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  1. I used to use baby foot packets all the time as carbohydrate fuel on long hikes and backcountry climbs. I'd usually alternate the yummy fruit heavy ones and the ones from Serenity Kids that are gnarly in taste but full of vegetables like sweet potato, carrot, beet, and spinach. Plus, those ones have olive oil for some added fat. So yeah, I don't see a use for these in a regular day of eating at home, but they are great fuel while doing long outdoor activities!
  2. Here's a lasagna recipe that is legit amazing! I mean, you can tell it's not noodles but everything else tastes like a delicious, traditional lasagna. This was no poor substitute, it was just yummy. In particular, the cashew ricotta substitute is delicious! PS. You definitely need a mandolin so you can slice the zucchini really thin. I tried it once without and it simply isn't the same. You really, really need consistently thin zucchini for this to come together...
  3. I LOVE Paleo Running Momma. Here is her roundup for game day: Many of her recipes are Whole30 compatible, but make sure to always double check!
  4. This will be my last post here on the forum. I'm writing to officially bring to close this Whole30 chapter of my life. I have been very intentional about documenting my progress here, so it feels right to bring this to a close here as well. I will forever be grateful to all that I have learned from Whole30. I learned what I put into my body. Because, honestly, I'm not sure I ever really read an ingredient list before Whole30. I may have looked at the fat or the calories (because that's what the world told me was important) but I never much paid attention to what's actually in the f
  5. I find that spiralized sweet potato soaks up sauces well. I made this lo mein recipe ( and thought the sauces soaked up into the sweet potato noodles quite well! Especially when I made the "noodles" a little bit larger!
  6. 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!
  7. @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.
  8. Alright, here I am again. Back to Whole30 for the next three weeks. Because, well, I went completely off the rails for the last 14 days. My family came into town and while I knew I would eat some off-plan foods and a dessert or two, it became much, much bigger than that real quick. I quite literally convinced myself that it was a good idea to eat peanut butter rice krispie treats for dinner one night and then had Rocky Road ice cream for dessert. My thought process was something along the lines of "well, I'm going to go back to Whole30 soon, so I really want to eat these things I love be
  9. Thank you @MadyVanilla and @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words and encouragement. I did end up eating some brownies last night. I really wanted some dessert and I had some in the house as part of my COVID-19 food storage. So I baked them and I ate way more than necessary and I enjoyed every single bite and I threw away the rest. I've come to realize that I need to introduce some flexibility into my food lifestyle. As much as I would like to, I cannot just keep doing Whole30 for another month or two. I'm still struggling to understand how my mindset changed so quickly. One week
  10. Oof. I've been really struggling with cravings. I very nearly went to the store and bought a tub of ice cream. For like the last three days. I'm having some pretty intense internal battles on a regular basis. I don't think it's the peanut butter. I think the peanut butter was just a battle I lost. Mind you, it was one I was okay losing. A tub of ice cream would not be one I would be okay losing. But yeah, I'm really struggling with the long-term nature of this. I don't know what to do. Should I ease up and let myself do a little baking? Should I let myself have a "cheat" meal every week
  11. Well, I am happy to report back that I did switch pretty easily back to Whole30 after consuming an entire jar of peanut butter in a single day. I feel good about the decision to eat the peanut butter (including the amount) and I feel good about my ability to transition back and not go completely off the rails. Though I do think the peanut butter (which had added sugar, because Skippy Extra Crunchy is the only peanut butter worth eating) increased my cravings. I definitely wanted ice cream and cake and all sorts of sweet, delicious desserts this weekend. It had been a while since I'd had cravin
  12. Haha. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous but it was either commit to just eating the whole thing, throwing the rest away, or having it sit in my cupboard as a temptation. So I decided to eat the whole thing. I had scoops throughout the day and I enjoyed every bite. And I feel strong and committed today to go right back to Whole30. I’ve got eggs and sweet potato soup for breakfast, sesame chicken and cauliflower rice for lunch, and slow cooker ribs and twice baked potatoes planned for dinner! I can’t wait!
  13. Welp, I ended my Whole46 today. By eating an entire jar of peanut butter. Which was, believe it or not, a conscious decision and totally worth it. I was craving peanut butter, this has been a stressful and emotional week, and it's the first day of my period, so it felt like a worthwhile indulgence. And it was most delicious. I don't feel bad about it. Now, the challenge will be to return to healthy eating habits and not letting that be an excuse for not-so-conscious food choices! I'll check back in a few days, where I will hopefully be reporting that I easily transitioned right back into
  14. My Lebanese cookbooks arrived and I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of dishes that are Whole30 compliant. I'm going to try a few recipes in the next few days, which will be a wonderful way to incorporate a wider variety of vegetables! First up will be Bemyeh b Lahem (baby okra, lamb, and tomato stew), which was a dish I LOVED when I studied abroad in Egypt! And now I can try making it myself! And, of course, Baba Ganoujh and Fattoush!
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    Unfortunately, pizza, whether or not it is made with compliant ingredients, is not allowed on Whole30. It falls under the rule "Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients." See here for more information: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is probably something best save for your Food Freedom! I highly recommend that you take something else delicious to eat for family movie night. You may not be able to have pizza but perhaps it's an opportunity to prepare something else delicious! I have lots of