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  1. Cadence

    General Chit Chat Section?

    How about adding a "Whole30 General Discussion" section? There've been a few things that I've wanted to post about my experience so far, but they don't really fall into any of the categories we already have.
  2. I think you should read Robin's response to my question about my picky non-protein eating son. It was just what I needed to hear! I basically focused on getting as many fruits, vegetables and fats (smoothies are great for this. Not truly Whole30, but for kids, I'm willing to bend the rules. He'll also eat most of them in their whole form, so I'm not worried about starting bad habits) into him as I could and totally made the meat a non-issue. Well amazingly, he has started eating the meat and eggs without a fight (I always have to have mustard on the table). I actually have a theory that something he was eating before (wheat? dairy?) was throwing his gut off-balance and made it hard to digest the proteins and that's why he wasn't wanting to eat them often. But now that he's off that stuff, I'm seeing big changes in his eating. I guess what I'm trying to say is give him what he likes, but just make sure he's getting the other important stuff too! And good luck! I know how difficult it can be to have a child with eating issues.
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    What a wonderful way to commemorate Memorial Day! I did a seriously abbreviated version a couple years ago when Hubby had me doing CrossFit with him and it still almost killed me. Way to go!
  4. Oh boy, can I ever sympathize with you! I'm a popcorn ADDICT (only stove-popped with coconut or olive oil will do for me) and resisting the urge to grab a handful of popcorn when I popped some for my kids the other night was my hardest Whole30 moment yet! Good for you for hopping back on the wagon and not letting that little slip derail you. Good luck!
  5. Cadence

    Amazing Pulled Pork

    Isn't it?? It's on my menu for this week again too!
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    Kids Lunch Ideas

    Thanks! Fantastic ideas all the way around. Part of our problem here is simply availability. I've tried making almond butter (didn't grind it very smooth) and he didn't like it. But I'm going to try roasting the almonds first next time and see what he thinks. Once summer rolls around, it will be easier, but right now I've got to find things I can put in his lunch bag. Next year I'm buying each of my boys a planet box and then we can REALLY have fun with their lunches!
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    Kids Lunch Ideas

    I need some inspiration. My poor little first-grader is not thrilled with the lunches I've been sending him (mostly leftovers from dinner). He's been a good little boy and has been eating everything, but tonight he told me, "Mom, I used to get excited about snack and lunch. I don't get excited anymore." Not that his lunches were "exciting" to begin with - a ham and cheese or peanut butter sandwich with some fruit or vegetable and a juice box. Every single day. I don't know how he didn't get bored! But I'd love to bring him more on board with this whole thing by offering lunches he'll look forward to. Any suggestions? I've yet to find any kind of compliant lunch meat (it's funny to see how unnatural the stuff they label as "natural" over here really is) and he doesn't like olives, so those are out. But I'd love other ideas that you can pass my way!
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    Fat sources

    I wish I had some suggestions, but I all can do is offer my sympathy. My husband is going through the same thing in Afghanistan. And even if he did order or I sent him stuff, he has no way to prepare/store most of it. Good luck! (I'm going to have see what this "meenut butter" stuff is...)
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    breakfast foods?

    It's up in the recipe section
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    Amazing Pulled Pork

    I thought this would last me all week, but it's so good, it only made it three days! I was tempted to only use one onion, but I'm so glad I threw the second one in. I was eating them by the forkful!
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    breakfast foods?

    Add me to the dinner for breakfast camp. I keep trying to convince my kids that it's cool to eat other foods in the morning, but so far they aren't buying it. I think my favorite so far was my breakfast this morning. Leftover pulled pork (the best recipe I've ever tried) chopped up and sauteed with leftover butternut squash that I roasted with cinnamon, a hearty helping of onions from the pork, a handful of spinach and two eggs.
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    Frozen Banana "Ice Cream"

    Oh boy, I'm only a week in and I think I'm killing my "robot" (what they're called over here in Spain). I've never used my blender and food processor so much! I've made almond butter, coconut butter, mixed nut butter, and more banana ice cream (for my son who has been sick). I've been trying to talk my husband into a Vitamix for YEARS, but once I finally had him on board, I chickened out. I didn't want to void the warranty by using it over here and I didn't want to take any chances on it shorting out while using it with a converter. But we've only got a year left and it will be one of my first purchases when we get back to the States! I've actually been pretty impressed with the capability of my blender (it's a Bosch). I've bad talked it for two years, but I have to take it all back, because it's pretty awesome at whipping up whole fruit/vegetable "juices" similar to what a Vitamix would do.
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    Frozen Banana "Ice Cream"

    Thanks for the responses. I went ahead and "indulged" just because I was so curious about it. But I'll wait until the end of the 30 days to try it again. Berries sound wonderful, but unfortunately, out of all the amazing fruits available here, berries are difficult to find and expensive when I do (except for strawberries - which I ate my weight's worth - but they're nearly out of season now and not very good). I'll have to look at the list again and find other good fruits.
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    Paleo in Spain?

    I'm actually living in Madrid right now and of all the things I'm saddest about giving up, it's the cheese and the bread. I'm planning on going out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant tomorrow night with a friend and I grilled her about the menu. I wanted to be sure that I can enjoy enough of the food to make it worth the money I'll spend. I've noticed that most of menús del día usually have pretty paleo-friendly options. You mentioned the salad and it seems like there is always some kind of vegetable for the primero. The segundo shouldn't be an issue because almost all the restaurants serve some type of grilled meat with either potatoes cooked in olive oil or a salad. You could see if they have some fruit for dessert. I think most places would be willing to substitute something like that. And like the other posters said, finding fresh fruits and veggies will be no problem (as you probably know since your parents live here). That's one of the things I'll miss most about living here! ¡Buen Provecho!
  15. I've been seeing the "recipe" for frozen banana ice cream floating around the Internet for a while and have wanted to try it, but my kids always eat all our bananas before I remember to throw one in the freezer. I planned on blending up a frozen banana with a few walnuts, cocoa powder, and the coconut butter I made today (I'll NEVER do that again. I'd gladly pay $5/jar rather than spend 6 hours in the kitchen using every blending machine I have to get it "buttered"). I'm not a regular dessert eater and I'm not craving sugar. I'm just eating it because it sound delicious and I want to. So I'm "safe" right? If I were eating it to somehow satisfy a craving or as an emotional response, then it probably wouldn't be a good thing to do. I'm just trying to understand the whole concept of "treats" during Whole30. Thanks!