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    kirbz got a reaction from ChristyJ in 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: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/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: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ (this is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever) Salisbury Steak Meatballs: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ (this might just be the best gravy I've ever had) Sesame Chicken: https://40aprons.com/whole30-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! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Liliona in 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: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup:  https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Liliona in 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: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup:  https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Amazon   
    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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    kirbz got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Amazon   
    @SchrodingersCat Thank you for that information! That's super helpful! And now I can stop wasting my time trying to find it... LOL. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Congratulations to all of us for making this happen! My Day 30 is also on Saturday and I will be extending for another four days and then I have a work dinner at my favorite restaurant so I will be indulging in my favorite burger and sweet potatoes of all time. I then plan to try a "Whole Foods February" and see how that makes me feel. I've always been Whole 30 or eating Lucky Charms and Mac n Cheese. I've never tried anything in  between. So I'm going to see how I do just eating cleanly  but not restricting things I know don't bother me like lentils and hummus and white rice. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Congratulations to all of us for making this happen! My Day 30 is also on Saturday and I will be extending for another four days and then I have a work dinner at my favorite restaurant so I will be indulging in my favorite burger and sweet potatoes of all time. I then plan to try a "Whole Foods February" and see how that makes me feel. I've always been Whole 30 or eating Lucky Charms and Mac n Cheese. I've never tried anything in  between. So I'm going to see how I do just eating cleanly  but not restricting things I know don't bother me like lentils and hummus and white rice. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Congratulations to all of us for making this happen! My Day 30 is also on Saturday and I will be extending for another four days and then I have a work dinner at my favorite restaurant so I will be indulging in my favorite burger and sweet potatoes of all time. I then plan to try a "Whole Foods February" and see how that makes me feel. I've always been Whole 30 or eating Lucky Charms and Mac n Cheese. I've never tried anything in  between. So I'm going to see how I do just eating cleanly  but not restricting things I know don't bother me like lentils and hummus and white rice. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Liliona in Starting Jan 1, 2020   
    @Liliona The gravy from this recipe is the best gravy I've ever had, Whole30 or not: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/. I usually double the recipe so I have extras! :-) 
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    kirbz reacted to MelFig in Period Wreaking Havoc on My Whole30   
    Thank you so much for the perspective and encouragement, and I needed the reminder that this isn’t just a 30 day experiment- I want to understand my physical and mental relationship with food in a different way, and I guess this is it’s own little lesson. Thank you again! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MelFig in Period Wreaking Havoc on My Whole30   
    Hi @MelFig! Don't be too hard on yourself! You can do this! And even if it isn't perfect, it will be worth it to finish and to learn from the reintroductions! That information will serve you for life, not just for a couple of days where you didn't make the perfect food choices. 
    I'm not sure this is exactly what you were looking for, but I thought I'd share a little bit of my story to pass along some things I've learned. I'm currently doing my fourth complete Whole30 (with many other false starts and mini resets). I'm totally a person who always wants to do "the perfect Whole30." I wanted every meal to match the meal template and I didn't want to snack or give into cravings. I wanted to follow all the rules and recommendations. And I did a pretty good job of that for my first two. But, here's what I learned. Establishing life-long habits is WAY more important than 30 perfect days. Perfect is never going to be realistic for a lifelong eating practice, so I'm a lot less hard on myself now and just focus on eating Whole30 in a way that will be sustainable for the long-term. Your period will come every month, and establishing healthier-than-before ways of pushing through that is a good thing! 
    I'm not sure what your goals are, but if it has anything to do with new, long-term habits, then perhaps a little bit more of a long-term mindset will help you be more kind toward yourself! I wish you the very best and I hope this helped!
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    kirbz got a reaction from lizziehall in Struggling   
    Hang in there! I can definitely relate. This is my fourth successful round and I find myself not eating enough more often than I should just because I don't want to deal with all the planning and shopping and preparing and cleaning. But, I've found a few things that help so I'll share them with you in the hopes that they help you too. 
    If you can afford it, buy some salad dressings and sauces that you like so you don't have to make them. This makes a world of difference in allowing you to throw things together quickly and add some great flavor. My favorite brand is The New Primal. I love their marinade for throwing together a super quick stir fry and I love their dressings.  Find super simple meals that you can throw together quickly. My go-to is a grilled steak and a baked potato with some salad and dressing. I buy mixed greens and compliant dressing so all I have to do is throw some greens in a bowl and add some dressing. I just add salt and ghee to the baked potato when it comes out. And I have a pre-made dry rub that I use on the steak. Cook time takes a little bit because of the baked potato, but the hands-on time is like 10 minutes. If you can have some go-to meals like this, it helps a lot. Other options are grilled chicken, steamed broccoli and an avocado.  Don't make every meal from a recipe. On my first round, I tried to plot out my 30 days of meals and I had actual recipes for every meal. That was way too overwhelming. Just throw together some compliant ingredients for some of your meals (which is also a great way to use up leftover food in your refrigerator).  In general, I also just find it easier to wing my meals than to meal plan. Some people find this scary and uncomfortable though.  I hope this helps! Let me know if you'd like me to send over some of my favorite Whole30 products. They are expensive, but if you are able to afford them, they can make things a lot easier! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from BabyBear in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, normally when I vanish suddenly from my own log, it's because I gave up on my round and reverted to poor eating habits. That's not the case this time! I've simply decided that I'm not going do add all the fanfare to this round because I'm trying to make this my new normal and I wouldn't be tracking and logging every single thing I eat as part of my everyday normal. 
    So, I don't know what day I'm on. I haven't been eating perfect meal template meals. On many days I haven't drank enough water or eaten three full meals. But, I'm here. I'm feeling strong and I'm eating well-balanced, healthy meals. I feel more confident than ever that I can make this a lasting practice! 
    I'll check in occasionally, but that's where I'm at for this one! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from BabyBear in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, normally when I vanish suddenly from my own log, it's because I gave up on my round and reverted to poor eating habits. That's not the case this time! I've simply decided that I'm not going do add all the fanfare to this round because I'm trying to make this my new normal and I wouldn't be tracking and logging every single thing I eat as part of my everyday normal. 
    So, I don't know what day I'm on. I haven't been eating perfect meal template meals. On many days I haven't drank enough water or eaten three full meals. But, I'm here. I'm feeling strong and I'm eating well-balanced, healthy meals. I feel more confident than ever that I can make this a lasting practice! 
    I'll check in occasionally, but that's where I'm at for this one! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi everyone, I'm still here and plugging along. I'm not even sure what day I'm on. LOL. This is my fourth round and I'm really, really trying to make this more of a long-term lifestyle change this time around so I'm doing a lot less online stuff this round. Because, if this is just how I live my everyday life, I wouldn't be doing that, right? I don't know if that makes sense, but it does in my head! 
    @Laura of The Great White North I strongly recommend doing the formal, 10-day reintroduction and really documenting and figuring out what works for you. At least for me, when I did the slow-roll introduction, I would eat what felt worth it but sometimes that pretty much always meant I would reintroduce multiple food groups at once and I didn't have a good grasp on what bothered me and what didn't bother me. So, I would say do the 10-day reintroduction, do it in the order they recommend, and don't mix up a bunch of different food groups. You're really missing out on valuable data for your long-term health if you don't add some structure to your reintroductions!
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    kirbz got a reaction from BeckyB in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Jim Baunach These are my three favorite recipe bloggers, all of which have trustworthy Whole30 sections on their sites: 
    Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/diet/whole30-diet/ Mel Joulwan: https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/ Nom Nom Paleo: https://nomnompaleo.com/post/42057515329/the-round-up-30-days-of-whole30-recipes Here are a handful of my favorite recipes: 
    Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ (this is the BEST Whole30 recipe I've tried. ever) Meat Marinade: https://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2017/08/06/best-paleo-whole30-marinade/ (we used this on a BBQ tri tip and it was AMAZING) Salmon Cakes: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ (we did the Tex Mex style with Lizard sauce and it was also AMAZING)  Breakfast Egg Roll in a Bowl: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-egg-roll-bowl-paleo-whole30/ Salisbury Steak Meatballs: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ (I make a double batch of the gravy, which I've heard can be frozen and used for later)  Lasagna: http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/  Golden Cauliflower Soup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/  (I eat this for breakfast. it's a great way to get veggies in in the morning) As for products, I recommend checking out the @Whole30approved Instagram page or the Whole30 Approved page on the Whole30 website. I particularly like Primal Kitchen and The New Primal for marinades, sauces and dressings. 
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    kirbz reacted to laura_juggles in What am I doing wrong? Day 18 and no Tiger Blood   
    If you only read the rules, of which there are 8, you can have quite a successful Whole30 experience. 8 rules. That's it. If you start thinking about those 8 rules overmuch, then it starts to get complicated because you're making it complicated. 
     
    The recommendations are just that. Recommendations. They were designed to help people have an even better experience, based on what hundreds and thousands of people have done in the past. But it's not to say that you will "fail" if you don't follow every single recommendation as well. They just help make it better. 

    The books give you added information, which you seem to really want. It doesn't mean that the 8 rules are complicated. It just means that you want more information. Perhaps a deeper understanding of why legumes, or grains, or dairy, or whatever are not permitted by the rules. But if you don't care to know why and you just want it simple, then "no legumes, ok, done". 

    You ask for more information, repeatedly, and then say that you want the program to be simple. If you want simple - https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ the rules are there. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Honey   
    It's a very, very good habit to always read your labels and to always verify ingredients in a recipe.Don't trust other people to tell you what's okay to put in your body. There are a lot of sites out there that take advantage of the Whole30 brand by claiming to have compliant recipes. Sometimes they are actually compliant and sometimes they aren't. That being said, there are some food bloggers that are more reliable that others. I recommend checking out the @Whole30Recipes Instagram feed. Those bloggers are probably going to reliable when they claim to have a Whole30 recipe. 
    Also, here are some of my favorites that are pretty trustworthy (all of which have been featured by Whole30):
    Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/diet/whole30-diet/ Mel Joulwan: https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/ Nom Nom Paleo: https://nomnompaleo.com/post/42057515329/the-round-up-30-days-of-whole30-recipes
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    kirbz got a reaction from Niya in Day 4 SO HUNGRY   
    I dusted off the book so I could see what you were eating. :-) Here are a couple of thoughts... 
    First, what do your portions look like? Are you feeling full after you eat your meals or do you think you could eat more? Did you eat half of that spinach frittata? When eggs are your only source of protein, you should eat as many as you can hold in one hand, which is typically three to four for most people. Three eggs would be half of that frittata, plus you would have needed to add some fat. Which leads to my second question...
    Are you eating plated fat with each meal? You should add a serving or two of fat to each meal. Go generous with the dressings. Eat the whole avocado. Fat is so, so important to achieving the full benefits of the program.  
    And lastly, are you exercising? If so, you should be adding extra meals to compensate for what you're losing during exercise. You can check out the meal template for what that looks like. Basically, it's protein and fat before a workout (I like hard-boiled eggs) and protein and carb-dense vegetables after (I like chunks of chicken breast and sweet potato). 
    I hope that helps! It's no fun to be hungry!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Jmb369 Welcome, we’re happy to have you join us! I’m curious about your comment that your biggest challenge will be to not feel hungry. Is that normal for you on Whole30? Do you eat fat with every meal? I’ve found that’s the biggest key for me to feel my best! Which is hard because we’re so indoctrinated that fat is bad! I also tend to eat A LOT of potatoes on Whole30. Sometimes for every meal... LOL. I’m pretty active though. 
    @Laura of The Great White North I can definitely relate to your relationship with food. I didn’t really realize how many food rituals I had until I did a Whole30. For me, there are a lot of rituals around exercise and the mountains. I eat a candy bar on the summit as a reward for my efforts. I eat cheese, crackers and salami when I go camping because that’s just what I do. I always take Peanut M&Ms backpacking. I honestly didn’t even realize I did that stuff. So I’ve really had to re-frame my thinking around “rewards” for exercise. Because isn’t that just kind of a stupid idea anyway? Why do something so good for your body and then sabotage it with something so bad?
    I honestly haven’t done anything to prepare. I’ll probably stock up on BBQ sauces, dressings, and other condiments here pretty soon. Those are key for my quick and easy meals. I’ll also probably stop by Costco to load up on stuff like potatoes and avocado. But, that’s about it. 
    I’m doing this because I need the outdoors for my mental health. Going outside is going to church for me and I want to be able to enjoy my beloved mountains in an active and healthy way until the day I die. I’m not on a path to do that and it needs to change now. 
    I also have had Food Freedom Forever for a while now, but have not yet read it. I think I’ll make a commitment to doing that as well! Maybe that’ll be the difference for making this a long-term lifestyle change this time around (which I’m typing as I eat Captain Crunch and milk at the dinner table). 
    Happy holidays to you all!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sara Lynn in ultra sugar addict/athlete   
    Have you seen the new pre- and post-workout guidelines? If not, here they are: https://whole30.com/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/. I like the new guidelines because they provide some guidance on intra-workout fueling, which you'll definitely need for long days like you're describing. Though, to be honest, I still haven't had a lot of luck figuring out how they translate to really long activities (for me, that's 6+ hour days in the alpine).
    I was also recently looking for some guidance on fueling long days in the mountains and received some helpful tips. Perhaps check out this thread for some ideas that might apply for you: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/56359-whole30-for-mountaineers-fueling-endurance-training/?tab=comments#comment-502726. 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Laura of The Great White North Hi! I do better at winging it! I don't like meal planning and I don't love batch cooking. So I tend to just make very simple meals during the week. I'll have a few recipes set aside to try on weekends, but I mostly just eat simple meals such as BBQ chicken with a side of soup and salad. Or pork thrown in with some frozen vegetable and some Primal Kitchen marinade. Or chicken over cauliflower rice with teriyaki sauce. 
    How about you? What's your approach? Any favorite recipes or products to share? I have lots if you're interested! :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi @Laura of The Great White North, I think I'll join you on December 27th! This will be my fourth round. Let's do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in New Here & Starting January 1   
    You're welcome and good luck! You have some beautiful goals and I hope you reach them here! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in New Here & Starting January 1   
    In general, there are lots of great resources here: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/.
    I saved the Whole30 Common Additives Cheat-Sheet on my phone as a handy reference when I'm out shopping and am unsure if an ingredient is compliant! The Whole30 Guide to Sneaky Sugars is also super helpful to avoid letting sugar slip into your Whole30!