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  1. I've discovered I like soup for breakfast veggies. I found a compliant ginger carrot soup that I was able to replicate (everything was in my w30 ish kitchen!) and it's so good. I add a bit of chicken for meals. Another thing I did during w30 is make a giant breakfast casserole with all the veggies I could stuff in it. Or eat cold leftover roasted veggies (I would dip in mayo if no other fat was planned). I don't really like cooked spinach and I'm picky about kale but I was able to do it and thinking of it as my first meal not breakfast helped too
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    Needing some easy meal ideas

    Brown ground meat, stir in compliant pizza sauce. Serve over caulirice or on sweet potato toast. Voila. Pizza Joes! i also make a large batch of taco meat. Beef stew: throw compliant broth, stew meat, carrots onion celery potato salt pepper garlic whatever in a slow cooker. And it's great left over!
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    Sweet tooth- Need Help!

    Reformed sweet tooth here. I cut out sweets almost cold turkey because I was suddenly diagnosed as diabetic three years ago. Eating more fat (like a spoonful of mayo or a handful of olives) helped with the whole30 sweet urges (I also utilized fruit and cinnamon more to bring out the natural sweetness in things.) and I don't even have sugar or flour in my house anymore. following the template will help immensely. When you want to eat and it's not around meal time ask yourself why you want to eat. Is it habit? Choose something else to do. Are you legit hungry and ready to eat bland/boring food? Eat a mini meal (protein, fat veggies) you can do this.
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    Tea with what kind of milk????

    If going tea less isn't an option but you just can't figure out how to make tea with a compliant non dairy milk work, try switching teas. Teas with ginger or cinnamon tend to have a bit of natural sweetness (if you can find them compliant, which hasn't been too much of an issue for me because I was picky about tea before whole30 and this was the case even then. In fact on a few teas I had to double check the ingredients just to make sure I wasn't drinking something sneaky. Nope. Just the sweetness of the cinnamon or ginger!) some teas just aren't good without cream (sorry earl grey!) but others are great! (I looooooove sleepy time straight) however if changing teas and non dairy milks don't quite work, try going without. You may find that you don't need the tea or the milk.
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    What did you have for supper last night?

    I had leftover beef stew last night. I'm not currently on w30 so the caramel color in the broth wasn't a deal breaker, but if you want to make it compliant, it's not too difficult if you find bone broth or make your own. I browned some stew meat in my skillet, then tossed it in the pot with a white sweet potato, 1lb rainbow baby carrots, 2 yellow onions, 3-4 stalks celery, salt, pepper, garlic powder and 4-? Whole garlic cloves (there's never too much garlic for me). I deglazed my skillet with some water and then tossed that into the pot. Filled the rest of the way with broth and let it simmer for a few hours. And it was so good as leftovers too! It was perfect for the first wintry day this year.
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    Whole Foods 365 organic almond milk

    Ingredients could also have changed in the last 4 years
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    I just wanna help my mom!

    Thanks Shannon. I actually don't own the books yet. My goal is to cook as healthy as I can while they are here. I know I can't change her but I really wish she hadn't brought the bars. My three year old will want to eat them and she'd eat anything. Although my parents did bring apple chips from a local to them orchard and dd loves them so there's that. Sometimes I wish I *could* change people. Only sometimes though
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    I just wanna help my mom!

    I've been telling my parents how wonderful w30 is and how freeing it is when it comes to food. They are staying with us this week and my mom brought all these bars and protein powders, convinced that they are healthy. Don't get me wrong. I understand that some of us have nutritional deficiencies even when we are on top of our game and need some supplements at times... but this is crazy. She's convinced that she needs to stay in her "zones" for macros and when I offered her real food, she said maybe later. They may have grabbed dinner before they got here, and that's ok but it would not surprise me if her dinner was the nutrition bars that are super processed and uber gross (I never liked them even before whole30). I'm sad because I really think she'd benefit from the program. She's always been an emotional eater and it kinda shows. I love her but I want her to be healthy. She's already prediabetic (meanwhile I do have diabetes... thanks genetics!) and has kidney issues. She may not be as young as she once was but that doesn't stop me from wanting her to have a long healthy(er) life. Argh. This really is just a vent. Part of me wants to be passive aggressive and get her the w30 and FFF books but I don't think it'd go over well (besides I like giving fun and meaningful gifts. So I may do something different for them and remind them those books exist) But since they are here and I still make mostly whole30 meals, I can kinda introduce her to the awesomeness of whole food eating and just keep talking it up. My dad seems excited about it (i get my adventure loving foodie from him) but I'm not sure my mom is gonna see beyond the low fat craze.....
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    Is Tea allowed on IBS LOW-FODMAP Whole30?

    Maybe stick to more herbal teas? Peppermint and ginger tend to be gentle on digestion and actually often help, at least with the stomach side of things. I love chai but stopped drinking it as much when I was pregnant with my daughter, so I started drinking an herbal tea with a similar flavor profile. (Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice... ingredients: cinnamon, roasted chicory, roasted carob, natural spice and vanilla flavors with other natural flavors, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg)
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    bulletproof coffee as a snack

    I'd make it more like a meal and use bp coffee as a side. Remember breastfeeding moms are encouraged to eat 4 template meals (or 3 full meals and 2 mini meals/snacks)
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    Maybe have a post instead of pre and post? Post work out is generally lean protein and optional starchy veg and is important for recovery. Pre should be protein and fat but not every one needs it.
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    Wedding on day 20! HELP!

    Eat a template meal before hand for sure. Stash some compliant snacks (epic bars, tuna, olives, veggie sticks) in your bag. I honestly would avoid eating anything that's been marinated or might contain questionable stuff (like the meat or dips) and stick to things that are more whole food (fruit and veggies... so take something to offset the potential sugar spikes). focusing on dancing sounds like fun! Honestly, no one will probably notice if you don't eat or if you are being selective with your food. Have fun, enjoy the wedding, and you can do this. (FYI idk if there will be a bar or if that will be tempting to you... I would go club soda and lime or lemon if you feel you need something to occupy your hand. I mean I do that w30 or not because I don't really like the taste of alcohol)
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    I might also suggest finding compliant chicken sausages. I've seen them from Aidell's and True Story and there may be other brands (double check ingredients!) i really like chicken tikka masala from againstallgrain.com or the green curry from The Domestic Man. Also making burrito bowls from the domestic man is delicious too. (I use left over meat for adding to scrambled eggs and top with guacamole and salsa!) there are several brands of sustainably caught fish that you can use for things like Mel joulwan's salmon cakes or for nom mom paleo's spicy tuna cakes. I don't know that you necessarily need to start over but you may choose to add days in order to reach your goals.
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    Baby Led Weaning

    My daughter is just starting to get a little more picky... she's three. She will eat almost everything I eat. When she started foods, I chose to be careful in introducing them slowly and will probably do similarly when my son decides he wants to start foods (right now he's like no way! I want noms from mom! Lol) but seriously she eats Thai food and Indian food that have a little more kick than I liked when I was a kid and her cousins who've had more candy in a week than she's had in her life are super picky. I guess we are winning
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    Eat what you can. Make an easy soup with compliant broth and chicken and toss in some veggies and let it simmer a while? It's ok to eat blandish foods if that is all you can stomach for a while. Stay hydrated and eat as you are able