kirbz

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  1. kirbz

    Workout Supplements

    Are you talking about BCAAs? I can't speak to whether they are needed at all. I don't use them and don't really understand them... However, I recall someone here on the Whole30 forum once recommending the Xtend unflavored BCAAs. From what I can tell, they appear to be Whole30 compliant. They do not contain any added sugars or soy lecithin (which I guess many BCAAs have). Apparently the taste is pretty gnarly though... Here is the thread I am refering to: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/53422-early-morning-workout-foods/?tab=comments#comment-488064.
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    Tessamaes BBQ sauce

    This thread might be helpful... https://forum.whole30.com/topic/44040-tessemaes-non-compliant-ingredient-change/
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    Hello

    @amalloy Yes to what @GoJo09 said about Ingredient List versus Nutrition Panel. Lots of people get nervous when they see that something has 8 grams of sugar and wonder if they can have it. But Whole30 doesn't care much about that. You want to look at the list of ingredients to see if sugar, dextrose or some other variation of sugar is listed as an ingredient. In general, don't worry about how many grams of protein or sugar or calcium or anything else. Just focus on the list of ingredients!! Good luck!
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    Hello

    @amalloy Hello and welcome! Congrats on beginning this journey! I hope you love it as much as I did! Here are my words of advice: Understand the meal template. I'm surprised how many people undertake this journey not understanding the recommendation on how to structure your meals. If you aren't familiar with it, here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. Ground yourself in your reason for doing this and remind yourself of your goals if you're having a rough patch. In particular, focus on the goals you have beyond weight loss, because that isn't the focus of the program and is frankly not the best part of the program anyway. Trust the process. Eating more fat to be healthy (and to lose weight) doesn't make any sense in today's world. But it has worked for thousands of people and it has worked for me! Stick to the rules and you'll experience some really great stuff! Always, always, always read labels. Learn what ingredients are and are not allowed, and make a habit of reading your own labels and doing your own research (hopefully you already understand that the Nutrition Panel and Ingredient List are not the same thing - Whole30 only cares about the Ingredient List). Don't just trust that something is "Whole30 Approved" just because some random blogger says it is. Check out Paleo Running Momma! She's my very favorite Whole30 food blogger and I love her recipes. My mostest favorite recipe is for her spinach artichoke twice baked potatoes. Here's a link to her blog: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/. Her Whole30 section is reliable but still always check for yourself! That was probably a lot! :-) I wish you the best though! Keep coming back here for any questions or support you need!
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    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Crimsann I struggled with salad dressings a bit for a while too! So here are some of my favorites. My favorite store-bought dressing is Primal Kitchen Caesar. It's really, really good! For a make-my-own dressing, I actually really love a super simple dressing made of olive oil, lemon, and ground pepper (equal portions olive oil and lemon and then pepper to taste). Super easy to make and surprisingly delicious! And though I haven't really tried them, I am confident that Mel Joulwan's dressings are likely incredible too (I love everything I have ever made by her): https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/sauces/!
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    Salads - How much is too much??

    I'm sure a moderator will chime in but I've heard them mention that you should think about salads in terms of mixing bowl sizes when you eat them. Salad greens chew down to almost nothing so I think lots and lots is just fine! But, you should also be eating so that you feel full for 4-or-so hours between meals! :-)
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    Not enough energy for workouts

    For me, if I were training for a marathon, that would not be enough food! Are you also eating pre- and post-workout meals/snacks? The recommendation for pre-workout is a 1/2 size serving (or less) of protein and a 1/2 size serving (or less) of fat. The post-workout is meant to be protein and carb-dense vegetables, again a small portion. I don't run often but I'll do long hikes, usually early in the morning. Here's what that might look like for me: Pre-Workout (6:00 am): 1 or 2 hard-boiled eggs + handful of coconut flakes Exercise (6:30-9:00 am): Hike 4-6 miles for 2-3 hours Post-Workout (9:00 am): Couple of bites of chicken breast + couple of cubes of sweet potato Meal 1 (9:45 am): three over-easy eggs; spiralized sweet potato/regular potato cooked in ghee and seasoned; 2 slices of bacon Meal 2 (2:00 pm): leftover chicken breast; large portion of steamed carrots; side salad with onion, bell pepper, 1/2 avocado and generous portion of Caesar dressing Meal 3 (7:00 pm): large steak grilled with spices; large portion of green beans cooked in ghee; two large spoonfuls of guacamole
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    I'm Committing... (Yikes!)

    First off, you can do this!! It's totally worth it! Here are my words of advice: Understand the meal template. I'm surprised how many people undertake this journey not understanding the recommendation on how to structure your meals. If you aren't familiar with it, here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. Always, always, always read labels. Learn what ingredients are and are not allowed, and make a habit of reading your own labels and doing your own research (hopefully you already understand that the Nutrition Panel and Ingredient List are not the same thing - Whole30 only cares about the Ingredient List). Don't just trust that something is "Whole30 Approved" just because some random blogger says it is. Check out Paleo Running Momma! She's my very favorite Whole30 food blogger and I love her recipes. My mostest favorite recipe is for her spinach artichoke twice baked potatoes. Here's a link to her blog: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/. Her Whole30 section is reliable but still always check for yourself! Ground yourself in your reason for doing this and remind yourself of your goals if you're having a rough patch. Anyway, best of luck to you!!
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    Too much Eggs and Red Meat

    Honestly, the sooner you can leave traditional notions of breakfast behind, the easier this becomes! Truly, try to think of breakfast as just another meal. And then go for it. Eat what you can, save what you can't eat for later, and slowly, you'll probably find that you like it! My personal favorite is BBQ chicken, steamed carrots, and guacamole for breakfast.
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    R1D5 - Want to Quit

    My very favorite breakfast is to spiralize sweet potato and russet potato (a half and half mix), cook them up in a generous amount of ghee, and add some salt, pepper, garlic, and onion seasoning. I then cook u p a couple of slices of bacon and three over-easy eggs, which I plop right on top of the sweet potato so it becomes a delicious, gooey mess. :-) It's maybe not the healthiest but it's 100% compliant, follows the meal template relatively well, and is the easiest thing for me to eat early in the morning. In general, good luck! Think about your goals and hopefully some NSVs you may be feeling at this time, and try and stick with it! It's done such wonderful things in my life and so many others!
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    WHOLE 30 MAYO IS OUT THERE!

    @MissHLG You'd actually be surprised how many Whole30-compliant products there are out there nowadays. I'm very blessed in that I can afford to buy them (because they are very expensive) so I tend to rely quite heavily on them during my Whole30 eating. In case you're interested, here are some of my favorites: Tessemae's BBQ sauce Tessemae's Ketchup Tessemae's Buffalo Sauce (both hot and regular) Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo Primal Kitchen Ceasar Dressing Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing The New Primal Classic Marinade The New Primal Citrus & Herb Marinade Thrive Market Organic Tuscan Pepper Pasta Sauce I buy much of this stuff online on Thrive Market (except they don't sell Tessemae's). If you're interested in more products, check out the @Whole30Approved Instagram feed. They exclusively feature Whole30-compliant products you can buy in stores...
  12. @slc_melissa Well, it wasn't those either but they look very promising as well! LOL, I guess this is a good way to find pre-packaged backpacking meals! I believe the company maybe started with the letter "b" but I honestly can't remember and it's driving me nuts! But, in the meantime (and all thanks to you guys), it looks like I've found two other Whole30-compliant, freeze-dried backpacking meals: Paleo Meals to Go Mountain Beef Stew (https://wildzora.com/collections/all/products/paleo-meals-to-go-mountain-beef-stew-3-oz-pouch) Heather's Choice Dark Chocolate Chili (https://www.heatherschoice.com/collections/entrees/products/chocolate-chili-1) Thanks for all the help so far!
  13. @berry straw It wasn't those but they look great! I LOVE Wild Zora bars as a healthier emergency snack for Whole30. I had no ideal they did meals! It looks like only one would be Whole30 compliant (as most have coconut sugar) but they're definitely a better option than traditional backpacking meals. I'm definitely going to give them a try. Thank you!
  14. Hi! I follow both Whole30Approved and melissa_hartwig on Instagram. A while back, one of them shared a story at some conference where a supplier had a new freeze-dried meal that was Whole30 compliant. I believe it was some sort of cinnamon pork with butternut squash or something like that. I would love to buy it as a backpacking meal. Does anyone have any idea what it was? Or the brand?
  15. I was in a similar situation to you after successfully completing a Whole30 last year. I ended up doing 43 days and never really got "tiger blood," though I did experience a ton of other benefits. I encourage you to reflect honestly on your meals and evaluate whether they match the meal template. When I looked back at the food I had been eating, I noticed that I hadn't been eating a lot of fat. I'm not sure you can really achieve "tiger blood" without adequate fat so I've vowed to change that for my next round (if I can ever manage to do another successful one!). Good luck! Congrats on all those victories, regardless of the lack of "tiger blood!"