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    Struggling to Make Mayo

    Homemade mayo is a game changer!! Even when I'm not officially whole30ing I make my own...so versatile and delicious :-) Congrats!
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    Struggling to Make Mayo

    You definitely want Light Tasting Olive Oil - the bottle should say just that!
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    It's definitely an acquired taste...very carbonated and vinegary. There are flavors that I love and others that I can't stand - it's just all about your personal preference. I don't think they taste like alcohol, but that's just me. Some people don't like the smell but enjoy the taste, so you might consider drinking it through a cup with a cover and a straw. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they often have it on tap. An employee might be able to give you a sample to try! Or, buy a bottle (GTs is great!) in a flavor that sounds good to you, and dilute it with a seltzer until you get more used to it!
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    Whole 30 Day 23 - Help!

    Nuts can be really hard on your digestion! In the past when I've been having stomach troubles the first thing I always notice is that I'm eating more nuts than normal. Try bumping up your meal sizes so you don't need to snack, and try a different fat source! Also, raw veggies can be hard on your stomach!
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    Reintroducing nuts

    Personally I would try each separately. Maybe start with the ones you know you might want to eat a lot of in your food freedom?
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    Day 27 Gut still not happy

    Not sure if this is contributing to your gut problems, but I don't think you're eating enough in general, and definitely not enough veggies! Also not a lot of fat. How long did it take you to feel hungry after that lunch of chicken thighs and 5 pieces of cucumber and pineapple? I would be STARVING in like 30 minutes! Your body just might not be adjusting completely because you're under eating!
  7. At a quick glance, you are for sure not eating enough, which will contribute to your low energy and no Tiger Blood. It can also adversely affect weight loss. You only eat two hard boiled eggs for breakfast?! I would DIE lol...you need to add veggies and plated fat to make that a complete meal. You also don't list any plated fat with lunch or dinner so make sure you're including it there too. You'll also want to add mini-meals before and after your workouts, especially if they're cardio/strength training.
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    Day 12: stinky gas since I started

    I use the Natural Calm magnesium, and have been taking it at night since it makes me sleepy. This is the tea that I tried and had some good luck with. https://thrivemarket.com/p/traditional-medicinals-organic-smooth-move-tea?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla&utm_medium=pla&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Shopping_Food_Beverages&utm_content=032917002006&utm_term=google-pla_na&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiYjf_8zg2wIVx1mGCh2cww15EAYYASABEgLT1vD_BwE
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    Day 12: stinky gas since I started

    I've been having some digestion/bloating/constipation issues the past week or so, and I have cut out almost all of the FODMAP foods I was eating (TONS of avocado, apples, almost every veggie), got some "Smooth Move" tea, and got back into my regular magnesium habit. The tea has helped a lot with the constipation...I've just had two cups, one per night and already have relief. And I'm hoping that limiting the FODMAPS and getting back to taking the magnesium will help me stay more regular. I will probably only have the tea one more night, since it's definitely a laxative and I don't want to rely on that or get into a bad habit, you know?
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    Day 17 and exhausted

    So many fat options! Make some mayo and mix it with different spices, or mustard/hot sauce to dip veggies and protein in. Pesto is delicious and versatile, olives, any oil based salad dressing (dump ranch, balsamic vinaigrette, etc).
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    Warped Mentality

    There's no harm in making a few Food Freedom "rules" for yourself! I definitely do this, and it helps me a ton. To me that doesn't feel like restriction, and it actually helps my brain making decisions because I am much better at abstaining than moderating.
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    Easy Lunch Ideas

    Taco bowls are a great lunch option! Ground beef/turkey/chicken with a homemade taco seasoning, salsa, veggies, olives, guac, avocado etc.
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    Day 28 - tired all the time

    You're definitely not eating enough food - almost no veggies all day and lots of fruit. It looks like you're getting enough fat though, so that's good! Look at the template again and make sure you're having a boatload of veggies with every meal and you'll definitely want to limit fruits. I know it's tempting in the summer, but if you're having real trouble with your energy levels you'll want to cut it out.
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    What do you make with mayo?

    I like to mix mine with hot sauce or spicy brown mustard to dip my meat or baked sweet potato fries in! Or to mix into a taco bowl to give it a nice creamy element. Brussels sprouts sauteed in a cast iron finished with the mayo/mustard combo is SO GOOD!!
  15. I've been "riding my own bike" for about 3 years now...here's what it means to me personally. I try to keep all the food I make for myself whole30 approved. On any given week, that means breakfast, lunch and dinner M-F. Then if something unexpected comes up - an unplanned work lunch, or a dinner at my sister's I can do the best I can to stick to the foods I know work best for me, and just get right back to my routine easily. Basically, I try to eat W30 90% of the time. But I'm not actually keeping track of anything.. As far as knowing when foods are "worth it", you have to first know how they will affect you. I'll use this example - I know that dairy makes my face break out for a few days. On a random week in May, I might crave ice cream, think about what I have going on, and determine if having a few breakouts on my face will bother me. If not, I'll have the ice cream and deal with the consequences. Alternatively, if I am craving ice cream the week before my wedding, even though I REEEALLY want it, I will skip it because having a breakout before that very special day will cause me so much stress. I just know this about myself. So I'm always evaluating the consequences, and if I want to deal with them. If I have something important coming up where I want to look and feel my best, I'll probably say those foods that make me feel bad are not worth it more. Does that make sense? It takes a while to figure all that out, and it's okay to have your own "rules" in your food freedom and while riding your own bike. Personally, I am an abstainer, and I am a crappy moderator. Yes and No, black and white work really well for me, so having a few of my own rules in my food freedom actually makes me less stressed out and feel more in control!