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  1. SpunkyBug

    Coordinating Success

    There are many, many threads on this forum discussing alternatives to cream in your coffee. Search in Google for "Whole30 forum coffee creamer" and you will find some ideas to help you and your mom with that challenge. As to how to keep you both on track, I don't have anything helpful to share. I can't get my mom to eat healthy at all. She claims life would not be worth living without bread, cheese, and sweets. Sigh. It all comes down to the fact that your mom is responsible for herself. You can't make someone else do anything. But you can be there to cheer them on, try out recipes together when you can, and make suggestions when they ask.
  2. Yup. I had always eaten broccoli and cauliflower before Whole30, but not as much. The results were unpleasant. I had to scale back and branch out. Also, I was eating more nuts and nut butters than usual during my first W30 and had to scale back on those, too. They are rough on the gut.
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    Best Tasting Light Olive Oils?

    After much trial and error, I landed on Goya Light Flavor Olive Oil. It never tastes "musty" or "off" like some oils. However, it's hard to find in the big bottles. I found one grocery store (Shoppers Food Warehouse) in our area that sells it in the large bottles. The store is a bit of a hike from where we live, so I buy 3-4 bottles when I'm there. You can find it in the Latin aisle -- it's not usually in with the other olive oils. Another note: I know that EVOO makes for inedible mayo, but I like to use just 1/8 cup of EVOO (out of a total of 1 1/4 cups oil) and then the rest light. It adds a bit of richness.
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    Approved crunchy/dry snacks?

    I will confess that I am the type of person Tom was referring to. I loved chips and other dry/crunchy/crispy foods. Before Whole30, I always had to have a bag of potato chips with a sandwich. Eating something soft without something crunchy just didn't seem right -- my family probably embedded this preference in my brain (we also had to end every meal with something sweet, but that's another story). I could also eat a whole large bag of chips for dinner if there wasn't anything else in the house or I didn't feel like cooking, Before I discovered the Whole30, I switched to buying the chips that make you think you are eating healthier -- the ones made from lentils, veggies, sweet potatoes, popped corn, kale, etc. Having these around resulted in mindless eating. During my first Whole30 I swapped in nuts to add crunch to my lunches (a particular weak spot for me), but I found them easy to overeat and rough on my stomach. So, I switched to eating an apple with lunch every day (plenty of veggies in addition to the apple, of course). I didn't used to like apples (it was a texture thing with the skin), and now I eat one almost every day, skin and all! They are not dry like chips, but they seem to fulfill that need to have something go crunch between your teeth.
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    Why is it OK to eat fruits if sugar is not allowed?

    Sugar represents empty calories, whereas fruits provide nutrients.
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    So tired of eggs

    I love those salmon cakes! http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ Mel's chicken thighs are great, too. You can grill or bake them: http://meljoulwan.com/2016/04/17/basic-grilled-chicken-thighs/ Tom has a twist on them, and you can swap in pretty much any veggies you want: http://www.wholelifeeating.com/2012/01/skillet-roasted-chicken-thighs-and-brussels-sprouts/
  7. I would recommend, however, trying something like olives instead of almonds for your snack. Nuts can be tough on the gut. And during my first Whole30, I ate a lot of nuts and found them to be a food that is easy to eat mindlessly , hand to mouth.
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    How to navigate being invited to a pot luck

    oops -- it posted twice!
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    How to navigate being invited to a pot luck

    I second the meatball idea. Melissa Joulwan's meatballs are great, and she's got tons of variations: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/08/march-meatball-madness/ My favorites are the Gyoza (they seriously taste like Chinese dumplings), the Merguez (the easiest of the bunch), and the Bora Bora Fireballs (not too spicy). Also, I'm starting to feel like a broken record, but this dip is so good: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hearts-of-palm-dip You can bring red bell pepper strips for yourself and fellow veggie eaters, and pita chips for other folks.
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    What can I do with hearts of palm?

    I don't know about that other dip, but this one is amazing: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hearts-of-palm-dip I like to eat it with red bell pepper strips. Since that sounds kind of snacky, please do so along with some protein for a meal. After your Whole30 it makes a healthy appetizer for parties that everyone can enjoy!
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    Vitamix for making soup, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.

    It's great if you need to absolutely pulverize everything in a sauce or soup or whatever. But I used mine to make a tahini-based sauce recently, and it came out like water!
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    Soup Ideas for cooler Weather

    Here are some of my faves: Silky gingered zucchini soup http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ Golden cauliflower soup http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Also, Tom's pressure cooker version of the cauliflower soup http://www.wholelifeeating.com/2013/11/pressure-cooker-golden-cauliflower-soup/ Carrot apple ginger soup http://ohsheglows.com/2011/05/03/carrot-apple-ginger-soup/
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    more fat ideas?

    I've never liked olives either, but Castelvetrano olives are seriously delicious. Give them a try. I used to only be able to find them at certain grocery stores' olive bars, but now I'm seeing them in jars, too. I also make a lot of ranch: http://www.planksloveandguacamole.com/2014/05/ranch-dressing.html and a Whole30 version of this mustard dressing : http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/summer-salad-mustard-vinaigrette (I use the whole egg and swap in light olive oil for the canola oil; also, I use the dump/immersion blender method) Good luck finding more fats that you enjoy eating!
  14. You're so close. You have the rest of your life to tailor the program to your desired lifestyle. But give yourself the full 30 days. You can do it! Show that wine who's boss!
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    Ranch that doesn't taste like mayo?

    If you make the Planks Love and Guacamole ranch, I recommend half a teaspoon of dried dill and one and a half teaspoons of dried parsley as the herbs. It's sooooo good.