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  1. You're very welcome! If you are still having sugar cravings by the end of next week or having bad hangover symptoms, you might want to consider extending your Whole30 for another week or two to feel less bloated, and hopefully experience that Tiger Blood! Hey, I understand the sale thing, but just because you have them, that doesn't mean you need to eat them all until they are gone. :)  Focus on getting the healthy protein, then filling your plate with vegetables, and add your fat. Maybe consider carrying a meat stick + nuts as your emergency mini meal rather than something sweet.

    I do mostly paleo (or what I like to call Whole30 + chocolate) when not on a Whole30. If I cook, it's still Whole30 because after 2 years, that's just how my kitchen is setup, and it's easier and nice to know I'm fueling myself in the best way. DM me or on Instagram if you have any more questions. 

  2. Congratulations you two! Those are amazing results for only 10 (?) days in! Men generally lose weight faster than women (boo!) but as long as it keeps him motivated, don't let it discourage you! Women tend to see more skin, hormone and mood results (glowing skin, less breakouts, less PMS symptoms, less irritable, etc). Focus on your NSV and keep on rockin' your Whole30!

  3. Hi @Cliffer,

    Congratulations on making it to day 22, it sounds like you've turned into a chef! Now, it's time for some tough love. RX Bars, Larabars and dried fruit are meant to be emergency foods, not daily snacks; emergencies like when you get stuck in a meeting that runs long, and you don't have time to sit and eat a regular meal, or you're at your kid's baseball practice or stuck in traffic. It sounds like you may have replaced your regular carby snacking (chips, cookies, candy, etc) with healthier bars and fruit, but remember, these are still sugar bombs, even if the sugar comes from dates. Make sure to follow the meal template so you're fueling yourself enough to avoid in between meal cravings; what is your "fish and broccoli" mini meal to determine if you're really hungry or if you're just bored/angry/tired/upset? Fruit is also recommended to be "occasionally" so try to cut back to one serving a day. As for the cravings, go back to what brought you to Whole30, remember your why (this is the mental work portion of Whole30). Whole30 isn't meant for weight loss, it's meant to change your relationship with food. Update your list of "what to do when cravings hit" and focus on other NSV. You still have another 10 days of reintroduction after day 30 that includes Whole30 foods, so start working on your reintroduction plan and focus on one day at a time.

    Meal template:
    Hunger vs craving:
    NSV list:
    Whole30 reintroduction: &

    Trust the process. You got this!

  4. 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!

  5. 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


  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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!


  10. 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:

  11. 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.

  12. 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:

  13. 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.

  14. @cegrimes17  are there any paleo or Whole30 restaurants in your area? Paleo restaurants will make it easier to modify to Whole30. I usually ask how the steak is prepared (usually they are grilled or pan fried - canola oil when eating out is OK, but we prefer you to use a better oil at home), and I'm avoiding dairy, wheat, soy (thus, look at their website and the allergen menu). I always like to email ahead of time (at least a week) to ask my questions so the chef has time to answer. I usually say something like "I'm on an elimination diet right now, so I'm avoiding dairy (including butter), added sugar, gluten, legumes (including peanuts and soy), and grains. I looked at your menu and saw "grilled halibut with asparagus", could you tell me how that dish is prepared?". Do the majority of the work in picking a dish, then asking questions about it. DM me if you want, we can find a restaurant together. :) 

    Obviously, don't pick a restaurant like...Japanese where it is nearly impossible to make compliant unless you want to eat sashimi with greens.... ;)  Remember, the main point of a date is to be social. The food is secondary to the company :)

  15. 2 minutes ago, SugarcubeOD said:

    I was saying to my sister @ladyshanny, if I was dating, I'd probably go the 'lets go to a pub route, order a clubsoda with lime - if questioned, just say that was good for me for the moment and then if I stayed, maybe explain why no booze and if I left, then I could run out the back door with no bill to pay cause water is free.


    LOL!!! Yes, that's why my first meets are always coffee/tea, something low key, maybe an hour max, and doesn't cost a ton for either party.

  16. Everything @Jihanna said! I usually do a first meeting like coffee or juice bar to make sure they're OK, and then I can explain how I choose to eat if I want. If I have enough time, I'll contact the restaurant or review their allergen menu to see what I can make compliant. Usually American food, steakhouses and breakfast places are easiest. If you don't want to be "that weirdo" that brings their own dressing to the restaurant - (1) uhm why not??!??! It's OK to speak up for yourself! or (2) ask for lemon wedges and olive oil, use the table salt and pepper as your dressing. Look for grilled options (I got a grilled calamari salad once... so good!) and steamed options.

    Breakfast - poached eggs, avo, sliced tomatoes. Omelet (no butter, no milk) with veggies.
    Lunch/Dinner - steak (yeah, I'm that girl), baked potato, steamed broccoli (some restaurants will have ghee or clarified butter). Hamburger, no bun (knife and fork it). 

    And if there's nothing compliant at the restaurant, why is this person not being accommodating and why are you meeting them? ;) but eat something ahead of time and opt for a plain green salad.