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    kirbz got a reaction from BabyBear in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oh, and I purchased an entire gallon of pickle juice so I can make Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets as often as I want, which may be something along the lines of every other day... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    It's also super useful to make homemade plantain chips... :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh it is sooo good! I couldn't even tell that it wasn't ricotta cheese! And the whole things really tasted like lasagna, though you knew that it wasn't pasta... I definitely recommend using a mandolin though. I just don't think you'd be able to cut the zucchini thin enough without one! 
    Let me know how you like it!
    P.S. I love your new focus. I used to focus on having the "perfect Whole30" and now I focus on sustainability. How can I make this simple and enjoyable? 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Here are some of my favorites:
    Whole30 Chicken Nuggets: https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/  Lemon Butter Scallops: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/scallops-with-lemon-butter-sauce-and-herbed-cauliflower-rice/ Sesame Chicken: https://40aprons.com/whole30-sesame-chicken/  Salmon Cakes: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/  Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (I love this as veggies for breakfast): https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ And these two are definitely complicated and take a little bit of time but they are totally worth it!
    Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ Paleo Lasagna: http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/
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    kirbz got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oh, and I purchased an entire gallon of pickle juice so I can make Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets as often as I want, which may be something along the lines of every other day... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Welcome back! I'm currently on Round 5 and also suffer from an impressive ability to revert to poor eating habits, driven by laziness and convenience! I actually don't mind eating Whole30. I love the food and I love the way it makes me feel. But dang, it is so much work (I mean really, how can a single woman produce so many dishes!?) and I just cannot get into Whole30-approved convenience foods... 
    But, we're here! We keep trying so we deserve some credit for that! I wish you the very best and hope your vertigo is cured once again! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from BlueKoala in Whole30 April 13   
    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! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Revelate in Constantly hungry   
    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 the entire avocado for your breakfast and see how that makes you feel?
    A good test to gauge whether you're hungry or just craving something is to ask yourself whether you would eat plain fish and steamed vegetables. If you would eat that, you're probably hungry. If that isn't appealing at all, maybe you're just having a craving and perhaps fill that void with a new, healthy habit. 
    I'll also say that I tend to eat a whole lot of starchy carbs when I do Whole30. Like, sometimes I'll have them with every single meal. I'm pretty active and that's what my body wants. Here are some additional options for starchy carbs: 
    beets (and here's a great recipe to try: http://meljoulwan.com/2010/05/27/belly-dance-beet-salad/)  parsnip (try making fries)  carrots plantain pumpkin winter squashes (here's a great recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/)  Also, here are two of my all-time favorite recipes for consuming potatoes and sweet potatoes: 
    Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-paleo/  Best wishes to you! 
     
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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 Amy_Michigan 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 Laura of The Great White North 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 GraceMelodie 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 jennifer_k 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 scoakley13 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.