MissWendy

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    MissWendy reacted to Jihanna in Dahlonega Georgia eating out?   
    I'd seriously suggest two things -- planning ahead to not have any viable options, and finding out where your group is likely to eat (if there are plans to eat as a group) so you can call ahead to see what options could be available for allergy-restricted diets.
    I'm not in Dahlonega, but am looking at the Trip Advisor site for their restaurants, and it looks like you're going to have an array of places that aren't particularly known for compliant foods -- Mexican, pizza, barbecue, etc. -- so I'll try to at least make suggestions based on what I can see here and my own experiences when I had to eat out during Whole30.
    Chick-fil-A is mostly not compliant. Seriously, don't even begin to fool yourself into thinking their grilled chicken is compliant. It is possible to eat, but the only thing I can think of off the top of my head that's compliant is a fruit cup and dry salad... they might have a salad that offers boiled eggs, or be able to provide you with boiled eggs for your protein, but I can't guarantee that. I used to love their food, especially the fries, so I generally avoid it altogether now (particularly during W30).
    Captain D's is mostly not compliant. You can look over the menu at their website, but even things that seem like they should be okay list non-compliant allergens (all of the grilled items list corn, and some also list soy). They DO have a side salad that could be eaten dry or with dressing you've brought along for the ride. The steamed broccoli looks like it would be okay, and a baked potato is fine as long as they don't pre-baste it with non-compliant oil or butter and it's ordered without the butter and sour cream. The other veggies don't look compliant (fried stuff, corn, slaw, and green beans that list soy in the allergen info).
    Moe's Southwest Grill isn't as compliant-possible as you might think. Moe's is one of those build-your-own-plate type of places that makes it semi-easy to make sure of what you're getting... which you'd think would make it simple to be compliant. Their website actually lets you check out the nutrition information with a variety of filters. I'm currently viewing it with the diet "gluten-friendly" chosen, and showing without milk, peanuts, and soy -- every single protein is marked out, and of the options that are available after applying those filters, a handful of those aren't Whole30 compliant anyway... you'd basically be left with salad options: shredded lettuce, black olives, diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, fresh and/or pickled jalapenos, cilantro, lime wedges, and pico de gallo (which may or may not have some kind of sugar added, you'd have to ask)... bacon and guacamole are both showing available, but I can almost guarantee the bacon's not compliant, and the guacamole you'd have to make sure of added sugar.
    Foothill Grill notes include Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, and Gluten Free Options. They're listed as one of the "cheap eats" according to Trip Advisor, and they've got some pretty amazing reviews from what I can see. If this one's potentially on the list to visit, I would say it's definitely worth calling them -- since it shows that they've got vegan and gluten-free options, it's entirely possible they'll be able to help you figure out what you can have without significant modification and/or how they can cook something to fit your need.
    Waffle House is probably more friendly than you think. You'd have to make sure about oil (or bring a little compliant oil with you for them to use), but overall it shouldn't be difficult for you to get a decent breakfast at Waffle House. Eggs and hash browns can be cooked up on tin foil to prevent your food from touching allergens on the grill, and they've got decent options for adding in veggies (dry salad or additions to your hash browns).

    The biggest thing, whatever the dining plans might be, is to be prepared. Be ready with specific questions that you want to ask, or specific information you want to let them know (i.e., "I need allergy-friendly food handling: no soy, no dairy, no gluten, no legumes including no peanut oil or non-stick spray with soy lecithin, no grains. I also need no added sugars of any kind, no msg, sulfites, or carrageenan, and no alcohol including extracts like vanilla. Do you have options available that would allow me to dine with you?"... be sure to ask about any marinades on meats, etc.) It's tough, but it's often possible.
    If you've got the option of including a small cooler with your travel things, I highly suggest taking along some compliant foods just to be sure that you're not starving while you're away. On my last trip during W30, I took a dozen boiled eggs, enough lettuce for a few salads, some diced up roasted chicken, some diced roasted veggies, a few bananas and a couple of apples. I kept the cooler in the car when we went out to eat, so I could easily grab something if there weren't any compliant options available. I also had a variety of tea bags with me, so I could ask for hot water to make my own tea instead of drinking theirs (I found fruity tea to be much more palatable without sugar than black tea, so I still carry tea bags in my purse). It's nice to be able to have a little container of compliant sauce or dressing, also, to add a bit more flavor to the food once it's on the table.
    Good luck to you!
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    MissWendy got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting tomorrow (May 20) even though vacation planned?   
    I might be crazy, but I'm starting tomorrow, even though I have two trips planned that will overlap my 30 days.  I think.  I'm pretty sure.  Just making shopping list now...  Yeah, crazy?
    Both trips are painting workshops.  I will benefit from both if my brain is working well, which it's not right now.  I've had the oddest headache and severe afternoon fatigue for starting my third month now.  MRI etc, no brain tumor or other scary thing.  B12 and D deficiencies - being treated, seeing progress - but it's slow going.  My doctor recommended Whole 30, as I have other signs of inflammation etc. She said at least give up dairy, and if you could meet my Sugar Dragon - oh my, she's a beast.  Her name is Dammit Janet.
    So - damn the torpedoes, I'm diving in.  I think.  Looking for feedback?  I figure I'm not going to get the most out of life, or these two workshops, if I'm half dead every afternoon anyway (my current state).  And the first one falls within the possible "Tiger Blood" days.  I'll have my own kitchen for both trips.  They're not eating type vacations.  They're doing things trips, with full day all-engrossing distraction.
    And if I want until after these - that's July - with periodontal surgery scheduled, which means pain killers...  Seems like there just won't be a perfect time, so why not now?  And if I derail and have to start over, I start over?
    Thoughts?  Suggestions?
     
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    MissWendy reacted to ShannonM816 in plated fats   
    It does count, in that it's a fat, but it rarely ends up being enough. First, many things that you add fat to in cooking, a lot of the fat ends up staying behind in the pan, unless you're making a conscious effort to pour it onto your plate and consume it. Second, if you're cooking multiple servings, you're probably not including multiple servings of oil -- you may add a little extra for 2 servings compared to one serving, but you're probably not completely doubling it, and if you're cooking four servings at once, you're unlikely to be quadrupling your cooking oil, because you really just don't need to. That's why we usually encourage people to include a serving or two of fat, in addition to whatever oil they cook in.
    The real test of whether you're consuming a good amount of fat at each meal is whether you can go 4-5 hours between meals pretty well. If you can, you've got it about right. If you're hungry in two hours, something in your meal is not quite right, and fat is something people often underestimate how much they should have. If you're regularly going 6 hours or more before you start to feel hungry, you might need to cut back on something in your meals.
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    MissWendy reacted to Kirsteen in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
     
    Miracle noodles have no carbs and no calories because our body doesn't recognise them as food and cannot use them. If I said to you put this gas in your car but by the way the car won't recognise it and the engine can't use it - you'd think I was mad. Yet somehow humans now think it's acceptable to eat *food* that our bodies can't use. Sorry but this is one of my pet peeves W30 is about eating real wholesome nutritious food that will nourish our bodies not 'stuff' that will provide us with absolutely nothing  so please, please no miracle noodles
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    MissWendy got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Commercial broths with "chicken flavor" and/or "yeast extract"   
    Thanks guys.  The "inner web" seems to think "chicken flavor" is just concentrated chicken.  So ahead of having time to cook a chicken (and then make broth...) - I'm going with the one that's got "natural chicken flavor". 
    And - I'm on this originally to try and deal with headaches.  So I do believe you are right that whether yeast extract is strictly forbidden or not, steering clear of any glutamate is the ticket here.
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    MissWendy reacted to laura_juggles in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    You may want to look at picking up a copy of Food Freedom Forever for some help. I just searched the Whole30 site to find the article about vegan Whole30 and the page was recently updated with this info: 
    Vegan Reset: I created a Vegan Reset (starting on page 50 in Food Freedom Forever) to help vegans improve cravings, hormonal balance, digestion, and calm systemic inflammation while still honoring their desire to eliminate all animal products from their diet. It uses many of the same guidelines as the Whole30, but helps vegans choose less commonly problematic plant-based protein sources, and plans a careful reintroduction to help them figure out which protein sources are healthiest for them going forward.
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    MissWendy got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Commercial broths with "chicken flavor" and/or "yeast extract"   
    Thanks guys.  The "inner web" seems to think "chicken flavor" is just concentrated chicken.  So ahead of having time to cook a chicken (and then make broth...) - I'm going with the one that's got "natural chicken flavor". 
    And - I'm on this originally to try and deal with headaches.  So I do believe you are right that whether yeast extract is strictly forbidden or not, steering clear of any glutamate is the ticket here.
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    MissWendy reacted to Lindseydalton in Starting tomorrow (May 20) even though vacation planned?   
    Having your own kitchen for the trips should make sticking to your Whole30 totally doable!  I would just suggest making a meal plan for the days you will be there and making sure you are prepared overall.  Know where you can shop for food if you need to while you're there.  Keeping your meals simple will help too.  Remember, your only job is to eat compliant foods.  Let good enough be good enough Good luck!