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    ChristiHudler reacted to ShannonM816 in I THOUGHT i was on Day 24... until I read my medication label :(   
    Doctor's orders always trump whole30 rules -- you were prescribed that medication by a doctor, therefore you didn't break any rules taking it. 
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    ChristiHudler reacted to Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I rarely can afford grass fed and organic. I have a family of 5 I feed on $100-200 a week. I live in California too. I get some veggies at the farmers market and stick to what is in season as that will always be cheaper. I go online every week to see what is on sale for meats, and usually only buy meats that are on sale for less than $3/lb. I have found that Raleys in our area has best quality meats so I wait for them to go on sale and buy a bunch and throw it in the freezer. Even though I can't afford grass-fed right now I am still eating healthier than before with all that pasta and rice and beans.
    On the Whole30 you can't eat most sausages, chocolate, processed foods and wine so it lowers the cost of your weekly shopping. I find myself doing a weekly cookup (Well Fed - best investment so far). I avoid ice tea at coffee houses, since sometimes bagged tea contains soy. I splurged for organic tea and made my own iced tea every day.
    Because I can't afford to go out to eat on our budget right now, and fast food is out, I find myself rarely letting veggies and meats go to waste, so am saving more money than before. Planning your meals for the week will definitely help your budget and time. Good luck!
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    ChristiHudler reacted to ShannonM816 in Plated fats - rule?   
    Adding fat is part of the meal template, which is a recommendation. You could do a Whole30 without ever making any meal meet the meal template and as long as you followed the rules, you'd still have done a Whole30 -- but you'll get the best results if you also incorporate the recommendations, including making your meals match the meal template.
    Here's a little more explanation about rules vs. recommendations: and the rules are here: 
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    ChristiHudler 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.