tank on the grill will take some getting used to psychologically, but once I know it's hooked up correctly (I think I'll have Hubs help me this weekend) and I get the burners tested and fired up, I think I will have a comfort level with it - heck, maybe I'll be a natural! That's what I'm telling myself about the gardening, too, though that will be a longer haul! I've been up and down our steep road 4 times in two days, for fun, and also to visit a neighbor. When I got home, I flashed on previous eras in my life when I lost weight and I wasn't even trying: I was just really engaged in my life and very active. I'm holding on to that! No, please don't kick yourself. I don't like people messing with my friends I'm going to go enjoy a hot bath, and take the CBD a little early!
  9. Jihanna

    Butter or ghee

    I keep my ghee and coconut oil on the same shelf. Here in Georgia, it can get pretty warm, and I've noticed that while my coconut oil will usually stay solid until it hits around the 80s, my ghee has pretty constantly stayed at least partially melted unless it's been a rather chilly day... but that said, I've never had an issue with the ghee functioning or tasting like it should. If it worries you, though, you could always store it in the fridge.
  10. SchrodingersCat

    Invited to a Bake-Off at Work?!

    I adore this recipe, I made it during reintro - I sub the baking powder for baking soda and cream of tartare, meaning the only non-compliant ingredient is the sugar: https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/orange-and-almond-cake
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  12. ShannonM816

    Invited to a Bake-Off at Work?!

    The first recipe has cornstarch in it. The baking powder the others call for is something you'd have to watch, because it can contain cornstarch. The first recipe calls for oreos, and one calls for a vegan butter substitute -- those are things you'll have to check the ingredients on to see what's in them. You might do better to try a paleo dessert, and get your gluten from some other source for your reintroductions. (Maybe something like this: https://elanaspantry.com/cinnamon-coffee-cake/ ) Or you could make a tried and true recipe that always turns out so you don't need to taste test it, and then just not have any. Or tell them you're unable to participate this time.
  13. Leigh Ann 24

    Butter or ghee

    I read that ghee is supposed to be in solid form but melts easily. My jar of ghee is about 1/8 solid and the rest is already runny. Is that all right?
  14. Leigh Ann 24

    Colonoscopy

    That's very interesting! Thank you!!
  15. Hi all! My reintroduction period starts May 1. On May 10 (Gluten day!), I have been asked to prepare a baked good for a bake-off at work - just wanted to check whether or not a few recipes would be recommended for a reintroduction day of gluten. Thinking of keeping anything I make vegan so that I don't have to worry about the dairy cross-contamination. https://foodal.com/recipes/cakes/vegan-vanilla-raspberry-oreo-cake/ http://veggieandthebeastfeast.com/2014/01/07/chai-spice-cake-with-vanilla-bean-frosting-vegan/ http://wallflowerkitchen.com/elderflower-cake-bloom-wild-flowers/ These all look okay to me, but I just want to make sure! I do want to do gluten day its due diligence because I have a sense that I may be slightly gluten-sensitive. Thanks in advance!!
  16. Grace A

    May newbie

    Welcome Cyndi! We are certainly here to help and support you. I hope you will see great results and feel amazing!
  17. sunshine9185

    Starting April 15

    Whole 30 ketchup is actually really good. You might find you don't miss the sugar if you make it. It's in the book (not the online recipes that are packed with dates). It's really simple and takes like 10 minutes tops to make with ingredients that are readily available in a regular grocery store. I prefer salad dressing that is oil/vinegar based, so no clue how to help there (maybe something made with Whole 30 mayo instead of sour cream or other dairy?). I hear you on the cheese...Cheese is cheese and it always will be. When I did my reintroductions after my first Whole30, the only thing that I reacted to like "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?" was dairy. I'm on Day 12 too and doing fine. Not seeing drastic results either way (don't feel super crappy, but my pants aren't getting super loose either) like I did on my first one. But I'm sleeping a bit better and have more energy in the gym (#NSV). Anyway, hope everyone else is doing well!
  18. ultrarunnergirl

    Restarting/Vent

    You can do this! The cookbook Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan saved my bacon on my first Whole30. Simple, fast recipes, nothing fancy. Here's a post from her on making meals out of ingredients (Basically, no cooking): https://meljoulwan.com/2014/06/25/great-ingredients-recipe-required/ Take one day to knock out some basics and do it all at one time, you can be done in an hour or two: grill a bunch of chicken (or bake), brown ground meat on the stove, make some protein salad using compliant tuna or salmon, boil a dozen eggs. A stick blender can be your best friend and should be available for about $30. You can make mayo and all sorts of sauces. Or you can spend more on Primal Kitchen mayo. Frozen broccoli is super versatile and you can microwave it. Frozen veggies are easy to toss in the pan you just used to cook your meat in and make a ton of food for the week. The Whole30 is some work, for sure. We all feel you on that! But you're worth the extra effort.
  19. cclay62

    May newbie

    Hello, My name is Cyndi, I am beginning my healing journey on May 1st. I will be reaching out and asking questions , if I am unable to find it on my own. I explained to my husband why I am doing this 30 days. So tired of having mysterious food reactions and not being able to pinpoint what has caused it. I expect I will have struggles, but support system is in place and I am reading the book. Preparing myself mentally.
  20. ultrarunnergirl

    I’m sick....

    Gargling with hot salty water should also really help.
  21. ladyshanny

    Substitute For Gum

    Interestingly, the gum chewing could be contributing to both heartburn and nausea and possibly to the headaches (not sure if you have actual migraine or are just using it as a common term for severe headache). Gum creates a constant chewing motion which can aggravate facial, skull and neck muscles causing headaches. Also when you chew gum, you send the signal to your digestive system that food is coming so it turns on the stomach acids etc and then no food comes. Most gum also includes artificial sweeteners which can also upset the stomach and cause headaches with overuse. May be very interesting for you to see what happens over the 30 days!
  22. I'm with you on the not-sleeping-well front; I've been sleeping terribly lately. I slept a (very) little better last night and woke up with tiger blood! I stopped my CBD experiment because (1) it didn't really seem to help, (2) I hate the swamp water taste/texture of it and (3) I was trying to save it to help combat kitty inflammation. Well, I was putting too much stuff in her food so she quit eating it but now I think it was that first steroid that wasn't the compounded one that turned her off. After seeing some more info on it, I decided to try again last night. I did a little more than before and did it a little earlier instead of right before bedtime. I still woke up several times but in a more dream-like state and have been really on it today! I remember the last time I felt this tiger blood-ish was during my first experiment with the CBD for sleep so maybe there's something there. I had a partial hysterectomy when I was 34 so I can't tell if my bitch-on-wheels moods are due to menopause or just me! Sleep is a definite factor, though. You'll rock the grill! Are you used to cooking with natural gas/propane? I always had natural gas in Louisiana but we're on propane here (except when they forget to come fill our tank and we run out on Thanksgiving Day!!). If I'm cooking something greasy/drippy like a juicy burger or something with a generous strip of fat, I try to keep a cooler side and a hotter side so when it starts to flame up on the hotter side, I can move it over to the cooler side and let the flames die down. When we use the basket for veggies, I keep the burners under the basket on medium-ish and the one off to the side higher for indirect heat. Starting with something small and lean like skewers is a great way to start. We've charred more than a couple of things due to inattention and just went with the "burnt is a flavor, too" theory! If you want some tips and recipes, I like amazingribs.com. Good for you for prevailing against the crap food! For some reason I was hungry mid-morning today and had sushi thoughts that just wouldn't stop. I caved but I didn't get any with Krab because it's full of junk and I didn't use the soy sauce. Then my Siberian co-worker gave me a taste of this amazing dish his Mom made with layers of fish and beets, onions and dill- sounds odd but it was amazing and beautiful. I want to find out what's in it but it looked pretty compliant so I don't feel too bad about my sushi snack and now I'm full enough not to also eat the lunch I brought (which is what I would have done in the past). And I am off to, hopefully, buy tomato and pepper plants since I didn't get seeds started. Everything else I can still start from seed, though, so I'm trying not to kick myself.
  23. Grace A

    Overwhelmed!

    Amazing tips from kirbz! I always encourage new Whole30ers to stick to information and recipes from the Whole30 website and social media pages. Those are always reliable!
  24. kirbz

    Overwhelmed!

    Honestly, when I don't have leftovers, I have scrambled eggs, bacon, and soup. I originally hated eggs when I first started Whole30 but that changed over time for some reason. Partially, I think i was trying to make them fancy and I just can't do that in the morning. So, I go with four eggs scrambled in ghee (or leftover bacon fat if I'm having bacon) with a splash of coconut milk, bacon (sometimes) and one of the three soups listed below. I make them in large batches, put them in mason jars, and freeze them. So I just pull one out the night before and then warm it up in the morning. Voila! Fast and easy. Here are the three soups I rotate (listed in order of my favorites): Golden Cauliflower Soup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ Roasted Carrot Caraway Soup: https://meljoulwan.com/2017/10/07/roasted-carrot-caraway-soup/
  25. Kelli70

    Overwhelmed!

    Funny you mention breakfast, because that is where I am struggling to plan. I usually have a couple pieces of ww toast with peanut butter, a piece of fruit and a cup of peanut butter. It's been hard trying to revamp it and come up with something quick and easy. I don't want to spend a lot of time making breakfast. I am going to pick up some of the frozen Whole 30 meals from Walmart as a back-up until I have adjusted.
  26. True Primal

    Trader Joes Chile Lime Seasoning

    In this case I think it's more about green-washing. "Silicon dioxide" sounds scary and "rice concentrate" sounds... ok if you're into rice.
  27. kirbz

    Overwhelmed!

    Hi and welcome to Whole30! I was definitely a bit overwhelmed when I first started, but here are a few tips that might help! General Tips Keep your meals simple. Grilled steak, grilled asparagus and a blob of mayo. Eggs with some frozen vegetables scrambled in there. A pan sheet meal with chicken and root vegetables. Understand the Meal Template. I'm surprised by how many people have never seen or heard of it when they start. You can find it here: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. Let me know if you have any questions about it! Start thinking of breakfast as just another meal. If you can get over the concept that breakfast has to be breakfast-y foods, a whole new world will open up! And leftovers for breakfast is super fast and convenient. One of my favorite breakfast meals is now leftover BBQ chicken, steamed carrots, and guacamole. If you have the financial means, buy some pre-made sauces and dips. Tessemae's, The New Primal, Primal Kitchen, and Yais Thai have some amazing products. Check out the @Whole30Approved Instagram feed for lots of Whole30 approved products you can buy. Always, always, always, always, always read your labels and your ingredient lists. It's worth the few extra seconds for you to be empowered to be mindful of and know what's in the things you eat! As for recipes, I totally understand your struggle! There are so, so many people out there who try to take advantage of Whole30 popularity and brand their recipes that way even though they aren't! But there are lots of reliable sources, so here are a few of my favorites. I still encourage you to read and know what's in the things you're making, but these guys are reliable for their Whole30 meals. You can also check out the @Whole30Recipes Instagram feed for more recipes and featured bloggers (all of these folks have been featured many times). Reliable, Whole30 Food Bloggers https://meljoulwan.com/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com https://www.thewholesmiths.com/ https://nomnompaleo.com I wish you the very best of luck! This program really is amazing and I hope you achieve the results you're looking for!
  28. ladyshanny

    Starting April 11 -- Tomorrow!!!

    Starchy veggies: yam, sweet potato, winter squash (zuke is summer squash so not a starch), potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, turnip, beets etc.
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