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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Lori Nalangan in On day 3   
    It could also have nothing at all to do with food. You're just hyper-focused on food right now because you're in the very beginning of your Whole30. 
    Have you done any exercise or carried anything heavy or has the barometric pressure changed lately? Heck, you could also just be low on magnesium and tada, epsom salt bath helped. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Lori Nalangan in On day 3   
    It could also have nothing at all to do with food. You're just hyper-focused on food right now because you're in the very beginning of your Whole30. 
    Have you done any exercise or carried anything heavy or has the barometric pressure changed lately? Heck, you could also just be low on magnesium and tada, epsom salt bath helped. 
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    laura_juggles reacted to Jihanna in Rice concentrate got me, help!!   
    First, breathe. I'm assuming that you haven't bloated four sizes larger or blown up entirely, so that's a good sign.
    Second, being willing to start over is a good thing, regardless of whether or not your schedule would really make that a feasible thing to do. The fact is, you're aware of it now, you'll stop using it, and you're willing to accept that there may be some effect from it.
    So what to do?
    I'd move forward, continue the Whole30 as planned, counting the days without starting them over, and evaluate how I feel at the end and decide at that point whether or not I want to extra days to make sure I've gotten the best possible starting point for reintroduction.  I'm big on the idea of "adding time" rather than "starting over" anyway, so I know beyond doubt that's exactly how I would approach the whole thing.
    In the mean time, maybe be a little extra watchful of how you're feeling (physically and otherwise) to see if there might've been some noticeable effect to your system that fades/ends over time to indicate that it could've had something to do with the rice concentrate.
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    laura_juggles reacted to Pandora Black in Feeling Hungry Often   
    Also, a serving of eggs is more than two. It’s how many you can hold in your hand. For me that’s FOUR.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ShieldMaiden in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Mixed greens, spring mix, and baby lettuces will all go gross a lot faster than the heartier salad greens like iceberg and romaine. They're more delicate and tender so it takes less to make them icky. I bought a 3 pack of romaine 2 weeks ago and finished it yesterday. Not a leaf went bad. 

    If you really prefer the more tender greens, you'll need to buy them in smaller packages more often. I decided that I didn't like them *that* much more and switched to the romaine. It's saved a bunch of money and wasted food. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from JenX in Should I restart   
    My other question would be was it sherry or sherry vinegar? Sherry vinegar is fine and I can't imagine putting sherry in a dressing, but sherry vinegar is delicious. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Skipping lunch and lowballing all your meals like you have been has caught up to you, basically. 
    Set yourself an alarm on your phone to go eat lunch. You're sacrificing how you feel for not wanting to stop working to go eat. The break for lunch is not only good for your overall nutrition, but also for your brain. Trust me; go eat some lunch. 
    Get yourself a couple bags of pre-chopped salad greens and throw them in a mixing bowl with the chicken, olives, and cukes you have in the picture. If you've pre-cooked some protein and have some bagged salad handy, lunches become really easy. 
    You *will* start to feel better when you're getting enough fuel.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jihanna in Feeling Foggy Due to Scheduling Difficulties and Getting Used to the Plan   
    Skipping lunch and lowballing all your meals like you have been has caught up to you, basically. 
    Set yourself an alarm on your phone to go eat lunch. You're sacrificing how you feel for not wanting to stop working to go eat. The break for lunch is not only good for your overall nutrition, but also for your brain. Trust me; go eat some lunch. 
    Get yourself a couple bags of pre-chopped salad greens and throw them in a mixing bowl with the chicken, olives, and cukes you have in the picture. If you've pre-cooked some protein and have some bagged salad handy, lunches become really easy. 
    You *will* start to feel better when you're getting enough fuel.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Substitute for harissa seasoning?   
    Harissa is a lot more than just the hot chile pepper. Tomato paste will leave it rather lacking. 
    Here's a compliant recipe for harissa; just leave out the chile. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/harissa-51185010
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from MissWendy in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    You may want to look at picking up a copy of Food Freedom Forever for some help. I just searched the Whole30 site to find the article about vegan Whole30 and the page was recently updated with this info: 
    Vegan Reset: I created a Vegan Reset (starting on page 50 in Food Freedom Forever) to help vegans improve cravings, hormonal balance, digestion, and calm systemic inflammation while still honoring their desire to eliminate all animal products from their diet. It uses many of the same guidelines as the Whole30, but helps vegans choose less commonly problematic plant-based protein sources, and plans a careful reintroduction to help them figure out which protein sources are healthiest for them going forward.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from RandiW in HELP I’m poor!   
    Most stores will have one variety or another of frozen veg on sale. I get mine at ShopRite for $0.99 each. Lots of that will get roasted straight from frozen. Other times, I'll turn it into soup. 
    Get the meat that's on sale. Conventionally raised is fine and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
    Keeping it simple makes it less expensive. You can do it. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    Honestly, the slow cooker is great, but I often think it takes *more* work than cooking other ways. 
    Grill a piece of meat, sautee or steam some veg, slap on some mayo or avocado or whatever. Done. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from RandiW in HELP I’m poor!   
    Most stores will have one variety or another of frozen veg on sale. I get mine at ShopRite for $0.99 each. Lots of that will get roasted straight from frozen. Other times, I'll turn it into soup. 
    Get the meat that's on sale. Conventionally raised is fine and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
    Keeping it simple makes it less expensive. You can do it. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from LindsayO in MCT Oil Powder   
    If it makes you feel bloated, that sounds like a pretty solid reason to ditch it. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    Honestly, the slow cooker is great, but I often think it takes *more* work than cooking other ways. 
    Grill a piece of meat, sautee or steam some veg, slap on some mayo or avocado or whatever. Done. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jihanna in So...when do the cravings ease up? Vent   
    So, it's Day 2...if you're coming off drinking a fair bit of soda or eating a typical American diet, it's going to hit you hard. 
    Make sure you're eating enough. The headaches may also be from missing the caffeine from the sodas, so if you don't usually drink coffee or caffeinated teas, you may want to give that a try to see if it helps with the headache. 
    You can do it. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jihanna in So...when do the cravings ease up? Vent   
    So, it's Day 2...if you're coming off drinking a fair bit of soda or eating a typical American diet, it's going to hit you hard. 
    Make sure you're eating enough. The headaches may also be from missing the caffeine from the sodas, so if you don't usually drink coffee or caffeinated teas, you may want to give that a try to see if it helps with the headache. 
    You can do it. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Forager Half and Half   
    I think that's a really important thing you pointed out. For someone who's used to putting sugar in coffee, your brain is probably grabbing onto the sweetness from the dates and telling you that it's amazing and wonderful and have another cup of coffee because *more creamer*. 
    For someone who usually just puts a little milk or cream in their coffee, the dates in the creamer may not be a trigger food for them. 
    Good for you on recognizing that this creamer probably isn't a great option for you.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Restarting/Vent   
    You can even roast broccoli straight from frozen. 'Bout 400 degrees, heat the sheet tray and oil first, throw the broccoli on (literally open bag and pour on tray), cook until done. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Shane Peterson in Fasting?   
    Probably no one here is going to suggest you fast, intermittent or otherwise. It goes against the meal template and the recommended schedule for when to eat your first meal, how long you should stay satiated, etc. 
    If you want to fast and start doing your own "WholeShane", have at it. But it will also mean that from that point on anything we'd normally recommend to people could be skewed by the fact that you up and stopped eating for 3 days. 
    Instead of complicating the Whole30, have you tried listing out a couple days' worth of meals with portion sizes, water intake, and exercise? It could be that even though you've moved in the direction of following the template better, there's room for improvement. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Restarting/Vent   
    You can even roast broccoli straight from frozen. 'Bout 400 degrees, heat the sheet tray and oil first, throw the broccoli on (literally open bag and pour on tray), cook until done. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from EmilyK in teen eating junk food when out with friends   
    I think you need to tone it back a couple notches with your daughter. 
    Does your daughter ever talk to her pediatrician without you there? Her doc might be able to have that conversation about better food choices and keeping an eye on how clothes are fitting (because strictly focusing on weight with growing teens sets them up for a future life of being obsessed with the number on the scale) without sounding like a nagging mom. 
    If she thinks she needs to be tested for ADD, don't push off a potential mental disorder as "she's just eating poorly". Maybe the symptoms are related to her food choices, but maybe they're not. Mental illness has enough of a stigma that she doesn't need her mom downplaying it. And if the test comes back and she doesn't have ADD, then maybe that doctor can approach the topic of how food affects focus and whatnot. 
    I don't know if you're exaggerating that ice cream is limited to only celebrations or that there is a strict 2 doughnut per year cutoff that you mentioned, but maybe you just need to chill a bit. Teens love to do the things that drive their parents up a wall right? Well, if you're not on her case as much about what she's eating, maybe it'll be less of a big deal. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from flightyimpressions in NON Carbonated drinks   
    If you get real, 100% juice (nothing labeled as "lower sugar" or "lower calorie" or anything else like that), then you can put a splash of that in your water. 
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    laura_juggles reacted to ladyshanny in Nespresso   
    Caramel color is a type of sweetener so would be disallowed. Caramel flavour would be a natural or artificial flavour, both of which are permitted on Whole30.
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    laura_juggles reacted to ladyshanny in Eating out   
    It is completely possible to eat out, regularly, on Whole30, depending on your financial means, time available and locale. Some people can do it very easily and some cannot. It is not true to make a wholesale declaration that it isn't possible.