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  1. For me, it was making a proper breakfast before work rather than stopping someplace for a donut and coffee/energy drink. Also, having protein with every meal. What have you noticed that Whole30 has helped you start doing/stop doing?
  2. So I really haven't had much variety in the veggie department. I am kind of nervous to try something new - what if I put effort or money into making something and it turns out horrible! I've noticed these are the veggies I like and have been eating regularly : broccoli, carrots, green beans, potatoes I also like these raw: carrots, celery, chopped greens (a cabbage, kale, lettuce mix) Green peppers are ok, but only if I don't really notice them or in very small amounts. Some veggies I have tried to like but just can't: sweet potatoes (don't like the flavor), zucchini and squash (the texture and taste bug me) I bought a spaghetti squash last month but never got around to cooking it D: That is something I would really like to try and not be afraid of ruining it I feel like I might be missing out on some nutrients or other healthy benefits... any one have a suggestion to force myself out of my veggie comfort zone?
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    Favorite crunchy foods

    I just successfully made mayo the other day.. and that was mostly so I could have coleslaw! I don't know what is so good about coleslaw, the cold crisp crunch? (This is the recipe I used if you're interested) Anyway, I was thinking about how a lot of the food I eat doesn't have a lot of crunch. Maybe I'm not making it right. Do you all have some favorite crunchy Whole30 foods?
  4. I bought some compliant chicken sausage links and need some ideas for cooking them. I have tried making them just in a pan with some coconut oil and salt and pepper, and they didn't turn out very good. They were so bland, but I guess I can't blame them because I didn't really try to season them. I need some flavor! Anyone have good recipe to go with this? Thank ya!
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    Day 14 and ready to be done

    This approach helped me so much this time around! It helped me relax and feel more in control... if that makes sense.
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    Dark Chocolate Cravings

    I love sugar so when I would start fantasizing about it, I would try to distract myself and find another way to self-sooth rather than focus on the craving. When do you want chocolate the most? Is it after a stressful day at work? Lonely? (That is my case) Look at those situations and be prepared for when they happen. IF I am feeling stressed and want something to comfort me... THEN I will take a hot relaxing bath (maybe with a fancy bath bomb) ...THEN I will take a walk to the park ...THEN I will paint my nails my favorite color ....THEN I will soak my feet and watch an episode of my favorite guilty pleasure The key I have learned is to NOT eat something in place of it. That is just reinforcing that same bad habit of going to food for comfort.
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    What kind of green tea is recommended?

    Yes it is ok to drink According to the ingredients: Green Tea, Natural Lemon Flavour with Other Natural Flavours, Lemon Pieces Green tea does have caffeine in it, but caffeine is ok on Whole30 unless you are avoiding that in addition to the Whole30 guidelines.
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    Compliant Deli Ham

    It looks like the only way to find out Ingredients is to call them according to their website: Their website says there are "sugar free" options but still doesn't list the ingredients unfortunately. Makes me suspicious when even their website conveniently hides the ingredient list.
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    Feeling Discouraged

    There is definitely a learning curve! I know I meal planned really strictly the first Whole30 and I was in and out of the store throughout the week. Eventually you will find there are some easy recipes that you just have stuff for - like Shannon said, frozen stuff is great. One of my go-to items if I am in a hurry is 3 fried eggs + canned green beans and a frozen veggie. Apple Gate All Beef Hotdogs + canned/frozen veggies are also a great go-to meal. You should definitely at least complete the 30 days and evaluate from there. It is an interesting process to look back and reflect upon.
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    It is really up to you if you want to add more time. Also I am pretty sure silicon dioxide and calcium silicate are fine.
  11. I have been kind of curious about this, thinking about life after Whole30 Let's assume that through reintroduction, you didn't notice any real issues with any food group. What should your meal template look like if you want to add those things into your daily life? For example, a slice of bread. Would that be in addition to the suggest meal template of meat, veggies, fat? Keep the same amount of everything else and just kind of tack on whatever you want? What about something like cottage cheese? Would you be able to replace your "fats" with the cottage cheese if it is full fat? What about black beans? Would they replace a serving veggies on the plate?
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    Hot flashes decrease/increase on Whole30...

    I have night sweats because of medication I am taking, and they basically stopped within the first week of Whole30.
  13. SO I know it is bad, but I kind of forget about Easter dinner. Ha! My mom loves making huge amounts of delicious food (could feed a small army for an evening with 10 people) I offered to make a pot roast (with potatoes, celery, carrots) and some green beans with compliant bacon. She said she would also have some fresh fruit for me to enjoy. Do you guys have plans?
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    Intimidated by veggies... some help finding variety

    I MADE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MEAT SAUCE! And it was delicious NSV !!!!
  15. I can relate to your post a lot! It is hard to get through the first part of Whole30 for sure. My recommendation is to use this forum's log, too: It is a great way to keep track of what you are eating AND feeling. Also, if you go a through 10 days and still feel terrible, you can go to the troubleshooting forum and ask for help, and link your food log. The mods are great about looking at your food log and saying "Oh, you should definitely be eating more fat!" etc etc You also said you started anxiety medication, when I started taking Lexapro for depression I really did feel ravenous! So I think it could actually effect your appetite. I seem to have gotten used to it over the year or so I've been taking it, so I think that part goes away when you get the full affect of it after a month or so (that is assuming you're on something like Lexapro that takes a month to kick in). Another note: this forum community is great! When you start on April 1, def start a log and meet some fellow Whole30ers who are starting with you I am sure there will be others beginning on that date. They can support you and give you advice, food ideas, inspiration, share their woes and listen to yours. As for the scale... is there a way you can take it to a friend or relatives house for the 30 days? It is so important to focus on how you feel rather than how much you weigh.
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    Easter Instant Pot Smoked Ham

    where?? how???
  17. I love this rule for sugar! Most of my binges on sweets come when I am alone. And my husband doesn't like sweets much so there is no excuse with getting him to join me! lol
  18. Okay I have a confession to make. I loved doing my first round of Whole30 back in November. However, I had serious issues with my bowels that I think are starting to happen again. (Constipation, and hemorrhoids for the first time in my life) So before my first Whole30, I had regular, sturdy bowel movements. However, within a week or two of my first Whole30 they turned into pebbles and seriously have not changed back SINCE. I mean even after a month of eating grains, breads, beans, etc., my poops have not been the same! They remain to be pebble like. Sometimes they were more normal and solid one-poo-at-a-time but that was like 20% of the time. Now on this 3rd round of Whole30, I am on Day 6 and I have had bowel movements that are only HARD pebble-like (a month ago they were pebble like but easy to pass) and I am worried it will lead to hemorrhoids again which I obviously do not want! I have been drinking around 70oz of water daily. My weight is around 155lbs. My log is here to see I have read that probiotics can help with constipation, and I was wondering if they have worked for others? Or should I try changing some things in my diet first? Also, I am worried about laxatives and your body relying on something like that for normal bowel movements, are probiotics safer for you in the long Any insight would be wonderful!
  19. I wanted to say since I simply stopped eating bananas and upping my water intake the constipation has gone away. Wonderful!
  20. Thanks ladyshanny! I will miss the bananas but not as much as I miss going to the bathroom easily LOL I will try this stuff out and let you know how it goes
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    1st Whole 30 Completed!

    Warning: I probably wrote way too much! If you're only here to see how much weight I lost just scroll to the bottom lol. Click here to see my log In October, frustrated with my sugar-filled, binge-prone diet, I took to Google to ask this phrase “How to eat like an adult” which somehow led me to Whole30. Whole30 is a paleo-ish diet changer that cuts out all unprocessed food – from sugar to dairy to soy- and gives you a meal template of meat, veggies, oil and some fruit. 3 meals. Little to no snacking. I read that and thought, “There is absolutely no way I could do this.” Let’s give you an example of my previous “idc about anything” day of eating. Seriously, this is what I would eat. I am really bearing my soul here. Breakfast, I’d go to the local gas station and pick up a can of Rockstar Energy Drink and a Little Debbie Zebra Cake and go to work. And BOY was I ready to work. Then 3 hours later at 10:30am I felt like I was a starving desk zombie. So, go grab that mini Kit Kat bar I pack with my lunch to hold me over. Finally lunch rolls around and I have some chips and a ham sandwich on croissant that I brought from home. Not horrible, right? But by 2pm came by I was feeling that mid-day slump and it was hard to focus. Sometimes, if I really was just not caring, I’d go visit the vending machines and get some pop or another candy bar. Hey, 3 Musketeers bars have 45% less fat! That’s gotta count for something! By the time I got home I was tired and cranky and HUNGRY. I did not feel like making anything, and just wanted to nap. Just through some pasta together and dump some sauce on it, followed by microwave meatballs. Or we could just go pick up some Little C’s pizza. Yeah let’s do that. This is what my days were like and if they had been exposed to anyone I would be extremely embarrassed. I AM embarrassed! This isn’t how people are supposed to fuel their bodies. I’ve gradually gain 25lbs since college. When I hit 160lb last year and officially my BMI was listed in the “overweight zone” I decided I needed a change. So I do what most people do when they gain weight- Eat less. I decided to eat a lot less. 1200 calories max. MyFitnessPal and my food scale were my best friends. I weighed and recorded everything. However, that kind of restriction made me HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. For a month I managed to keep it up, with a binge or two a week with probably over 3,000 calories. And I lost weight. I lost 10lbs and got to 149lbs. And then I gave up. Because it was really annoying to count calories. Because I was super hungry and grumpy all the time. I lost weight but I felt like crap. It wasn't sustainable. So slowly over the year I tried to limit my calories to something more sustainable (1400-1600) but I really hated having to count calories, and I felt pretty deprived. I’d still have energy drinks and would just skip meals to stay in the calorie range. I liked having the log and seeing what I ate but just going to a restaurant without a nutritional guide would send me into a tizzy. So I gave up calorie counting and didn’t care anymore. Calorie counting can help a lot of people, but it isn’t for me. Anyway, by summer of this year I had gotten back up to 158lbs for a 5’5 woman. It isn’t horrible. I still thought I looked pretty hot, and my husband would confirm this for me. I don’t mind having curves. It was mostly that I knew the food that I was putting in my body wasn’t good, and eventually it would catch up with me if I didn’t start changing now. It was because I was tired and grumpy and would have to take naps in the middle of the day. OKAY. So back to Whole30. I did 2 weeks of research to get myself amped up. I also had a NYC trip coming up so I planned to start after I got back. I got dozens of recipes of the internet and stored them in a binder. I printed out weekly meal plan templates. I printed out all the free PDFs they have at I read everything I could find so I knew I could be successful. Eventually, I told my husband about this and he seemed ok with the idea. So the weekend I got back from my NYC trip, I cleared out my pantry. I dropped off my baking supplies, sugar, syrups, pasta, and other things all at my parent’s house. Whole30 reccomends you clear out all the “non-compliant” foods from your house so you won’t be tempted. November 5, I started my Whole30. The first week was hard, and actually led to me buying a small dishwasher because I wasn’t used to cooking so much. I had to learn to manage my time and I learned I needed to make a lot more food than I was used to because we weren’t snacking and needed food for lunch the next day. The second week wasn’t so difficult. I planned for the notoriously difficult days (Days 10-11) and made food I knew I would really enjoy and be easy to make. By the end of the week I was sure I could do this. The third week I had some digestive issues due to eating too much meat and not enough veggies. However, I felt pretty good besides that. The fourth week came and I got punched in the face with a cold. I felt like crap but I kept it up. Today is the 30th day. Let’s put aside the bad lingering, sleep stealing cough I have. I feel full. I don’t crave any sweets. I don’t really miss bread too much. I feel like I could continue this. I feel confident about the food choices I make. I like coming out of the grocery store with bags pull of fresh fruits and veggies and meat. Am I going to eat like this forever? No way! That isn’t the point. The next step is to reintroduce other food groups slowly and really listen to how your body reacts. Which is kind of a fun little experiment. From there, you gotta take off the training wheels and feel it out. I am nervous about this part(most people are) because I do feel healthier and I don’t want to ruin that feeling. Non-scale victories - Feel generally more productive - Energy levels are more even - No more mid-day energy slump - New cooking skills - Good at meal prepping - Whiter teeth - Flatter stomach - Clothes fit better - Feeling more confident in my appearance - Less depression - Fewer sugar cravings - Fewer carb cravings - Improved body image - Less night sweats - Feeling in control of my food - Healthier relationship with food - Listen to my body better - No more food guilt to shame The numbers Weight: I lost 10 lbs! Went from 158lbs to 148lbs. Waist: 30in to 29in = -1in Hips: 41.5in to 40in = -1.5in Thigh: 22in to 21.5in = -.5in Calf: 15in to 14.5in = -.5in So, right now I have bronchitis so I am continuing with my Whole30+ until I have recovered so I can really listen to my body and do the 10 day reintroduction. Thanks for reading or not reading me ramble!
  22. Thank you! I do love pineapple, and canned pineapple is cheaper than oranges right now so my wallet will be happy, too. I will have to try that.
  23. I have been trying to make a really good thai curry, and I really enjoy this recipe: The only problem is that I feel there should be some sweetness to balance out the spicy. I have tried putting some fresh squeezed orange juice into it, but it seems like it doesn't really do much? Any suggestions would be helpful.
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    Reintroductions with a cold/cough

    Thanks for the advice! I will have to wait it out I think. I am very excited to see how food effects me (good or bad) so I want to do it right
  25. So I am on day 30 (yay!) but I think I have bronchitis after a bad cold last week. Anyway, I'm feeling pretty achey and blegh coughing all day and night, getting not very much sleep. Would it be better to wait to do reintroductions when I am over this bug and can really watch how my body is feeling without the added side effects of my cold and whatever medicine I am taking? Right now I am taking a steroid (prednisone) and something to help get rid of mucus.