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  1. Rachael2288

    What to Do With Ripe Bananas?

    Peel them and throw them in a ziploc bag in the freezer so you can use them for whatever you want (smoothies, banana bread, pancakes, banana "froyo") after your Whole30 is over!
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    Whole30 bloggers

    Thanks Robin! I didn't realize I loved blogging as much as I love cooking and baking I'm glad people are enjoying my ramblings and recipes!
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    Whole30 bloggers

    Mine is strictly paleo, and mostly Whole30 compliant (really only the treats are not)! Love this post topic!!! www.thefreckledfoodie.com
  4. One little thing to consider, if you have IBS issues or digestion issues in general drink a LOT of water all day but NOT while you are eating a meal. It can disrupt digestion and I know it causes issues for me. So drink up before and after, just not during!
  5. I can successfully have one small piece of dark chocolate or one little dish of banana "ice cream" without going crazy. It took me 5 or so months to get to this point but I still WANT more. I just know that I won't. It has become a decision and I like to think of it as my own little "WholeLife rule" where I get one small bit and that is the absolute limit. I guess it just works for me, hopefully ya'll can get there too!
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    How's my meal plan for today?

    Overall it looks pretty good but the banana bread is a no-no for your Whole30, even if made with compliant ingredients. It is what we call SWYPO (sex with your pants on) Paleo-fying regular treats like banana bread, pancakes, muffins, cookies, etc are not allowed on your Whole30 but are fine for after! Search the forum for SWYPO for more info on them Good luck!
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    Reintroduction and sugar?

    I also thought sugar wasn't a big reactionary thing for me (I know dairy and grains effect me HORRIBLY) but I was WRONG. I had a lot of sugar over my birthday weekend and have had a huge acne breakout the past 5-6 days. This is totally abnormal as I maybe broke out with one or two spots a few times a year but now I have like 6-7 spots and they are bad news... Definitely try to reintro sugar separately from dairy and grains... Maybe make some paleo treats. There are about a million recipes online for these. Good luck!
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    Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

    LOVE paleomg's Brazilian Curry Chicken also love Practical Paleo Balsamic Short Ribs... drool and a couple chili recipes of my own that I make regularly! Italian Crock Pot Chili and Colorful Crock Pot Chili
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    Whole45 Complete and BOY what a difference :)

    Thanks so much everyone! I am very proud of how far I have come already
  10. I finished my Whole45 on Valentine's Day and wanted to share some of the awesome things that have transpired since I finished It Starts With Food in October of 2012. Eating this way and LIVING this way has literally changed my life more than anything else ever has and I cannot be more thankful for Melissa and Dallas and all of you on this forum for being such an amazing support through it all. For more on my story check out my blog, www.thefreckledfoodie.com The benefits that I have experienced since beginning my paleo journey are as follows: - more restful sleep - MUCH easier to wake, wake up ready to go - no 3pm slump where I need a nap to function - more energy ALL day long - less stomach issues (IBS symptoms I have had for YEARS) - almost no headaches (unless I have too much sugar!) - clearer skin - whiter teeth and fresher breath - no cravings!!! - can go 6-7 hours without eating and not feel ravenous, light-headed or crabby - NEVER feel more than a teeny bit hungry, right before meals - better recovery after workouts - clearer mind - happier and better mood all the time - better sense of smell and clearer sinuses - taste buds have changed, veggies taste sweeter and I like more foods - dropped 2 sizes in pants and dresses - more muscle tone and definition - flat tummy! woo hoo! - wearing sizes smaller than I did in HIGH SCHOOL So, as you can probably tell, I love this lifestyle and have no plans to go back to how I was. I also have realized that most of the digestion issues I have had for years are directly correlated to dairy and grains. When I eat even little bits now I get sick, so I really try not to have them at all! Since this all began I have convinced a LOT of friends and family to give it a shot and all of them have had awesome results as well! Good luck to anyone and everyone getting started!!! Attached are some before paleo and after paleo pics for your enjoyment
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    Can you make Chocolate Chili in a Slow Cooker/Crockpot?

    Make sure to drain off the fat from browning the meat or it will be much too greasy!
  12. Galileo, First off, congrats on making it 30 days without breaking. That is a huge accomplishment that a lot of people I know personally were not able to do! I finished my first whole30 and didn't feel great until the end and then continued for 10 more days which make me feel Amazing! I am now on a Whole45 after the holidays and believe me the extra time is worth the results you WILL get. Keep it up!!!
  13. I completed my first Whole30 in October and am now on day 41 of my Whole45 that I started on January 1st. There are still a LOT of friends and family who just don't understand and/or are very skeptical of my dietary choices... I am sure you all are familiar with this. Hopefully you have support from some people but based on my experience I am sure you still experience unhappiness when someone you care about has a negative view of paleo or Whole30. Am I right? This video is a WONDERFUL way to explain a paleo or Whole30 lifestyle without saying the world "paleo" one time. It couldn't be more simple or more clear. Share it with EVERYONE! I feel like this should be shown to every child and parent and should be aired on national television daily until the poor health of our country turns around. Check it out: http://slimissimple.org/ Enjoy friends
  14. Rachael2288

    Speaking of coffee...

    Michelle, Try 3-4 tbsp of coconut milk and a tsp of cinnamon. I savor my cup of coffee more now than I did with Splenda and heavy cream! So delicious
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    Help! Digestion problems...

    Just a hunch, from my own experience... I love pistachios, however I had to stop eating them because they cause me BIG TIME stomach issues. I also had issues moving from a low fat to high fat diet for the first few weeks in my first Whole30. Keep pushing through!