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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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!
  3. 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.