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  1. trexmafia

    Suggestions for Lame Meals

    I finish it, if only because trashing it would not honor the time I took to prepare and cook the meal or the money I spent on ingredients. But afterwards I definitely feel unsatisfied and I think that goes back to tying emotions to food. I've tried to follow the whole "food is fuel for your body so you should remove emotions from it" thing, and it doesn't work for me - I love food! I love eating good food, I love cooking, I love socializing with friends and family around food, and I love trying new foods especially when I travel. So when I prepare or eat a meal that ends up being not as good as I was expecting, it's hard for me to not feel disappointed. The only time I wouldn't soldier on and finish a bad meal and its leftovers is if it's so bad that it triggers a gagging response. At that point it's a lost cause so into the trash it goes and I move on.
  2. @Worldismyoyster that looks AMAZING. That's a dish that might break my food boredom (sans chickpeas).
  3. Even though this recipe isn't for a slow cooker, it's easily modified: https://laughingspatula.com/easy-roasted-lemon-chicken-with-potatoes-and-rosemary/ If I were to cook it in the slow cooker, I would put the food into the insert in layers with the bottom layer being the potatoes and onions, then the chicken, then top the chicken with the herbs and lemon slices and finally pour over the sauce. It's been a while since I've cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker, but I would check the internal temperature of the chicken after 4-5 hours of cooking on low to make sure they don't overcook and get stringy. My slow cooker tends to cook on the hotter side, even on low, so I moved to boneless skinless thighs as thigh meat is a little more robust. I also really like salsa chicken, like what someone posted above. Same with barbecue chicken. Another easy shredded chicken in the crockpot recipe I've done before is cook chicken in a small can of tomato sauce (check the ingredients for added sugar), a tablespoon of tomato paste, a small can of diced tomatoes if you have them (again check ingredients), a few cloves of chopped garlic, 1.5-2 tsp of dried italian herbs and a dash of red chili flakes. Served on top of spaghetti squash it's a pretty nice "italian food" craving crusher.
  4. trexmafia

    Starting over

    No one here wants you to stop asking questions, as the purpose of the forum is for asking questions and sharing knowledge. I think what might be causing other users to scratch their heads is that you're asking the same questions over and over despite being linked to appropriate resources on the official website that should be helping to clear up your confusion. Links to official information will continue to be posted by other users and mods so that future newbies aren't inadvertently led astray. The search function within the forum is pretty terrible, so if you still have questions beyond what is listed in the official resources try being more specific with Google. Typing "whole30 + vegetable oil", for example, into Google brings up a forum thread as the top result and an official blog post as the second. I would avoid reading anything in a random personal blog as someone's potentially incorrect interpretation of Whole 30 rules may add to your confusion. "whole30 + healthy fat sources" brings up another thread that someone started in 2017 because they don't like avocados and wanted some suggestions on how to add healthy fats to their meals. If search results bring up old threads (like older than +/-3 years), there's certainly no harm in asking questions to verify if information in the thread is still valid or not. There are lots of examples on a daily basis of older threads being resurrected because someone asks a question in them.
  5. trexmafia

    Rural area....

    If you can't seem to find an ingredient on your list on your own there's no harm in asking an employee at the store to help you. You can just say to them that you have a few ingredients you're trying to track down and you appreciate any help they can give, even if it involves walking the whole store. For example, the canned coconut milk might actually be in the international foods aisle by the soy sauce but you've been looking either in the refrigerator section or the aisle where the tetra pack milk substitutes are. A grocery clerk should know the contents of each aisle of the store. When I worked at Safeway as a teen there were a few times I helped people find their whole grocery list because they were new to the area and felt overwhelmed. It's part of the job. Also, if the store doesn't carry something talk to the store manager and ask if they can order things in. They might have some good ideas about tracking down hard to locate stuff too.
  6. trexmafia

    Rural area....

    I agree with @ladyshanny in that you need to take a step back for a bit and re-evaluate why you've decided to do a Whole 30. While you're taking this time, it might not be a bad idea to learn and become comfortable with some different cooking methods. I'm not a huge fan of Buzzfeed, but they were obsessed with sheet pan dinners for a while so they posted a lot about them. I became a fan of the sheet pan dinner, after seeing a bunch of Buzzfeed posts about them, because they're relatively quick and versatile so a lot of things can be cooked that way (including the chicken and fish you've mentioned). I've attached a couple links for some ideas to get you started for both ingredients and the cooking method. Note: I have not gone through each recipe individually to see if they're Whole 30 compliant, and the majority likely aren't, but they all seem easy enough to build off of to suit your own tastes and the program once you're more confident with the cooking method. https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/easy-sheet-pan-meals-that-wont-stress-you-out https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/easy-one-tray-oven-dinners Everyone has to start somewhere. It's okay because it's part of the process that we call life. And while Whole 30 is difficult, it isn't worth starving and crying over. Good luck!
  7. trexmafia

    Rural area....

    Part of my strategy for whole30 (R1D17) is making recipes that I already know how to make but be mindful of non-compliant ingredients. For example, yesterday I made a beef pot roast for dinner and lunches this week. Normally when I make pot roast I would cook with red wine, but since alcohol isn't compliant I switched it up a bit. I cooked this pot roast with compliant fire roasted tomatoes and compliant tomato sauce - I ran out of bone broth, which would have been a lovely addition, but the dish is not missing any flavour without it. I just made sure to season and brown the roast thoroughly and create a nice frond on the bottom of the pan before adding the tomatoes. The only thing I bought from the grocery store for that meal was the roast and an onion because I used up my onions in a chili I made last week. The rest I already had in my pantry and refrigerator. I'm more likely to continue doing something if it's easy. Therefore, I made this process easier on myself by not getting too concerned with buying avocado oil and whatnot. Like another poster above me, I cook with olive oil. Coconut oil is best in my life as a hair masque, not a food. I have never really cooked with butter, so the container of ghee I bought and used once before deciding "meh" will probably sit in my fridge forever (unless I find a friend who cooks with it then I will gladly gift it to them). The whole30 recipes that I have found and called for avocado oil, coconut oil or ghee I just ended up using olive oil for and it worked fine for me. What I'm trying to get at is instead of getting hung up on things that aren't available to you or are out of your budget, maybe spend some time making a plan for the program that is based on what is available to you and what you can afford.
  8. A friend and I were talking about this yesterday, and we think it might be because whole30 doesn't allow for certain unhealthy coping mechanisms like emotional eating of sugary foods or drinking alcohol. If you were someone who used sugar or alcohol as a coping mechanism for high stress or high emotions you're now feeling these things full force and it's overwhelming. I was feeling this way yesterday. It's been a stressful week at work and pre-whole30 me would have had a glass of wine (or two) after work to deal with it. But when I left the office I went to the gym for a bit, came home, ate dinner, had a nice cup of tea, and still felt emotionally weird for the rest of the evening. I didn't have a craving for the wine but I felt like nothing I was doing was consoling what I was feeling. I also noticed that on the day before I didn't have a starchy vegetable, so I had a bit more of my sweet potato component at dinner last night and I'm making sure that something starchy is programmed into my plan for the next few days to see if that helps. I've also only had my Mirena IUD in for 2.5 months and my periods are waaaaaaay out of whack, so it's possible I'm just PMSing something fierce too. Yuck haha.
  9. trexmafia

    Breakfast

    I'm not a breakfast eater either and I've been flipping between dinner left overs and salad for breakfast. On Monday morning I had left over baked chicken italian sausages with roasted potato, red bell pepper and onion with a side of mixed salad greens and some olives. On Tuesday morning I had left over Mongolian Beef Stir Fry (http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole30-mongolian-beef-stir-fry/) with pak choy. Yesterday and today I had a salad with hard boiled eggs, mixed salad greens, lizard sauce (http://meljoulwan.com/2014/05/14/lizard-sauce-fed-2/), sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and avocado. Tonight I'm cooking up some salmon cakes for dinner, so those are on the rotation for breakfast tomorrow with some homemade mayo mixed with either lemon juice or garlic (maybe both) on top of a bed of salad greens, maybe some stir fried red bell pepper on the side as the pepper in my fridge is starting to go. I'm learning that as long as I eat something that's a template meal for "breakfast" (or, "Meal 1" I'm starting to call it) that it doesn't matter what it looks like. I'll save the "traditional" breakfast foods for Meal 2 on the weekends or a quick Meal 3 during the week if I have to work late.
  10. trexmafia

    Alberta food sourcing?

    I'm in Calgary. I haven't found bacon yet (and I'm not really a fan so not a priority for me), but Spolumbo's has some compliant sausage options - they're a Calgary company so I'm not sure if they're sold north of Red Deer. They post all the ingredients for each type they make on their website (https://spolumbos.com/sausage/) and they product is sold at most grocery stores. Spicy Chicken and Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper are my faves (I am not a huge fan of pork but I do enjoy their pork sausages too if the mood strikes). I had baked spicy chicken sausage with potatoes, red peppers and onions for dinner on Monday with leftovers for breakfast on Tuesday. Yum. In Calgary we have Community Natural Foods, which has a lot of options for grass fed beef etc., and there's also a number of farms that sell at the Calgary Farmer's Market and Crossroads Markets. I would assume that Edmonton also has places like that? I also, surprisingly, found a number of things like compliant mayo and coconut aminos at Safeway/Sobeys (but I made my own mayo rather than buy it). Edit to Add: Check out if there's a Blush Lane Organic Market near you - they carry lots of local meats etc. at the location near where I live, so I'm assuming it would be the same up there.