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    praxisproject reacted to Julzology in January 2nd start date   
    Exhaustion is very normal the first week or so.  If you can tough it out at this stage you'll be rewarded by lots of energy in weeks to come.  Hang in there.  
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    praxisproject reacted to Julzology in January 2nd start date   
    @Karen Twin-Cities Hit the bar and ask for a club soda with lime that way you'll have what looks like an adult beverage in  your hand.  But coffee/tea works too (just keeps me up at night).  Last time I did Whole30 our employee summer picnic was on my second day.  I did the club soda thing and the only person who asked me what I was drinking was my boss who was also doing Whole30.  (She bailed that night)  The summer picnic was easy because there was a seafood bar so lots of compliant seafood options.  Oysters on the half shell, shrimp, crab legs and steak.  I did not starve.  I hope there a few compliant items you can nibble on.  Good luck!
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    praxisproject reacted to Karen Twin-Cities in January 2nd start date   
    @Julzology we have a similar challenge tonight. We are going to my work holiday casino night party. Hand passed hor d'oeuvres, huge dessert bar and open bar. We are going to eat before we go and drink coffee/tea while we play casino games. Everyone at work is asking me if I'm going to "take a night off" or "cheat day" from W30, no that's not how it works. 
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    praxisproject reacted to Julzology in January 2nd start date   
    Last night I made mayonnaise!  It turned out really well, just the right consistency.  I know it's supposed to be easy but I have had several failures in the past.  I used a whole egg instead of just the yoke, not sure if that made a difference.  
    Then this morning I made egg salad for breakfast and tuna salad for lunch with my new mayo.  
    My husband is being so supportive.  We talked about a gig he has coming up (he's a drummer) and he's helping me with strategies for not drinking while I watch him play and has commited to not going out to eat afterward (there's nothing nearby but a little taco joint that, while really delicious, is definitely not Whole30.   It's a performance venue that happens to serve wine, not a bar so that's a good thing but I can't remember if they also sell bottled water so I think I'm going to just bring my own.  Maybe a pelligrino or something.  We have plans to eat at home before we leave.  
    Day#5 finds me a little more foggy and fatigued but I know this is only temporary.  
    And can I say that I am totally digging the Newsletter.  I didn't do that last time but I'm finding it so helpful.  
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in January 2nd start date   
    Sorry, @PhysicsHippie - 100% of the time, a moderator or member will point out if someone is including something (behaviour or food) that is not actually Whole30 relevant. It doesn't make us/them a "bad egg". Eating corn = not the Whole30. Eating chips = not the Whole30. Weighing = not the Whole30. Drinking wine = not the Whole30. And that's fine. Honestly, it is. No one says anyone has to do the Whole30 and maybe wherever you are now is better than where you were and that truly is great! But if you are going to come into the official Whole30 house and discuss/describe the ways in which you aren't willing to participate, you'll be called out on it. There is no guilt, shame or morality around these decisions. There's just "is Whole30" and "isn't Whole30". Everything is personal choice. But we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't point out inconsistencies for both the member posting and anyone new coming along.
    It's not personal and I'm truly sorry if you felt/feel that it was, @CarleenVC. 
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    praxisproject reacted to AmberRayAnn in January 2nd start date   
    That attack sounds really scary! Hopefully you're able to recover quickly and take on the rest of the challenge. Let us know how you improve! 
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    praxisproject reacted to Karen Twin-Cities in January 2nd start date   
    We make an egg bake every Sunday and change up the ingredients to help with boredom.
    Basically, shred some potatoes (DIY, we haven't found a packaged brand without junk), saute up some sausage (Italian or chorizo are our favorites. Again, DIY) with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach, whatever you have in the fridge. Mix the potatoes with sausage mixture and put in a 13x9 pan. Whisk up a doz or so eggs and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the egg is no longer giggly and the top has browned. 
    we cut that up in and take to work in tupperware and then add W30 ranch or hot sauce. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in January 2nd start date   
    Hey, @CarleenVC - sorry to burst your bubble but regardless of ingredients, those plantain chips from TJ are not compliant.  From the "Can I Have" guide:
    Chips: Not if they’re commercially prepared and/or deep fried
    While we recognize that potatoes and other veggies are a real food, we also know that eating them in the form of fries and chips has turned them from “produce” into an adulterated commercial “product.” It’s easy to find sweet potato, beet, or vegetable chips that meet the Whole30 ingredient standards. It is not easy, however, to consume those chips in a way that’s true to the spirit of the Whole30. It’s hard to find a suitable place for them in our meal planning template (no, half a bag of “Sweets and Beets” is not an appropriate way to fill your plate with vegetables), and even harder to stop yourself from eating them when the designated serving comes to an end. For most of us, chips are a bonafide food-with-no-brakes, and fall into that deep, dark area of less-healthy foods with technically compliant ingredients. For that reason, we do not allow frying starchy veggies and turning them into chips during your Whole30. (However, if you want to roast some kale until it’s crispy, or thinly slice jicama into a scoop for your guacamole, be our guest.)
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    praxisproject reacted to phantommeb in January 2nd start date   
    First of all, I am feeling way better today!! Slept great and woke up with no nausea...thank god!!  
    I have a great recipe to share with you: Bone broth breakfast soup! 
    It's easy - just take 1 to 2 cups of bone broth and heat up on the stove to boiling. Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl. Then, with a spoon swirl the broth and slowly stream in the eggs. This is the same process that egg drop soup is made. Make sure to salt and pepper to taste, and hot sauce is good too! Optional: Add bacon, veggies or meats of choice. 
    Obviously this can be catered if you eat more, just add more broth and eggs! 

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    praxisproject reacted to jessknits in January 2nd start date   
    I started on the 2nd too!  I also had severe episodes of vertigo and ear issues.  For me, they are linked to the Whole30 definitely helps with that.  I hope your issues start to let up soon!  Happy Whole30!
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    praxisproject reacted to Julzology in January 2nd start date   
    Growing up as the middle of 5 children, I learned early how to tune things out.  My family used to joke that a bomb could go off and I wouldn't put down my book (I read a lot).  I did a lot of tuning out the chaos that surrounded me.  That skill is both a blessing and a curse.  I sometimes am not as attentive a listener as I'd like to be because I'm in my head and not actively listening.  On the other hand, I have great powers of concentration which can be very helpful at work and otherwise. 
    What I've been realizing as I start this Whole30 that one of the things I regularly tune out is my hunger/satiety cues and also other signals my body is giving me.  I'm not really in touch with my stomach or how I feel when I eat food.  I sometimes can't tell the difference between feeling full and feeling empty.  It's like I have tuned out what's going on within my own body.  
    It is my intention to use this 30 days to slow down and pay attention while I'm eating.  Pay attention to what I like and what I don't like, pay attention to how foods feel in my body.  If I can practice this now, when day 31 comes and I start re-introduction I'll be prepared to really pay attention to how different food groups affect my body.  I joke with my colleagues, who are all picky eaters, that I'm like a billy goat, I can eat anything and not get sick but maybe that's not really the case.  Maybe I'm just really good at tuning out my body's signals.  
    It will be an interesting experiment. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in January 2nd start date   
    For pre workout, you actually don't want carbs. You want protein and fat.
    Post workout, you want lean protein and starchy vegetables. 
    Fruit isn't ideal for either pre or post. Pre workout, carbs give you quick energy, but don't force your body to learn to use fat for energy instead. Energy from carbs is faster and easier for your body to use, but also gets used up faster, so then you need more to keep going.
    Post workout, fruit replenishes liver glycogen instead of muscle glycogen, and after a workout you want to help your muscles recover. Here's an article about what to have post workout and why:
    Also, for whole30 purposes, nuts and seeds are fat sources, not protein.
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    praxisproject reacted to RandiW in First W30...Early Period   
    So I'm a bit late to this thread, but I work with a lot of women who are TTC as an acupuncturist. Often the first month of acupuncture weird things happen with their cycle. Early periods, late periods, early ovulation, late ovulation, heavy periods when before they were light and vice versa. I always see this as a good thing. Things are moving, things are shaking themselves up. If you were taking some time to conceive and something shifted, then that's good because you weren't making progress where you were. My experience is that people usually go back to their "typical" cycle after 1 or 2 cycles and unless they are more serious issues, conceive within the next couple months. Just my two cents.
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Compliant Chicken Broth   
    This would be fine, @Lucy Stevens
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    praxisproject reacted to Babsie95 in What's the best crock pot?   
     I have yet to try the slow cook feature but was given and instant pot for Christmas and LOVE it. I have barely tried it a few times and already can't seem to live without it
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    praxisproject reacted to Raineyrk in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    I never did figure out a way to keep morning sickness away... but I did discover that (most of the time) I could get smoothies down. Drinking just was better than eating, and fresh fruit/veggie smells didn't make me sick. What I could eat changed day-to-day and sometimes meal-to-meal, and the only thing that made it better was time.
    I'm also glad you're being easy on yourself. Just getting food down and keeping it there is a victory! If it gets bad enough that the only things you can eat are not compliant don't beat yourself up  it won't last forever and you can get back on track when you're feeling good again. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    Please read through the actual article. The part to pay attention to is "high oleic".
    You can also find reference to high oleic sun/safflower oil being acceptable in this article: the point to note:  But don’t stress about using high-oleic safflower or sunflower oil in your homemade mayo
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    praxisproject reacted to Jenna1990 in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    These flavors are all compliant! No soy, sugar, dairy, gluten, etc in the ingredients
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    praxisproject reacted to eval in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    That is great to know, thank you! It's so hard to find people on the Internet these days who are really that transparent with their brands! I don't like sunflower oil enough to seek out, but if I'm at a restaurant and that's what they're cooking with, I won't freak out. 

    Edited to clarify: I definitely never meant to imply that the Hartwigs did something below the table or somehow acted unethically! Yikes - I can see why that would cause upset. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    And I, in turn, apologize for biting your head off.  Melissa Hartwig is one of the most upstanding, transparent, ethical and moral businesswomen that I have ever come across and it really rubs my rhubarb the wrong way to hear comments disparaging her character. She has passed up MANY opportunities to associate and profit from vendors that do not line up withe the Whole30 values (larabar, for instance). She doesn't change her rules for anyone. She's even disassociated herself with Whole30 approved partners when she has re-evaluated and determined that their product is not in line with the spirit of Whole30 (Pure Coconut Wraps).
    As with anything, it's your choice to use or not use.  The high oleic sunflower oil is harder to find but if you do, it has the same fatty acid profile as olive oil. It's fine.  But it has to be high oleic.
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    praxisproject reacted to Jenna1990 in bbq sauce and ranch trouble   
    Tessemae's has a new ranch now! It's creamy and much better than the original. And W30 approved!!
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in Silicon dioxide   
    Rosemary extract is ok  
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    praxisproject reacted to ColleenSw in Silicon dioxide   
    I had this same trouble looking for canned chicken (I don't eat seafood). I wanted to have it on hand and also thought I could easily replace some of these interesting sounding Whole30 recipes that call for tuna with canned chicken.    
    Luckily I found one brand at my Safeway that only contains chicken, water and salt. Although my can lists rosemary extract in the ingredient list and I don't see that on their website. From what a google search tells me about rosemary extract, it should be okay.
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in Silicon dioxide   
    Check the low sodium varieties of canned tuna. They tend to be packed in just water instead of water and broth. I've found inexpensive store brands of low sodium tuna that are compliant when other brands aren't. 
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    praxisproject reacted to C_Cezeaux in SUGAR SWEET CRAVINGS   
    Part of this program is to get that snack habit and sugar craving STOPPED.  It is a battle with the sugar dragon for sure, but worth it.  Ideally, the answer is NOTHING, when it comes to what you eat for afternoon snack.  It sounds odd, but I read a tip from someone else that actually works for me to stop that sugar crave - a taste of organic coconut oil. If I had so measure, I'd say I put about a third of a regular spoon of coconut oil in my mouth when I tried it. Distraction is also a major help.  Get up, go do something to take your mind off your craving.