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    kirbz got a reaction from Erin E in Epic Performace Bars?   
    Here are some simple pre-workout options that have worked well for me: 
    chicken breast chunks (I buy a pre-cooked package at my local Costco (the brand is True Story)) + snack pack of guacamole (also from Costco) or glob of mayo hard boiled egg + handful of coconut flakes or macadamia nuts  Good luck to you! 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from ladyshanny in Soy replacement- Not coconut amino   
    @Cassandraruth17 Based on my understanding of the program, yes this would generally be very much Whole30 compliant. There is a rule that says you should avoid recreating baked goods, junk foods, or treats, even if they are made with compliant ingredients. But I don't think there would be any problem with making an awesome cauliflower fried rice. This would give you just what the meal template calls for - lots of vegetables, meat, and fat. 
    The only reason you would maybe avoid it is if you have an unhealthy relationship with fried rice and you desperately need to make this in order to prop up your craving for fried rice... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from George543 in Workout Supplements   
    Are you talking about BCAAs? I can't speak to whether they are needed at all. I don't use them and don't really understand them... 
    However, I recall someone here on the Whole30 forum once recommending the Xtend unflavored BCAAs. From what I can tell, they appear to be Whole30 compliant. They do not contain any added sugars or soy lecithin (which I guess many BCAAs have). Apparently the taste is pretty gnarly though... 
    Here is the thread I am refering to: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/53422-early-morning-workout-foods/?tab=comments#comment-488064. 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from KHT in Easy post-workout snack for high school athlete?   
    My local Costco carries a brand called True Story that has packages of peppered chicken breast chunks, as well as snack packs of compliant deli turkey slices. For post-workout, you could easily cube and season some sweet potato and put it in a small bag with a few chunks of the peppered chicken breast or a packet of the turkey slices. Include a frozen water bottle to help keep it cold in her backpack/duffel bag and voila! Just eat a few bites of each straight out of the bag! 
    If you can't find the product, you can just make and cube some chicken breast yourself and do the same thing. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Editorial issues?   
    I'm not sure it totally fits here but I also wanted to share a story...
    I follow Melissa Hartwig on Instagram. The Whole30 program has recently been working to improve inclusion and diversity. As part of that effort, they started a Whole30 coaching scholarship, seeking to target individuals who would help the Whole30 program reach under-represented populations. One of the women who won a scholarship (and there were many), planned to help people who live below the poverty line figure out how to participate in and successfully complete a Whole30. I remember the passion and pride with which Melissa Hartwig shared this news on her Instagram feed. I felt pride too. 
    How could that be possible if it was a requirement to eat only organic, grass-fed, or local? How could this program help those who are less fortunate learn to develop better eating habits and improve their relationship with food if it was unnecessarily expensive? Is it ideal? Perhaps not. But is it really, really good anyway? Absolutely. 
    So yeah, structuring the rules to maximize the number of people you can reach is most definitely a good thing. 
    *stepping off my soap box now; sorry if that seemed preachy or rude*
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    kirbz got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Editorial issues?   
    I'm not sure it totally fits here but I also wanted to share a story...
    I follow Melissa Hartwig on Instagram. The Whole30 program has recently been working to improve inclusion and diversity. As part of that effort, they started a Whole30 coaching scholarship, seeking to target individuals who would help the Whole30 program reach under-represented populations. One of the women who won a scholarship (and there were many), planned to help people who live below the poverty line figure out how to participate in and successfully complete a Whole30. I remember the passion and pride with which Melissa Hartwig shared this news on her Instagram feed. I felt pride too. 
    How could that be possible if it was a requirement to eat only organic, grass-fed, or local? How could this program help those who are less fortunate learn to develop better eating habits and improve their relationship with food if it was unnecessarily expensive? Is it ideal? Perhaps not. But is it really, really good anyway? Absolutely. 
    So yeah, structuring the rules to maximize the number of people you can reach is most definitely a good thing. 
    *stepping off my soap box now; sorry if that seemed preachy or rude*
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    kirbz got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Editorial issues?   
    My understanding is this... 
    The rules state that champagne is not allowed. No alcohol is allowed, not even to cook with. However, most vinegars are allowed, including stuff like white wine vinegar. The alcohol in vinegar is consumed by the fermentation process and therefore isn't really alcohol, which is why it's okay. 
    The book says not to "stress" about organic, grass-fed, or local meat products. Not that it doesn't matter. I believe this is to make Whole30 as accessible as possible. l live in California and grass-fed, free-range eggs are $7.99 a dozen. I buy them because I can afford them. And I like them. They genuinely taste better. But I know that I am privileged to be able to do that and that most people cannot. So, Whole30 tells you to buy the best meat you can afford. But it does not even attempt to make it a rule, because that would not make it accessible to a whole lot of people. And how does a program that is only accessible to the wealthy really help? 
    I hope this helps your understanding! I really, truly love this program. I love what it has done for me and I love the values that it promotes (I also adore Melissa Hartwig, who genuinely seems to be a truly lovely human being). I hope you find something great in it too! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Editorial issues?   
    My understanding is this... 
    The rules state that champagne is not allowed. No alcohol is allowed, not even to cook with. However, most vinegars are allowed, including stuff like white wine vinegar. The alcohol in vinegar is consumed by the fermentation process and therefore isn't really alcohol, which is why it's okay. 
    The book says not to "stress" about organic, grass-fed, or local meat products. Not that it doesn't matter. I believe this is to make Whole30 as accessible as possible. l live in California and grass-fed, free-range eggs are $7.99 a dozen. I buy them because I can afford them. And I like them. They genuinely taste better. But I know that I am privileged to be able to do that and that most people cannot. So, Whole30 tells you to buy the best meat you can afford. But it does not even attempt to make it a rule, because that would not make it accessible to a whole lot of people. And how does a program that is only accessible to the wealthy really help? 
    I hope this helps your understanding! I really, truly love this program. I love what it has done for me and I love the values that it promotes (I also adore Melissa Hartwig, who genuinely seems to be a truly lovely human being). I hope you find something great in it too! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Editorial issues?   
    I'm not sure it totally fits here but I also wanted to share a story...
    I follow Melissa Hartwig on Instagram. The Whole30 program has recently been working to improve inclusion and diversity. As part of that effort, they started a Whole30 coaching scholarship, seeking to target individuals who would help the Whole30 program reach under-represented populations. One of the women who won a scholarship (and there were many), planned to help people who live below the poverty line figure out how to participate in and successfully complete a Whole30. I remember the passion and pride with which Melissa Hartwig shared this news on her Instagram feed. I felt pride too. 
    How could that be possible if it was a requirement to eat only organic, grass-fed, or local? How could this program help those who are less fortunate learn to develop better eating habits and improve their relationship with food if it was unnecessarily expensive? Is it ideal? Perhaps not. But is it really, really good anyway? Absolutely. 
    So yeah, structuring the rules to maximize the number of people you can reach is most definitely a good thing. 
    *stepping off my soap box now; sorry if that seemed preachy or rude*
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers and @wp3 Thanks for the suggestions on Larabars and RxBars! To be completely honest, I'm kind of an all-or-nothing kind of person, so they don't really appeal to me. One, I don't like the taste of them (I've tried a variety and they're really just meh). But mostly, if I'm doing Whole30, I'm trying to be healthy and the healthiest option for me is a Wild Zora meat and veggie bar. So I'll be eating those. If I'm not on Whole30, I'm gonna take a Nutrageous or a Snickers bar!! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    I'm on Day 19 now and have settled into a pretty good rhythm. I don't have Tiger Blood yet but I wasn't really expecting it because I've been struggling with my appetite and meal planning and have, as a result, skipped too many meals to realistically expect that particular benefit to come along for me! I have been regularly exercising though, and I feel strong, so that's a good victory for me! 
    My toughest challenge is a two-night/three-day backpacking trip I have coming up next week. I'm getting everything together to be compliant, but mentally, I don't want to be. I know from my first Whole30 that I don't have any food sensitivities, so why can't I have a Snickers bar on the trail!? I'll be working really darn hard (it's one of our toughest trips yet with a log of mileage and elevation gain). I deserve it! But, I committed to 30 days so I'm gonna do it. Guh. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Mandy612 in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. 
    Goals: 
    I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.  I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream.  I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    I'm on Day 19 now and have settled into a pretty good rhythm. I don't have Tiger Blood yet but I wasn't really expecting it because I've been struggling with my appetite and meal planning and have, as a result, skipped too many meals to realistically expect that particular benefit to come along for me! I have been regularly exercising though, and I feel strong, so that's a good victory for me! 
    My toughest challenge is a two-night/three-day backpacking trip I have coming up next week. I'm getting everything together to be compliant, but mentally, I don't want to be. I know from my first Whole30 that I don't have any food sensitivities, so why can't I have a Snickers bar on the trail!? I'll be working really darn hard (it's one of our toughest trips yet with a log of mileage and elevation gain). I deserve it! But, I committed to 30 days so I'm gonna do it. Guh. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Best wishes to everyone who is (re)starting today! 
    I'm on Day 17 and honestly struggling a little bit with not being able to "reward" myself with food. My fiance and I hiked over 20 miles in the last week, including 15 this weekend. On Sunday, our hike was a bit tougher than our usual (though not our hardest hike by any means) and I really wanted to be able to come home and eat a fabulous pizza or burger and ice cream. I felt like I deserved something amazing after working my body so hard. 
    As much as I loved my first Whole30, I never got to a point where I felt like I didn't want those foods. I never got to a point where I truly changed my view on this concept. Because I do think it's okay to do that (particularly for me since I don't have any food sensitivities). I still generally like the idea of an 80/20 or 90/10 concept where I eat Paleo/Whole30-ish the vast majority of the time but then don't worry about it for times like this. 
    I guess I'm starting to really think again about what life looks like after Whole30. And I still don't have an answer that sounds good to me for forever. That's hard. I'm making such a big change. I need this to transition into a permanent lifestyle... And that's really the hardest part of all of this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling so awful! Whole30 is hard but I don't think it's supposed to be that hard!
    I most definitely want for you to be able to find all the encouragement you need here on the forum. But I also think it's okay to say that maybe this isn't right for you. You shouldn't be miserable. 
    Here's how I think about it. Whole30 is intended to be an experiment to find the best way of eating for your body. Perhaps your personal experiment is simply telling you that this is not the right food path for you... 
    I know for me, personally, I quit my first Whole30 attempt. I didn't like doing that but it just wasn't the right thing for me at the time. The approach I was taking just was not right for me. And I was so unbelievably stressed trying to do the program during a time that was particularly difficult for me. It impacted my work and my relationships and I'm sure any benefit I would have gained from eating this way was outweighed by the ill-effects of stress. So I quit. And it was the right decision. 
    It sounds like you're doing everything right. I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I don't think this program is supposed to be that hard. 
    Whatever path you take, I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling so awful! Whole30 is hard but I don't think it's supposed to be that hard!
    I most definitely want for you to be able to find all the encouragement you need here on the forum. But I also think it's okay to say that maybe this isn't right for you. You shouldn't be miserable. 
    Here's how I think about it. Whole30 is intended to be an experiment to find the best way of eating for your body. Perhaps your personal experiment is simply telling you that this is not the right food path for you... 
    I know for me, personally, I quit my first Whole30 attempt. I didn't like doing that but it just wasn't the right thing for me at the time. The approach I was taking just was not right for me. And I was so unbelievably stressed trying to do the program during a time that was particularly difficult for me. It impacted my work and my relationships and I'm sure any benefit I would have gained from eating this way was outweighed by the ill-effects of stress. So I quit. And it was the right decision. 
    It sounds like you're doing everything right. I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I don't think this program is supposed to be that hard. 
    Whatever path you take, I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Best wishes to everyone who is (re)starting today! 
    I'm on Day 17 and honestly struggling a little bit with not being able to "reward" myself with food. My fiance and I hiked over 20 miles in the last week, including 15 this weekend. On Sunday, our hike was a bit tougher than our usual (though not our hardest hike by any means) and I really wanted to be able to come home and eat a fabulous pizza or burger and ice cream. I felt like I deserved something amazing after working my body so hard. 
    As much as I loved my first Whole30, I never got to a point where I felt like I didn't want those foods. I never got to a point where I truly changed my view on this concept. Because I do think it's okay to do that (particularly for me since I don't have any food sensitivities). I still generally like the idea of an 80/20 or 90/10 concept where I eat Paleo/Whole30-ish the vast majority of the time but then don't worry about it for times like this. 
    I guess I'm starting to really think again about what life looks like after Whole30. And I still don't have an answer that sounds good to me for forever. That's hard. I'm making such a big change. I need this to transition into a permanent lifestyle... And that's really the hardest part of all of this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Meg1130 Congrats on making it so far and on your feelings of being through the hardest part! That must be refreshing! 
    As for Chipotle, it looks like you got the answer you needed, but I went to Chipotle twice last week and here's what I ordered: salad with carnitas, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, and guacamole. It made quite a nice little meal and it was super nice to have a quick, easy place I can stop by for a Whole30 meal when needed. 
    For reference, here are the ingredient lists for everything at Chipotle: https://www.chipotle.com/ingredient-statement. Most meats are rendered non-compliant because of the rice bran oil... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Day 14 for me. I'm hanging in there but I've been feeling overwhelmed with the planning, meal prep, cooking and clean up. I've been skipping a lot of meals, particularly breakfasts, because I just don't know what to cook and/or because I'd rather sleep than do all that work. I'm hoping I can establish some better habits over this weekend (without the stress of work) and carry that into next week. My most sought-after NSV is that tiger blood so I know I need to be eating more if I ever have a hope of achieving that! Otherwise, I'm doing pretty good. I was proud of myself for not giving into temptation on my birthday and staying compliant!