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  1. I grill zucchini or summer squash a lot. I've done slices of potato or sweet potato before too. I haven't tried it, but asparagus would probably work well. If you have a grill basket, you can do things like broccoli or cauliflower or green beans. Or look up cooking vegetables en papillote, which is cooking them enclosed in a parchment paper or foil pouch. Or branch out and try new and different salads, especially if you like the make-ahead factor. Here's some ideas:,
  2. Hello! Our recommendation would be to try to have meals large enough that you stay satisfied 4-5 hours at a time so you don't need to eat between meals. if you do need to eat between meals, some combo of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three, is great. It could be the raw veggies you mentioned, or leftover cooked vegetables. Or try making one of these salads, most should be fine for a couple of days in the fridge:
  3. Pan fried plantains are fine. Since they're sweet tasting, be careful you're not using them in place of dessert or when you're craving sweets, but other than that it's fine.
  4. So, I'm not sure how they do it, in light of what @SchrodingersCat said above, but US Wellness Meats/Grassland Beef has a sugar free beef salami: I haven't tried it, but other things I've tried from them have been good, though pretty expensive.
  5. Pre-cut or frozen vegetables can help save time. There are some brands of whole30 compliant frozen meals -- a few brands are mentioned here: This is for Walmart, but I think only the Great Value brand is a Walmart exclusive, you might Google other brands to see where they're available. There are also some companies that you can order meals from, plus dressings and sauces so you don't have to make all of those from scratch, listed on the Whole30 Approved page: You can also stick to really simple options. Scram
  6. Depending on the sausage you used, there could be a fair amount of fat in it, but you can add some if you want. Diced olives or avocado would probably be good in the soup if you don't want something separate. If you have a serving of the soup, without adding any fat, and it keeps you satisfied until your next meal, you may not need any more fat, although that's something you won't know until you try it.
  7. "Defer" means postpone, but "defer to" means to allow someone else to choose. Check out the definition from Merriam Webster: to
  8. These are not ok on whole30, they may not have sugar, but the do have sweeteners. I've removed the link in your post. It was to a site advertising some kind of flat belly tea that is not ok on whole30.
  9. If your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, you're good. Often, we see people who come from a background of calorie restriction who continue to limit their meal sizes the way they would if they were counting calories, sometimes purposefully, sometimes subconsciously. Mostly, this was a post to encourage those people to eat as much as they need to eat, even if it seems like a lot of food, and to say that it is okay to eat more than what they may be used to, if that's what it takes to stay satisfied and avoid snacking between meals.
  10. Just keep replying at the bottom to add to your log. To reply to someone else's post in your log, click Quote on their post to quote it, like I did here, or tag the by typing the @ symbol and start typing their name (no spaces) and a list will come up, keep typing until their name shows in the list and then click on it, like @KiwiKendra. When you are looking at the list of posts in a section, if you click on the dot or star next to the post, it'll take you to the first unread post in that discussion.
  11. Remember that all your meals don't have to be fancy. Some really simple meals that I do that don't take a lot of prep: scrambled eggs with spinach/other vegetables; a can of tuna or salmon mixed with mayo or avocado or even just olive oil, on top of salad; hamburger patty (I buy frozen, pre-formed ones and cook them straight from the freezer, but you could buy ground meat of whatever type you prefer and freeze it in patties) with mayo and mustard or avocado, tomato, onion, and pickles, with a side of roasted potato or sweet potato. Or I grill a bunch of chicken at the start of the week, then
  12. What are the ingredients? There are very few protein powders that actually meet Whole30 requirements, most contain sweeteners, soy, legumes, or dairy.
  13. This page has descriptions of all the books, it might help you pick which would work best for them: Personally, if you think they'd read It Starts With Food, I'd get them that one, for the explanations. It didn't feel at all new-age or weird, to me, it just made sense as I read it. The Whole30 is good for a step by step how to do a Whole30, it has some very basic explanations of why, but not as in depth as ISWF. If you think they're pretty on board with trying it, but want the guidance of what exactly they'll need to do, that's probably a good one.
  14. The calendar is just a general guideline. Some people follow it exactly, some not at all, and some follow parts of it bit not all of it. Eliminating some items before you start can make a difference in the symptoms you feel or put you a little ahead of the timeline.
  15. You should work on making your breakfast meet the meal template as well. You're very heavy on fruit and fat and need at least one more egg, probably two, to meet the recommendation for protein, and of course, some vegetables. Also note that chia pudding is not permitted on the program. If you're staying satisfied 4-5 hours between meals, then you're probably eating enough. If not, then you may need more. If you've been eating enough, and drinking plenty of water, but you haven't been salting your food regularly, that's probably the main thing causing your headaches. Obviously if you
  16. Definitely salt your food. That will help a lot. What do your meals look like? People are often surprised by how much they can and even need to eat on whole30. Try to make each meal meet the meal template -- a palm-sized portion or two of protein, or if eggs are your only protein, as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand; a portion or two of fat from what's listed on the template, typically in addition to any oil you cook in; and a bunch of vegetables, like 2-3 cups or more. Occasionally have fruit if you want it. At least once a day, have a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable,
  17. This is compliant, but we really, really recommend you make all your meals match the meal template. This meal is lacking protein (almond butter is a fat), and is pretty light on the vegetables. Maybe try sweet potato toast topped with taco-seasoned ground meat, guacamole, tomatoes, and if you like a little spice, some jalapenos. Or sweet potato toast topped with smoked salmon, avocado, tomato, and red onion.
  18. Have you tried the cacao based beverages like choffy or crio bru? I don't have them real often, but they're a nice change. Don't expect it to taste like hot chocolate, it's not sweetened, it's just brewed cocoa beans, but it's not bad. There was a discussion here on the forum recently about the mushroom based drinks, I don't remember if anyone ever went back and posted an actual review of them or if it was just people asking if anyone had tried them. You might also consider quitting all caffeine at some point and seeing how that affects things. It can be pretty miserable at first, b
  19. You may want to check out the book Food Freedom Forever. Melissa also just started a new podcast called Do The Thing with Whole30's Melissa Urban -- the first episode just came out today, and I haven't listened yet, but it is focused on why changes have not worked for you in the past.
  20. This is the official word on kombucha: It has been a while since I checked the labels for any GT's, so definitely check for yourself to be sure, but as far as I know, it is.
  21. Coconut milk or cream should easily last 2-3 days in the fridge, just store it in an air tight container, don't leave it in the can. It might actually last a little longer, just look at it and smell it, and if it seems okay, it probably is. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays for later.
  22. What are the ingredients? That is going to determine if it is compliant.
  23. I would probably at least check in with your doctor and let them know what's going on, just in case, and see if it's something they feel you should be concerned about or if there's a length of time when they'd start to be concerned.
  24. This sounds like a possible allergic reaction. You should probably talk to your doctor to see if there's anything they can do to help. You say you're not eating anything new, but are you eating a lot more of something than you would have before? Maybe your body can only tolerate a certain amount of something, and you've had a lot more of it. Common culprits could be coconut, avocado, or eggs, but it's possible it's something else. If there's one or two things that stand out as possiblities, cut those out for a while and see if that helps.