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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. 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 food I consume. That is a priceless gift.
    • I learned how to pay attention to the way my body feels. I never really paid much attention before. I simply ate what I wanted to eat and didn't pay attention to how that affected me. I ignored whatever feelings followed what I ate. Like I did with everything else in my life. I didn't recognize it at the time, but this was the first step I ever took toward getting back into my body. It's going to be a lifelong journey and I've taken many steps since this one, but this was the first step. 
    • I learned which foods make me feel good and which foods make me feel not-so-good. I never knew before. I didn't pay enough attention. Now I know. And what a beautiful knowing that is. How powerful that knowing is to help shape the way I take care of myself. 
    • I discovered that I have extremely disordered eating habits. And I am working with a therapist to move through them. I have the knowledge I need to understand what is good for me. And now I need something more supportive to help me learn to eat that way more regularly. And to not majorly binge in the times in between. 

    And so, now it is time to say goodbye. Because what began as a journey led by curiosity has become a journey led by hate and shame. I made this program into something it isn't meant to be. Even though I wouldn't have admitted that even to myself. This program became a part of an endless-for-me cycle of bingeing and then restricting. 

    I've done five rounds of Whole30, and the last several rounds had nothing to do with learning or health or self love. They were rounds motivated by hate toward my body. They were meant to lead to weight loss. Because the first one taught me that I could lose a lot of weight this way. Because I lost the ability to love myself. And so this program became a diet meant to shame my way into eating better and being thinner. So maybe I could love myself again.  

    I refuse to engage in that type of behavior any longer. I will no longer use hate or shame or disgust to try to inspire myself to change. I would never, ever do that to another person. I will not do it to myself. Instead, I will use love and compassion and kindness. 

    I am still learning what that looks like but I have a wonderful therapist and good books as my guide. I'm sharing two particularly meaningful books here in the event that this resonates with anyone who may read this. 

    Book Recommendations

    • Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth
    • A Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson

    Here is a quote from the first. "Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, enough curiosity, enough tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based become apparent and fall away. When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no longer matches the shape of your beliefs, the weight disappears."

    Best wishes to all of you. This program has tremendous power. I hope you find something wonderful from Whole30 like I did. 

  4. I would consider an electrolyte supplement such as LMNT (unflavored) or Hi Lyte. You can find both on Amazon. You may also want to consider a fruit juice during your matches (see this article 

    I would also ensure you are eating lots of starchy, carb-dense vegetables. I am highly active in the outdoors and it's not uncommon for me to eat starchy vegetables with nearly every meal. Of course, I also just LOVE me some potatoes! But that's how I feel best! I buy baby food packets and take them with me on hikes. I love the Happy Family Organic Baby Food, Apples, Guavas & Beets with 17g of carbs per packet and the Serenity Kids Organic Sweet Potato & Spinach with Avocado Oil Baby Food with 13g of carbs. 

  5. For what it's worth, I've completed five Whole30s and rarely had nuts and maybe had sunflower seeds once. You can certainly do this without them! Good luck! 

    The one tip I'll share is that many pre-made salad dressing are made with sunflower oil. So, if you are in the market for dressing you can buy, check out Primal Kitchen or The New Primal. Theirs are all made with avocado oil. Tessemae's and Whole30 brand are made with sunflower oil. 

  6. @TheresaAnn I understand your frustration finding non-compliant ingredients in foods you would never suspect of having any. If there's anything I've learned over the course of five rounds of Whole30, it's to read my labels. Every. Single. Time. Even for foods I've purchased a hundred times. Food manufacturers put so much garbage in our food. It's ridiculous. 

    I'm not sure what "Whole Foods order online and pickup" is but I would be wary of trusting any source other than yourself for compliance. Check every label and every list of ingredients yourself. There are a lot of people and a lot of companies out there that are trying to capitalize on the success of Whole30 by saying their food is Whole30 compatible. Most of it is not. Read your own labels. There is no official, approved database of approved foods. 

    Also, just as an FYI, commercially prepared fries are no longer acceptable for Whole30. Either make your own or pass for your Whole 30. See the official "Can I Have" list here:

  7. 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. 

  8. 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: 

  9. 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:


  10. 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! 


  11. 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! 

  12. 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! 

  13. 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! 

  14. @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): 

  15. 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!

  16. 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. 

    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!