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  1. Anxious, second guessing this

    You're an adult, and you can quit if you want to! The only person it affects is you. That said, I've almost quit about a million times, but I'm on Day 15 and it's finally getting easier. Try not to think of the foods as "good food" "bad food". Not all the foods you're abstaining from are "bad", they're just foods that cause reactions in some people, hence why they're avoided during a Whole 30. A lot of people successfully reincorporate legumes, non wheat grains, etc. afterwards. The point isn't to never eat the "bad" foods again, it's to see how they affect your body so you can have the freedom to eat them later with knowledge of the consequences. What kinds of things are you eating? It sounds like you're really getting bored with your meals.
  2. Running out of money

    Definitely going to move away from the organic meats. Which makes me really sad because it's definitely something I want to invest in, both for my health and environmental reasons. But, it's just not in the budget right now. Except maybe with ground beef, we used conventional last night and both my husband and I could taste the difference.
  3. Running out of money

    This really just may be the wrong season of life for me to be doing this then. Not being able to eat out, and not being able to prepare easy meals is just more than I can handle at the moment. Don't get me wrong, I truly enjoy cooking. This is just probably the busiest and most stressed I've ever been and a few minimal prep meals a week is something I can't give up at this point.
  4. Running out of money

    Usually we do sausage patties for the sake of a quick and minimal prep meal. Making our own pretty much defeats the purpose. My husband doesn't cook at all, so all food prep responsibility falls on me. And unfortunately he's a picky eater.
  5. Running out of money

    Eggs (organic) $3-4 a dozen Ground beef (organic): $6 lb Chicken thighs (organic): $4 lb Chicken breasts (conventional): $4 lb Compliant sausage: $13.49 3lbs Coconut milk: $2 a can Then just your typical produce prices, I don't generally buy organic produce. Avocados have been a bitch though, $1-2 for small. I do things like RX bars maybe 2-3 times a week because I'm so busy and often don't have access to a fridge to store perishable snacks.
  6. Help! I just screwed up

    Honestly, I'm not an expert by any means, but I think you're fine. You didn't do it on purpose, and it wasn't a full bite. I would just carry on. It's not like you inhaled a couple brownies.
  7. Running out of money

    So, after my previous panic I've decided to stay on track (it's gotten a bit easier). However, I'm looking at our grocery bills after just the first week and getting very worried that we'll be able to afford to finish the month this way. We're a single income home, I'm a graduate student and only contribute a couple hundred dollars a month. My husband makes a decent salary, but we live in a very expensive area (Portland, OR), and out dog ended up having unexpected vet expenses this month. We're definitely not eating extravagantly, all our proteins are either ground meats, chicken thighs, or compliant sausages. Part of how I usually keep our grocery bill down is by buying things like oatmeal, rice, and baking ingredients in bulk. We used to do a lot of whole grain baked goods and oatmeal for breakfasts, so having to utilize dinner leftovers or cook proteins has been a big hit to the budget. Pre-Whole 30 we also tried to go meatless a couple times a week for dinner. Does anyone have any recommendations for making the money go further? We're already shopping at Costco, Trader Joe's, and Winco quite a bit... Oh, and we only eat out once a week for date night. No buying lunch or coffee out either.
  8. Struggling to stay committed - Day 4

    Hi there, thanks so much for your thoughtful response. I'm feeling a little less panicky this morning, afternoons seem to be the time I get the agitated on Whole 30. Probably because there's a bigger gap between lunch-dinner, than breakfast-lunch for me. Anyways, I think I'm going to have to take a "just for today" approach to Whole 30. I think it's honestly going to become more of a gf/df/no desserts/no processed carbs/eat lots of whole foods situation. My life and schedule are just too hectic right now to plan worry about whether my restaurant salad dressing has 1/2 tsp of sugar in it. We went out last night and I just couldn't bring myself to put forth the mental energy of asking what my lettuce wrapped burger was cooked in. So, some days might be true Whole 30, some days I might eat a little brown rice or regular mayo. I thinks that's just what I can handle right now. I know according to Whole 30 I'm under eating, but I'm also torn because the book also says to listen to your body. I can't imagine putting more food in my stomach at meal times. I'm already so full after eating and don't want to be uncomfortable. But, I will try adding in more non leafy/non starchy veggies. Eating veggies for breakfast (other than leafy and starchy is super unappealing to me, but I"ll try!)
  9. So, it's Day 4, and I'm seriously riding the struggle bus. I'm a graduate student taking an absurd number of credits this semester, working part time, newlywed, puppy, etc. Unfortunately I'm already prone to anxiety, but generally manage well and haven't experienced anything too bad in about a year. Well, thanks to Whole 30 I'm having borderline panic attacks, having dreams about cheating, and unable to focus on my school work. I definitely used chocolate to cope with anxiety pre-program, and I think the combination of having that off the table, plus the insane number of rules and my perfectionism is just not a good combination. I'm really starting to wonder if this is actually a healthy thing for me to be doing right now. I absolutely cannot let me academic performance suffer, that would extend my education and not be worth it. Both my mom and husband are encouraging me to modify/stop. I'm pretty sure I'm eating enough, and honestly I can't imagine eating more without being uncomfortably full after meals. But I'm still getting hungry and having strong cravings, and it's making it very difficult to get anything done (and I have a ridiculous amount of homework). Typical Breakfast: 3 eggs (cooked in ghee), sweet potato/white potato (roasted in olive oil), either peppers, spinach, or cherry tomatoes. Yesterday I also had a peach. Lunch: 4 Turkey meatballs with whole fat coocnut milk curry, cauliflower rice, raw spinach Dinner: Chicken in a rich tomato/eggplant/onion sauce (also includes 1/2 cup olive oil for the recipe), kale, roasted potatoes