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  1. 4 points
    Congratulations for your next wedding Joanna! I'm also starting on February 11, since I have no social commitments scheduled for the following weeks and will be easier to stick to the meals plan. For now, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my breakfasts, different from eating eggs :-) If you like (and don't mind my grammar or spelling mistakes, since English is not my mother tongue), we can support each other, share recipes, etc. Ana
  2. 3 points

    Detox February - NEW

    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing. Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking... Make sense?
  3. 3 points

    Almond butter

    I know dates are compliant, but there's a part of me that wants to say "no" in this instance. It's not like adding a date to a barbecue sauce recipe to mellow the vinegar and spice. It's straight up added in this product to make it sweet while being able to say that it doesn't have added sugar. It does have added sugar; that date is the added sugar but labeling laws are dumb and companies will find ways to skirt them. Per the Whole30 rules, though, that ingredient list is compliant.
  4. 2 points
    Hi Everyone! I am starting my Whole 30 on Monday, February 11, 2019. I did a Whole30 about two years ago and loved the results. I am currently on Weight Watchers and have lost about 25 pounds since September but I feel myself slipping into eating some foods that Whole30 proved to me were not the best for my body and self. Looking forward to a month of recommitting to it. I am getting married in May and just want to feel my best which I did on Whole30! Here we go... Joanna
  5. 2 points

    Super Slow Reintro

    Beans in general will definitely not be making a come-back for me, except on a very rare occasion... and it will truly have to be "worth it" for me to want to go through the kind of bloating and gas I felt after having black and pinto beans in one meal (I was hurting for 2 days, and have even stretched the time out before attempting another reintro as result because I needed to be sure my system had normalized). I can't even fathom how much my body must have hated me when I was doing beans in 2 dinners a week and using a can of garbanzos as a quick and easy snack! It's definitely changing how I'm looking at everything, now, because not only do I know how I feel without all this stuff in my system... I know how I feel when it comes back. I'm honestly scared to get to the grains, but I have to try the ones I'm most likely to want to use for something at times. (Edited to add: I'm not scared as in terrified of doing it or putting it off; I'm just anticipating a hefty system reaction so am anxious, but reminding myself that this is information I really need to have for my own health's sake.)
  6. 2 points

    Starting February 13th

    Working on my plan and trying to learn all I can.
  7. 2 points

    Red Lobster Whole30 Compliant Dishes?

    I go to a network group every Tuesday and stressed over the food so much.... not much was complaint or if I wanted something that was … was way more than my work would pay for (plus, I don't want to spend my money but the network group deal is that everyone orders). Anyway, I noticed another person always just ordered a plain salad (which for the restaurant was basically a bowl of lettuce). I took my own whole30 dump ranch and did that. Was it great? Naw, but I focused more on my networking and discussing than what I was eating. Maybe the same idea? Focus on conversation? Not the ideal solution, but it does work for me so I thought I'd share.
  8. 2 points
    When I started Whole30 I found it difficult to eat vegetables and protein separately first thing in the morning. Just thinking about starting the day facing 3 eggs and 1-2 cups of veggies was enough to turn my stomach. I don't normally eat breakfast. So I started with eggs and creamed vegetable soups like https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ and https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/. Adding a tablespoon of the liquid coconut oil to the soup made it easy to add the plated fat. Then I started making sausage patties to replace the eggs in the morning. I still like having the soup for breakfast, but now I can eat things like https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264076/cabbage-and-eggs/ (or with pork sausage or tuna or chicken or salmon patties instead of eggs) and https://therealfoodrds.com/easy-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/ . The biggest thing to remember is that it is Meal One - it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food. You've heard of having breakfast for dinner? Don't be afraid of having dinner for breakfast.
  9. 2 points
    I started Whole30 for the first time on January 28. I am meeting up with High School classmate girlfriends in May and hoping to look and feel good! I'll follow your progress on the now to May timeline. Why are you waiting until Feb 11?
  10. 1 point
    End of day 3, and I am happy to say that I’m not suffering at all. I cannot lie, I am missing my red wine and my bourbon. I can do this. I look forward to a healthier complexion, my clothes fitting a little looser, better sleep perhaps, and hopefully fewer aches.
  11. 1 point
    Nope... not unless you're having feelings of anxiousness if you couldn't put it on something or you're shooting it straight out of a shot glass or fancy wine glass... Flavorful things that you like are great! Keep doing you!
  12. 1 point
    Ah I forgot about that. 9 days isn't bad either! May the tiger blood be with you!
  13. 1 point


    If it continues, maybe talk to a doctor to find out how to treat it. Other than an allergic reaction to something, there's nothing that should be causing this.
  14. 1 point

    Turned off from food

    Are you seeing someone to help with the ED? You may want to touch base with them, or with another trusted doctor or counselor type person in your life. Whole30 is meant to make you healthier. If it is not doing that for you, which it sounds like it isn't, this may not be a good time for you to try it, or it may just not be the right program for you to do at all. This has a little more about trying to do whole30 when you have a history of ED: https://whole30.com/2014/06/dear-melissa-eating-disorders/
  15. 1 point
    Have you done whole30 and reintroductions before? If not, you should do the reintroductions before you decide. Do dairy reintroductions, and also at some point do a day where you use the coconut milk with carrageenan. Then you can take into consideration any reactions you have, and if you don't have reactions to either, you can choose based on which you prefer the taste of. This page has links to reintroduction instructions and other post-whole30 information: https://whole30.com/finished/
  16. 1 point
    Well, how's it going @Ryan Oakford Posen? I've arrived in Adelaide after a brief touch down in Vangroovy for an overnight. Couldn't watch your video when you posted it - all those public WiFi sites are so limited but I remembered to watch it today - you're a super cutie! Hope you are, in fact, NAILING this!
  17. 1 point
    You would be surprised how you can adapt to eating savory meals in the morning, but you have to be willing to try. Maybe start with soup -- a chicken and vegetable soup, or a creamy butternut squash soup that you add some seasoned ground beef or diced chicken to. Or eat eggs every day -- when you're tired of plain old scrambled, fried, or boiled ones, try having pad thai (http://meljoulwan.com/2011/05/08/paleo-pad-thai/) or these: http://meljoulwan.com/2011/08/18/comfort-noodles/ or look for a whole30 shakshuka recipe.
  18. 1 point
    Looking for some guidance on deli turkey. I read the most recent Whole30 update that Applegate Farms now has compliant products, and that they are listed on the website as such. It says the organic oven roasted turkey (which I bought) is compliant, and the website has the whole30 logo on the description. However, the ingredient list includes potato starch. Is this really accurate that it’s compliant? Seems like potato starch is sometimes ok, sometimes not. Attached photos of the description from the Applegate Farms site and the ingredient list from the package I got. Guidance appreciated! Thanks in advance.
  19. 1 point

    Detox February - NEW

    Greetings Ryan! I'm on day 18 after being "gonna start" for probably a year myself. I'm loving it! Feel free to look up my Whole 30 Log in the Log section near the bottom of the forum for a (probably very boring) day by day of what I eat and how I feel lol. Don't be afraid to experiment, don't be afraid to ask, use the forum as the great source of info it is (hint: the search function isn't great, you're better to google "Whole 30 forum [query- i.e. can I have ______]" but sooooo many questions have already been asked and answered by the excellent mods here that it's easy to find info! There's also FB groups which are really interactive, the "Whole 30 Support Group" is a good one.
  20. 1 point
    @Mbostwick06 Wow - that's really impressive! I'm sad that you're going through this and hope you land a new position soon. But, in the meantime, take some credit for your amazing NSV's! A slow cooker or Instant Pot can go a long way to help make really cheap cuts of meat into magic - hope you can access one of these of you don't currently have one. @SavoraGG My thoughts would be going to a glass of wine totally get the margarita. Hope you heal well and also find a position very soon. Clear minds and calm energy are great supports when facing this kind of adversity. Kudos to both of you and all the best moving forwar.
  21. 1 point
    Robin Strathdee

    Don't over think this.

    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
  22. 1 point

    Chicken Sausage or other breakfast meat?

    I agree on Aidell's Chicken and Apple. I also found this great recipe that is Whole30 and AIP compliant meatballs that are great!! Leave out the Peppers for AIP or if you're not going for AIP keep them in. I did them for AIP and they were still amazing!! https://therealfoodrds.com/zucchini-turkey-popper-meatballs-recipes/
  23. 1 point
    I feel like I have a lot going on in my head so I'm just going to blurt it all out - I was planning on waiting until Day 10 to do a mini recap, but since I have time now, here goes. I had a little anxiety last night about what happens if I don't lose weight. And I totally understand that that isn't the point of the program, and it's not why I'm doing it...but I do have 20 pounds I actively want to lose, and so my question is, if Whole30 doesn't work, then what do I turn to? In all other ways the program seems like it is going to work for me, in helping me quit dieting, and achieve my food freedom and be able to eat food without obsessing over calorie counting or constantly fighting with cravings...but I also want to lose the weight I have and reach my goal, which I do think is a healthy and realistic number for my height and body type (I'm 5'1 and 140 pounds right now, so I don't think 120 is that unattainable). I found myself calculating calories in my head over the last few days, which needs to stop. I have been calorie counting for 10 years (and I'm 26 years old) which means I basically know off hand the number of calories in any given thing at a time, which is a little horrifying. And I don't want to keep calorie counting for the next 10 years, because it takes so much joy out of eating. It's so nice to be able to have a meal without feverishly inputting it in MFP and to be able to have a small piece of fruit at night without weighing up the pros and cons. Anyway, I know I shouldn't focus on the scale, so I'm also trying to go by how I feel and by how my clothes fit - today I'm wearing a skirt that definitely didn't fit last year and was part of my "skinny" wardrobe, and it did up very easily after gym this morning, so that feels good. What do I like about Whole30 and my 30 days of fitness program is that it has given me a sense of control over my life again, which is nice. I've been wanting to get to my goal for such a long time, and knowing I'm actively working towards it everyday, that I'm doing nearly everything I can to succeed, is such a great feeling. Doing it in January makes me feel like I've already set up the year for success. I'm going back home in May for a friend's wedding, and I really want to be look and feel great going back, so it's important I put in the hard work these next four months. Food is such a big part of my life, it's such a form of comfort and of fun, that taking it out and treating it as fuel only leaves me feeling a little lost. (and I don't mean to be dramatic, I realize it's only 30 days, but for someone who's struggled with binging and overeating their whole life, it matters). But anyway, looking forward to seeing what the second week brings.
  24. 1 point
    You keep eating nourishing food in appropriate quantities and get some reasonable amount of healthy movement and wherever that gets you is where you're meant to be.
  25. 1 point
    I agree, that soy wasn't hidden at all. Food manufacturers are brutal in many cases but in this case the labelling and transparency is excellent. I see where you're coming from @MimiHi, about the restart and not quitting. But it really depends on what the person needed to get out of it. If they really needed to heal their gut for health reasons, bippity-bopping right along despite the incident isn't going to help them. Sometimes just owning up to it, being disappointed and taking responsibility is more empowering than you think.