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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! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Not a dumb question at all! Here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf! Let me know if you have any questions about it. 
    Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very best results! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome and best of luck to you! Here are some general tips and some of my favorite Whole30 recipe bloggers! I wish you the very best of luck. This is a great community and a great resources so please let us know if you have any questions or need any encouragement. You got this! 
    General Tips 
    Know and understand the meal template. Try to match your meals to the meal template. This is not a rule, but it'll help you achieve the best results!  Keep things simple. You don't need to try new recipes for every meal. Ingredient meals are quick and easy and can be delicious, especially if you can keep a variety of sauces or dressings handy to add some flavor. Don't be afraid of fat! Eat it at every meal. We're so indoctrinated to fear fat in our society but it's so important to this program and achieving the full benefits from it. Trust the process. You signed up for this so do it right. It's only 30 days.  Always, always, always read your labels (and recipes). You're putting this stuff in your own body. You should know what's in it. Don't take for granted that things are compliant just because someone says it is. Lots of people get it wrong and I've even seen the same product change to no longer be compliant. Know the rules and read your labels. Every single time.  Favorite Whole30 Food Bloggers 
    Mel Joulwan: https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/ Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/diet/whole30-diet/  Anyway, congratulations on your decision to commit to this journey. Have fun! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MelissaSue 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! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MelissaSue in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Not a dumb question at all! Here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf! Let me know if you have any questions about it. 
    Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very best results! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from shelbycloud 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 shelbycloud in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Not a dumb question at all! Here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf! Let me know if you have any questions about it. 
    Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very best results! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from shelbycloud in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome and best of luck to you! Here are some general tips and some of my favorite Whole30 recipe bloggers! I wish you the very best of luck. This is a great community and a great resources so please let us know if you have any questions or need any encouragement. You got this! 
    General Tips 
    Know and understand the meal template. Try to match your meals to the meal template. This is not a rule, but it'll help you achieve the best results!  Keep things simple. You don't need to try new recipes for every meal. Ingredient meals are quick and easy and can be delicious, especially if you can keep a variety of sauces or dressings handy to add some flavor. Don't be afraid of fat! Eat it at every meal. We're so indoctrinated to fear fat in our society but it's so important to this program and achieving the full benefits from it. Trust the process. You signed up for this so do it right. It's only 30 days.  Always, always, always read your labels (and recipes). You're putting this stuff in your own body. You should know what's in it. Don't take for granted that things are compliant just because someone says it is. Lots of people get it wrong and I've even seen the same product change to no longer be compliant. Know the rules and read your labels. Every single time.  Favorite Whole30 Food Bloggers 
    Mel Joulwan: https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/ Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/diet/whole30-diet/  Anyway, congratulations on your decision to commit to this journey. Have fun! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MelissaSue in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome and best of luck to you! Here are some general tips and some of my favorite Whole30 recipe bloggers! I wish you the very best of luck. This is a great community and a great resources so please let us know if you have any questions or need any encouragement. You got this! 
    General Tips 
    Know and understand the meal template. Try to match your meals to the meal template. This is not a rule, but it'll help you achieve the best results!  Keep things simple. You don't need to try new recipes for every meal. Ingredient meals are quick and easy and can be delicious, especially if you can keep a variety of sauces or dressings handy to add some flavor. Don't be afraid of fat! Eat it at every meal. We're so indoctrinated to fear fat in our society but it's so important to this program and achieving the full benefits from it. Trust the process. You signed up for this so do it right. It's only 30 days.  Always, always, always read your labels (and recipes). You're putting this stuff in your own body. You should know what's in it. Don't take for granted that things are compliant just because someone says it is. Lots of people get it wrong and I've even seen the same product change to no longer be compliant. Know the rules and read your labels. Every single time.  Favorite Whole30 Food Bloggers 
    Mel Joulwan: https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/ Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/diet/whole30-diet/  Anyway, congratulations on your decision to commit to this journey. Have fun! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North 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 MelissaSue 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 LindaLee in Pre-Workout Meal- Confused!   
    Oh dear, that article blew my mind a little bit. It Starts with Food and the Meal Template are my Whole30 Bible. And now they're wrong! *Gasp* 
    What I got from that article is this: 
    Pre-Workout: 2-3 hours before workout; combination of protein and high-fiber carbohydrate IntraWorkout (for continuous, moderate-to-high intensity workouts longer than 45 minutes): protein and fruit juice or fruit   Post-Workout: within 60 minutes;  lean protein, high-fiber carbohydrates, and lots of veggies  So, no more fat when it comes to fueling a workout? So what happened to the whole concept of being fat adapted?? 
    Hmmm... Wow.... I really liked understanding the science of this all and now this doesn't make as much sense to me!
    Are there any other resources that might help? Any chance that at least the Meal Template will be updated in the short term?
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 17: Monday, October 2
    Meal 1: leftover turkey breakfast hash with apples and sweet potato (I wasn’t able to eat more than a few bites before I felt like I was going to vomit)
    Snack: one snack pack Justin’s almond butter; ½ GT’s Trilogy kombucha  
    Meal 2: leftover chicken curry with golden potatoes, yellow onion, and Thai curry sauce; ½ GT’s Trilogy kombucha  
    Meal 3: smoked pulled pork with Tessemae’s BBQ sauce; leftover arugula salad with beets, english cucumber, celery, green onion, and avocado; dressing drizzled on top made with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Supplement(s): Natural Calm dissolved in water before bed
    Sleep Last Night: 5 hours 50 minutes (2:46 deep; 2:46 light; 0:18 awake)
    Thoughts/Reflections: We saw It last night and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I always, always, always bring candy to the movie theater and I found myself realizing how strongly I associated going to the movie with having candy as we were preparing to leave. But, it really wasn’t that bad.
    My eating schedule was terrible today. I hardly ate any breakfast because it did not taste good at all and I almost gagged trying to eat it. I literally had a handful of bites. Then, I didn’t have time to eat lunch until 5:00 pm. I still ate a third meal though, but that was late and I went to bed feeling quite full.
    I think I’m going to try and have some form of salad everyday for the remainder of my Whole30. Despite that I’m eating lots of vegetables and good foods, I think I need more leafy greens. Fingers crossed that this change will help some of those NSVs start to manifest!
    Oh, and I fantasize about the desserts I’m going to make when this is over. I’m not planning to rush out and buy my standard tub of Rocky Road ice cream, but I am most definitely going to try some healthier variations of the things I love! I cannot wait! That’s probably not a good attitude…
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 11: Monday, September 25
    Meal 1: three over-easy eggs pan-cooked in avocado oil; oven roasted garlic cabbage; remaining 2/3 GT’s Hibiscus Ginger kombucha
    Exercise: 30-minute walk over my lunch break
    Meal 2: one can Wild Planet tuna with mayo, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, chopped cilantro, lime, and ground pepper; served over a bed of raw spinach
    Pre-Workout Meal: 2 hard-boiled eggs
    Exercise: 50-minute, 3.54 mile trail run (five minute warmup, ten repeats of 3:00 min jogging and 1:15 min walking, ten minute cooldown)
    Post-Workout Meal: snack pack of compliant turkey (I’m trying to do without the post-workout carbs as I’m overweight but I’ll monitor how I feel without them as I increase my exercise in the coming weeks)
    Meal 3: baked salmon with Spice Cave Sea spices; brussel sprouts pan-cooked in ghee; butternut squash pan-cooked in avocado oil
    Water Intake:  ~130oz
    Thoughts/Reflections: This is starting to feel somewhat normal and routine. Honestly, I don’t have any specific feelings about today. It kinda just felt like life.
    On a happy note, my fiancé said today that he wants to try Whole30 when I’m done! That makes me so very happy as I want both of us to be 70 years old and happy and healthy and enjoying all the outdoors things we love! He doesn’t typically put much stock into eating well so I was surprised but so, so happy!
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 9: Sunday, September 24
    Meal 1: leftover breakfast hash with smoked pulled pork, Japanese sweet potato, zucchini, orange bell pepper, spinach, Tessemae’s Hot Buffalo Sauce, salt, and pepper cooked in ghee; 1/3 GT’s Gingerade kombucha 
    Pre-Workout Meal: N/A (I ate breakfast right before I hiked so it didn’t seem like I should eat anything else)
    Exercise: 4.2 mile hike with ~800 feet of elevation gain
    Post-Workout Meal: snack pack of compliant turkey (the hike wasn’t that intense so I didn’t feel the need to add any carbs, particularly since I’m overweight)
    Meal 2: grilled hamburger patty with Spice Cave Land Spice seasoning mixed into the patty and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo and onion on top and served between two romaine leaves; homemade guacamole
    Meal 3: homemade crab cakes pan-cooked in ghee; broccoli; 1/2 pineapple strawberry La Croix 
    Water Intake: no idea again, but still didn’t feel like enough, although closer  
    Thoughts/Reflections: Today was a pretty good day. I walked down the ice cream aisle for the first time and it wasn’t that awful. I’ll call that progress. I’m still not noticing anything in the way my body feels. So far, the only NSVs I can claim are that I/m managing my cravings and increasing the ease with which I make Whole30 meals.
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 4: Tuesday, September 18
    Meal 1: two chicken sausages pan-cooked in avocado oil; french beans (which are apparently a variety of green bean) pan-cooked in ghee; kraut
    Meal 2: orange chicken over cauliflower rice; steamed broccoli (once again, this was a small meal because I couldn’t eat all of it; some of the chicken was freezer-burned and tasted revolting but I couldn’t bring myself to throw away an otherwise perfectly good meal); pineapple strawberry La Croix
    Snack: one hard-boiled egg; one snack pack Justin’s almond butter (I’m trying really hard not to snack but I had a work happy hour with drinks and appetizers and I did not want to be tempted to eat there so I indulged a bit)
    Meal 3: grilled bison patty with ½ strip bacon and Spice Cave Land Spice seasoning mixed into the patty and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo, onion, and avocado on top and served between two romaine leaves; cherry tomatoes on the side (this meal was absolutely delicious!)  
    Water Intake: ~100oz
    Thoughts/Reflections: The struggle is real. Eating a large breakfast early in the morning sucks. It took me about 30 minutes to gag my meal down and I definitely didn’t have time for that. It isn’t that I didn’t like it – it was actually really good – it’s just hard for me to eat early. I think I might consider making my breakfast in the morning and taking it to work to eat at my desk.
    On a good note, meal prepping is getting easier. I cooked up my chicken sausage and green beans for this morning, some butternut squash for a post-workout snack tomorrow, and some brussel sprouts for dinner tomorrow, all this morning in about 30 minutes! Yay me! The downside is that I did this instead of a workout. With my long work hours and commute, it’s hard to find time for it all!
    I also attended a work-sponsored happy hour with appetizers and drinks at a fancy local restaurant. I ate a snack before going and it really wasn’t all that hard to just say “no” to everything. That felt easier to me than asking a million questions about food compliance, which seemed inappropriate for a sponsored work lunch with executives… Yay me!
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    kirbz reacted to TrustyMutsi in Discovering a new success during reintroduction...   
    The days I'm reintroducing, I'm only eating some of the food, and saving the rest for later. This is a BIG deal for me. I have been a notorious binge eater.
    This was the most apparent when I could have corn again. My biggest problem pre-W30 has been tortilla chips. I would eat at LEAST half a bad a night. Well, on Saturday I opened a whole bag with some salsa, sat down ready to just enjoy as much as I wanted "because I deserve it", and amazingly only ate 5-6 chips. They just weren't that great. I've NEVER eaten that few before and just put them away.
    The same happened when I got a large order of fries when I was with my family. I slowly ate and enjoyed a handful, and everyone else shared the rest. TOTALLY not something I'd do before!
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    kirbz got a reaction from hollysmokes in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thanks @hollysmokes, that's very kind of you. It's been very difficult but it was most definitely for the best and I know things will be better. For now, I'm focusing more on me and health and fitness are once again going to be a very big part of that! Today is now Day 2. I should finish just in time to indulge in Thanksgiving goodness! LOL. I hope all is well for you!