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    ladyshanny reacted to JLaq143 in Can a restaurant "wash off" a non-compliant marinade?   
    I figured that would be the answer, so I'll just get salad and eat my protein at home.  I was so disappointed about the meat that I forgot to ask about the grilled veggies, but they did say that their salads are just dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, so I can have that, and some traditional Afghani tea (without sugar or milk), so that should still give me the sense of having something special that I can't make at home.  Thanks for talking me down! haha
    Something that might still make this post useful to others is that, while looking for a solution to my dilemma, I came across SO MANY posts about people "accidentally" eating something non-compliant and not wanting to start over.  I know it's a personal decision, but my view is that, as long as something has an ingredients list, there is no "accidentally" breaking the rules.  Part of doing a Whole30 is about learning how to read labels very carefully BEFORE putting something in your mouth, not after.   How much easier would it have been for me to just go ahead and eat the meat at this restaurant and then afterward say, "Oh no, it turns out they use corn oil in the marinade, but I didn't know!" It's part of the learning process to find out about these things.  Anyway, that's my two cents.  Maybe I'm just bitter now because I'll be eating salad at a birthday party, but if I can make that choice, so can others.
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    ladyshanny reacted to Whole30ish in A silly NSV... from :( to :)   
    As I was texting a friend yesterday, I went to use the "sad" face emoji on my iPhone.... I realized that the  etc. negative emojis (that are always on the first screen) had disappeared from my "frequently/recently used" list.  As silly as it sounds, this made me realize that doing the whole 30 has improved my outlook on everything.  Adding that to my Non-Scale Victories list!  
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from kirkor in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    It'll be based on how you feel. Your mood, energy, sleep, performance in the gym. If any/all of that starts to tank, you probably need more. If you're feeling great and working hard and not hating life, you're probably fine.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Blackheart in R1D19 moody, not seeing results, all the GAS! Eating too much?   
    Cabbage and brussels will cause gas. Maybe cut back on those for a bit.
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    ladyshanny reacted to kirbz in Whole 30 First Timer- January 5 Start Date   
    @Abi Labrador Here are my thoughts on your meals and how closely they follow the template. Full disclosure though, I stopped this round of Whole30 after 7 days (I completed a Whole43 late last year and have been following the forum for a couple of years). I have lots of excuses, some of them valid, but really, it just wasn't the right time. I feel somewhat embarrassed but acknowledge that this is a challenging path and I did not pick the right time. I plan to come back to Whole30 after a week long cruise in early February. I'd still love to help though if I can. 
    Honestly, in general, I don't think you're eating enough food at all. Up your fats. Up your vegetables. And cut down on the nuts. Here's some specifics (all things I've read the moderators tell other people in other posts): 
    Meal 1: When eggs are your breakfast, you should be eating however many you can hold in your hand, which is typically 3-4 for most women. You should try for more vegetables. When your vegetable is something like spinach, you should try to eat like a mixing bowl size amount of it. A few tablespoons of butternut squash probably wouldn't round out the vegetables enough. You're striving to fill up most of your plate with vegetables, so like 2 cups. Also, you don't have any fat. Cooking fat doesn't count. 
    Snacks: The ideal recommendation for snacking is fat and protein. So, something similar to a pre-workout snack. Chicken and guacamole. Egg and mayo. Stuff like that. The recommendation for nuts is a closed fistful every couple of days, so if you're having nuts multiple times a day, you're definitely over that. Nuts can be difficult for people so something to think about. 
    Meal 2: When salad is your meal, it should be like a mixing-bowl sized salad. Make sure to be generous with that dressing to get plenty of fat and consider adding some avocado or another fat. The recommendation is to used 1-2 different fats with each meal. And make sure the amount of tuna is equal to a full palm size or two (in length, width, size, etc.). 
    Meal 3: That one looked pretty good! :-) You had a good amount of meat, good fat with the 1/2 avocado, though you could up that to a full avocado AND add some ghee to that baked potato and still be okay. And hopefully you had LOTS of carrots and spinach! I know it seems like a huge portion but that's how much you need to eat to feel satisfied for a full 4-5 hours between meals. That's ultimately your goal! 
    Pre and Post-Workout Meal: When doing Crossfit, are you eating a pre-workout meal of fat and protein and a post-workout meal of protein and starchy vegetables? I wouldn't think you'd need it for walks but definitely for Crossfit. 
    Take this for what's it's worth. This feedback is striving for getting as close to the meal template as possible, though strictly following the template isn't a rule, just a guideline. And these are all comments I've seen the moderators make to others so hopefully they're fully accurate! I hope it doesn't seem harsh and that you find it helpful! It's funny, I thought I was so closely following the template my first round, but I went back and read my log last week and I wasn't as much as I thought I was! 
    Good luck to all of you!! 
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    ladyshanny reacted to chichi in TOM Cravings   
    I so know what you mean! Like a quarter of my life, I'm a different person. And it's not like you're never going to eat sugar again for the rest of your life.
    I've tried adding an extra egg to my breakfast every day (even if I don't feel like I want it), and really focused on loading up my lunch and dinner with starches, extra potato, and fats, olives or the whole avocado, and put a chopped up apple with almond butter on my plate at each meal (again, even if I don't feel like I want it). I eat a lot of food and am pretty active, and those foods all work for me, but I really try to eat big meals when I have hormones-craving brain, and I really try to eat them as confined meals. It helps me psychologically to be like, "Yeah I'm definitely not hungry so I don't need snacks, and my next meal is gonna be big and satisfying."  It kind of goes against listening to your body at all times, but so does drinking milkshakes and beer instead of dinner (which I've done).
    As far as choosing chocolate things because they are so worth it: I try to really let go of any 'It's okay because I'm just going to have one' narrative, or 'I should be satisfied with just a couple bites.' Because if you're not (which, probably not in this hormonal state), then that narrative is going to hurt you, not help you. So I order a flourless chocolate torte and I eat the whole thing, like 'I'm gonna enjoy the heck out of this, and if I want another one tomorrow, I'll come get one.' It helps me just enjoy the thing, feel satisfied, and not constantly ruminate about whether I'm going to have another one while I'm still eating this one. I often realize I actually don't want another mouth full of sugar.
    I haven't made a spreadsheet about how much dessert I eat during a cycle now versus how much I did before, but I can guarantee you I don't worry about it during a cycle as much as I used to, which I think is just as important, if not more. And, I'm pretty sure it's way less.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from RandiW in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Public Service Announcement: 
    The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by.
    That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. 
    The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from RandiW in Beyond Bloated   
    If you've been having that kale salad (all those raw veggies) every day, you could have just reached your limit for them. Try subbing out anything raw for straight up cooked veggies. Raw are harder to digest and can cause bloating.  Certain lettuces can be bloatey too.  Spaghetti squash personally makes me bloated.
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    ladyshanny reacted to WholeCourtney in Starting January 2!   
    Just call me chicken little first instinct is always that the sky is falling until I take a deep breath and realize I can handle this.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from WholeCourtney in Starting January 2!   
    FINGERS CROSSED!!!! Good for reassessing and realizing it's not thaaaaaaaaaat bad!
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    ladyshanny reacted to WholeCourtney in Starting January 2!   
    Saved the eggs! Since I have the luxury of working from home I cook everything to order  I did save some leftover sauces.
    Once I calmed down from the initial freakout I realized I can make this work. I have a mini fridge that my eggs and sauces are living in along with a 2 expensive cuts of beef that I shoved in the little freezer compartment. I can have eggs every morning and if I have to I can shop everyday and store the leftovers from Meal 2 for Meal 3. 
    On a positive note I found the part I (hopefully) need at a local store so if my husband is able to fix it tonight I may have a working fridge sooner rather then later.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    @WholeCourtney - do you have any precooking done already? Throw it into coolers with ice. 
    Eggs even if not cooked are likely fine and don't need to be chucked. 
    Sorry, this sucks!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    This just reminded me that I used to work in a department where I had a "u" shaped desk and every time anyone brought food in, the office used one of the branches of my "U" to put it all on. Apparently the girl before me loved it but I HATED it. Get that crap away from me! Not only are you sitting near it all day but then you have people milling about eating 2 feet behind your head. It was the worst! I eventually removed that branch of the U and put up another wall. LOL!
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    ladyshanny reacted to kirkor in Little House on the Whole30 Prairie   
    Ok, so day begins the 2nd week, so my fixed meal plan will now be repeated!  First week worked out well.  My roast chicken for tonight is a little bigger than last week's, so we'll see how that shakes out.  Might just make larger portions.
    Eggs every day for breakfast is going well.  I usually put in a splash of water and whisk them up a bit for volume.

    No planned tweaks to make. (good thing, since my shopping is already done  )
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Treesh in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    @Day 3 not going to fail this! - you should be having post workout food on those instances where you feel like you've been depleted. Did you eat after your noon run? If you're feeling awful and not recovering you can scale back your exercise a bit and/or increase your recovery. Part of recovery is eating to fuel activity, both leading up to and after. This is cumulative....think bigger picture.
    @Treesh - yes, all of the pre and post workout information is "covered somewhere". There are many pages of threads here in the athletes section including the one you are posting on that address how to know if you need pre and post workout food. Although the information may not be micro-specific to your question, have a read around and see if you can educate yourself some before we type out all the same information again.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from scoakley13 in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    I agree, that soy wasn't hidden at all. Food manufacturers are brutal in many cases but in this case the labelling and transparency is excellent.
    I see where you're coming from @MimiHi, about the restart and not quitting. But it really depends on what the person needed to get out of it. If they really needed to heal their gut for health reasons, bippity-bopping right along despite the incident isn't going to help them. Sometimes just owning up to it, being disappointed and taking responsibility is more empowering than you think.
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    ladyshanny reacted to laura_juggles in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    In that case, I'd switch to a low sodium tuna which is *actually* tuna packed in water rather than tuna packed in vegetable broth and *labeled* as being packed in water. There's a lot of "why does this broth have soy" when I'm wondering "why is something labeled as packed in water actually packed in broth". With the logic that broth is water-based, you could label tuna packed in coffee as "tuna packed in water". 
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from RandiW in Day2: Help me Troubleshoot this Breakfast   
    Fat. Add fat. 1/2 to whole avocado, couple tbsp mayo or ghee etc.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from RandiW in Animal meat on the Whole30   
    I guess I would say to you, don't forget that this is just for 30 days. Then you get to test out those foods that you used to eat and see how and if they are problematic for you. Maybe you'll be fine with legumes but no soy. Maybe fermented dairy will float your boat. The 30 days is just for the reset, then you get to learn the info about yourself and create a plan to move forward. Maybe that plan includes meat sometimes, eggs mostly but also some vegetarian protein sources. You won't know until you do the testing at the end. 
    For the "science" on how "too much meat can ruin your health", you just keep checking in with yourself. If you're feeling better, moving better, looking better, better digestion, less pain, better sleep and on and on, then you could reasonably conclude that meat isn't ruining your health. 
    From a personal perspective: I was vegetarian for a few years, vegan for a while.........years ago. And I was never as unhealthy and sick as during that time. 
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from RandiW in Sulfites... Do I need to start over?   
    Yep, @Dovid - sulphites can be really damaging, if possible you should either start back at Day 1 or do a Whole35 so that you get a full 30 days on the reset for optimal gut healing.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from snd9 in Starting Jan 8   
    To clarify the rules, deep fried or commercially produced chips of any kind are not compliant. The fact you were using them as a fat source (that was my question) is part of the reason they are not compliant....because brocoli is not a source of fat...........unless it's deep fried. I would just go with the tuna and mayo/guac if you need a mid-day mini meal. And yes, mini-meals are absolutely permitted. We don't want people struggling through legitimate hunger. The fried/commercial brocoli chips are out though. Hope that helps!  
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from scoakley13 in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    I agree, that soy wasn't hidden at all. Food manufacturers are brutal in many cases but in this case the labelling and transparency is excellent.
    I see where you're coming from @MimiHi, about the restart and not quitting. But it really depends on what the person needed to get out of it. If they really needed to heal their gut for health reasons, bippity-bopping right along despite the incident isn't going to help them. Sometimes just owning up to it, being disappointed and taking responsibility is more empowering than you think.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from MamaJ in Did i ruin my whole30 by not eating?   
    The Whole30 is an elimination protocol at its core, designed to remove inflammatory foods for 30 days to allow your gut to heal. If you did not eat anything off plan, your reset is still in tact.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from aprilb in Help! Not losing weight   
    It's hard to make any suggestions for weight loss given that this is not a weight loss plan and you are not actually done the program. Many people don't see that sort of improvement until the very end. Also depends on your history, your overall health, stress, sleep etc. 
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Favorite Whole30 meals when sick?   
    My absolute favourite is this Tom Kha Gai soup -