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    praxisproject got a reaction from ArtFossil in First start but already having a hard time   
    You don't have to give up your coffee, go black or try a non-dairy (compliant) milk.
    Find a few easy-to-make meals, some things are more effort than others you can do this
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    praxisproject got a reaction from ArtFossil in SUGAR SWEET CRAVINGS   
    If you're a total snack monster right now, mini template meals are the way to go.
    What's a mini meal? It's where your ratios are just like a template meal, only your portion is snack sized.
    If you're really struggling, I'd avoid fruit in your mini meals, stick to protein, fat and veggies
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    praxisproject reacted to ArtFossil in SUGAR SWEET CRAVINGS   
    If you follow the meal template AND make sure your meals are large enough, you won't need to snack as you will be able to go at least 4 hours between meals. 
    If you are genuinely hungry between meals, eats mini meal of protein and fat-and/or veggies. 
    Not snacking is the best way to diminish sugar cravings. Making sure you have your fats at each meal is also essential. As @C_Cezeaux notes, fat has a way of short circuiting the desire for sugar. 
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    praxisproject got a reaction from littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    <3 Sunshine Sauce
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    praxisproject reacted to littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    What is the stuff in the frying pan?  Looks like red onions and cheese
    I take back everything I ever said about sunshine sauce!

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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    I'm prepped, packed and ready. I'll be gone a week while touring Iceland, so I won't be able to upload any photos, but I might be able to check back to the forum and read posts. I wanted to share a photo of what I'll be bringing along with me, as I have no idea if I'll be able to stay w30 compliant, or mostly compliant, and aside from tastes and some culinary experimentation, I'd really rather just continue to eat Whole 30ish while I'm traveling. So, without further ado, here's what I have prepared as emergency rations. The cornucopia includes tuna and olives with pop tops to pack in my checked luggage (in ziplocks - I hope they don't explode!), fried eggs, leftover fried eggwhites (from making mayo) with red onion rings, green olives, assorted Greek olives, almond crusted basa filets, dried mango and pineapple, cashews, pecans and pistachio nuts, strawberries, blueberries, clementines and two bananas. My husband looked at me like I was crazy, but I want to be sure I'll be feeling at my best so I can enjoy this experience! 
    IMG_4771[1] by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    IMG_4770[1] by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    IMG_4763[1] by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    IMG_4765[1] by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    IMG_4764[1] by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    Not pictured are the RX bars that I've also packed in my luggage for just in case events. I noticed that they're a little hard because I haven't had to eat them and have had them for awhile. LOL I guess I don't eat as many "emergency" foods as I thought I might have.
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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in November Whole30...The Saga Continues   
    Looking forward to checking in as I'm able to from abroad. I am packed and ready, about to take a shower and then head to the airport around 4pm. I just posted all the myriad foodstuffs that I've prepared to take with me if you want to see, right here. 
    I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a great start to their next Whole 30 adventures!
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    praxisproject reacted to FleurS in Who's doing the #JanuaryWhole30?   
    My partner and I just started today 1st January.  We have been off the booze for 6 weeks now so moving on to Whole 30 was the next great step.  I'm doing it to help my gut issues and my partner David is doing it for weight loss and to help with his running.  We are so looking forward to it. Just did the pantry purge.  Next is the meal plan and hit the shops.  Happy New Year from Brisbane, Australia!  Fx
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    praxisproject reacted to Danielleacinderella in First time January start...   
    Good morning everyone
    Just woke up to R1D2,
    (I am in Australia)
    On day one around 4pm I started to get a headache and became super irritated over the smallest things - Was a bit unpleasant but feeling better this morning.
    How did everyone else go on day one?
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Resources for Journaling Symptoms and Successes   
    It's great to get ideas from other people, but remember that what ultimately is going to be effective for you is the thing you're comfortable using. If you prefer to hand write things and keep a planner, you may have better luck adding a section to your planner for this. If you do everything electronically, apps like the ones browneyedbeauty mentioned may work great.
    I haven't done as much logging of symptoms, but just for keeping track of food, I've found snapping pictures of meals the easiest way to keep track of what I've eaten. I pretty much always have my phone with me, so to take a pic or two of each meal isn't difficult. For a while I posted them on Instagram, but I've also just kept them for myself without posting them anywhere. This might also work if you want a quick way to remember your food, and then refer back to the pictures at the end of each day to write a summary of how things went.
    There are also log sections here on the forum, either the Whole30 log section while doing a Whole30, or the Post-Whole30 log section if you're not currently doing Whole30, are doing reintroductions, or are practicing riding your own bike.  These sections are viewable by anyone logged into the forum, but are not searchable or viewable by anyone not logged in, if that makes any difference for you.
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    praxisproject reacted to trish148 in Green smoothie vs Green Goddess Soup - difference??   
    Thank you for the explanation and suggestions!  I think I get it now:) 
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Green smoothie vs Green Goddess Soup - difference??   
    Will you put it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon? Or at least leave out the fruit?
    Officially, smoothies are not recommended, but they're not completely ruled out. Here's what the Can I Have list says:
    We would strongly encourage you to consider this 30 days an experiment to see what happens when you change not just the actual foods you're putting in your mouth, but the way you think about them. Sure, smoothies are convenient. But they're not the healthiest thing you could possibly eat.
    I know you think a half cup of of fruit isn't a lot, but consider that many people find that if they have the exact same breakfast on different days, but one day add fruit in addition to whatever they'd had the other day, despite eating more food, they find themselves hungry faster. Sometimes even a small amount of fruit can affect your blood sugar levels in negative ways, especially first thing in the morning when you've been fasting since dinner the night before, which is probably what is happening with these people  -- the blood sugar rise and then subsequent crash is causing them to feel hungry sooner than if they hadn't included the fruit. Does it affect you the same way? I don't know. The only way you can know is if you skip the fruit for a while and see how you feel.
    If you do decide to continue with the smoothies, definitely be sure you have enough protein with them, and be sure there's lots of vegetables in them. Enough protein would be 1-2 servings the length, width, and height of your palm, or if you're having eggs, as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand.
    Finally, I would point out a fact that people sometimes get a little annoyed by when we mention it here in the forum: if there's a grayish area in the Whole30 rules, and you're fighting hard to make something compliant because you don't want to give it up rather than just accepting that for 30 days you're going to see how you go without it, that food has an awful lot of hold on you, and you might want to consider why you feel the way you do about it. (It's not just you, and it's not just smoothies -- people go to great lengths to try to come up with compliant versions of sweet, creamy coffee drinks, oatmeal-like breakfast foods, bread-like or tortilla-like items, and other stuff. I personally tried really hard with the coffee on my first Whole30 before finally giving it up completely about a week in because it just wasn't drinkable without sweeteners and creamy stuff. I get it, I do, but just think about it. You may or may not ever do another Whole30, might as well get the very most out of it that you can.)
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Meatloaf question   
    Yes, potatoes are fine, and yes, you could cook some and smash them up and mix it with your meatloaf. Sweet potatoes would also work -- I've actually made these meatballs and instead of chopping the sweet potatoes, mashed them to add in, and they were really tasty. Not exactly meatloaf but the same basic idea.
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Silicon dioxide   
    It is possible to find canned tuna that's compliant, although it's not usually the cheapest brand available. Last time I checked, my walmart had a couple of brands that were.
    You might look for canned salmon instead, it's usually easier to find compliant and can be a little cheaper as well. Most cans will contain the bones and skin, pouches usually don't, and some cans don't, so if dealing with that bothers you, be sure you read the labels carefully. It's not really that bad to remove that stuff, but if you've never dealt with it before it can seem kind of icky. Many people do eat the bones, I just prefer my salmon not to crunch, so that's your choice.
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    praxisproject reacted to janpuzzle in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    I'm in England and started my whole30 today. I did one in November and despite feeling great at the end I have allowed Christmas and holiday to undo much of the good work! I am grateful for the forums as I don't know anyone in the UK that tries to eat this way. Best wishes.
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in What if you can't clean out your pantry?   
    Food prep.
    Always be sure to have compliant prepped food available in the house. Many of us here do a large batch cook session at the weekend, meaning we just need to open the fridge & piece together meals from pre-prepped proteins & veggies, and then just add a fat.
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    praxisproject reacted to littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    My in-laws do a big New Years thing every year - it was downsized this year b/c of my due date but since I'm still sporting the bump we went up there.  I totally refrained from the left over Christmas goodies (wasn't even hard, oddly enough).  Did eat some cheese though.  Had a real M1, then snacked on cheese, deli meats and fruit at the party.  Grapes for dinner.  5 dates (supposed to help with cervical ripening) at 9:30 PM when I was too uncomfortable to sleep and hungry.  Not quite a W30 day  Hoping to be a bit more on track today.
    Some cook ups that will happen today:
    Usual breakfast frittata.  
    Bora Bora Fireballs
    Some variety of compliant meatloaf, requiring ketchup
    Batch of mayo (I use 1/2 MCT oil, 1/2 avocado oil)
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    praxisproject got a reaction from ArtFossil in Gastritis   
    I recommend also keeping a food diary, tracking what and when you eat and how you're feeling. This is useful for you and your future new doctor.
    In particular I would keep an eye on FODMAP intake, to see if they increase your discomfort, as avoiding these could give you some relief.
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    praxisproject reacted to hyram in First start but already having a hard time   
    Thank you all. I think a quick trip to Whole Foods might make me feel a lot better. They have a lot of pre-cut veggies and although I am the kind of person who goes into things fully prepared, I can do this in stages. And I have a lot of bone broth now and can get creative about soups. And have a lot of chicken breasts to poach and have ordered some emergency snack bars, so I may just need to wait a day or two (or add it at the end after starting  over) and not get overwhelmed. 
    I think one of my biggest issues is that I have cooked for so long I rarely use recipes, but I also have a way of doing things that really takes no thought for the kind of healthy eating I have been doing. This takes more thought and more label reading. Appreciate the support a lot. 
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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in Binge eating recovery and binge foods   
    You can definitely leave off white potatoes and good for you for identifying trigger foods!
    You do want to get at least a fist sized serving of starchy carbs every day tho, but you can use sweet potato, winter squash, beets, carrots, other root veggies so white potatoes are not the only thing available.
    Good luck!
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    praxisproject reacted to CateL in Binge eating recovery and binge foods   
    hi there, I'd like to use the 30 days to work on my binge eating by removing trigger foods. Has anyone else excluded white potatoes? They are definitely a problem food for me,
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    praxisproject reacted to CateL in Binge eating recovery and binge foods   
    super helpful, thanks so much sugarcube! 
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    praxisproject reacted to whole30_patricia in Whole30 approved almond milk?   
    Good morning! FTR, I made straight up almond milk and it's still amazing.
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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You find your favorite brands of light tasting olive oil and extra virgin olive oil on mega sale at the grocery and literally your entire cart is *filled* with oil.
    My friend my friend's friend couldn't believe I'd she'd put eight 1.5L bottles of Bertoli oil for my her mayo, and a huge can of California Olive Ranch oil all in my her cart.