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  1. 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
  2. Here's an article that may be helpful:
  3. I hope a moderator can confirm but I think the men's one is okay. The brown rice chelate reference is in the lines for Zinc and Manganese. I haven't ever heard of Whole30 caring where the zinc or the manganese came from, but I'm not entirely sure... The women's one is not because it contains soy flour and fermented soy. No soy on Whole30. That being said, in general, I don't believe it's recommended that you take a multi-vitamin on Whole30 (unless doctor prescribed or something) because you will be eating such a wide variety of whole, natural foods including lots of vegetables.
  4. Here you go: Healthy Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash: Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Pork Lo Mein with Sweet Potato Noodles: In general, Mel Joulwan, Paleo Running Momma, and 40Aprons are my favorite recipe bloggers! In particular, check out 40Apron's Chi
  5. @Krystle0806 Happy upcoming Birthday to you! And congratulations on choosing to start! I don't take any medication but I'll just say that I eat a lot of potatoes and starchy vegetables when I do Whole30. Like, sometimes three meals a day. In general, you're encouraged to eat at least a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day (e.g., white potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip, winter squashes such as butternut and spaghetti, carrots, rutabaga, beets). I usually do this twice a day and sometimes three times. It's what makes me feel my best and I'm pretty active so I don't feel bad ab
  6. Hi there! I do lots of backpacking while on Whole30! Here is a list I've been maintaining on pre-made, freeze-dried backpacking meals. They are very pricey, but they're convenient, light weight, and won't spoil. Both Heather's Choice and Wild Zora can be found at your local REI! I also typically bring some freeze-dried potatoes and a small bag with salted ghee for some extra carbs. Sometimes I'll do this for breakfast with some eggs. OvaEasy egg crystals just require water (and can be found at REI). They aren'
  7. I hear you mention a number of fats and snacks that you don't like... Outside of that, what don't you like? A good portion of what you're eating on Whole30 is meat and vegetables. Do you like chicken, fish, beef, lamb, or pork? Do you like starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, carrots, beets, or winter squashes? Do you like other vegetables like greens, asparagus, zucchini, etc? If you like a variety of meats and vegetables, I think you have a strong start! You'll definitely want to find some fats that you like because those will be critical to your success. For me personally, the
  8. I love their Watermelon kombucha! It's like drinking a jolly rancher! LOL. So good!
  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. I love Mel Joulwan's salmon cakes! They're delicious! I make the Tex Mex version with the Lizard Sauce and pretty much just eat the Lizard Suace with a small piece of salmon cake on my spoon! LOL. So. Good.
  11. 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
  12. Ideally, you shouldn't need to snack between meals. What are you eating for your meals? Are you familiar with the meal template and are you following that? That will definitely give you the best results! For me, I definitely find that fat is absolutely critical for feeling satisfied between meals! I also find that I need 2 or more servings of starchy vegetables every day. I eat a lot of potatoes and spaghetti squash!! As for snacks, the recommendations is to have mini meals for snacks. So, have a slice of deli turkey and some guacamole. Or some canned tuna and a cucumber. While you
  13. 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
  14. I love me some soup for breakfast! And, especially before long hikes or runs or rides, I like to have sweet potato soup to give me some carbs. I make a double batch, store them in mason jars, and freeze them. I pull a few out at a time and simply warm them up for breakfast with some scrambled eggs and maybe some bacon. Here's the recipe I love: I also do carbs during my longer hikes, trail runs, and mountain bike rides. I like baby food pouches. If you pick the right ones, you can get between 16 and 20 grams of carbs in a s
  15. 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!
  16. Ooh! How did you like the sesame chicken?! That all sounds delicious! Yum! Chinese was something I didn’t think I’d be able to re-create on Whole30 but I’ve found so many delicious recipes! I have a great lo mein recipe too!
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. I try to think of Whole30 as a playful experiment to see what works for you. I think our diet culture tries to teach us that there is one right answer for every single person on the entire planet. How silly! That's one of the things I liked so much about Whole30. It doesn't try to say that. It says that you should figure it out for yourself. So, I'll just say, keep experimenting and trust your body to tell you what's right and what's wrong! Your Whole30 reintroductions will have given you some great data points as to some foods that may or may not be problematic for you. Keep going
  20. kirbz


    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
  21. Welcome back! I also just finished my fifth round after also rolling all the way back down the hill! LOL. But, I'm really trying to change my self talk. Words become very real and very alive when you speak, or write, them aloud. I refuse to put conditions on my progress for this round. I completed another round. I am surrounded by an aura of health. I'm more aligned with the woman I hold in my heart and in my head. And I'm making a change that will help ensure I am hiking in a forest until the day I die. Because really, that's my soul purpose for doing this. Not so my thighs look a bit sl
  22. @SchrodingersCat I highly encourage you to consider this sesame chicken recipe as well: !! Seriously, it's as good as any sesame chicken I've ever had at any restaurant!
  23. Well, today is Day 45. Of my fifth round. This is officially the longest Whole30 I've ever done. Woo woo. That being said... I'm not sure if I want to continue. I had thought that I would continue on until my trip to Utah next month. But, I'm starting to question that. I'm wondering if I should be experimenting more. I've never really tried just eating "healthy" but not according to a specific diet or program. Basically, I've eaten like garbage or I've done Whole30. It certainly makes me feel better than before, but is it really the best for me and my body? I can't answer that because I
  24. @Contessa Thank you! I love that saying and I don't think it's morbid at all. I love the idea of knowing how you want to go out of this world and doing something to make that happen. I want to die with my hiking boots on. Thank you for checking in and best wishes to you!
  25. Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me.