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  1. kirbz

    Make-ahead breakfasts on the go?

    @Dankworth Here's the recipe for the Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: It. Is. Delicious. I eat it almost every day for breakfast on Whole30.
  2. I use this for long days in the mountains:
  3. I'm not sure about potassium phosphate... Natural Flavors, while not ideal, are okay. If you haven't already seen this handy cheat sheet, I highly recommend keeping it somewhere convenient:
  4. kirbz

    Day 28, Underfed, and Uninspired to Eat

    Oh yay! I'm so glad you loved them too! Just looking at them makes me want to go right on home and make them for dinner! LOL. Congratulations on finishing your Whole30! I wish you the very best!
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    Eating enough?

    Good on you for being so mindful about portions! It's a great way to start, but as your hunger signals start to normalize, don't be afraid to listen to them! Everyone will be a little different! That being said, I do have a few additional tips that may help: Eggs, when they are your only source of protein, should be as many as you can hold in your hand, which is 3-4 for most people (so, if your quiche is 8 eggs, you want to be eating half of it for a serving) Aim for 2-3 cups of vegetables with your meals Bacon counts as fat for Whole30 purposes Nuts can be disruptive for a lot of people so it's recommended that you only eat a closed handful every couple of day; so be wary of relying overly on nuts for your fat source (if you like olives, they can be a good "add-on" fat where you eat a heaping handful with a meal just for the sake of having some fat; coconut flakes work as well) Most people do well with at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day I hope this isn't too much information! Best wishes to your and your husband!
  6. I second the comment that you may want to experiment with eating fewer cruciferous vegetables and fewer nuts. Those are commonly disruptive and will likely help with the bloat. I just finished my fourth round of Whole30 and it was my least successful Whole30 to date, mostly in terms of energy and athletic performance. I. Was. Tired. Obviously I was disappointed but after further reflection, realized that two things were different with this round: (1) I was eating WAY more cruciferous vegetables in the form of cauliflower rice and (2) I was eating WAY fewer potatoes, which make me feel awesome on Whole30. So you may also want to consider more starchy, carb-dense vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnip, etc. I'm also very active and find potatoes essential to feeling good on Whole30. It's recommended to have at least one, fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables per day, with women on their period and those with mood disorders often needing more. I don't have any mental health concerns and I'll sometimes each starchy vegetables with all three meals. Anyway, I wish you the best! Hopefully some of this advice will help turn the tide for you!
  7. kirbz

    Day 28, Underfed, and Uninspired to Eat

    I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough go of it! And not just with Whole30, but with life as well. I do hope things improve for you and wish you the very best! I am curious as to what you are actually eating in a day. I struggle with Whole30 because it's so much work - all the planning and shopping and meal prep and dishes! But I don't struggle with not liking the foods. I really love the food I eat on Whole30. And this is from someone who loves Chinese takeout and burgers and pizza and onion rings and cereal... Do you like to cook? I can see why this might be difficult to find interesting foods if you're not big on cooking because it's definitely hard to find stuff you can just buy, whether that be at restaurants or a store. Whole30 convenience foods suck as far as I'm concerned. That being said, here are some of my favorite recipes that I think are straight-up delicious, Whole30 or not, and that are loved by me and many non-Whole30 friends: Sesame Chicken: (this tastes like the real deal (i.e., like the stuff from my favorite Chinese place) Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: (this is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever) Golden Cauliflower Soup: (I make a double batch and use this as a way to add veggies to my breakfast) Salisbury Steak Meatballs: (this might just be the best gravy I've ever had) In general, my favorite recipe bloggers are Mel Joulwan and Paleo Running Momma. Maybe trying something from them will help? I also agree with making sure you have starchy carbs every day. Honestly, my body works best with lots of potatoes. Sometimes I'll eat them with two or even three meals a day. I feel better that way and I love them!
  8. kirbz

    Make-ahead breakfasts on the go?

    I highly, highly recommend creamy soups for breakfast veggies! Here are my two favorites. I make them in double batches, store them in mason jars, and freeze them. I pull one out the night before and heat it up in the morning! You could easily pack it in a thermos on the go! Golden Cauliflower Soup: Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: Perhaps you could pair it with a couple of egg muffins for a complete meal? Best of luck to you both!
  9. kirbz

    Joy of Food

    @JaiGT I can relate! I just completed my fourth round and I've come to realize that I'm just not very sensitive to foods. I don't experience anything on the timeline, I never felt any dramatic changes in energy or sleep or mood, and I've only ever been minimally affected by foods after reintroductions. I was honestly disappointed after my first Whole30. It took going back to my poor eating habits and losing all the subtle gains I hadn't even fully noticed to appreciate them. But they were there for me! My mild join pain goes away. I don't have my 3:00 p.m. sleepy slump. And the list goes on. It's just very subtle. All those subtle things though add up to quite a bit once you lose them all! So yes, I can relate. :-) And I hope this helps!
  10. kirbz

    What's on your Whole30 food playlist?

    I prepare a lot of my meals by just throwing things together. But, I do love me a good recipe to break things up. These are my most frequent and most favorites recipes! Golden Cauliflower Soup: (I make a double batch and use this as a way to add veggies to my breakfast) Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: (this is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever) Salisbury Steak Meatballs: (this might just be the best gravy I've ever had) Sesame Chicken: (this tastes like the real deal (i.e., like the stuff from my favorite Chinese place) Hmmm... I think that's it for now! In general, my favorite recipe authors are Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan! I highly encourage you to check them out for some new and delicious recipes! Best wishes to you!
  11. I'm sorry to hear you aren't having any positive gains, especially when you're taking this on during such an intense time during your life! My initial impression is that you aren't eating enough, particularly protein and vegetables. It sounds like you have very long days including a pretty long duration, intense workout. And I'm adding it all up and here's what you had in a day: Protein: 4 eggs and 6 oz of chicken Fat: nuts (in the form bars), 2 tbsp almond butter, 2 tbsp ghee, 2 slices of bacon Vegetables: ~4 cups, mostly potato I know you say you don't feel very hungry and you struggle to finish your dinner, but I see that list and think that of course I would feel exhausted only eating that much during a long, intense day. Of course, I understand everyone is different. So maybe changing up the composition of a few of your meals, as laura_jiggles suggested is a good place to start... Are you familiar with the meal template? Ideally, you want a palm-sized serving (or two) of protein, at least one plated fat (cooking fat doesn't count), and 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal. A few other recommendations that I see here frequently that may help are: Eggs, when they are your soul source of protein should be as many as you can hold in one hand, which is typically 3-4 for most people Bacon counts as a fat for Whole30 purposes Cooking fat generally doesn't count because most of it stays in the pan Nuts should be limited to one closed fist serving every couple of days (because they are bothersome for many people) Pre-workout should be protein and fat Post-workout should be protein and carb-dense vegetables So maybe start by swapping out your pre- and post-workout meals (which will add some more protein to your day) and perhaps adding a bit more vegetables? I wish you the very best and hope you find some NSVs!
  12. kirbz

    Liliona's Log

    @Liliona Welcome and thank you for sharing your story! I wish you and your husband the very best! And I commend you for taking this step and starting the journey. Your story reminds me of my mom and I very much wish she was willing to do something like this to help herself. Anyway, I also struggle with vegetables for breakfast so I just wanted to share a tip that has helped me immensely! The answer for me has been creamy soups! It's loaded with vegetables but tastes very palatable for breakfast. Just creamy and warm and delicious! I pretty much exclusively rotate these two recipes: Golden Cauliflower Soup: Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: I hope that helps!
  13. kirbz

    Swapping Beef Broth for Chicken Broth

    I recall reading in a gravy recipe that if you used beef broth it would taste more like a gravy and if you used chicken broth it would taste almost more like a creamy soup. I'm not sure if that helps, but it makes sense to me. And I can totally see wanting either of those flavors depending on the dish! Good luck!
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    I think I had actually found this before and discounted it because it didn't look like salami (in fact I thought it looked kinda gross). LOL, it sounds like I wasn't too far off base as I don't love jerky... I'll save salami for special occasions and my food freedom! Thank you for all the great information!
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    @SchrodingersCat Thank you for that information! That's super helpful! And now I can stop wasting my time trying to find it... LOL.