DonnaGail

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  1. In 2018 I started ordering Hello Fresh means. These were not for Whole30 but for convenience. They had a sauce recipe to drizzle over pork, beef etc that was excellent, almost made the meal gourmet looking. I am trying to recreate that recipe to include no added sugar. It consists of: shallots, balsamic vinegar, chicken stock concentrate and the fruit jam. After going to 6 grocery stores in town, I finally found the compliant concentrate in tubes from 'Organic Imagine' from a small local natural food store and no, couldnt find it at Trader Joe's. So now I have to figure out the jam part. I picked up a large bag of dried figs from Costco, so I need someone to tell me how I can use dried fruit in my recipe.
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    Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?

    I apologize. I did not mean to come across as such. The rules are important to follow the first 30 days. I have just never been into crepes, so I couldn't understand the association with egg thins. I am still learning...
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    Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?

    I guess if you are really into crepes, pancakes, waffles and muffins, it might pose a trigger. Since those things are not a trigger for me or my hubby, I will continue to use them to hold our sausage, egg and hash browns, topped with salsa (all sugar free of course) and my ham and turkey slices with saurkraut. ;-)
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    Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?

    But it is still a wrap, even if you make your own crepe. I dont get it. It is EGG, has no flours and easier to hold your meats than lettuce. I never ate crepes before Whole30, so these egg things are in no way triggering a pancake or waffle replacement for me and are more convenient than making your own egg crepe (double standard), as suggested.
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    Intimidated by veggies... some help finding variety

    I top my spaghetti squash with a spaghetti sauce, like a replacement for pasta. Tastes great.
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    Pancakes/Trail food

    I agree doing the Whole30 as instructed the first go round is really important. That was the only way I figured out what my digestive system doesn't like. My new way of eating on a daily basis beyond 30 days is going well. Cravings have subsided and my colon is happy!
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    Pancakes/Trail food

    I know pancakes are out for Whole30 but the suggestions I am getting for power food, does not give me enough energy. I am a long distance backpacker and eating raisins and nuts does not give me enough energy for weeklong trip, carrying 40+ pounds and hiking up and down at high elevations, sometimes above treeline. AND, I can not keep stopping on the trail to fix a snack. I need to put things in my pockets that I can munch on while I continue hiking that gives me mostly energy, not protein. One thing I thought about trying (protein) is NutttZo Power Fuel but I need to find something to put it on for energy. I thought I would try making pancakes with shredded apple in it. I was also thinking about adding dried craisins to the last half of the mix to test, but never got that far. I first used Tapioca Flour which tasted pretty nasty and rubbery. So, I tried almond flour which was better, it browned but the cake doesn't stick together. I added one egg and unsweetened almond milk to the mix. Does anyone have a pancake recipe that I can try adding apple and maybe craisins to? Or other suggestions to use with Nuttzo? Whatever it is, it has to be edible after several multiple days on the trail. I am also open to Whole30 ideas that can be eaten while hiking, put into the pockets that doesn't require stopping.
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    Fig, Apricot or other Jam recipes?

    Sounds great! Thxs!
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    Fig, Apricot or other Jam recipes?

    Great idea!
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    I initially bought the Primal dressings but found sugar in the ones I purchased. Now, I buy Tessemae's which has none. It may have been the type Primal dressings I was purchasing and not looking at the actual ingredients.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Bring dried figs for energy on your run!
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    So awesome! Congrats to you! You and conversed a while back regarding power fuel while hiking and backpacking. I didnt figure this out until last week, (unfortunately, after my backpacking trip),but now know I can eat dried figs with compliant nuts and dried fruits. Fits nicely in my pockets while hiking and not having to stop to eat. Energy and muscle to help me with backpacking and climbing those Colorado 14ers. I am happy you found your energy on the Whole30 to climb that mountain!
  13. I found compliant Nuttzo at Costco. Nice sub for peanut butter. Use it on celery sticks, too. And Shannon provided you with the answer to your question. ☹
  14. I have been studying the Whole30 information pretty extensively this second go-round and this time actually changing my pantry into Whole30 compliant foods. What I find confusing after researching food and ingredients are the following items on the Whole30 Shopping List that are compliant. Under PANTRY: Coconut Aminos - I picked up the Simple Truth Organic Brand the other day. Total Sugars 6g, which includes 6g added sugars. In general, this is compliant? Mustard ALL - ALL seems inaccurate as there are all kinds of mustard with sugar, honey, soybean oil, etc. How can ALL be compliant when they contain noncompliant ingredients? Pickles ALL - The pickles in my pantry have lots of ingredients, but it says 0 sugars, so I can still believe ALL pickles are compliant? I didn't see Peperonicini peppers on the list. Is that because one of the ingredients is Sodium Bisulfite added as a color? Tomato Paste - The Hunt's tomato paste I have in my pantry has 4g of sugar, yet 'tomato paste' in general is compliant because it is on the shopping list? DRINKS: I read where 'Juices' are all compliant. Yet on the forum someone responded that juices are only compliant when used for cooking or flavoring. Yet, that is not what Whole30 states by saying all juices are ok. So, to me as it was printed in black and white means, OJ, cranberry, etc. are all ok to drink, not just cook with. ONE MORE QUESTION: In some instances, labels do not list the sugar content but under the label is states: Not a significant source of trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, total sugars, added sugars, etc. As in Simple Truth Organic Cold Pressed Unrefined Virgin Coconut oil. I didn't know if I should buy the liquid, cold press, etc. as which kind was not specified. I have been researching all this for about a week and it appears that almost every item in my pantry is not compliant so I am using the Shopping List to replace with compliant items. $$$$! I appreciate any clarity I can receive on these questions from experienced Whole30 viewers as I move forward in my journey. Donna
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    Whole 30 Shopping List - Confusing

    Just wanted you ladies to know I am finally figuring everything out. Thanks so much for your help. For the past few months, I have designated most of my pantry shelves to Whole 30 compliant foods and in my fridge. Also created an Excel spreadsheet with all my favorite compliant foods and ingredients that includes columns with the store names I purchased them, either local or online eliminating redoing research and adding to the spreadsheet compliant items as I find them. Makes eating healthier ongoing so much easier!
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    Chicken Stock Concentrate

    I have been looking everywhere online for a chicken concentrate that does not include sugars. I have already baked several chickens and took the broth from them, so I don't feel like cooking more chickens just to skim the fat off the top. I have read online that is what concentrate is. I did not know this. At this point, I would rather find a resource for concentrate (not broth) for purchase. Anyone found any resources for concentrate? I have already stocked up on Kettle and Fire's broth, but I need concentrate. Thanks!
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    Chicken Stock Concentrate

    I did stop by Trader Joe's today. Their concentrate contained maltdextrose (not sure of spelling) as well as sugar. I finally found tubes of both veggie and chicken concentrate paste 'Organic Imagine' at a little local natural food store. It does have potato starch, but I found where potato starch is now on the approved list. YAY! I am excited now I can create my sauces for my meats. Simple recipe that adds so much flavor to meat. My daughter was so impressed she said it looked like a gourmet meal.
  18. Figs! Power fuel food. Just discovered them at Costco. Mix with compliant nuts, raisans, (Sunmade brand), dried craisins, raisins, etc. Was a lifesaver for me during hiking and backpacking.
  19. I started cooking Whole30 meals about 3 months prior to starting Whole30 which I am doing mostly for my husband to lose weight. I did mine about 3 yrs ago and have maintained my weight. Not wanting to cook every night, I made lots of meals and froze the ones that could freeze or froze the part of the recipe that could freeze or we ate left overs the following night. He told me be has not been hungry yet after two weeks. I have also been creating an Excel spreadsheet to include all compliant foods and where to find them. I have dedicated several pantry shelves and my refrigerator with nothing but compliant foods. It is starting to get so easy to not only do the Whole30 but continue eating healthy foods that contain no sugars. When I go outside house, I always bring snacks with me. I went to an outdoor music venue on Wed. Prior to going in, I rolled up 2 egg and cauliflower crepes (from Costco) with a slice of turkey (from US Wellness Meats) and saerkraut. When I entered the venue, instead of alcohol, I ordered a cup of ice water and added my own shot of cranberry juice (the kind that says no added sugar) and a shot of lemon juice. I felt comfortable hanging out with the other drinkers. I wasn't hungry and had no problem skipping the hot dogs and nachos the venue offered for purchase. It is really about researching and preparing ahead of time.
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    Pancakes/Trail food

    Thanks! I will check it for dinner time. My struggle was figuring out what trail snacks could I eat for energy while hiking or backpacking. I needed something to put in my pockets that did not require stopping. I figure it out since returning for my backpacking trip. I discovered dried figs from Costco, apparently they are a power fuel food. I can mix them with bag of nuts (no peanuts), raisins, craisins and other dried berries, all compliant, good for both energy and protein and can fit in my pants pocket. Thanks for the link though. I will def chk it out!
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    Starting another W30 September 4th.

    I am not at home right now so I can't chk my fridge, but I think my Primal Kitchen dressings contained a little sugar. So my purchase of their dressings was a mistake. On the other hand Tessemae's (not sure if spelled correctly) has zero sugar.
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    Chicken Stock Concentrate

    Good suggestion. I will stop by there one day this week and check it out. Thanks!
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    Pancakes/Trail food

    I don't think I made myself clear with this post as some of you think I am trying to do the Whole30 again. I am trying to eat better whenever and wherever I can. I did the whole30 program 3.5 years ago and don't have even one pound left to loose. My goal is to move forward with a daily lifestyle change even when I am outdoors using the guidelines for the Whole30 to eliminate where ever possible processed sugars, no msg, no sulfites, etc. but I needed to figure out fuel for energy. I just returned from a week long 75 mile backpack up and down mountains in the Colorado San Juans. No, I did not bring pancakes, and I did not pack Whole30 compliant trail snacks because I never could figure out the fuel for energy thing. Since returning, I have done more research and know that I can use Chomps jerky (for protein) and a trail mix of nuts to include craisins, raisins and dried figs etc. for energy. I did bring along the 3 type of hydrated meals offered from ELEMENTS which were all great, or maybe I was just hungry after packing 40 pds for 16 mile days and 3,000ft elevation gains. I think I can start creating my own backpacking meals and not pay the $12 prices once I found the hydrated items online. I just bought an upright freezer last week, easier to store extra meals, nuts, etc and actually find them in the freezer. I never knew what foods I had in my old deep freezer. I created an Excel spreadsheet with all the foods and ingredients that I enjoy having available to cook with that are Whole30 compliant. I also download the Excel app in my cell phone. When I am in a particular store like Safeway, Costco, etc. I created columns with the store names next to the brands so if I am in a store shopping for items, I just sort the list by store and pick up the list of items I need to replace. I also printed the sugar cheat sheet with notes about what is ok, like citric acid etc. what is NOT ok, laminated it with clear wrapping tape that I keep in my purse at all times. My husband lost his older brother this past April. He was 63 yrs old. Another oldest brother died 3 years ago at 63 years old. My husband will be 63 in December. He is a little nervous about his health. He needs to loose 20 pds and I want him to live longer than 63! I am cooking Whole30 meals on a regular basis (cooking and freezing half) and doing the Whole30 with him. Although I don't need to loose weight, I want to do this with him and also inspire him to continue eating healthier. It's getting easier for both of us to be more aware of what we put in our mouths and make better choices. I am stoked! Thanks for all the advice! This forum is invaluable!
  24. I have googled this question to Whole30 but can't find an answer. I went to the whole30 Forum and went throught several title headers and can't find a quick answer because there is no 'Search' button that I can locate on that page. I found Fire Roasted canned tomatoes today but the only ingredient in question is the acetic acid. Is that a natural part of the fermentation stage and it is compliant?
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    Pancakes/Trail food

    Thanks, ladies. Sorry for the late comeback. I have been in California. Good to know I don't have to do the Whole30 for lifetime! Thank you for that tidbit of information! I have been making a bunch of recipes and doubling them to freeze so that I do the full 30 days again, I will have some quick meals. I added LOTS of Sunmade raisins to my approved nuts of trail mix for next weeks backpacking trip, but do have some trail snacks that are not going to be Whole30 because I will need to snack while walking and not stopping. It's a weeklong trip mostly above timberline in southwest Colorado, and will be needing lots of carbs, so I am mixing up the good stuff with the not so good stuff for this trip. Trying to find a full month to set aside so my husband can do the Whole30 this time with me. I was very successful 3 years ago when I did it on my own. I am still trying to switch over my pantry to mostly Whole30 compliant foods and making an excel spreadsheet that I have downloaded to my cell phone that will tell me what is compliant and where I bought it, etc. when I am in the store shopping. :-)