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    laurelerin22 reacted to AndieK in Chicken Bouillon   
    THANKS!!!! I went ahead and decided that I would rather spend a few extra bucks and time making my own broth, both beef and chicken, then risking buying one from the store. They turned out great so I can't complain...and I love being in the kitchen so I'm winning on all levels..ha. I never thought I would be that person that reads labels, but now I do on EVERYTHING and sometimes it's just out of pure curiosity..especially when it comes to the stuff I know is really bad for a person. I read what's in it, chuckle a little, and put it back on the shelf and walk away proudly. I think its more a strut! Ha. 
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from SusanB in Persistent Diarrhea after re-intro   
    When you had the issues with dairy, did you just do dairy for one day and then go back to Whole30 right after?  Did you continue reintroducing other things, even with the persistent digestive issues?  Sometimes, if you have a really bad reaction, it can take awhile for your system to get it all out and reset itself.  Many people do find they have issues with dairy after being on Whole30.  I wasn't nearly as bad as what you describe, but dairy now makes my stomach uneasy, full-feeling, nauseous, etc.  I've narrowed it down to cheese moreso than other dairy, but I'm basically avoiding dairy altogether now.
    I would think it might be worthwhile to go back to Whole30 compliance until ALL symptoms are gone.  Then give dairy one more try.  If it affects you like this again, you probably have your culprit.  Then, go back to Whole30 completely again until all symptoms are gone before reintroducing anything else.  Sounds like you would benefit from doing the "slow roll" reintro instead of the "fast track".
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    laurelerin22 reacted to Babsie95 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    I have discovered that cheaper soy sauce, like in some restaurants or take out, has MSG as an additive so....just btw...
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    laurelerin22 reacted to angiej936 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    Okay, well that makes me feel a little better.  :)
    Good thing your friend won't be indulging...although she could always be your designated driver!  :)
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from MeadowLily in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @angiej936 - I think it's important to recognize that the people who have lost that much weight have probably been living the Whole30 lifestyle for well over 30 days.  Most of those people probably also had a LOT of weight to lose.  I don't know why our bodies work this way, but it seems that it's easier to lose 40 lbs when you weigh 300 lbs than it is to lose 40 lbs when you weigh 180 lbs.  Healthy weight loss is really not supposed to be more than 2 lbs per week, so 8-10 lbs on the first 30 days is about right!
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from MeadowLily in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @MeadowLily - the R means "Round".  I've seen this nomenclature before with 21 Day Fix, which is a diet plan where people commonly do 21 day "rounds" of the diet and exercise program with a break in between (so R2D2, means Round 2 Day 2).  I agree that Whole30 should not be viewed as a "diet" but more of tool to learn about your body and the way foods affect you.  I think there are many people who jump into Whole30 without reading the entire book and not clearly understanding that this plan is NOT meant as a weight-loss diet, even though most people do tend to see some weight loss.  I have one friend who just jumped into it like this - "NO, I don't have any of the books.  I just read about it online!" She has no idea what she's really doing.  She just read "OK, eliminate these items for 30 days".  I witnessed her eating things at a party last week that I wouldn't have touched on Whole30 because, for instance, I know most meat marinades contain soy or sugar, etc.  I blame the fact that Whole30 has very suddenly gone viral and trendy.  Just the sheer amount of non-compliant SWYPO recipes labeled as "Whole30" on Pinterest is a good sign that this plan is getting more word of mouth than what's good for it.  Today I literally found a recipe on Pinterest for "baked potato chips using canola oil - Whole30 compliant!" It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud.
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @angiej936 I've heard this from friends who have done Whole30- during and after the worst thing we can do is not get that big satisfying breakfast in. I have made that same mistake and I get into carb overload if I don't eat BIG at breakfast. Once your kitchen is redone, things will be much easier I'm sure! 
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @laurelerin22 this is making  me laugh over over. I ate it. The cheese spoke to me. HA. I'm glad you pinpointed! Maybe stay away from dairy and add the rest of your foods back and sit on no dairy for 10 days? Then retry and you can know in the future if the deli guy, I mean cheese, is worth it. LOL 
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    laurelerin22 reacted to angiej936 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @laurelerin22 I don't know if this will help your ice cream issue, but I found ice cream made with coconut milk and it's pretty good.  It's called Larry & Luna's Coconut Bliss.  It's super high in fat, but overall the ingredient list is pretty good.  I even considered adding it to other meals as my "healthy fat."  I won't really do that, but I actually think it would work. 
    I had a really bad food day yesterday (Day 39 of the reintro) - for dinner we had pizza (thin crust Hawaiian - yum! - first time I had bread) and then ice cream later.  My husband sometimes thinks it's necessary to go out late and get stuff before our local store closes (at 10) and of course our daughters influence him so he got ingredients to make sundaes.  I had vanilla bean ice cream (which was really good), with chocolate sauce (just okay), whipped cream and sprinkles.  With all the garbage in the sprinkles I really shouldn't have had those, but overall, it was a good treat.  Just probably shouldn't have had it at 10p!  I didn't have any issues staying up or anything but I definitely think it was too much dairy and I had a little guilt.
    But the big WIN for me was he bought a bottle of bourbon (which I absolutely love) and I resisted and it was easy!!  I wasn't about to have ice cream AND liquor at 10p so I made my choice and the food was definitely the better one.  I knew I was going to get up this morning and do a workout so I didn't beat myself up too much about eating ice cream so late.  I would have felt much worse if I would have had the drink.
    Oh, and before that on Monday we went out to eat again and I had a salad, a small amount of French fries with BBQ and a mint whiskey drink (my husband bought a bourbon drink so of course I had to as well).  I thought I would try it but mint whiskey isn't my thing.  I drank it but I wasn't that happy about it.  I've NEVER left a restaurant without finishing every last sip of my drink but lately, I'm beginning to wonder if I could become that person.  The last few drinks I've had out just weren't that great.
    This week has just been such a bad food week for me.  I haven't been eating breakfast (or eating it way too late) and then having a small snack (apple slices with nuts and/or cheese) in the afternoon, and then going out for dinner.  My kitchen is a mess and the appliances still aren't in so meal planning has been pretty much nonexistent.  I'm hoping to have the stove installed in the next day or so (it was supposed to be done today but there have been issues with the gas line) so we can get back to normal.  What a bad way to go through the reintro phase!
     
     

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    laurelerin22 reacted to ladyshanny in Dairy Woes :-(   
    Yep! You would want to do reintroductions on whey, lactose and casein. This article has an informative description of whey and casein. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/casein-dairy-protein-and-your-health/
    If lactose and casein end up being problematic for you, you could try some milk-fat only products like sour cream, cream cheese, butter, cream, a "heritage-style" ice cream that actually uses cream and not a bunch of chemicals, etc and see how that goes.
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    laurelerin22 reacted to ladyshanny in Dairy Woes :-(   
    Read this post:  
     
    It explains why we can feel crappy with foods that we didn't think bothered us. And yes, if you keep eating dairy, eventually you'll "get used to" feeling sort of crappy after you eat it.
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    laurelerin22 reacted to SLHorowitz86 in Starting July 17   
    @laurelerin22 I am happy to hear that you lost weight... that is also a PRIMARY reason behind why I am doing this. PCOS has been the primary culprit behind my near 40lb weight gain. Hearing that you, and so many other people I know, lost weight by doing Whole30 gives me hope since nothing else i've tried has worked.
    You also convinced me not to do the pre-made paleo. You are right that I should learn to read the labels myself. So i have prepared my 7 day menu and I'm all set to get my butt to the farmers market and grocery store this weekend, and start my prep!
    I am looking forward to getting started and to maintain this life style. It goes hand in hand with crossfit so it should be easy to maintain afterwards.
    Thanks for reaching out in my post!
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from SLHorowitz86 in Starting July 17   
    Hi there!  Welcome!  Your second paragraph stuck with me because I feel like I was similar, back in the day (like in college, and then everything went downhill after I was no longer in college athletics).  I also have some arthritis in my knees, a result of sports-related knee injuries.  I've never had surgery, but it's gotten worse to the point where I'm now going through a round of gel shots to see if it will help (I'm 38 - I feel way too young to have arthritis already!)
    Anyway, I just got through my first round of Whole30.  I cannot say if this diet will definitely help your afflictions, because everyone is different.  I can tell you that it helped SOME of my problems, but not all.  I no longer have any heartburn or other digestive issues.  I have a lot more energy during the day and don't have any afternoon "crashes" at my desk anymore.  I sleep better.  I feel better.  My mood is better.  Unfortunately, it did not help with the arthritis in my right knee (this knee was always significantly worse than my left).  However, it did get rid of some mild shin splints (I have no shin splints AT ALL anymore), reduced the stiffness in my feet that I have every morning (it's not entirely gone, but markedly improved), and allowed a sprained right ankle to finally heal completely.  Not to mention, I lost 12 lbs and 3" from my waist.
    For you, I think it's at least worth a shot.  Even if it doesn't clear up your issues, I think you will benefit greatly from learning how different foods affect your body.  Everyone I know who's done Whole30 thought it was extremely eye-opening, regardless of their ultimate goals, myself included.  Keep in mind, though, that the process is not just "30 days and you're done".  If you really want to LEARN from the process, you need to commit yourself to reintroductions after, which is another 10-15 days, and then hopefully incorporate what you've learned into your life in a way that works for you (I'm still in the final days of reintros).
    Regarding the Pre-Made Paleo meals, I suggest doing a search in the forums on Pre-Made Paleo and see what turns up.  I feel like I read somewhere that the servings are not particularly filling, but I may be wrong.  You NEED to be full and satiated at each meal on Whole30 because you're supposed to avoid snacking.  Personally, I wouldn't rely on just pre-made meals through the entire Whole30.  The point of Whole30 is to teach yourself how to read labels, how to make healthy choices, how to rid yourself of bad eating behaviors, and how to prepare quality, satiating meals.  If someone else is doing all of that work for you, then what are you really learning from the process?   Maybe consider just ordering SOME pre-made meals to have on hand, for the times when you really can't cook your own meals.  Or consider moving your start date down the road a little, to a time that will be less hectic so you can better prepare your own meals.
    Good luck with the Whole30!!  The forums are a great resource.  Start your own log in the "Your Whole30 Log" section - I found it extremely beneficial to keep a "diary" of my experience, especially because I connected with two other great women who were on this journey at the same time.  It was so nice to have some other people to share ideas and experiences with.
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    laurelerin22 reacted to ShannonM816 in Trader Joes Ghee...Compliant or Not Compliant??   
    All ghee is made from butter, so it all technically contains milk for labeling purposes, it's just that in the process of making it, the most problematic parts of the milk are strained out, which is why it's okay on whole30.
     
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    My day 30 was the longest. day. ever. I was so ready to be done and eat normal foods and then this am, with the ability to re-intro gluten free bread, I didn't even really care. I didn't feel like I had to have it in the least. But I did and it was wonderful- going to do sushi for lunch and something else gluten free grain-ish for dinner and see how I feel. I also added a vodka soda (gluten free) to the mix and seems nothing was affected. Going to do another one tonight and let that sit for a few days and see. . . 
    I think I'm the only person in the world to gain weight on the Whole30. Up 2 lbs but I do look more toned/muscular so I'm going with it being more muscle
    Glad to know on rotisserie chicken- the carageenan surprises me- that's a pretty no-no ingredient. Wow. I'll stay away from those. 
    I'll report back in 2 days when I move onto legumes- not expecting anything crazy with the non-gluten grains. . . 
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    laurelerin22 reacted to angiej936 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    Hey ladies!  Sorry I haven't responded in the last few days but I've been following along.  Congrats to you @emilybrown31 for making it through 30 days!  I felt the same way about Day 30 (yesterday).  I'm like, really?  Do I really have to wait until tomorrow??  This morning we went out to breakfast (oh, it was so nice not to say, I'm dairy free so please make everything with oil and don't add cheese!).  I was very ready to reintroduce alcohol.  So I added a Tito's vodka with orange juice (I would usually get a bloody mary but wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting).  Turns out I'm a very cheap date now!  ;)  It was delicious, but I probably could have had half of it and felt just fine.  So I'm very happy to be able to drink again (and no, I could care less about how it makes me feel so I will not be "evaluating" that one .  The alcohol stays!).  While I'm a big whiskey/bourbon drinker I'm going to take a break from that and add the Tito's to our normal rotation.  Mix that with some flavored sparkling waters and that should be good for a while.
    The Cleaning Eating Bowls cookbook was delivered on Saturday (the Well Fed cookbook delivered on Sunday) and I went to Costco and bought a bunch of food so I wouldn't feel the need to go out to dinner, order in or go off plan too much over the next 10 days.  I do plan to make some bowls with oats (gluten - only because I bought 4 big bags from Amazon a while back and I need to get through them!) and black beans.  I don't really think those bother me that much, and I think they're a really good thing to keep me satiated, especially after cardio, so I'm going to introduce those over the next week or so.  I also bought Greek yogurt (but it's non-fat...would have bought full-fat but Costco didn't have it).
    Oh, and I stepped on the scale this morning and lost 11 pounds (and at least 1 pant size)!  I didn't measure myself, and now I'm kind of regretting it and I didn't take any pictures because the idea of having a picture of myself half naked on my phone was too much for me to handle .  The last time I weighed myself was 5/17 so it was a couple weeks before I started the Whole30, but I don't lose weight that quickly so I attribute most if not all of the weight loss to the last 30 days.  The last time I weighed about this much was 2.5 years ago!  And I haven't weighed less than this is almost 5 years.  That's pretty amazing for me.  I have a really hard time losing weight and I'm short so I don't really have anywhere for it to go.  For my height (5'2") I probably have about 10 more pounds to lose, but I think I'm going to start weight training because I feel like that's what's missing with my body now.  So I may or may not lose that weight, but if I get more toned, that's just fine with me.
    So, going forward, I'll slowly reintroduce things, starting with alcohol (check), then dairy (I really want my butter and will be adding the Greek yogurt as a protein), then probably the legumes, then what else?  Not really interested in adding bread or other glutenous foods (except for the aforementioned oats), but I will.  Oh, and grains.  I bought some brown rice to add to my bowls.  I'll try that maybe closer to the end of reintroduction.  What I will not do (or resist as much as possible), is eat chips or ice cream or some other snack while drinking while sitting in front of the TV with my husband late night catching up on shows.  That's a recipe for disaster.  Oh, and keep my drinking to the weekends or some other special occasion (and Wine Wednesday doesn't count).  
    @laurelerin22 - I didn't see the avocado oil when I went to Costco yesterday, but I didn't really look that hard.  They did have mayo made with avocado oil.  It had all good ingredients EXCEPT sugar.  Ugh.  It was about mid-way through the ingredients list and 0% carbs so I figured it was okay.  I really don't like making my own mayo (it's too messy) so I bought it and think it's a good option.  Ideally I would buy Primal Kitchen mayo but I wanted mayo and that was what was available at Costco, so I bought it.
    Good to know about the rotisserie chickens.  I don't usually buy them because I don't trust how they're made (and I don't like dealing with the carcass), but I do agree that they are a great option, especially to add to a salad or some other meal.  I've been enjoying coleslaw (the mix), sliced chicken, a chopped apple, almonds, and Tessamae salad dressing.  That's sort of my go to meal.  It would be easy with a rotisserie chicken, but what I've been doing is pan sear my chicken and finish it in the oven.  Then save it for meals.  It makes for great leftovers.  You could also try blanching (in broth and herbs) or microwaving.  I always thought microwaving was a weird way to cook chicken, but it's easy and fast and if you're going to add it to something else, it doesn't really matter what the original cooking method was.  You just have to get it cooked!
    Really looking forward to a Whole30 free 4th of July tomorrow.  I'm not going to go crazy, but I already feel so free and with a fun holiday to enjoy, it will be that much sweeter.
    Congrats again to you both @laurelerin22 and @emilybrown31.  What a great accomplishment!  Looking forward to continuing our chat and seeing how this reintroduction goes.  :)

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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Slendesta   
    Try infusing water with fruit, instead of just lemon or cucumber.  My FAVORITE mix by far is watermelon, cucumber, and mint (cucumber has a strong flavor - you don't need much - and rip up the mint leaves to get more flavor).  If you don't have an infuser pitcher, just take a large ziploc bag, pierce it with a bunch of holes (like with a toothpick or something, put the fruit mix in there, and let it sit in a pitcher.  It will be good for about 3 days or so, and you can add more water to the pitcher without replacing the bag of fruit.
    Also, what about unsweetened iced or hot tea?  You mentioned you're not a coffee drinker, but it sounds like you crave caffeine.  If you want something with caffeine but with a bit of a sweet fruity flavor to it, try making tea with a mix of brews - like maybe black tea (for caffeine) mixed with a fruity flavor-packed herbal like red zinger or berry.  Oolong tea is caffeinated (not as strong as black tea, though), and Stash makes a delicious white peach variety.

    Side note, I also knew this product was going to be from the Ideal company when you mentioned "Slendesta".  I  used to drink their IdealFit meal replacement shakes.  All of their products have a lot of artificial sweeteners.  Avoid, avoid, avoid!
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Slendesta   
    Try infusing water with fruit, instead of just lemon or cucumber.  My FAVORITE mix by far is watermelon, cucumber, and mint (cucumber has a strong flavor - you don't need much - and rip up the mint leaves to get more flavor).  If you don't have an infuser pitcher, just take a large ziploc bag, pierce it with a bunch of holes (like with a toothpick or something, put the fruit mix in there, and let it sit in a pitcher.  It will be good for about 3 days or so, and you can add more water to the pitcher without replacing the bag of fruit.
    Also, what about unsweetened iced or hot tea?  You mentioned you're not a coffee drinker, but it sounds like you crave caffeine.  If you want something with caffeine but with a bit of a sweet fruity flavor to it, try making tea with a mix of brews - like maybe black tea (for caffeine) mixed with a fruity flavor-packed herbal like red zinger or berry.  Oolong tea is caffeinated (not as strong as black tea, though), and Stash makes a delicious white peach variety.

    Side note, I also knew this product was going to be from the Ideal company when you mentioned "Slendesta".  I  used to drink their IdealFit meal replacement shakes.  All of their products have a lot of artificial sweeteners.  Avoid, avoid, avoid!
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    laurelerin22 reacted to angiej936 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    I forgot to add that in my earlier post - congratulations @laurelerin22 - it's so awesome that you've made it!  We'll be living vicariously through you for a few days - have a drink for us! 
    I haven't really missed sweets either but occasionally, I get cravings and I feel like those should be met.  Not to go nuts, but just so I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.  Everything in moderation, right?  Going forward I'll definitely be more picky about what's "worthy" and what isn't.  I crave more savory things (like chips)! 
    I'll keep tracking my food as well.  How are you doing it @emilybrown31?  I've been writing it down but I know there are quite a few apps (including MyFitnessPal and others).  I used MyFitnessPal years ago but haven't done it electronically in a long time.
    I can't remember which one of you uses RealPlans, or maybe you both do.  Will you continue to use it after it's over?  I regret not signing up and going forward, I've considered signing up but it's a little expensive and I want to make sure it's the right option.  (I've also used eMeals and like that as well.)
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    I type in everything by day on Google Keep- my boyfriend and I are doing this together so we each add in a note per day. You can just open a Keep account off your gmail account. I made a note for each of the 50 days
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    Congrats @laurelerin22 you did it! So interested to see what may be causing that heartburn. Are you doing the quick reintroduction alcohol first? I think you'll pinpoint pretty quickly what it is if you do one thing at a time. Interested to see . . . 
     
    @angiej936 me too- counting down the days. Haven't missed sweets or anything until TODAY. Went to the grocery store and seeing all of the pastries and crackers- TORTURE. I hope I have the willpower to get through the reintro and not just go ALL OUT like my boyfriend is going to do Monday. I'm going to keep tracking food/how I feel for 50 days (including the 30) and see how it all unfolds. . . 
     
    *going Saturday to buy some Chopin (potato vodka) and I already have the soda and lime waiting
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from JCV in Julia's 1st Whole30 Log   
    Sounds like it might be worthwhile seeking out a new dermatologist?  Antibiotics reek havoc on your gut bacteria, so I would think that staying off of them (as well as maybe cutting out all the supplements) to give yourself a real digestive "reset" would be wise on Whole30.
    I don't have severe acne either - in fact, even my acne as a teenager wasn't "severe" (i.e. it wasn't cystic acne), but I had a LOT of small pimples all over the place.  Now, I tend to get it on the lower portions of my cheeks, my chin, under my nose, and the middle of my forehead (yeah, so I guess that' most of my face!)  There were periods in my life where I refused to leave the house without makeup on.  As I've gotten older, though, I've realized people don't care about it nearly as much I thought, and I've become much less self-conscious.  But even so, it's frustrating to still be fighting an issue that everyone else got over 20 years ago!
    I wish I had a photo of how bad the eczema on my hands was from being on Accutane in high school... That alone would keep you from ever going on it.  Not to mention that there are now links to digestive problems and IBS from Accutane (as well as the infamous birth defects!!)  I pray that my kids don't have the same skin issues I have, because I will never allow them to go on Accutane.  A friend who works in pharma read up on the package insert and the black box warnings on it.  He was like, "I cannot believe that the FDA ever allowed this drug to go to market and that it's still available.  This would never make it to market now."
    The struggle is real, my friend!  You are not alone!  
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from Bethany483 in Fresh Market vs. Whole Foods vs. Publix   
    Whole Foods >>> Fresh Market, in my opinion, as far as the selection of Whole30 compliant foods is concerned.  Compliant deli meat is almost impossible to find.  Ask your local deli counter (Publix?) if they have store made fresh roasted turkey breast or roast beef and check what they coat the outside of it with.  That's probably your best bet.  You can also just buy rotisserie chickens or turkey breasts and take the meat off of those.  I find that I like the rotisserie chicken or turkey meat better with Whole30 meals anyway.
    Another option for deli meat is prosciutto.  It's almost always cured with only salt.  Pay for the high-end good stuff (prosciutto di parma) - it's expensive, but a half pound will last you awhile.  I like to pair it with some cantaloupe or honeydew melon along with my meals.  Prosciutto is also a nice alternative to bacon, if you want some meat with your eggs but don't want to go out of your way to find Whole30 approved bacon.  Applegate Farms makes a prepackaged prosciutto that's really good (and totally compliant, unlike most of their other meats), but it's pricey for the amount you get.
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    laurelerin22 got a reaction from JCV in Julia's 1st Whole30 Log   
    Hi there!  I have a very similar story to yours, as far as struggling with acne my entire adult life.  I had it worse when I was a teenager and went on two major rounds of Accutane to help clear it up.  My acne went away with the Accutane for a number of years, but it was a brutal medication to be on and I don't think I would ever recommend that someone go on it, now that I know more about it.  My acne did resurface eventually, but not nearly as bad as it was as a teenager.  I'm 38 now, and at this point I'm convinced it's hormonal and there's just not much I can do about it.  Whole30 has given my skin a nice "glow", but has not done much for clearing up my acne (not to discourage you - every person is different and I've heard that many people DO have success with acne clearing up on Whole30).
    After reading you post, I have to ask... Have you been on antibiotics for your acne for that ENTIRE 5 years?
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    laurelerin22 reacted to emilybrown31 in My Whole30 Journey - R1, June 1st Start   
    @laurelerin22check out the attached- looks amazing!