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    kirbz got a reaction from zobird in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @Jim4884 Haha, I won't make you beg! I'm glad to hear you've had good luck at Costco too! Here's a list of my favorites (including the pork and prosciutto): 
    Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork (just boil the package for 12-15 minutes and it's ready to go) Aidells Chicken and Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage Parma Prosciutto di Parma Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Kraut  True Story Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Snack Packs (can you say post-workout meal anyone?) True Story Organic Chicken Breast (they're chunks of chicken breasts that are great pre- or post-workout, or I've even created a meal with them when in a rush) Organic Cauliflower Rice (just add some ghee, sautee it up, and you're good to go) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from GoJo09 in Smoothie bowl success?   
    For me, I love green smoothies. And I'm talking pretty green, green smoothies. Like, ones with only a single, small portion of fruit and then lots of vegetables, including green, leafy ones. I don't understand why they're not okay on Whole30. I don't see how they're that much different than drinking calories in bone broth. I don't see how they're that much different than eating a creamy soup. 
    And I certainly don't see why they aren't a good source of greens in the morning for breakfast when they have fat in them and are served with protein. 
    But, I like the black and white of the rules and recommendations, so I avoid them while doing a Whole30. Are they a regular part of my non-Whole30 diet? Yes. But I don't drink them on Whole30 because I try to trust the rules and recommendations just as they're written. 
    I guess this isn't much help. I guess I just want to say that I can definitely relate to where you're coming from. But yeah, I still choose not to drink them while on Whole30. 
    Best of luck to you! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @magsrose I actually had totally the opposite experience at Costco! I found it to be a gold mine for Whole30-compliant items! I found compliant deli turkey, smoked pulled pork, sausage links, prosciutto, pre-cooked chicken chunks, canned tuna, non-frozen cauliflower rice, spices, and all sorts of other things! 
    I wonder if it depends on location? I live in California so we tend to have a plethora of healthy foods options everywhere.
    Anyway, perhaps it's worth another look? Being able to buy avocados and sweet potatoes and guacamole and super-easy-to-cook (or no-cooking-at-all) meats was so, so nice! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @Crimsann I struggled with salad dressings a bit for a while too! So here are some of my favorites. 
    My favorite store-bought dressing is Primal Kitchen Caesar. It's really, really good! For a make-my-own dressing, I actually really love a super simple dressing made of olive oil, lemon, and ground pepper (equal portions olive oil and lemon and then pepper to taste). Super easy to make and surprisingly delicious!
    And though I haven't really tried them, I am confident that Mel Joulwan's dressings are likely incredible too (I love everything I have ever made by her): https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/sauces/! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from AmandaRG in Hello   
    @amalloy Hello and welcome! Congrats on beginning this journey! I hope you love it as much as I did! 
    Here are my words of advice:
    Understand the meal template. I'm surprised how many people undertake this journey not understanding the recommendation on how to structure your meals. If you aren't familiar with it, here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf.  Ground yourself in your reason for doing this and remind yourself of your goals if you're having a rough patch. In particular, focus on the goals you have beyond weight loss, because that isn't the focus of the program and is frankly not the best part of the program anyway.  Trust the process. Eating more fat to be healthy (and to lose weight) doesn't make any sense in today's world. But it has worked for thousands of people and it has worked for me! Stick to the rules and you'll experience some really great stuff!  Always, always, always read labels. Learn what ingredients are and are not allowed, and make a habit of reading your own labels and doing your own research (hopefully you already understand that the Nutrition Panel and Ingredient List are not the same thing - Whole30 only cares about the Ingredient List). Don't just trust that something is "Whole30 Approved" just because some random blogger says it is.  Check out Paleo Running Momma! She's my very favorite Whole30 food blogger and I love her recipes. My mostest favorite recipe is for her spinach artichoke twice baked potatoes. Here's a link to her blog: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/. Her Whole30 section is reliable but still always check for yourself!  That was probably a lot! :-) I wish you the best though! Keep coming back here for any questions or support you need! 
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    kirbz reacted to Amy Rose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hello, all! I am starting my second Whole 30 today, and pretty pumped that there are so many of us to help each other along.
    I am 62, healthy, and generally very happy with my life. I'm living in beautiful Greenville, SC with my husband, two dogs and two guinea pigs. My four kids are grown and on with their own lives, so I get to concentrate on myself again.
    My first W30 was in March of this year. It made such a change in the way I felt physically, mentally, even emotionally -- I have to continue! The focus for that first Whole30 was, "I need this healthful change to my life so I can continue my life adventure."  I think I'll keep that theme again, and expand my changes into meditation and some added movement this time around.
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    kirbz got a reaction from LizaQ in Too much Eggs and Red Meat   
    Honestly, the sooner you can leave traditional notions of breakfast behind, the easier this becomes! Truly, try to think of breakfast as just another meal. And then go for it. Eat what you can, save what you can't eat for later, and slowly, you'll probably find that you like it!
    My personal favorite is BBQ chicken, steamed carrots, and guacamole for breakfast. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from EllieHH in Eating so much and so badly 5 days after Whole 30   
    I can relate and I'm sorry you're going through this. I had such high hopes of my Whole30 establishing new, lifelong eating habits.  But it didn't. I reverted back to old ways after just a few weeks.
    This may seem obvious but it wasn't to me. Did you have a clear picture in your head of what you want your long-term eating to look like? Because I didn't for a long time and I think that made things more difficult. I just thought Whole30 would eliminate my cravings and then I would just eat healthy forever after that. But I didn't define what that looked like for myself. Whole30 is not intended to be sustainable long-term. No one is expected to live this way forever.
    So, maybe that would help? Whole30 can help you establish good habits, reduce or eliminate cravings, and figure out what things bother you. But you still might want to have a vision of what your long-term plan looks like. 
    Hopefully that helps! Don't beat yourself up too bad. This is an experiment and a learning process. That's part of what I love about it so much. So keep learning and keep experimenting! You'll land somewhere great eventually! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MissHLG in WHOLE 30 MAYO IS OUT THERE!   
    @MissHLG You'd actually be surprised how many Whole30-compliant products there are out there nowadays. I'm very blessed in that I can afford to buy them (because they are very expensive) so I tend to rely quite heavily on them during my Whole30 eating. 
    In case you're interested, here are some of my favorites: 
    Tessemae's BBQ sauce  Tessemae's Ketchup   Tessemae's Buffalo Sauce (both hot and regular)  Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo  Primal Kitchen Ceasar Dressing  Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing The New Primal Classic Marinade The New Primal Citrus & Herb Marinade Thrive Market Organic Tuscan Pepper Pasta Sauce  I buy much of this stuff online on Thrive Market (except they don't sell Tessemae's). 
    If you're interested in more products, check out the @Whole30Approved Instagram feed. They exclusively feature Whole30-compliant products you can buy in stores...
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    kirbz got a reaction from Marj K in Day 30 but not feeling amazing. Should I keep going?   
    I was in a similar situation to you after successfully completing a Whole30 last year. I ended up doing 43 days and never really got "tiger blood," though I did experience a ton of other benefits. 
    I encourage you to reflect honestly on your meals and evaluate whether they match the meal template. When I looked back at the food I had been eating, I noticed that I hadn't been eating a lot of fat. I'm not sure you can really achieve "tiger blood" without adequate fat so I've vowed to change that for my next round (if I can ever manage to do another successful one!). 
    Good luck! Congrats on all those victories, regardless of the lack of "tiger blood!"
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    kirbz got a reaction from GoJo09 in Day 14 and ready to be done   
    I can also relate to what you are feeling and I'm sorry for where you are. It's a tough place to be. 
    To be completely honest, I started a Whole30 a couple of years ago and chose to stop on Day 9 or 10 because it was more stressful than beneficial for me. My life started to revolve around food and I started to feel very anxious about what I was and was not eating. So I chose to stop and it was the right choice for me at that time. 
    I came back to it later, with a new approach, and successfully did 43 days of Whole30. The biggest thing I changed was the meal planning. I started winging my meals instead of planning them out. Most people don't take this approach and it certainly wouldn't work for everyone, but it did for me. Because I really, really resented giving up one of my precious days off to plan meals, grocery shop, and meal prep. My days off are for being outside and spending time with family. Not for planning food. And so I stocked up on a variety of sauces, dressings, and condiments and made sure I had plenty of meat in the freezer. And then my meal planning ended up looking like this:
    On my way home from work, I'd stop at the store and buy veggies for dinner that evening, and breakfast the next morning (lunch would always be leftovers from dinner) Once I got home, I prepared dinner with enough leftovers for lunch Early in the morning, I prepared breakfast and ate it before work  Repeat (except, every now and again I'd assemble a meal based solely on what was going to spoil if I didn't eat it soon)  This method meant preparing relatively simple meals and it meant stopping at the grocery store almost every single day. But it worked for me and felt far "easier" than giving up a Sunday to batch cook. 
    I guess I would just say, think about why this might be so hard and if there's something you could do different to make it less hard. It's never easy, but it can certainly be less hard! 
    I would also consider whether it's worth it to have your boyfriend do it with you. My boyfriend helps by cooking me Whole30 meals when I have a long day at work and he eats Whole30 meals with me on the weekend. But he may also add to it because he's not actually doing the program. He may add a bun and french fries to the burger I cook. And he eats what he wants at other times. That works for us. I feel supported but I'm not carrying him along on something he does not believe in. 
    Anyway, I hope this helps and I truly wish you the best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from GoJo09 in Day 14 and ready to be done   
    I can also relate to what you are feeling and I'm sorry for where you are. It's a tough place to be. 
    To be completely honest, I started a Whole30 a couple of years ago and chose to stop on Day 9 or 10 because it was more stressful than beneficial for me. My life started to revolve around food and I started to feel very anxious about what I was and was not eating. So I chose to stop and it was the right choice for me at that time. 
    I came back to it later, with a new approach, and successfully did 43 days of Whole30. The biggest thing I changed was the meal planning. I started winging my meals instead of planning them out. Most people don't take this approach and it certainly wouldn't work for everyone, but it did for me. Because I really, really resented giving up one of my precious days off to plan meals, grocery shop, and meal prep. My days off are for being outside and spending time with family. Not for planning food. And so I stocked up on a variety of sauces, dressings, and condiments and made sure I had plenty of meat in the freezer. And then my meal planning ended up looking like this:
    On my way home from work, I'd stop at the store and buy veggies for dinner that evening, and breakfast the next morning (lunch would always be leftovers from dinner) Once I got home, I prepared dinner with enough leftovers for lunch Early in the morning, I prepared breakfast and ate it before work  Repeat (except, every now and again I'd assemble a meal based solely on what was going to spoil if I didn't eat it soon)  This method meant preparing relatively simple meals and it meant stopping at the grocery store almost every single day. But it worked for me and felt far "easier" than giving up a Sunday to batch cook. 
    I guess I would just say, think about why this might be so hard and if there's something you could do different to make it less hard. It's never easy, but it can certainly be less hard! 
    I would also consider whether it's worth it to have your boyfriend do it with you. My boyfriend helps by cooking me Whole30 meals when I have a long day at work and he eats Whole30 meals with me on the weekend. But he may also add to it because he's not actually doing the program. He may add a bun and french fries to the burger I cook. And he eats what he wants at other times. That works for us. I feel supported but I'm not carrying him along on something he does not believe in. 
    Anyway, I hope this helps and I truly wish you the best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from GoJo09 in Day 14 and ready to be done   
    I can also relate to what you are feeling and I'm sorry for where you are. It's a tough place to be. 
    To be completely honest, I started a Whole30 a couple of years ago and chose to stop on Day 9 or 10 because it was more stressful than beneficial for me. My life started to revolve around food and I started to feel very anxious about what I was and was not eating. So I chose to stop and it was the right choice for me at that time. 
    I came back to it later, with a new approach, and successfully did 43 days of Whole30. The biggest thing I changed was the meal planning. I started winging my meals instead of planning them out. Most people don't take this approach and it certainly wouldn't work for everyone, but it did for me. Because I really, really resented giving up one of my precious days off to plan meals, grocery shop, and meal prep. My days off are for being outside and spending time with family. Not for planning food. And so I stocked up on a variety of sauces, dressings, and condiments and made sure I had plenty of meat in the freezer. And then my meal planning ended up looking like this:
    On my way home from work, I'd stop at the store and buy veggies for dinner that evening, and breakfast the next morning (lunch would always be leftovers from dinner) Once I got home, I prepared dinner with enough leftovers for lunch Early in the morning, I prepared breakfast and ate it before work  Repeat (except, every now and again I'd assemble a meal based solely on what was going to spoil if I didn't eat it soon)  This method meant preparing relatively simple meals and it meant stopping at the grocery store almost every single day. But it worked for me and felt far "easier" than giving up a Sunday to batch cook. 
    I guess I would just say, think about why this might be so hard and if there's something you could do different to make it less hard. It's never easy, but it can certainly be less hard! 
    I would also consider whether it's worth it to have your boyfriend do it with you. My boyfriend helps by cooking me Whole30 meals when I have a long day at work and he eats Whole30 meals with me on the weekend. But he may also add to it because he's not actually doing the program. He may add a bun and french fries to the burger I cook. And he eats what he wants at other times. That works for us. I feel supported but I'm not carrying him along on something he does not believe in. 
    Anyway, I hope this helps and I truly wish you the best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    YES, YES, YES!! So, so good!! It's my go-to dressing! I love it!
    In general, I like Primal Kitchen dressings over Tessemae's dressings. They taste better and they use olive oil rather than sunflower oil (which is recommended to be limited). 
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    kirbz reacted to Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Pro Tip:
    Primal Kitchesn’s Caesar Dressing is a game changer, y’all. It is SO good. Had it on a bed of mixed greens topped with red onion and grilled flank steak. This will be a repeat long after Whole30 is over. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Dockris in Compliant Party Food   
    I LOVE Paleo Running Momma! She has a blog with an entire section of recipes dedicated to Whole30! Her recipes are some of my absolute favorite Whole30 recipes! 
    Here are a few that look like they could be a good option for what you're describing: 
    Sweet Potato Taco Sliders: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/loaded-taco-sweet-potato-sliders-paleo-whole30/ Buffalo Chicken Dip: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/buffalo-chicken-dip-paleo-whole30/ Chicken Spinach Artichoke Dip: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/chicken-spinach-artichoke-dip-paleo-whole30/ And, just because this is my favorite Whole30 recipe of. all. time., make sure to check out these spinach artichoke twice baked potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/.
    Oh, but these are just amazing too so also check them out: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/. 
    Really, just go make everything on her website. :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from boyercs in Not a fan of Avocado or Coconut   
    This has been something that has been difficult for me as well. I started eating more small side salads with my meals (even breakfast) so I could count the dressing as the fat! I LOVE Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing (which is compliant and is becoming easier to find). I also love just mixing olive oil, lemon, and pepper for a nice dressing! 
    But, I also second ghee! I didn't think I would like it at all but it's delicious! 
    And, as someone who has hated olives my whole life, an olive bar does help... I still don't love them, but I can eat them now! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Newlywed2017 in So Delicious   
    I'll also just point out that many companies and bloggers out there know of the popularity of Whole30 and are trying to use it to their advantage by marketing their stuff as being Whole30 compliant. From what I've seen, half of the time the stuff isn't actually compliant. 
    If you want to do this properly, learn the rules and learn to read labels. And then read them. Every. Single. Time. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from lwolford in Tired of saying "moderation won't work for me"   
    I don't really have an answer for you but I can certainly relate. I have a highly addictive personality and am totally and all-or-nothing kind of person. In a lot of ways, Whole30 is easier than food freedom because I know the lines I cannot cross. And not crossing them at all is easier than moderating them when I do. I did a very successful round back in September of last year and completely reverted back to old eating habits. Because the thought of eating one cookie is just completely beyond me. If I'm gonna have a cookie, I'm gonna have a dozen of them. 
    I'm doing my second round right now and am slowly working my way through Food Freedom Forever. However, I honestly think I'm going to have to set very clear rules for myself in my new life. I know they say not have cheat meals or cheat days, but I may have to go that route. Because then I have rules. I eat Paleo (or whatever long-term food philosophy I chose to adopt; I'm still doing research and learning from my Whole30) every meal out of the week except one. I'll continue to read the book and maybe I'll find some new strategies but I totally get it. It's hard. I do better with clear, back and white rules than I do with moderation. 
    I know that wasn't particularly helpful. But I do relate. I wish you the best of luck in your journey! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MeatEaterYogi in Starting Whole30 today (20 Feb) - total newbie, looking for friends!   
    @MeatEaterYogi Here are the products I like best. They do tend to be expensive and I generally find that Amazon is not the best option for Whole30 items (they tend to be more expensive and they sometimes require that you buy packages of multiple items). I buy most of these from Thrive Market online, but it looks like they don't ship to Alaska. Perhaps the best option for you might be the Primal Kitchen and Tessemae's "Whole30 starter kits" that you can buy on Amazon. 
    Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing (I prefer Primal Kitchen dressings over Tessemae's because they use olive oil rather than sunflower oil, which I try to limit, per the recommendations) Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing Tessemae's Organic BBQ sauce Tessemae's Buffalo sauce (though this would probably be pretty easy to make with mayo and hot sauce)  Tessemae's Ketchup  The New Primal Classic marinade (they have a spicy one too but it's really spicy and I can't handle it!)  The New Primal Citrus Herb marinade 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Kayla514 in Starting Whole30 today (20 Feb) - total newbie, looking for friends!   
    Hi @MeatEaterYogi! I will be starting tomorrow, February 21 for my second round of Whole30. I'd be more than happy to join you as a friend, accountability partner, and cheerleader. :-) 
    I'm 32, engaged, live in Tahoe and live an active life with lots of hiking and some snowboarding, mountain biking and climbing, all with my fiance and two wonderfully adorable pups! I'm here because I eat terribly and have a whole mouth full of sweet teeth! My primary goal is long-term health. I want to be 70-years old someday and still able to do all the outdoor things I love. Secondary goals are energy gains (I'm tired all the time) and weight loss. 
    I completed a Whole43 in September of last year and achieved some really, really great results, including weight loss. I hoped that the change would be long-lasting but wasn't. I fell into old eating habits and am determined to make this one stick! 
    I definitely struggle with the meal prep due to the time it requires. But I do love the meals and I enjoy cooking (just not the time it takes to do it). That's really the hardest part. It's just easier to grab fast food than it is to buy, prep, cook, and clean up a whole meal. 
    I totally understand the desire to count calories (as do lots and lots of people here) but I really encourage you to try and trust the system as much as you can. Eating fat is so, so integral to this program. If you're worried or obsessing about weight loss, you'll most likely under eat the fat content you should and you'll miss out on some really great gains (like energy!). 
    Anyway, I look forward to doing this! How is Day 1 going for you so far? If you have any questions for me, let me know. I've read all the books, have followed this forum for years, and have successfully completed a Whole30 so I've got a pretty good grasp on things! :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Kayla514 in Starting Whole30 today (20 Feb) - total newbie, looking for friends!   
    @Liesje Haha, that explains it. When we use just "beans" here in the States, we typically mean black or pinto or kidney beans. :-) 
    Today is Day 1 for me and it's going well so far. Of course, I've only had breakfast so I'm not too far into it yet! I did wake up early and do a workout though so I'm proud of that! 
    My breakfast was my very favorite breakfast, though not the healthiest... I spiralized some sweet potato and regular potato and cooked them up in ghee with some salt, pepper, and seasoning (my Whole30 variation of hashbrowns). I then made three over-easy eggs and plopped those right on top with some bacon on the side. Yum! 
    For lunch, I have some chicken stir fry with broccoli, carrots, and snap peas. I'll eat that with some avocado since it doesn't have any fat in it. 
    Dinner will be baked salmon with a large side salad and probably some brussel sprouts. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Present4Life in Tell me about Nutritional Yeast   
    I find that it adds a bit of a cheesy flavor to things...
    Paleo Running Momma is my VERY FAVORITE recipe blogger. Many of her recipes are Whole30 compliant and she's been featured on the @Whole30Recipes Instagram page a number of times. She uses nutritional yeast in a number of her recipes. 
    Here are a few of my favorites: 
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ (probably my favorite Whole30 recipe ever!)  https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/chicken-spinach-artichoke-dip-paleo-whole30/ (okay I haven't actually tried these but I am confident that they will be amazing) https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/chicken-brussels-sprouts-bacon-whole30-paleo/ Really, you should just check out every recipe she's ever made because they're all amazing! :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from CScott in Starting Feb 19   
    Gah, wow, that price for eggs! LOL, I've died too! I may or may not pay $7.49 for a dozen... I weep!
    Except, no, I don't. Because I love California with all my heart and the high prices are worth it! LOL. 
    But geez!! Wow!! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from CScott in Starting Feb 19   
    Many people here would likely disagree with me but I completely agree with you. LOL, did that make sense?  For me, Whole30 is either super costly or super time intensive. Though many others here seem to have figured out how to make it work without being either so take that for what it's worth... 
    I opted to buy. And it was very expensive. But, to me, worth it. 
    I do make my own mayo because it is actually ridiculously easy. But that's about it. I buy my other sauces and condiments because I don't have time to make them. Specifically, here are my go-to, purchased condiments and sauces (I buy almost all of it online on Thrive Market, except Tessemae's which they don't sell): 
    Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing (I prefer Primal Kitchen dressings over Tessemae's because they use olive oil rather than sunflower oil, which I try to limit, per the recommendations) Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing Tessemae's Organic BBQ sauce Tessemae's Buffalo sauce  Tessemae's Ketchup  The New Primal Classic marinade (they have a spicy one too but it's really spicy and I can't handle it!)  The New Primal Citrus Herb marinade  Like I said, I think you can do this better than me but this is the route I took and the store-bought products I really love.