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    Whole30 Moderator Since May 27, 2015
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  1. Munkers

    Endometriosis & Sugar

    I don't have endometriosis, but sugar is definitely a huge trigger for my menstrual cramping and PMS-related mood symptoms. Since sugar is inflammatory and endometriosis is also an inflammatory condition, I wouldn't be surprised at all for the two to be linked. I would suggest keeping a symptom journal and tracking when you have added sugar versus when you have pain flares to see how strong the correlation might be. It might also be worth tracking the source of your sugar. For me, even if the overall carbohydrate amount is the same, I react more strongly to white sugar than I do to less refined sources like honey or maple syrup (especially as a headache trigger) and whole fruit doesn't seem to bother me at all. Something like this is going to have A LOT of variation from one person to the next so I really think that symptom journaling is going to be key.
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    avocado and nuts/seeds alternatives

    If you're allergic to avocados, you'll likely remain allergic to them even after completing the program. However, if the issue is that your body just doesn't like digesting avocados and the issue is an intolerance instead of an allergy, then it's possible that the Whole30 could help. Another way to supplement your fat intake is with fattier cuts of meat and/or poultry with the skin on. Mayo is another option for fat and can be turned into all sorts of veggie dips. It might also be worth giving nuts and seed another try later in the program to see if your changing tastebuds make a difference in your enjoyment of them.
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    Luncheon meat

    The only compliant deli meat that I can regularly find is prosciutto. Good prosciutto is nothing but pork and salt. Occasionally I find an Applegate Farms product that is compliant, but typically that brand is expensive enough that I choose not to purchase it.
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    Can I have..... Wazoogles Superfood Protein

    The pea protein would make this non-compliant since it is a legume. Remember too that while smoothies are technically allowed, the focus of the Whole 30 is actually eating your whole foods, not drinking them.
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    Quick Meal Ideas

    If I'm worried about my husband or me snarfing up dinner leftovers and not having anything for lunch, I'll pull my lunch portion from the skillet/pan/whatever right after it's done cooking and then stick it in the fridge. If it's out of sight, we never miss it.
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    hunger and depression

    I absolutely feel depressed and mopey when I've missed a meal or haven't eaten enough, especially if I skip breakfast. I have depression which, for the most part, is controlled and I'm okay most of the time. A few weeks ago, I thought I was hitting a major depressive period. I was despondent, had zero motivation, and was just struggling in general. This coincided with several days in a row when I was running out of the house without breakfast. When I started eating breakfast again, I realized that my depression was still stable. Since you're doing competitive Crossfit, I would echo the other mods in encouraging you to eat on the upper end of the template. You'll need lots of protein for muscle repair and lots of fat for energy and hormone regulation. Fat helps to support your thryoid, your adrenals, and every other hormone in the body so I really can't overstate it's importance for energy, hormone balance, and overall well-being. Experiment with different fats and see which one is most friendly to your gallbladder. You might also consider using bile salts to help support your increased fat consumption.
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    Bacon: sugar curing & ingredients list

    Pederson's makes a sugar-free bacon, but it's not something my local stores consistently stock. My Whole30's are usually bacon free or we just sub in prosciutto.
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    Trader Joe's Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausages

    Wine varieties are named after the types of grape that go into creating them so there are chardonnay grapes, merlot grapes, etc. If the package referenced "chardonnay grapes" then I'd say that you're in the clear and they're just referencing that a specific grape variety was used. With it being listed as just "chardonnay" then I would assume that they use wine.
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    Fresh Basil

    I love it because I pretty much always have the ingredients already in my pantry. A bonus is that it fits the dietary needs of ALL my friends (vegetarian, dairy-allergy, celiac, and soy intolerant.)
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    Pork Ribs??

    I did pork ribs in the crockpot with just a dry rub of cumin, LOTS of paprika, and salt/pepper. They were really good and super quick to toss together before I left for work.
  11. Anything that you can cook in bulk will work. Ground beef, chicken or steak on the grill (switch up serving whole vs. in strips vs. chopped into cubes), whole chickens, pork roast, beef roast, etc. A batch of chili can be eaten as chili, used as a potato topper, turned into taco salad, etc.
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    Whole 30: Budget Edition

    It's coming, I promise! I just keep forgetting to actually pull out my receipts and put the summary together when I'm at the computer.
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    Crockpot Recipes

    Yes! I'm glad you like it. I made it for the first time months ago when my husband was on a fishing trip and I was home alone and needing comfort food. This totally hit the spot and I loved having a few raisins sprinkled on top. Hubby loved the leftovers when he got home.
  14. I get the most bang for my kitchen time when I focus on prepping components instead of prepping recipes. So instead of making salmon cakes and casseroles and very specific meals, I cook a big hunk (or two) of meat, chop and roast vegetables, hardboil some eggs, and maybe make some mayo or a sauce. I pretty much always do the meat in the crockpot. When I'm done with my prep, I'll have a big container of meat and an assortment of vegetables that can be made into different meals and changed up with different spices or prep techniques. My pot roast in the crockpot can be eaten as pot roast with broccoli and sweet potatoes, tossed in the skillet for stirfry with coconut aminos and rice vinegar, or mixed with some tomato sauce and served over green beans for an Italian-style meal. When you have the components already cooked in your fridge, all you have to do is warm them up and season them for meal time. You'll have food on the table in 5-10 minutes.
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    Affording Groceries

    Here's a partial write-up of mine and my husband's Whole30 budget experiment. We went without nuts for the 30 days because of the cost. They would have been nice to have, but they weren't going to keep our tummies full and happy like meat and veggies would. Same story for fruit. We did a little bit, but if I had to choose between vegetables or fruit, I chose the vegetables. Our meals were built around whatever meat or produce was on sale that week. Cabbage is usually a good, affordable option for veggies. We also did broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. When frozen vegetables were on sale, I would buy bags of frozen spinach. I also opted to make my own coconut milk because it was cheaper than buying cans and because I could use the leftover pulp to make coconut flour. My biggest tip is to just get in the habit of watching the sale ads each week and try to focus several of your meals around the hot plates concept. More variety generally equals more cost so look for vegetables that you can use in multiple ways and for multiple meals. Also check the coupon policy for your Albertson's. The one near my home still offers double and triple coupon deals which is REALLY helpful when buying pantry items like canned goods, oils, nut butters, etc. Do a web search for "couponing" and your town name. There are tons of blogs that track the local sales and then show you how to match coupons with what is already on sale so you can maximize your savings.