Jihanna

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  1. With a slow roll reintro, you're able to set the pace and the order. The important things here are to make sure you're keeping at least 2 days of compliant eating between each test (to see if there are lingering or delayed effects) and that you eat compliantly overall for the duration of your reintroduction (except for the days when you're testing). Remember that this means you're NOT keeping tested foods in your diet while testing other foods, even if you didn't notice any issues. Some of us work up schedules to manage the reintro, others just reintroduce as the moment feels right. Whate
  2. It didn't take a long time to search, and I'm not sure what your actual budget is (not "a ton" might be different for you than it is for me), so with that in mind, here's what I found... Literally searched "whole30 salami" and this was the only one that looked compliant. https://www.amazon.com/Sogo-Snacks-Grass-fed-Friendly-Chimichurri/dp/B076B2DT57/ Searching "whole30 pepperoni" actually brought up far more responses, including jerky. Chomps is the name I knew best from Whole30 stuff, but the New Primal stuff seems to be compliant also. As with anything like this, though, be
  3. This would be my toss-up: "Purple Chopped Salad + Grilled Chicken" salad = nix bacon, nix chickpea, nix gorgonzola, nix vinaigrette; ask about sun-dried tomatoes (if only in oil, then great to keep them in there); extra avocado, plain oil and vinegar for dressing chicken = ask to make sure any marinade or grilling solution is compliant "Classic Cheeseburger" (mixed green salad comes with this, so I'd just have the whole thing thrown together) nix bread, nix cheese, nix special sauce; add avocado, extra tomato "Grilled New York Steak" ask about marinade (ideal = olive oil
  4. Is there anything you're eating more of this time than before? Like more cruciferous veggies, leading to more gas, maybe? Or maybe you've increased high-FODMAP foods without realizing it, since those can definitely lead to gasses produced in the gut? Apart from a food-related cause, though, is it possible that you're actually getting sick? I know we've got influenza running rampant down here (those who were vaccinated are still getting sick, just not as badly), and sickness could definitely mess with the color and consistency of one's poop. Granted, one of the first things any good doc wo
  5. Cassava flour is another option in the gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free flour world. It's much less expensive than tigernut flour is in my local stores, which makes it a much better option for my own uses, and I like that it doesn't impart any flavor. (I wouldn't know whether or not tigernut flour has a "taste" to it, but if that's a concern then it's good to know that cassava doesn't.)
  6. I've never done more than 3 eggs in a meal, either, and only up to 2 if they're boiled, but my hand is pretty small so 3 eggs is about one portion for me and that seems to work quite well. If I do ever feel like I need more protein, I simply add in a bit of chicken or sausage to boost it without stuffing even more eggs in (which would probably lead to issues, since they often don't sit well for me).
  7. That's interesting about your legumes reintro and how you're affected. If you have the opportunity later, though, I'd suggest splitting those items up to see if all of them trigger the reaction or if it's just one or two. For me, peas are practically harmless, black beans cause some gas but not much else, soy sauce is generally fine in small amounts but if I'm eating soy derivatives all day then I'm in trouble, and peanuts absolutely wreck me in a very not-nice way. But if I'd reintroduced all of those together on the same day, I'd have no idea what was wrecking me and what I'm safe enoug
  8. A good way to use up ranch is twice-baked ranch potatoes... just sayin' they're delicious! This recipe went over really well with my family during my first Whole30 -- https://thewholecook.com/broccoli-ranch-twice-baked-potatoes/ (Of course, I was told that just the ranch and bacon would've been fine, the broccoli was non-essential for everyone except me!)
  9. When I was doing my first round, I bookmarked my log so I could jump straight to it without getting distracted by the rest of the forum. Then, after posting, I'd go wander and look at other peoples' posts Regarding quoting -- if someone's post is long and you're wanting to quote/respond to a small part of it, you can highlight that bit and then choose the quote option This helps when you have long-winded comments, like the ones I sometimes give You can choose to put a response/quote in your own log post, or you can respond in one and do a separate post just for your actual log (which
  10. Nope, it's not... you're right! I actually hate the store stuff with a passion, never have liked it and would purposefully avoid it when possible. I didn't like my first few batches of homemade mayo either, but they were fine for mixing in with herbs and stuff for dressings. How I make it now is great for me, though; I can finally stand the taste of it
  11. It's only failure if you don't learn something from the experience. If you do learn, it's a stepping stone. I'd definitely encourage you to kind of slowly ramp yourself into your start date, so that you can prepare some condiments ahead of time and get a feel for how they taste, tweaks you might want to make, and how often you use them. If you also go ahead and remove a couple of the food groups W30 eliminates, you might be able to limit your detox issues (since you won't be coming off all of them all at once). Either way, it's awesome that you're not just walking away! That sai
  12. I'd second the Crio Bru type drinks. I bought myself a sampler pack for Mother's Day, and I've been really enjoying them. I usually add some into my morning coffee so I get a chocolate-y undertone to the coffee itself, but I've also tried a couple of them brewed alone... mixed with just a bit of almond milk, it's quite a nice departure from my usual morning drinks. I sometimes add a dash of cinnamon with mine, also.
  13. Soda addiction is something I battled off and on since I was 15 years old, and now 24 years later I've finally kicked the habit. It's one of my biggest NSVs, and doing Whole30 would've been totally worth it (for me) if that was my only gain. Prior to Whole30, I draink 1-2 liters of "fully-leaded" Coca-Cola every day. I even polished off the last of my "one last bottle" the evening before my Day 1. Week 1 sucked, especially Days 2-4. It was horrifying. I was fighting dehydration, withdrawal, and lovely lady-type issues all at once. "Hangover" doesn't do it justice, it was detox (which
  14. I have to agree -- taking them allowed her to feel that her generosity and thoughtfulness was appreciated (which it seems was actually the case, as well). For me, I probably would've frozen them and at least tried one after my Whole30 OR I'd have considered maybe donating them to a local school or church office, something that would make sure they'd get eaten without having to be eaten by me.