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  2. kirbz


    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: 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 I wish you the very best of luck! This program really is amazing and I hope you achieve the results you're looking for!
  3. 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.
  4. haleywoodworth

    Starting April 11 -- Tomorrow!!!

    What constitutes as starchy carbs? I consider myself fairly active (3 weight lifting sessions per week and 3-4 sessions of cardio). I'm a healthy weight but wouldn't mind uncovering a little bit of muscle during my Whole30. I am on day 12 and find myself having trouble staying full without potato at each meal. I am eating probably 60% sweet potato and 40% yellow potato. I am eating 2 servings of fruit per day (oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries). I purchased some zucchini last night wondering if that was a starchy carb? Any ideas would be appreciated!! I want to do this right but I also don't want to be starving.
  5. She gained weight! YAY!! Hopefully this puts your husband's mind at ease that she will not meet her demise when you are out of town. Oh my, yes, trust the program, just look at your life saving results! I should take this queue (cue?) and sip my bone broth every night before bed as is my plan, but I'm not back in the habit yet. Good stuff! I know home-made is best, but I brought home a case of organic chicken bone broth from Costco, and there's an open carton in the fridge. You have a lot of action on the horizon! The crawfish boil sounds mightily tempting, but don't they do that pretty regularly, or is that a seasonal event? Garden time sounds very appealing, too...I'm sorely wanting to do the same. I'm taking a little breather from the fast and busy week with a half day off this morning before an afternoon meeting, and then home for the latter part of the day, so I'm planning to take on house cleaning like a Tasmanian devil. Zoom zoom. Tiger blood be with me. I'm so glad I read your post before doing my errands, because when I went to get my new grill, I bought a veg basket that sounds like yours. Thanks for the tip!! I haven't connected the propane yet, but spent part of last evening reading the owner's manual, and looking forward to getting started. I think I'll start with some basics, but I'm excited to thread some chicken satay onto skewers, and all kinds of other skewery delights...chili lime shrimp, Greek-ish things (lamb for me, beef for hubs), bison burgers all come to mind. Yum. The copious warning graphics and text in the manual did their job humbling me to be careful and conservative, but I'll get over my scaredy-cat jitters, I think, after my first go. Age 52 with my first grill - I am a late bloomer in so many ways. Pork and coleslaw sounds good - I brought home some sesame ginger slaw from our local sandwich place, and we'll have that tonight with Asian chicken and the leftover scalloped potatoes from Easter. Sometimes I can make errands day chill and enjoyable - when I can take my time. Yesterday was a dead rush because I squeezed in two home visits, one as a hospice massage provider, one as a neighbor looking in on a sick daughter, so I was happy to do both, but pressed for time and a little stressed, plus in the contrails of the morning's rare menopausal bitch-on-wheels bad mood (I haven't been sleeping well, that didn't help). Perfect storm for poor choices...anyway, I had a good morning meal, but I stubbornly ignored when I got hungry again while making my stops. I shouldn't have done that, but I prevailed when I was surrounded by tempting "old way of life" crap food that I might have abused myself with in earlier days. Champion! Today I begin again with self respect and momentum. Sigh! Off for a little hike up and down our winding road. Sweet day to you!
  6. haleywoodworth

    Starting April 14 (2019)

    I started on April 14th as well! How are you finding it?
  7. SugarcubeOD

    Trader Joes Chile Lime Seasoning

    It's used as a flow agent to keep spices and spice mixtures from clumping. If they'd used silicon dioxide which some do, then it's fine but you can't get an organic rating using silicone so some companies use rice. Not sure if this is the case here or not as I don't know if this is organic but it's some info for you
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  9. haleywoodworth


    Definitely felt overwhelmed! I am on day 12 of my first round and what I've found is that keeping it simple is best and slowly introducing new things when you're ready. I have leftovers for breakfast, a chicken/bell pepper/onion/spinach scrambled in coconut oil with (compliant) salsa and a piece of fruit for lunch and some sort of potato/sweet potato, meat, a veggie and some fruit and nuts for supper. Especially in week 1 I say keep the recipes simple to foods you enjoy and save the experimenting with new things for week 2 or when you get bored! That made it so much easier for me. One meal at a time, good luck!
  10. Kelli70

    Substitute For Gum

    Thank you! I have been reading up on some items to use. However, I am not a fan of apple-cider vinegar unless it's used with other ingredients to highly offset the taste. I have tried the baking soda, and it did not go well. I am not a huge fan of ginger. I will try the mint leaves and fennel seeds next. I am hoping that the changes in my diet will alleviate the heartburn and nausea. I do suffer from migraines so the main reason for the nausea is due to the migraine medicine. I am putting high hopes that there is some miracle food issue that once removed from my diet will take care of the migraines. (Wishful thinking, I know!)
  11. Kelli70


    So I am starting Whole 30 May 1 for the first time. Did anyone else feel overwhelmed with all the information when they first started? I keep reading up on it and finding recipes. I get frustrated because I find "whole 30" recipes that really aren't because they contain dairy or some other non-compliant ingredient. I have downloaded the pantry list, priority foods list and the off-limits list. Any other tips anyone can provide would definitely be appreciated!
  12. True Primal

    Trader Joes Chile Lime Seasoning

    I was wondering what the heck "rice concentrate" is. It's seemingly a product from a single company:
  13. Hey guys! My name is Megan and I’m about to start soon. Before I pick a start date I really would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on where to shop that has almost all/all of the ingredients needed for this life change. I have a very busy life and don’t have time to go to four stores to get every item needed. Not to mention that I’m a beginner cook as well! Please help! Thanks, Meg
  14. haleywoodworth

    Starting April 15

    Day 12 for me! Feeling pretty good. I have a routine down and am sticking to a few simple meals. I have experimented a bit and tried some new foods which has been pretty successful! I don't have much of a problem not snacking but I am still eating a lot of starchy vegetables and large portions. I do weight lift 3-4 times per week and do light cardio about 3-4 times per week. I'm assuming that is considered fairly active? Which is why my portion sizes are so large? Hoping so anyway! I'm not feeling too challenged by the Whole30 right now. We have a friend coming to town next week so I'm a little nervous to eat out if that is what they want to do. I am feeling like I've learned a lot and I've had a bit of Tiger Blood here and there but I'm wanting to start eating the way I'm planning to eat going forward! I want a little ketchup and light salad dressing and cheese in my life!!!! (in moderation) I want to stick to the next 18 days but I can see myself getting a little bored. How is everyone else doing????
  15. AnnaCampbell

    Weak During Workout

    Thanks. This will surely help me as well.
  16. AnnaCampbell

    coconut cream

    It last 2-3 days.
  17. Eva Zu Beck

    Too much meat!

    Its probably in your head, you are not gaining weight. Take some deep breaths and you will feel better, also its going to take 7-8 days to get used to it. Best of luck
  18. Loyal Leslie

    Starting over May 1st

    I’m going to recommit to my Whole30 on May 1st. I originally started April 15 but lack of planning and really understanding the program have hindered me. I’ve been sorta clean in the meantime but I know I am going to have to plan my meals because when I have nothing prepared at home it makes it easy to cheat and grab a non compliant meal. I’ve not had any fast food other than Chipotle and one desperate lunch at Chick-fil-A so that is a plus for me. I’m actually planning a grocery trip Sunday and plan on prepping for the whole month if possible and freezing a lot of my meals. I not ready yet but I’ll get there.
  19. aimeedanger

    Does it Matter Which Foods are reintroduced first?

    I didn't quite understand how reintroduction was supposed to work the first time I did whole 30. I would reintroduce a food and then, if nothing bad happened, I would keep eating it. By the time I reintroduced gluten, I was already eating all of the other things, and to be honest my stomach was starting to get back to its old tricks (bloating, stomach hurt to be touched, gassy, diarrhea THEN constipation) although mildly enough that I couldn't be certain it wasn't because of increased exercise or getting my period. When I first reintroduced gluten, I hopped in the car about 10 minutes after I finished eating and about 20 minutes after I finished eating I was nodding off so bad I had to pull over and nap! The stomach pain, constipation, and bloating got significantly worse over the next day, but because I had all the other stuff in my diet I could never be certain that it was the gluten and not the gluten AND dairy AND wine. That is not a mistake I will make this time.
  20. cclay62

    Starting May 1!

    I as well am beginning May 1st, my first round ever! Yay! Scared and excited at the same time. Lets do this!!!
  21. Jihanna

    Why do I have to go Whole30 every two days?

    Reintroduction is essentially a science experiment. The 30 days of compliance builds a "control" environment for you to work within. Each food is tested separately, and the 2-3 days in between tests allows your body to return to that control environment state to make sure you get true results that aren't being affected by any potential overlap. That's also why it's good to give a little extra time between tests if you have a significant reaction, to let yourself heal before you take on another test. Once the entire experiment is over -- you've done the tests and have the results, you know what works and what causes issues -- then you can go about deciding what's worth returning to your diet and how often you might want to eat it.
  22. Thank you Shannon! These are great suggestions
  23. Thank you very much, Shannon!! Today was day 30! I stuck with it and am so glad i didn't quit.
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  25. mcseng21

    Trader Joes Chile Lime Seasoning

    Thank you!
  26. ShannonM816

    Why do I have to go Whole30 every two days?

    Sometimes effects can be slow to show up -- you don't notice an issue when you eat the food, but the next day you're anxious or depressed or have digestive issues. Sometimes a little bit of something won't show noticeable effects, but continued consumption of it can. Sometimes gluten alone won't affect someone, but gluten and dairy together will.
  27. Lorna from Canada

    Meal Template and yogurt

    I did not know there was such a thing as compliant yogurt - had to go look that up - not that it would be a good choice for me since, pre W30, I was a 500ml tub of Greek yogurt a day kinda girl... still, I'm always happy to learn new things. @D'sMom2014 your meal looks great - hope things get sorted in the bathroom department. Took me a few weeks for that to rearrange itself but it's all great now.
  28. Hello! I'm on day 20 and I'm psyched for my reintroduction stage. I'm curious, why would I have to go Whole30 every two days if the new food group doesn't give me any bad reactions? For example, lets say I add in gluten grains and I get no bad reactions. Am I good to eat gluten from now on?
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