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  1. kirbz

    Sweet potato

    I tend to have russet or sweet potato at almost every meal. As Shannon alluded to, I do have to be mindful to eat additional vegetables because it's really easy to just have meat and potatoes. But I feel best when I have the extra carbs associated with those starchy vegetables as I'm very active.
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    Worcestershire Sauce

    I don't believe there is a compliant pre-made worcestershire sauce out there. However, there are recipes to make your own. Here's one: (though please note that I have not tried it). Best of luck! I hope you find something you like!
  3. I also despise zucchini noodles, but LOVE me some spaghetti squash! Have you tried that? If you're looking for some sort of vegetable base for a meaty sauce, I'd highly recommend trying that. I also love sweet potato noodles. If you're interested here are some recipes I love that use vegetables as noodles: Pork Lo Mein with Sweet Potato Noodles: Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash:
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    Craving Creamy Texture

    I'm also currently shoveling cucumbers with heaping piles of tzatziki in my mouth right now. It is creamy and delicious. Here's the recipe (note that the other foods are not Whole30 compliant, but the tzatziki is compliant):
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    Craving Creamy Texture

    I love me some creamy soups! I make double batches of these two soups and keep individual-serving-size jars frozen in the freezer. I love eating them for breakfast because it's a great way for me to eat veggies early in the morning but they would hopefully satisfy your creamy-texture-cravings quite well! Sweet Potato Soup: Golden Cauliflower Soup:
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    GI problems

    One thing that immediately jumps out is that it looks like you are consuming a lot of nuts, which are known to sometimes cause digestive distress. The recommendation for nuts is a closed handful every couple of days. It sounds like you are having multiple servings each day. Since they commonly cause digestive upset in a lot of people, perhaps that is the culprit? Other items that can cause upset are raw vegetables and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts). For any of these (nuts, raw vegetables, and crruciferous vegetables), are you consuming a significantly different amount that you had previously? I hope this issues clears up for you! Best wishes!
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    Discouraged on Day 12

    You're not alone! Days 10 and 11 are typically known as "The Hardest Days." Here's the Whole30 Timeline, which is a general timeline based on what most people tend to feel throughout the program: Hang in there and best wishes to you!
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    Breakfast - How Much is Too Much?

    Aw you're welcome! I truly wish you the very best! And I'm glad you loved the Wild Zora meals! I also love them! The Chicken Caldera Curry is my favorite and I can eat it for two meals a day! LOL. And yes to the veggies!
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    Breakfast - How Much is Too Much?

    My first reaction is to tell you to trust your body to answer this question! I realize this is a departure from traditional diet culture where there's supposed to be a one-size-fits-all answer. What I love most about Whole30 is that it's a personal experiment. It acknowledges that everyone is different and tasks you to know your own body and figure it out for yourself. So, how does a meal that size make you feel? Does it keep you full for 4-5 hours between meals? Do you feel lethargic or overly full after a meal that size? Do you feel energized? If your body is having a good reaction, then it's a properly sized meal for you! That being said, I am also highly active with mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and climbing and my breakfasts are often enormous. I'll sometimes eat a whole small sweet potato and a whole small russet potato mixed as a hash, with three eggs and two slices of bacon and a glass of orange juice on the side! And I feel great after eating it! I even tend to lose weight when doing Whole30. So yeah, use the Meal Template as a guide and trust your own body to tell you what is right and not right. You will have your own personal context that is not shared by anyone else here on the Forum so nobody can give you a better answer than you can!
  10. It sounds like the general recommendation is to start over. If you Google "Whole 30 colonoscopy" there are a number of previous threads and most people seem to have the best experience when they restart or add on extra days to their Whole30. I wish you the very best with your Whole30 journey and with the colonoscopy!
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    Almond Milk with a Date

    Firstly, this is not a hard rule so you don't have to start over. Dates are compliant, so unless you're using them to recreate baked goods or treats (which is explicitly against the rules), then you haven't broken any rules and don't have to start over. However, it is a recommendation to not use dates to recreate your favorite sugary coffee creamer. So I'd look at your context. Do you need something sweet in your coffee in the mornings? Did the almond milk recreate that experience for you? If you're using it as a crutch because you need to make your coffee more sweet or because you need something sweet in the morning, then I'd probably ditch it. If you've been propping up sugar cravings and feel like this might take something away from your program, perhaps start over. If not, I think you're doing just fine and should continue on!
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    Feeling deceived

    @DEW I have the Whole30 Slow Cooker cookbook so I counted for you and there are 32 Instant Pot recipes in it. :-) So this would be an option for reliable Instant Pot recipes if you want an actual cookbook. That being said, there are lots of recipe bloggers that have free Instant Pot recipes online. Here are some of my favorites (though I can't vouch for the Instant Pot recipes because I don't have one): Paleo Running Momma: Nom Nom Paleo:
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    Hi there and welcome to Whole30! To be honest, I very rarely eat fruit on Whole30. So you don't have to incorporate it at all if it doesn't make sense for you. That being said, yes, you should try to eat fruit with meals. The idea is to avoid a sugar spike that would accompany eating it on its own and to not prop up your sugar cravings. When I do eat fruit, it's pineapple in a stir fry or apple in a breakfast hash or maybe a handful of blueberries with my eggs in the morning. When snacking, if needed, you should try to make it a mini meal with a small portion of protein plus fat and/or veggies. So, a hardboiled egg and some carrot sticks. Or some deli turkey and guacamole. Something more like that. As for staying full, I find that fat is critical. Do you eat one or more plated fats with each meal (cooking oil doesn't usually count because most of that stays in the pan)? If not, I highly encourage you to add some fat and that may help you feel full longer without increasing the volume of what you're eating very much. For me personally, I also find that eating at least two servings of starchy vegetables (e.g., potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, etc.) helps me have more energy and stay fuller. I hope this helps! I wish you the very best!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Oh, and here are two new recipes I want to try. I'm going to log them here so I don't forget about them. I'll probably try the chili soon but the Fish & Chips will have to wait until cod comes in my next Butcher Box. Pumpkin Turkey Chili: Whole30 Fish & Chips: Has anyone tried any recipes from Mary's Whole Life? She's new to me but these both look delicious so I look forward to trying them!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    @ShadowInTheKitchen and @MadyVanilla Thank you for your encouragement and kind words! I thoroughly enjoy going through this journey with you. I read both of your food logs and can definitely relate to so much of what you say. It's nice to be able to share an experience like this.