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  1. Hokay... I've been doing so great while on my own these last 3 weeks, but this is going to be the true test - going home to my bf and keeping myself from joining him on the couch eating chips! Wish me luck!! Day 22 - perhaps I feel the tiger blood? (I don't know really, working 28 days straight of 12 hour shift is EXHAUSTING on a good day, so I think that may be obscuring my results), but I have felt in rather good spirits for the last week or so, so perhaps that is it. I have noticed though, how CLEAR my skin is (and believe me I notice every little blemish on my face), and how great fo
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  2. I don't know... for me it comes from a bottle of Kombucha
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  3. Well it’s day 13 here and I feel good, considering my boy has covid, I’m working from home, I’m missing some really important things at work and have had to leave them in incompetent hands and…. I feel chill. Serene. Ran after I finished working and definitely felt the tiger starting to purr. food prep is one of my ultimate favourite things about this plan. Is my Sunday ‘me time’, while cooking the family roast I make all my things for the week. Usually it’s my mayo, a meat thing (eg koftas, fish cakes or chicken) for lunches, a veg thing (this week it was roasted tomatoes with garli
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  4. Too funny. After my post last night about not touching my comfort foods while sick…. This was the daily Whole30 text I received. It's Day 17, and by now, you've hit a bump or two. You've been anxious, lonely, or scared, and tempted to comfort yourself with something sweet and instantly gratifying (AKA numbing). A gentle reminder from me (and from Past You, who came to the Whole30 in part for this specific reason): Food won't make it better. It won't make it easier. It won't make you happier. It doesn't fill the hole. It doesn't fix what's wrong. Connection, support, love, and reass
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  5. Hi everyone - quick early Wednesday morning report that I believe the tiger blood is here! It’s day 17 perfect timing as I’m running around at work with new employee orientation - I’m a corporate trainer. I was up before 4am and ready to go! Finally less hungry too. Hope you all are having a great week …the W30 home stretch is in sight!
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  6. Great to read all the posts, gives a little boost on this 2nd day dealing with an upset bowel… (I’m on W30 day 17) I’m not sure what caused it, but I might have overeaten on (chinese 5 spice) cashews… or it were the marinated mushrooms..? So for the coming days I’m trying to stay away from nuts, cabbages, mushrooms and raw veggies and hope to be in shape back soon because Sunday I felt like I could conquer the world and was sure the Tiger Blood had kicked in!
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  7. Can I just pat myself on the back for a second I am a HUGE comfort eater!! Being sick is one of those times I WANT/NEED comfort food!! I don’t have an appetite right now per say but I have killer cravings and habits calling to me big time!! I want sugary sprite, I want cold ice cream, I want warm, homemade, thick noodled, chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers. I want my dads chocolate chip cookies and I want my grandma to bring me orange popsicles. I want all of those things to make me feel better! And you know what….. I haven’t touched any of them. I’m in my emotionally weak pl
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  8. @MizRikoh no, hope you recover quickly re: tater-tots! Ok, like a potato croquette type thing? Mash potato inside, coated outside? My kids would love them! Lots of brands of potato products here have dextrose in them, in fact a lot of stores own brands have every single potato item with dextrose added <Morrisons> To make them crispy. Sometimes it’s easier when it’s just ‘no’ to all isn’t it? I find you can’t beat a roast potato, made properly with love and duck fat. Joyous! tiger blood? Yes I think I’m starting to feel her roar! I ran 16km yesterday and at times I
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  9. On the tater tot discussion: for me, that would qualify as "French fries" or "food without brakes" or "chips," all no-no's on the Whole30. But some of the rules seem kind of arbitrary... so maybe tater tots are okay? There was also a crazy band called Tater Totz in the late '80s/early '90s. Did a smashing, 12-minute cover of Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko."
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  10. Interesting! I find that I'm ravenous, but I eat big fats and proteins to satiate myself, instead of carbs. Having done Whole30 before, I'm not focused on portion sizes or meal templates or any of that, mainly just compliant food. For me, if I'm hungry, I gotta EAT. Must be cool to not be hungry! Also funny: Melissa Urban is very strict about how it is "not hard" to drink coffee without milk or cream in it... but my first W30 I had trouble with that. I'm allergic to nuts and coconut, so I can't put a substitute in my coffee! And it was fine. I ended up staying on black coffee (decaf) afte
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  11. Note: Just a report, not really a complaint or call for help Today is Day 13 for us. I'm finding that I am not that hungry and don't really care about food. I woke this morning and wanted my coffee (with Califia almond milk and ff coconut milk). I started cooking up some applegate sausage and warming up potatoes and brussels sprouts from last night's dinner - however I am just not very hungry! Last night we cooked a lovely fresh king salmon with a creamy artichoke heart/herb sauce, plus medley of roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts and carrots. I could finish the salmon but only half the
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  12. Slept so well last night finally and feeling the most energetic yet, I jumped out of bed and went grocery shopping and totally forgot about looking up any recipes! Oh well, there are still a lot of supply chain issues and high prices, so I just buy what’s on sale and figure it out later. Got chicken thighs, beef burgers and compliant sausage and some veggies. We use leftover meat to add to soup especially during the week - my husband will add to bean soup and I make a quick soup with chicken broth, cauliflower rice and chicken since I can’t eat any soup in a can or box. I’m making my favorite
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  13. My husband doesn't like eating eggs everyday (he's doing W30 as well) so I found this recipe called "Butternut Breakfast Meatballs" available here: https://realsimplegood.com/butternut-breakfast-meatballs/. My husband likes them and they are a fairly easy make ahead thing.
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  14. I really wanna get on a scale. I feel so much lighter already but I know in the grand scheme of things that’s not important. It’s still a hard mindset to change.
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  15. For me I got bloated for a day or two (also coincided with my TOM so it was probably even more exaggerated) and then on day 9? I think, it looked like I lost 5 pounds overnight. Seriously the morning before I was like wow, the holidays were rough on my tummy and the day the bloat went away I was like wtf. Last few days I have fit into dresses I haven't worn in month!
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  16. It looks like everyone on this thread is doing OK. Best of luck to all. Started 10/12 and crashed on 23rd day. Restarted on 1/2, 11 days in the books.
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  17. That's what I did with my cod, it had a crust of ground garlic cloves, fresh thyme and salt. I drizzled it in olive oil then baked it in foil. To be honest it was even better the next day as left overs as the garlic had really worked it's magic overnight.
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  18. I am eating a lot more meat and protein than usual. My body just loves this. Within days, I somehow feel better. I lose puffiness in my face, my pants fit better. I don't know if it's *because* the fats and proteins and animal-food are so desired by my body, or because my body's delighted *not* to be dealing with a bunch of sugar and processed carbs and legumes. In any case, it's sure nice. Cooking-wise, my favorite W30 thing to do: at night before bed, put a couple sweet potatoes or yams in the digital oven, and set a timer. Wake up to wonderful smells in the house, and something
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  19. I guess they were right saying day 10 and 11 are the hardest! Feeling low on energy this morning, not inspired to make breakfast (I did anyway). No real cravings, just feeling lethargic...
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  20. Hi! How is everyone doing? Just finished Day 3 here, and struggled with some nausea this morning, but eating some sweet potato (per the forum!) helped. I think not eating enough might also be causing nausea, maybe going too long between lunch and dinner. Usually I eat breakfast around 8:30 am and then lunch at 12 or 1 pm. But then, don't eat dinner till 7 pm. So, I get super hungry before dinner. And then start to fill up really quickly. Going to try to move up my dinner time. It's weird, I'm not having many cravings, but not really looking forward to my Whole30 meals, same as @its
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  21. Just wrapping up day 9 over here and doing pretty good. My boyfriend ordered enough food to feed five people from a local Brazilian restaurant and ate that while I ate my compliant steak and veggies for dinner. His food smelled AMAZING but I wasn’t sure how it was prepared and there were a lot of breaded and deep fried things involved so I just steered clear. My only current issue…..My right leg is ACHY!!! My hip, my pelvis and all down into my thigh. Just the right side. I have not done anything that would have injured it so I have no idea what it’s about. It could be related to my
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  22. That is rough! Definitely have gone through that before. I love eggs (and gave them up for almost a year for my son's allergies) so right now I am loving eating my runny eggs right now. In previous Whole30s though I definitely got bored and nothing sounded good. When this happened I would go out to eat. Something about someone else making something for me definitely helped. If you are in the US, chipotle is easy since it is Whole30 approved for certain items. I like In N Out for burgers (just no fries! boo!). You can also make it work at a lot of other restaurants, just trying to give you some
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  23. Hi all, late to the thread, but I also started my first Whole30 on January 3rd. Reasons for joining: trying to get rid of frequent belly cramps, difficult bowel movements (sorry, TMI), itch on back that's sometimes popping up, continued shoulder pain (despite gaining back mobility almost completely after breaking collarbone in November 2020). Oh, and I wouldn't mind losing 2-3 kg either. :-) Never done a Whole30 before but have been thinking about it for quite some time. Did a 6-week detox with my gym in 2017 which changed my life, before that I was a huge sugar addict. I managed to
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  24. Good for you for not giving in to the cravings @MizRik! If you’re still having a sore throat, you could also try gurgling with tepid salted water and/or take herbal tea with thym in it. Get well soon!
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  25. Last night I dreamt about accidentally eating off-plan! The dream included a scene where the police were dragging me and my family off. I was rummaging through a drawer finding snacks for my son. In real life, the snack drawer contains roasted seaweed, rice cakes, nuts, corn nuts, Lara bars. In the dream it was like kind of gross, low-end junk food, store-bought cookies, none of them in their packages, sticky with jam...
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  26. ShannonM816

    Meat Items

    Read the ingredients lists. That's how you know if something is Whole30 compatible, from the ingredients. The first one contains sugar. Sugar is not compatible with Whole30 rules, so that one isn't going to work for your Whole30. The other one seems to be okay, the ingredients are all fine. So you can have it during your Whole30.
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  27. I mean it is naturally occurring in some foods but from what I understand it is fermented wheat gluten (sometimes sucgar cane, corn, cassava, seaweed, etc) with sodium added to it. Seems significantly less natural than most things allowed on Whole30. It's base is also one of the things specifically not allowed on Whole30. Like why MSG and not peanut oil, since most people are allergic/sensitive to the protein in peanuts and a good chunk of those with peanut allergies are fine with things like french fries fried in peanut oil. Or how some kombuchas have sugar in them to aid in the fermentation,
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  28. As for the MSG thing. It seems in all the years I have been aware of the Whole30, very minimal changes have ever been made. She started labeling Lara bars and Rx bars as only partially compliant aka emergency food only because they are easily food without breaks for most people and easily trigger the sugar dragon. She also totally nixed plantain chips which honeslty made me sad because I love plantain chips and homemeade guacamole. As for add ins. I think MSG and white potatoes are all I have ever seen her add back in as okay. Anywho. It appears things are not don
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  29. I found this on the Whole30 page….. And if it’s a matter of taking the Nyquil and sleeping through the night, or sticking to the Whole30 and being miserable, well… sweet dreams. (We’re pretty sure no one sips Nyquil for the sugar hit.) nowhere in the article does it say you need to start over either. I think I will try one lozenge and if it works miracles I will sneak another one or two in until I can get to the store to find sugar free ones. there hasta be sugar free ones. The article also listed some herbal teas and stuff that are approved. So I will look for those.
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  30. The dr. prager ones are technically complain (the ones for kids). They have egg in them so my son can't have them, so I have never bought them. Not sure how crispy they get but they are veggies and potatoes with egg and arrowroot powder. That brand is pretty pricey though. I do like their veggie burgers, though I am not sure if any of those are compliant.
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  31. I believe if you bake your own potatoes (and pretty sure I saw on the forum, people air frying them but definitely double check before doing it) it is compliant. Whenever I roast potatoes I have always made them super crispy. So yummy
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  32. I normally make an egg omelet with sautéed zucchini, garlic and onions with sweet potatoes on the side. If I don't want eggs, I sauté the zucchini add in Pomi chopped tomatoes and chicken, diced white potatoes. It's like a chicken stew. Delish.
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  33. I am on day 11. for the most part, i haven't really had too hard of a time but I am feeling a little blue which is said to be normal for this period in the 30. I have been working out everyday to keep my head on straight. wish my pants felt looser but what ya gonna do.
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  34. Whoo! It happens to the best of us. You can do it this time. I think a lot of people don't make it through their first time.
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  35. I definitely know I need to do some prep this weekend. I have been doing this week on the fly! Been able to pretty much stick to template but tomorrow I am definitely going to get creative! I think I figured out breakfast and lunch. Tomorrow's dinner will probably be very different for me vs. the kids. I do have a primal frozen meal I can pull out if needed. Kids smashed the chicken I made today and my daughter even asked for it to be packed in her lunch tomorrow. I do have another pack of thighs so I suppose I can easily make more for Friday. Just need to figure out the veggie situation. Defi
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  36. Im already dreaming of cheating with sugar cookies!! That’s not supposed to happen until later!! It was one of those dream where you wake up relieved that you are actually still on track and it was just a dream.
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  37. I loved this one: https://daniellewalker.com/peruvian-style-chicken/ But it's probably more something to do on the weekend, as it requires quite some time.
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  38. Yup, that's my understanding - much like dates and fruit juice, it's all good as an ingredient in a savoury dish, but using it to recreate a sweet meal or dessert like thing, or to scratch a sugar craving itch is a no.
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  39. Yep, I'm the one that said that and it still holds true. If you're using it to make a glaze for some meat or something else savory where the jam isn't the star, then yes, go for it. If you're using it as topping over banana 'ice cream' then no, definitely not. (also, no to the 'ice cream )
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  40. I do think the moderator clarified and said using it to glaze meat is fine, but using it to make some sort of sweet, borderline dessert thing is not
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  41. So I found in one of the forums a moderator saying no jam, regardless of ingredients. Guessing it probably falls under the pancake rule or the sweetener rule.
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  42. I certainly will forge on... its not even difficulty, just lack of appetite or food boredom... but as I said, there are no cravings or want to eat anything non-compliant, so could be worse! (insert arms up questioning emoji here!)
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  43. I love carnitas (crisped up in a pan! yum!) with guac and a slaw (I use the coleslaw blend a huge handful of chopped cilantro, avocado oil, lots of lime juice, cumin and salt and pepper) so yum! You can make the carnitas in a slow cooker but a lot of premade carnitas are compliant. I think both Trader Joe's and Costco's are, but check your labels.
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  44. @itskatiegirl11 if you experiment with brands of coconut milk in cans you can find them with a high fat content, store in the back of the fridge and when you open the can you get a thick dollop of coconut cream which is very nice with frozen fruit on . Use the liquid coconut milk for a smoothie or other cooking anyone in the uk- the brand In Lidl is almost entirely solid coconut cream in the can! bare in mind though that any sweet ‘treats’ /puddings are technically banned, they are under the ‘baked goods’ rules/used to be called SWYPOs and the moderators will tell us off and delete
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  45. Hi friends! Today is day 14 and while it hasn't been extremely difficult so far, I'm hitting a point where my willpower is having to take over completely. I'm not having difficulty staying on track, its just that nothing is appetizing anymore. I tried a whole30 recipe I was SOOOO looking forward to, nope kinda weird. Ordered my favourite Tom Kah from a thai place locally (I was happily surprised it was compliant!), it was kinda meh too. Only thing that got me excited, was realizing my favourite dairy free cheese was technically compliant, so I topped my taco bowl last night with that and was a
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  46. I was doing so well today and then all of sudden felt like I hit a wall at 2PM. Maybe I will go for a quick walk to Starbucks and get a coffee. Need to work a lot of hours this week after taking it easy the end of last week. I could use the air and a boost. Saying no to non compliant stuff thus far has not been too bad. Need to go shopping tonight for easy meals for the week. Definitely need more veggies! Might get lazy and try one of the Whole30 frozen primal meals I bought this weekend sometime this week. I am sure it is not as good as making my own food, but it's Monday and I am just kinda
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  47. Difficult day for me today. Had my covid booster, felt a bit rubbish and have a really sore arm and a headache tonight. All day at school we’ve been covid testing and I have spent the day phoning parents and chasing covid results- genuinely, covid makes up 75% of my daily work. What would I do without it??!! (Jokes, it’s a nightmare and I can’t wait for it to be over!) foods been on track but average. Leftover roast dinner, cold roast pork, fruit, salad. Glad I prepped so much yesterday as it was great to open the fridge and find good w30 staples in there. 1/3 of the way though
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  48. Yes! I am definitely having no issues saying no! Took my daughter to McDonald's last week for a slushie and chicken nuggets (she was sick and her school called and said she needed to be picked up and she hadn't eaten anything that day so I figured maybe not the mom of the year award but let's get food in that belly) and was not even tempted to order fries for myself. Week one is the easiest to say no, but the little victories!
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  49. First-timer here. I began my "shopping" last Monday made the fish stew from the book that night and started officially Tuesday the 4th. I'm doing well, considering I own a restaurant and have access to French fries all day long! I have all the tools and feel comfortable with menu-planning. My issues are primarily digestive. The elimination so far has been great. I'm struggling to a) know if I'm eating too much or too little b) make/modify meals for me and the family c) no wine - very tough d) (there's a d, lol) curbing the sweet tooth after dinner - going to pick up frozen mango and make some
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  50. Great to see everyone is making it through week 1 pretty well. My headache finally went away after 6 days and I slept a lot over the past few days. Not really missing the booze, probably because I really overindulged in December and need a break. We had a snowstorm Friday and the weather will be bad again today, so I did my grocery shopping yesterday and today is batch cooking so I have leftovers for the week - trying to keep this W30 simple by just mixing different meat, veggies and a sauce. My husband does not do the W30 but he will eat anything I put in front of him which is easy and then e
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