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  1. PaleoPatronus

    What do you drink?

    Hi @JUJU1 Check out this article. I think it will help a lot!
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    Working 11 Hour Days

    Aw that is a long day! I can’t imagine doing all that AND being hungry. I second the mini-meal idea. I do this too, even on Whole30s - I go to the gym right after work so if I don’t eat something in the afternoon, my workouts suffer and I’m starving by the time I get home. Like ShannonM816 said, just make sure your snack has at least two (if not all three) from the protein, carbs, and fats list. If you only eat a banana, you’re not going to be satiated, but if you eat a handful of olives, a jerky stick, and a banana, you’ll be comfortable until dinner! Another idea - do you have time (or desire) to meal prep on weekends? That way you don’t have to do it when you get home from work. You could also try utilizing a slow cooker so some days you can come home to dinner already finished, hot, and ready to eat! I’ve become obsessed with the Cook Once Eat All Week book by Cassy Joy Garcia - her system makes so much sense (just be cautious and modify recipes as needed because they aren’t all Whole30 compliant). Hope this helps!!
  3. PaleoPatronus

    I'm thinking about quitting... Advice?

    Hi @Mackenzy Oh gosh that does sound like a lot to deal with at once! I will preface this by saying I’m not a medical professional and if you’re truly concerned about your health, please visit the doctor. That said... Your dizziness could be a result of not eating enough (especially since you said you’re not hungry in the morning and are disgusted by the idea of Whole30 food). Is there any Whole30 food you can try to eat? Don’t worry about perfectly following the meal template right now. Does an apple with almond butter sound good? Or maybe some pan fried plantains and bacon? What about a “smoothie” bowl? Maybe a compliant beef jerky stick or RX Bar? Think about foods you haven’t eaten in the past week so that you can have some variety. In particular - what kind of carbs are you eating right now? Especially if you’re coming from a diet with tons of processed carbs, you may not get the amount you need on whole30 without making a conscious effort to consume them. Personally I need a decent amount of carbs - typically at least 2 of my meals has a starchy veggie (pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, regular potato, plantains, etc). Not getting enough carbs could be why you’re dizzy. Periods are weird - I don’t know how being on BC would affect it but I’ve found that during times of immense stress, or when I’m eating poorly, I tend to start my period much earlier. I feel like my body is saying “Yeah, this is a REALLY bad time to get pregnant, let’s throw out the baby house.” Your body is experiencing stress right now because of all the changes - this is the hard part of Whole30 unfortunately. You have to go through some pretty tough times to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. Please don’t feel guilty if you don’t complete the Whole30 this time. You are correct, it is an all or nothing task - you complete it or you don’t. BUT you can always try again. My first attempt at Whole30, I drank a margarita at a wedding - so yes, I did fail, and I no longer count that round in my total number of Whole30s completed. But I don’t feel guilt about it - I choose to give myself grace. This is a learning process. I truly believe you can do this and will benefit by sticking it out - try to eat anything compliant that sounds good because not getting enough food will definitely cause lightheadedness! I hope this helps! You can do this!
  4. PaleoPatronus

    Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing

    Hi @Scorpion016 oh no I hope you’re not in the middle of a Whole30! That flavor is super tasty, one of my favorites. It’s a great choice for your Food Freedom but because of the honey, doesn’t fly during the actual program. The Primal Kitchen varieties that are Whole30 compliant have a little logo on the front (there are at least a couple of others that have honey, including sesame ginger and honey mustard).
  5. PaleoPatronus

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    @Danna W I love the money saving NSV!!! That is so awesome!!!
  6. PaleoPatronus

    What do you drink?

    It’s amazing to hear all your stories of success with kicking soda habits through the Whole30!!! My only bit of advice is that whatever he chooses to drink, to put it in a wine glass. My husband and I split a bottle of kombucha most nights and I always drink my serving out of a wine glass. It feels so festive and fun. I do this with sparkling water too, especially at restaurants when that’s the only compliant beverage other than still water. Has he tried any of the flavored kombuchas? GTs has several varieties that are compliant. They may go down easier than plain kombucha. Personally I never want more than half a bottle but of course, if he feels he’s using it as a crutch for soda, he will want to focus on drinking water instead. Hope this helps!
  7. PaleoPatronus

    Starting Whole30 Monday Sept 16

    Hi Sweetbrook, Welcome back to Whole30! I know what you mean, being on Whole30 somehow makes it easier to eat healthy because you’re bound to the rules and don’t really have to make decisions about if you should eat something off plan. On my most recent Whole30, I tried to be very introspective and reflective and see if there were any lessons I could bring forward once the program had ended. I used the Whole30 Day but Day guide to help guide these internal conversations. I came to the conclusion I was just overall not being mindful. I wasn’t really thinking through consequences of eating inflammatory foods (other than the consequences of weight gain and less attractive appearance - which just makes me feel bad about myself and makes me want to eat more). Since then I’ve been careful to ask myself how eating something will make me feel physically and mentally vs just thinking about if it will “make me fat”. I’ve also been traveling a lot and have focused on making time to buy non-perishable groceries BEFORE I leave town so I can get right back on my typical paleo diet the day I return to town instead of continuing vacation style eating another week. This has really helped me stay on track and I don’t feel the need to do a full Whole30 anytime soon. I really hope your Whole30 is successful and makes you feel great!!!
  8. PaleoPatronus

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi Praire Dawn, I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a tough time in your personal life. I’ll be honest with you, I have quit a Whole30 in the past because I was so stressed out about something going on in my life. Looking back, I wish I would have stayed on program - it was the one thing I could control at the time and I would have learned better coping mechanisms than comfort food and alcohol (which after all, is one of the biggest points of Whole30). Staying on program may allow you to handle your personal situation better because of all the NSVs people experience on Whole30 (in this instance, I’m thinking better sleep would be especially helpful, I know I have a hard time sleeping when I’m going through a tough time and keeping my diet clean helps mitigate that). However, if sticking to the program is just too overwhelming right now or if it becomes unrealistic based on your situation, you can always try again at a more calm point in life. Things happen! For now, don’t worry too much if your meals aren’t exactly “perfect” - just make sure they’re compliant. Your appetite will come back, don’t worry. Hope this helps and best of luck!
  9. PaleoPatronus

    Picky Eater

    Hi JAnderson03! Even if the ingredients were Whole30 compliant (which they are not), this is still something you would want to stay away from for the duration of your program. One of the biggest reasons for completing a Whole30 is to learn how to cook easy and tasty foods that you like and want to eat even after your Whole30 is over. Do you not like green veggies or veggies in general? If you’re not used to eating a lot of veggies, try masking them with foods you do like until you start to acquire a taste for them. For example, slice up a bell pepper and dip in guacamole or stir cauliflower rice in to a spicy coconut milk curry, etc. A lot of people also enjoy oven roasted veggies, as they get nice and crispy instead of mushy and vegetabley tasting. You can also try parring veggies with a crowd pleasing meat like bacon, chorizo, or beef. Here are a couple of recipes (full disclosure, the first link is my own site so I’m slightly biased lol). Hope this helps! Don’t be afraid to experiment and I’m sure you’ll find some veggies you enjoy!
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    Advice for starting over or continuing Whole30

    Gasp! Your skin transformation is amazing, Annielaura! What an awesome NSV! It sounds like you’ve learned a lot and really understand the Whole30 rules now - so the good news is it will be much easier for you to complete additional rounds in the future. It is pretty common for people to extend their Whole30 to try to address specific issues so it’s completely up to you if you think you need or want to stay on the program longer. My only advice is to just keep an eye on your calendar and make sure you allow time for the full 12+ days you need for reintroduction. So just make sure you don’t stay on program so long that suddenly you have an event on the calendar where you’re not going to be able to do a structured reintroduction (I.e. a wedding where you want to drink and have cake or a special holiday meal or a vacation, etc). You are doing awesome and I’m so happy the Whole30 is helping you!
  11. PaleoPatronus

    Advice for starting over or continuing Whole30

    I love that you’re paying such close attention to detail! Like the poster above said, you can’t really add pancake batter to an over easy egg. It sounds like the waitress listened to you and I think you should believe her that they followed your instructions. You mentioned you’ve “failed” multiple times from eating out - were all of those scenarios like this, where the waiter listened to your needs, but you guessed that there was a non-compliant ingredient? I’m just wondering if there is potentially a reason you’re sabotaging your Whole30. Are you nervous about leaving the Whole30 rules behind and moving on to reintroduction then food freedom? You mentioned you’re a perfectionist - are you not letting yourself succeed and complete the program for some reason? This may be worth exploring and reflecting on... Wishing you well!
  12. PaleoPatronus

    Dealcoholized wine

    The potassium metabisulfate is on the list of unacceptable additives. Here is a handy dandy list of acceptable and unacceptable additives - I have to check this all the time because I can’t remember haha. Like the poster above said, it sounds like you’re trying to prop up a habit that may be worth removing and examining the motivation behind during your Whole30. I enjoy having a compliant kombucha in a wine glass a few nights a week with dinner. It makes even an ordinary weekday feel special but I never want more than half a bottle at once, and also don’t crave it on the nights I have water instead. If you just like the ritual of having a festive beverage everyday, try kombucha or even a cup of hot tea in a pretty mug instead. Hope that helps!
  13. PaleoPatronus

    Banana chocolate walnut RX bars

    Hi Seanm, As ShannonM816 said, they are technically compliant (the chocolate is not sweetened - if you ever try a chocolate rx bar, separate one of the chocolate chunks from the date base and try it - it is surprisingly bitter on its own). The link the previous commenter posted gives all the detail you need on why you will want to be selective with when and how you include these bars in your program (I mean this one is literally a banana bread recreation, which falls under SWYPO to me!). I love RxBars and always have a stockpile in the house, but I had to stop using them as my afternoon pre-workout snack because I started looking foreword to it a bit too much! No matter how many Whole30s I do, I always learn something new... Hope this helps!
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    Uses for Coconut Butter

    Hi LindsayO, I have used coconut butter to make “fat bombs” before - there are probably other recipes but this is one I’ve made previously to try to get enough food in my very athletic husband while he was doing a Whole30 with me. Omit the maple syrup for Whole30 and leave out the walnuts since you’re sensitive to nuts. There really didn’t taste sweet to me at all and I never wanted more than a serving at once, so I had no issues with feeling like it was a SWYPO treat - but if you feel these could wake up the sugar dragon for any reason, save them for your life after Whole30! hope this helps!
  15. PaleoPatronus

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi Shcro0831, I know how you feel! It’s hard to stick with a program like Whole30 when you’re the only one in the house doing it. If you cook food for both of you, I would try to stick to recipes most people like and make easy adaptations to yourself. “Meat and potatoes” types of meals can be made Whole30 compliant without him noticing. Or try recipes that can be easily adapted for just your serving - spaghetti (with zoodles or other veggie noodles for your bowl and regular pasta for his), burgers (bun for him, lettuce wrap for you), chicken and rice (sub cauliflower rice for yourself). It also sounds like you would benefit from having a Whole30 coach - you can find a coach here Good luck - you can do this!