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  1. Well, I had a false start there a few weeks. I stuck with it for a week and then reverted to the saddest of SAD eating for another week. I'm disappointed in myself but I'm also back again, so that counts for something! Here's to what will hopefully become a lifetime of healthier habits. I'm on Day 8 and feeling very, very tired. I hope my energy improves over the next week... On a good note, this is feeling very comfortable and I'm enjoying the food more than ever. Here are some of my new favorite recipes: Whole 30 Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets:
  2. @Hydrophiliac Welcome and best wishes to you! I'm on Day 8 of my fifth round! I'll be turning 35 in a few months and am doing this for lifelong health and alignment with the outdoor-loving woman that I am. I intend to be able to hike and bike and climb until the day I die and I know I need to take better care of my health for that to happen. So here I am, always striving to make this a permanent lifestyle change. Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like to share recipes or anything! Again, very best wishes to you! You got this!
  3. I think they usually say that cooking fat doesn't count because most of it is left in the pan. Hence the term "plated fat." The recommendation is to add fat to your plate. So stuff like a handful of olives, avocado, ghee on top of your potatoes once they're on the plate, salad dressings on your greens, etc.
  4. @Emilyluder Hi and welcome! I have a few thoughts to perhaps help you troubleshoot your experience... First, you don't appear to have any fat for Meal 2 and Meal 3. You simply aren't going to see any energy gains if you don't give your body some fats. Perhaps consider making sure you have a plated fat at each and every meal. Second, depending on how often you're working out, you may be consuming a lot of nuts. Nuts can be troublesome for some folks, causing digestive upset and bloating, so perhaps that's the culprit. How often were you eating nuts before? I believe the general reco
  5. Hi everyone! I also started yesterday and look forward to joining you on this journey! This will be my fifth round. I'm doing this because I have a vision of myself that is not aligned with how I take care of myself. I love the outdoors more than any other space. Mother Nature is my passion, my joy, my serenity, my solace, my teacher, and my example. And yet my health and my fitness are not representative of the outdoor woman I imagine myself to be. So this round is about becoming the woman I hold in my heart. What are your reasons for doing this? I wish you all the very best!
  6. Welp, here I am again. Round 5. Wow. When I first learned of Whole30 and tried and failed multiple times to complete a single round, I certainly couldn't have imagined myself here. Ha! Partly because I wouldn't have had the confidence to believe I could do this many rounds. And partly because I wouldn't have wanted to believe I'd need to do this many rounds before it really stuck. And yet here I am. Always trying. My energy and intention feels different this round. It's less about a goal and more about honoring myself and honoring nature. It's been six months to the day that I ended a t
  7. I'm sure a moderator will chime in about special considerations for breastfeeding mothers, but here are some general comments. First, I'll say that I think having a mindset of experimentation is helpful. This is 30 days for you to figure out what works for you and what doesn't. So mix it up. Try new things. Try eating at the upper end of the meal template and then try a little less. Try eating lots and lots of starchy carbs and then less. Try eating the whole avocado. See how each makes you feel. And learn to trust yourself. Your body knows. Why not try eating the entire sweet potato and
  8. @Dankworth Here's the recipe for the Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: It. Is. Delicious. I eat it almost every day for breakfast on Whole30.
  9. I use this for long days in the mountains:
  10. 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:
  11. 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!
  12. 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 disrup
  13. 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 aw
  14. 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 int
  15. 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!
  16. @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. I
  17. 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:
  18. 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 hung
  19. @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:
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. @SchrodingersCat Thank you for that information! That's super helpful! And now I can stop wasting my time trying to find it... LOL.
  23. I have never found compliant salami. Ever. And I've tried hard. Which is really a tragedy because I love me some salami. Turkey deli meat is pretty easy to find and might be your best bet. I've found a compliant brand called True Story at Costco. And I can find compliant Applegate Naturals turkey at most grocery stores. I'm not sure about buying online though... Are you open to trying a store? I will also say that these products tend to be expensive... I wish you the best!
  24. Well, I officially concluded my fourth Whole30 on Saturday. Which was a total non-event. Preparing my meals for this week was just like preparing meals for the last four weeks. I didn't see any reason to deviate from my Whole30 and I had meals I was very much looking forward to. I'll post my physical results later this week, but, for now, here are my NSVs: Finally established what feels like a sustainable way of eating Confident that I can manage my food freedom Confident that I can return to healthy habits after going off-plan Total lack of cravings Way
  25. I'm sure others will weigh in as well but my first reaction is that you aren't eating very much, particularly for breakfast. Do you feel full for 4-5 hours after you eat? The fact that you have a habit for snacks suggests that perhaps not? When eggs are your sole source of protein, you should eat as many as you can hold in one hand, which is usually 3-4 for most people. You also don't have any fat and pretty minimal vegetables for your breakfast. Could you perhaps add a soup (a nice creamy soup such as this one is a very palatable way for me to eat vegetables in the morning: http://meljo