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  1. Shani_SWP

    Newbie on Day 17...No Tiger Blood Yet

    Be sure you're following the meal template: and start with protein, vegetables then add fat. Also, watch your fruit, Whole30 says "occasionally" which is usually just once a day (many people use fruit as a replacement for their sugary snacks). This is your 30 day experiment so be sure you are logging your food (when, how much, how you feel) in Day By Day. You may be having more fat on some days, and not enough vegetables on another day. Maybe you're eating too much of one thing and that isn't agreeing with you. Be sure you are hydrating enough. I have never experienced the rainbow farts and energy and mood claims of tiger blood, but I've also thankfully never really experienced sugar withdrawals, except for one round. Every person is unique, so trust the process. Dive deeper into other NSV that you may be overlooking. You've got this!
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    Lagunitas Hop Refresher

    Well, the hops and yeast are to mimic beer so......
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    Lagunitas Hop Refresher

    While technically compliant, would you be using this as a beer replacement? If so, that would fall under SWYPO and should be avoided for your round. Maybe try a fruit flavored sparkling water instead?
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    3 post first day meal planning questions

    The two main items that are "measured" are protein (1-2 palm sizes) and fats (depending upon the type). You can't really overeat on vegetables, and without cheesy, buttery sauces, they aren't very high calorie, and you'll get full long before you eat 1000 calories of say...raw spinach or steamed broccoli, so really, eat as many vegetables as you want. Whole30 isn't a low carb or keto lifestyle, so eat what makes you feel your best. We like to call breakfast, lunch and dinner Meal 1, Meal 2 and Meal 3 to break away from the connotations that breakfast needs to be eggs or something sweet like pancakes or a smoothie. A lot of us eat dinner leftovers for breakfast, and that's not weird at all! I am not on a Whole30, but I generally still cook Whole30, but I haven't made it to the grocery store due to family things, so last night I went freezer diving. Found some leftover pork loin, ham (not Whole30) and some haricots verts so I tossed all that in a bowl, with some random herbs (I think it was parsley) in some oil, and microwaved it for a few minutes. Ta-da. Frozen dinners have never been so healthy lol
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    How do you do it all?

    If you're cooking every day, you probably should consider cooking every other day. Leftovers are life on Whole30 and helps cut down on having to cook and clean all day, every day, especially if you weren't doing this before. Maybe you can double or triple the recipes you're cooking. And you should also make your husband more accountable for his own health. Cooking isn't hard, it's a skill, so everyone can learn it. This might also encourage him to find foods he wants to eat, and not just wait for you to hand him his meals. Generally, most people lose weight when eating whole, unprocessed food. I gained 2 pounds on my second round, and when I reviewed my food journal, I was eating a lot of nuts and nut butters, so I cut those out on my subsequent rounds and am more mindful of it in my food freedom. Focus on eating smaller mini meals (protein, veg, fat) rather than continuously snacking on fruit and nut butters, and work through the "am I hungry or is it a craving" question. Don't let the scale or weight rule you and make you neurotic. We are so much more than a number. There are a ton of paleo options in New York, just spend some time doing research. In NYC, there is Hu Kitchen (while not Whole30 approved) they have a menu that can be altered. Your health is worth a little bit of effort to find places to eat.
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    How to make crispy chicken strips?

    Coconut flour tends to seize when it merely sits next to something moist, and it fries weird once it's clumpy. Also, do not use tapioca starch, even though it comes from the cassava plant root thingy, it does not act the same way and you'll end up with one giant tender, rather than separate ones. Yeah, I might have done that with thighs.
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    Dealing with loss during whole30

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Sometimes the routine of Whole30 helps eliminate the guilt of binge/comfort eating because you know you are fueling yourself in a healthy manner, and gives us something to focus on while we're grieving. Can you eat before the wake or bring your own dish to eat? Maybe offer to help her with the food so you can get some Whole30 meals in there?
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    BTVS Whole 30 log

    Maybe work on half portion sizes more often if you can't physically eat that much. 5-6 mini meals versus 3 full meals. This is your 30 day experiment so you have to work to find what works for you. DM me if you have more thoughts/questions!
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    Vegetable glycerin

    While glycerin isn't allowed because it's a sugar alcohol, the amount in supplements is minuscule, and as this is YOUR Whole30, you can make that determination. And as always, doctor's orders trump Whole30 rules. One of my coworkers was drinking this tea while she was breastfeeding: so I'm not sure if this is something you would try instead of your supplement, but you also need to feed your baby!
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    Day 16 HELP HELP!

    You definitely need protein for breakfast. I'd skip the bulletproof coffee because it's literally a ton of fat first thing in the morning; if you're truly not hungry, it should be easy to skip this bulletproof coffee. Based upon your workout description, you don't really need a pre/post-workout snack, but remember that you need to fuel yourself, so be sure to eat protein at breakfast (hard boiled egg or meat stick). Lunch needs a fat, so consider adding some avocado, olives or nuts to your salad. Also, change up your vegetables, try some roasted or steamed vegetables instead of always having salad, and try moving your fruits to occasionally and at meal 3. Find the meal template here:
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    How to make crispy chicken strips?

    Like @laura_juggles said, start with dry chicken. I've found that cassava flour works best as a flour replacement, so dry chicken, then dredge in cassava flour with salt and pepper (shake all the excess off so it doesn't clump), then egg wash, then almond flour. Kind of push the almond flour into the chicken to make it stick. Cook right away and try not to move it much once you've started cooking (either shallow pan fry or air fryer) because it's super delicate. It's been a hit and miss with me as well.
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    BTVS Whole 30 log

    Hi @btvs1981 I saw your other post. It seems like you're eating a lot of fatty protein and fat with not a lot of colorful vegetables. Is this because you aren't hungry? Protein = 1-2 palm sized portions, and then you fill the rest of your plate with vegetables. Just focus on your portion sizes and getting in a mix of proteins, veggies and fruit. If you're not hungry, stay on the 1 palm sized portion. If you exercise, you might feel hungrier so go for 2 portions. Unless you're an ultra-marathoner or cross-fitter, most people don't need the pre and post workout meals (unless you're hungry, then have one) Meal template:
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    NYC Lunch options

    Hi @jdnyc You can find our Whole30 approved partners here: Just filter by "Restaurants and Meal Delivery" and then by State. There are a bunch of options.
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    Chipotle Canada options?

    Check out for more info! It looks like the original Whole30 salad bowl with romaine, carnitas, fajita veggies, guacamole and fresh salsa is available in Canada.
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    Did I eat something bad?

    You definitely ate something that didn't agree with you! Hopefully you are feeling better today. Unfortunately, unless you call the restaurant and ask exactly what is in the pork chops, you won't know what the offending ingredient was. Take it easy today, drink lots of water, eat Whole30. Take note of any symptoms you're having so when you enter reintroduction, you may be able to match these up when you reintroduce dairy.