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  1. I've completed 2 W30s over the last few years, and have learned a lot, and honestly continue to learn a lot as I work toward finding my food freedom. I have to continually remind myself that it's always a learning process, and I will always have moments that are rough. Yesterday was a rough afternoon to say the least, one which ended with 2 donuts and ice cream. I think it's time for a re-set, both for my physical health, and my mental health. I'm committing to 14 days of W30 to remind myself why I choose this lifestyle, because it really is a choice I'm happy to make most of the time. I'm already anticipating some challenges in these two weeks, but that's part of life, and I know how to handle them. My goal today is to feel proud about making a choice to come back to W30 the second I felt something slipping off the rails, and to feel excited about having 2 weeks to revisit some of my favorite recipes. Anyone else out their struggling a bit?
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    Day 20 and bummed

  3. Glad you came here to vent. Changes is how you eat can effect all sorts of things, including mood, so it doesn't sound crazy at all that you are experiencing mood swings. Some people find that adding a few extra starchy carbs can help with mood, or simply shifting when they eat certain types of food. For example, eating something like potato at breakfast vs. dinner may effect how you feel. The good news is, from the outside looking in, you do have this! You are doing the Whole30 and reaching out for help when you need it. Maybe take the next week to keep things super simple. Don't attempt any crazy new recipes, or introduce a new fitness routine, which may make things more chaotic.
  4. I love this question! I've had a rough couple of days with food choices, and really committing to getting back on track today. One of the ways that helps me stay positive and move forward is taking a few steps back to realize how much good change I've made since my first WHole30 almost 2 years; remember this is a really long journey, with lots of ups and downs. That being said, one of the most lasting changes for me has been cutting way back on mindless snacking. Work used to be a black hole of bad choices, but now, most days I am able to walk right past all the junk food, and recognize I'm not actually hungry.
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    Ideas for TJs grass fed sirloin roast

    If you are looking for sauces... 1. Start with the Whole30 recipes Instagram page or Facebook page. There is a a guest host each week, and they often have great sauce ideas. 2. I like this one: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/10/20/zingy-ginger-dressing/ 3. This one: https://lexiscleankitchen.com/grilled-veggie-grilled-chicken-salads-with-tomato-vinaigrette/ 4. This one: http://nomnompaleo.com/2017/12/18/arugula-pesto
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    Allergic to Coconut

    I have a few thoughts. I don't have an actual allergy, but during my first Whole30 realized if I eat coconut more than 1 day in a row things don't go well, but have found some tricks: 1. The easiest thing to do is just pick recipes that don't use coconut products. I know this leaves out things like curry, but there are so many other delicious options, I rarely miss it. 2. If the recipe is calling for coconut flour as either a thickener or coating, it can easily be switched out for another flour option. 3. If coconut seems to simply be a garnish, just leave it out. I bet it will taste just as good.
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    HELP, dextrose in shredded potatoes

    Hi there, I feel your frustration here, especially after a long day, and you were obviously trying to do the right thing. I can't tell you what do to here, but if you haven't read this already, take a few minutes to do so: https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/ If it makes you feel mentally better, don't "start over", keep going and just add the days on at the end. Starting back at Day 1 can often feel like a "failure", when really this is not a failure, just a learning moment. You are now aware of how important reading every label is for your own, even if your best friend recommends something. I hope this helps.
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    Pre/Post workout

    I agree with the above comment. It really depends on your, and your meal timing/energy levels that day. For example, I typically eat lunch around noon, so on days I attend a 6:00pm gym class I need a pre-workout meal to get me through, otherwise I would be starving. However, I don't need a separate post-workout meal because I'm eating dinner by 7:45.
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    Am I eating too much fat in one meal???

    One of the hardest mindset shift for people new to Whole30 is accepting fat isn't "bad", but in fact, our bodies really need it! Your meal sounds yummy, and as long as you are feeling physically good, it's not too much fat. Also, the amount of fat in each meal will vary, just make sure you are always getting at least the amount recommended on the meal template. Meals like yours, which require a fat source to bind the salad together, will usually be on the higher side, and that's perfectly okay
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    Debilitating Anxiety-

    I'm sorry you are feeling this way. You may find this article helpful, if you haven't found it already: https://whole30.com/2016/06/is-this-normal/ Since you've dealt with anxiety and depression in the past, I would definitely recommend checking in with your health care provider about what you are experiencing. Your Whole30 friend is correct that changes in diet can also mean changes in hormonal balance, but every person is different, so it's important to get medical advice when it's needed. I would also encourage you to keep going and see how things balance out, but your mental health is important, so please check in with your doctor. Exercise is wonderful, so keep that up! Have you tried something more like yoga or mediation? Over the last year, I have found that even 10-15 minutes of yoga has been really helpful with my mood. Search Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube, she has amazing, short videos.
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    ideas for SAME breakfast everyday?

    As stated previously, you aren't missing anything by not having something heavier on the carbs. Your frittata sounds great though, just make sure you are eating some fat with the meal as well. I happen to love a spoonful of guac or tahini with my egg dishes.
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    Am I doing this right?

    Agreed, everyone's body is different, so everyone is going to respond different to a change in eating. For example, my body is always delayed in reacting to everything, so in my previous Whole30s I tend to hit a rough spot around days 8-10.
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    Sweet Potato Toast

    Hi, I would recommend taking the pieces separately and assembling at lunch time to avoid making the sweet potato too soggy actually. If they are already cooked, they should stay just fine until lunch.
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    Whole30 budget tips

    If high quality protein is the most important in your kitchen, think about ways to save on other ingredients so that you have the budget you want for your priorities. - Frozen veggies are a huge life saver for me, and often more affordable than fresh - Pick simple recipes. Yes, coconut oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, etc. add great flavor, but they are also expensive. You can make wonderful meals with just the basics too.
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    Day 3 and Im starving!!

    Hi! A couple of thoughts: - If eating this way is very new to you, it can take your body a while to re-adjust, so be kind to yourself while you tweak things to find the right balance. - You are correct about snacks being discouraged, but if you are getting hungry between meals then your meals probably need to be a little bigger to get you from one to the next. Each meal should leave you full and satisfied for 4-5 hours. - If you do get hungry between meals, or you have a chaotic day where lunch is at noon, and dinner isn't until 8, you will get hungry, and that's okay. Just plan to have a mini meal in between that still fits the template, or has at least 2 of the three groups. - Make sure you have enough fat at each meal, which you've already pointed out. In particular, it looks like your breakfast doesn't have any. Ways that I add fat: spoonful of a fat-based sauce over veggies (mayo, ghee, tahini, etc.), adding a handful of nuts over my salad, when in doubt drizzling olive oil over my meal. NomNom Paleo has a great recipe section on her blog with lots of different sauces/condiments I would suggest taking a look at. Hope this is helpful!