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    Tessina reacted to SugarcubeOD in Natural Flavors added to food?   
    The program is not going to change whether or not we allow natural flavors into products, even on the W30 approved program.  Like others have said, you're welcome to leave natural flavors out for your program or your entire life, that's totally fine.
    Your insinuating that people aren't learning for themselves and the constant use of 'should' may be what is getting people's hackles up. You're absolutely correct in that the 'natural flavors' umbrella can be suspect but you would also find with some research that some 'natural flavors' like in RX Bars for instance are essential oils but they're, by law, not allowed to refer to them as such. 
    Your concern does not go unnoticed, nor does the concern of others that have come before you suggesting we outlaw coffee or green tea etc... you're welcome to not eat or drink products with natural flavors.  Just know that the program's allowance of natural flavors has been well thought out and researched as opposed to the founders just letting the natural flavors in becuase they didn't know any better.
    Happy Whole30-ing to you.
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    Tessina reacted to praxisproject in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    lol I always hear it in Samuel L. Jackson's voice
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    Tessina got a reaction from MeadowLily in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    I need to use your palm size for planning meals
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    Tessina reacted to kirkor in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Am I doing this right?

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    Tessina got a reaction from MeadowLily in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    I will do what I can ^,^
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    Tessina reacted to MeadowLily in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    Tessina, I believe certain WM's have a butcher but I don't believe they would do that for you.   
    I'm thinking about the quality of health in those 5 lb. rolls of burger.    The reason my husband and I suggest the brisket and chuck roast for your burger....we know it would be a vast improvement over the rolls.   Brisket

    and chuck roast

    are two of the most reasonably priced cuts of beef you can buy, but they're good quality.
    This is the only way to know what is in your hamburger.

    I think the best meat for burgers come from the Beef Chuck, followed by the Beef Round. Both are tasty, the Round being leaner than the Chuck. Buy Boneless Chuck Roasts, Boneless Underblade Roasts, etc and Boneless Beef Chuck Shoulder Clod. The Brisket  will make one of the best burgers you've ever had. If you opt for the leaner, buy Top Round, Eye Round or Bottom Round Roasts. Occasionally you will find whole Sirloin Tips on sale and these make good burger, also, but extra fat may have to be added.
    As far as value, that would be entirely up to you. If you can find any meat around $2.00 a pound these days, that's a good buy! Check with your butcher or Sam's/Costco/BJ's, etc for a price on whole primal cuts, such as Boneless Chuck, Shoulder Clods, Gooseneck (Bottom) Rounds, Peeled Top Rounds or Sirloin Tips. I would avoid buying "marked down or reduced" steaks or roasts for grinding UNLESS you are going to use the burger that day. It's already got an 'age' on it and defrosting it will add some more time to it. 
    If you're living on hamburger, we would like you to consider doing this for your health.   I don't know what kind of grocery stores you have, but call around and ask if they have meat counters with a butcher.   Have them package in 1/2 lb packages vs. one lb.   Put the rest in your freezer.   If you will try it, it will make some of the best tasting burger without all of the the other things that go into 5 lb. rolls of burger.    
    This is the one item I would do for myself and the EV coconut oil.    WM has reasonable fresh broccoli.   The frozen is really the weeds, very little heads and all stems.  Go for the fresh vege when you can.  When you pick fresh broccoli, look for the darkest purple green color in the bin.

      It's the best.
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    Tessina got a reaction from MeadowLily in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    I will look at EvCoconut oil, I found out other day that I was cooking wrong with Olive oil (is probably why my omelettes are scorched a tad.  I've never been to one but I did a search and found that there are two two farmer's markets in town, but both are ended till spring so I will have to look then.  
    I don't think Wal-mart has a butcher but I will ask
    Good thing is the cupboard that i have the dressing in is over the sink and the sun never gets to it as the window is in the wrong place for the sun to get into the kitchen.
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    Tessina reacted to MeadowLily in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    Tessina,  you could get by without tea...but I'm a tea lover, too.   It's comforting.  Loose teas cost more than the bags.  You should be saving money by only buying from the perimeters of the grocery store.  All refined foods cost twice as much as vege and fruit.  You should splurge on  EVCoconut oil.    If you can only afford one oil, that's the one I would go for.
    Tessina, if you have a grocery store with a butcher....buy a brisket and a chuck roast.   Have them grind it up into hamburger in 1 lb. packages for you.   You'll like it better than that 5lb roll.  I think I know which one you're buying.  Eggs are pretty reasonable.  Do you have a local farmers market where you live?   Especially during the warmer months....I'm thinking you might find sweet potatoes, pumpkins and other good things there.  Yes, don't store your oils on the cabinet top where the sun hits them.  
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    Tessina got a reaction from MeadowLily in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    emalli87 I am like you,
    I only get $1000 a month on my retirement, I've cut everything I can off leaving me only the internet and a cell phone. But unfortunately I'm stuck shopping at Wal-mart.
    I am struggling to keep my food budget under $200 I've had people pressure me to go on food stamps but there are others worse off than me.  MY expensive items are mainly one to two boxes of 32 burgers 100% beef.. 2 boxes of eggs ( total of 60 eggs). I buy frozen veggies like green beans and broccoli, but notice the Green Beans are less for same price now and the Broccoli has become mostly stems.. more expensive to get the heads >.>
    If I can afford it I get cabbages and now also russet potatoes, love mushrooms but the price.. >.<.  I might have to look at canned but they always have junk in with the mushrooms.  I need to buy a new knife that is sharp and learn to cut up tomatoes so I don't know price on them  because I have to buy canned ones and they have stuff added.  
    My seasons are all 5th Season unless there is one i can't get (Curry.. will cost me $2.34) Sea salt lasts a long time so a rare purchase.  I get Spinach in a bag, but I haven't found a good way to store it so have to use it quick and don't always have enough to get more then one bag once I've run out. 
    I was getting 5lb chicken breasts but for the price of that I get about 15 or so meals out of it, where if I get 5lb rolls of ground Beef I can use it in soup and stretch that to about 20 meals depending on how much soup I eat at a sitting.  
    My "splurge" Items are Olive oil, I try for extra virgin cold press first press and in dark glass bottles not majorly exposed to light (read that light affects olive oil badly) .One is for cooking and the other for Vinaigrette dressing.  And Coconut Milk which I use in my eggs.
    I have to start looking at Teas now cause I was buying bigalows and mixing with wal marts black tea but didn't realize those aren't as healthy and I have to get real teas. Which is going to cost. 
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    Tessina reacted to Tom Denham in Approved sausage?   
    I have found Whole30-compliant sausage in the meat case at Whole Foods - Bratwurst, Chorizo, and Andouille. And Whole Foods has some chicken sausage that is compliant by several different companies. The chicken apple is the one that I have found that is sugar free. The problem is that you have to check the ingredients everywhere you go. They may use different recipes to make sausage at different locations.
    I have made my own sausage from ground pork several times. I've just added whatever spices I liked without attempting to recreate any particular sausage taste. Mine has been okay, but not outstanding like some I've bought. But then, I haven't tried very hard either.