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    racheleats reacted to ashleypm in Can you please help me understand "technically compliant but off limits foods"?   
    Thank you! This has been really helpful to me! Some of my takeaways are: 
    (1) We shouldn’t be trying to replicate unhealthy items, because that’s not the spirit of Whole30 AND it just might make us crave the real thing!
    (2) Many of these technically compliant items are still not incredibly healthy, and we can and should be opting for healthier whole food choices wherever we can. 
    (3) While some technically compliant items are just against the rules (like banana and egg “pancakes”), many other technically compliant items are subjective and require specific context. So while eating a bar for a sugar fix is not in the spirit of Whole30, eating a bar as a good option on a delayed plane could be in the spirit of Whole30. 
    Again, really appreciate the support and I’m excited to keep learning before launching 9/10!
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    racheleats reacted to kaydeebakes in Struggling to Make Mayo   
    Alright ladies- here’s what I learned:
    1. I’ve been using my immersion blender incorrectly. Now I’m double excited to use this tool!
    2. Light tasting olive oil is an actual thing AND it’s amazing. 
    3. This forum is awesome. I’m so glad I wrote in. Everyone has been super supportive and helpful which is great because...
    4. I CAN MAKE HOMEMADE MAYO AND IT’S DELICIOUS. 
    I’m so excited. Thank you all so much for your help!!!
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    racheleats reacted to -Kara in Kombucha   
    "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!"
     
    Thanks! I will check out the Whole foods next time I am there!
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from -Kara in Kombucha   
    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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    racheleats got a reaction from Laura55 in What does "riding your own bike" mean to you?   
    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!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Schwich in Any tips or warnings for 'life after Whole 30' for emotional eaters or carb addicts?   
    My best advice going forward is to reframe your thinking. Don't think of emotional eating or carb binging as a failure or anything negative. Use it as a learning experience. If it happens again, ask yourself a few questions when it's over - what were you feeling? Did anything specific happen to trigger it? Then, go back to W30 for a day or two until you feel back in control, and then reflect on the questions you asked yourself. Then, next time you experience those feelings or the event occurs again, you can try another "coping" mechanism. Maybe try going for a walk. Clean out the closet that you've been putting off organizing. Wait until the feeling passes and then move on to the next thing!
    You probably won't NEVER binge on carbs or eat emotionally again, but recognizing the signs and figuring out some other ways to handle it will help you a little more each time!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Tarrantrl in Day 20- no tiger blood, no energy, and no change   
    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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    racheleats got a reaction from RandiW in 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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    racheleats reacted to annael in Day 12: stinky gas since I started   
    ok thank, i see the major component is senna leaves, i know it! i thx
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    racheleats got a reaction from annael in 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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    racheleats got a reaction from annael in 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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    racheleats reacted to Alura in Starting today!!! Gotta lose weight-I don't want health issues   
    Thank you!  I'll definitely take your advice. 
    I think that's what happened to me with other diets, my boy/hormones got stressed out.  I hadn't lost much weight in the last 2 years and I thought my food intake was fine.
    I'm glad to be eliminating things.  I'm not into legumes or dairy anyhow.  But eliminating all sugar is gonna be so tricky because it's everywhere!
    Thank you!!
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    racheleats got a reaction from LizaQ in Starting today!!! Gotta lose weight-I don't want health issues   
    Good luck!! Remember, try not to tweak the whole30 to get more weight loss (skipping meals, not eating enough fat, undereating, etc.). In the long run that will not help you, and can often have the opposite effect of what you want since your hormones will still be stressed out!
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    racheleats got a reaction from LizaQ in Starting today!!! Gotta lose weight-I don't want health issues   
    Good luck!! Remember, try not to tweak the whole30 to get more weight loss (skipping meals, not eating enough fat, undereating, etc.). In the long run that will not help you, and can often have the opposite effect of what you want since your hormones will still be stressed out!
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    racheleats got a reaction from bkruse in Living with Non-Whole30'ers   
    Talk to them about it when they ask, or when an incident like the angel food cake confusion (lol) comes up - otherwise I would just keep on making your delicious meals and reaping all the benefits! Whenever I am with a group of people not doing a w30, I always offer to cook or bring the food. That's probably a lot for you to do ALL the time, but it makes it less awkward to have to tell someone how and what you can eat, and you can totally make a meal that's perfect for you! And that everyone else will enjoy.
    When I did my first w30, I got lots of comments about my "weird diet", but now 4 years later, I live a mostly w30 lifestyle and all my family and friends know about it (and some have done it themselves) so it's definitely less uncomfortable now! Good luck!!
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    racheleats got a reaction from LizaQ in Starting today!!! Gotta lose weight-I don't want health issues   
    Good luck!! Remember, try not to tweak the whole30 to get more weight loss (skipping meals, not eating enough fat, undereating, etc.). In the long run that will not help you, and can often have the opposite effect of what you want since your hormones will still be stressed out!
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    racheleats got a reaction from bkruse in Living with Non-Whole30'ers   
    Talk to them about it when they ask, or when an incident like the angel food cake confusion (lol) comes up - otherwise I would just keep on making your delicious meals and reaping all the benefits! Whenever I am with a group of people not doing a w30, I always offer to cook or bring the food. That's probably a lot for you to do ALL the time, but it makes it less awkward to have to tell someone how and what you can eat, and you can totally make a meal that's perfect for you! And that everyone else will enjoy.
    When I did my first w30, I got lots of comments about my "weird diet", but now 4 years later, I live a mostly w30 lifestyle and all my family and friends know about it (and some have done it themselves) so it's definitely less uncomfortable now! Good luck!!
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    racheleats reacted to ilanam in Day 9 - Nothing Appeals   
    Thank you all! Now being on day 16 i feel like i have really hit my stride. I have moved on to more interesting meals and i actually feel like at work i am snacking a lot less!
    Maybe i just had to hit that day where the flip switched. I am using nomnom paleo cookbooks now and adjusting to make them whole 30 compliant and everything has been so tasty and satisfying!
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    racheleats reacted to darianrd in day 26 and i just wanna quit   
    Thanks, Shannon!! I decided not to quit and I mad an awesome Whole30 meal today and that gave me energy and I feel better! thanks also for replying!
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from suzannes in Doing this solo - in a house of non-particiants   
    There can't be hidden things that they don't list on the ingredients, but you've got the right idea limiting nuts and nut butters, they're not the best choices for fats and they can really disrupt digestion!
    @StefM Try to stay away from anything to "replace" your regular post dinner dessert. Replacing ice cream with a fruit bowl full of nut butter and coconut shreds while technically compliant completely misses the point of the program - resetting your habits and warding off sugar cravings. If you're craving something sweet give yourself something salty like olives instead. Save the fruit/nut butter for after your 30 days, because it does sound delicious! That really does suck that your husband is "teasing" you with the ice cream - not so supportive at all!!
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    racheleats got a reaction from ladyshanny in Not a fan of Avocado or Coconut   
    Here's what I would do with your breakfast - add a tsp of ghee to the sweet potatoes AFTER they are cooked, make the mayo into ranch dressing (or get tessemae's ranch) and drizzle over the veggies/sausage, or you could mix the mayo with some spices or just have it plain and dip the chicken sausage in it!
    You could also add some more roasted veggies to bulk it up and that should hold you over a little longer!
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    racheleats got a reaction from ladyshanny in Not a fan of Avocado or Coconut   
    Here's what I would do with your breakfast - add a tsp of ghee to the sweet potatoes AFTER they are cooked, make the mayo into ranch dressing (or get tessemae's ranch) and drizzle over the veggies/sausage, or you could mix the mayo with some spices or just have it plain and dip the chicken sausage in it!
    You could also add some more roasted veggies to bulk it up and that should hold you over a little longer!
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    racheleats got a reaction from JaneH55 in Do I have to start over?   
    Hang in there! It can take a few days of adjusting with the meal sizes/template but you'll figure it out and then from there it's smooth sailing!
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    racheleats reacted to suzannes in Breakfast struggles   
    @SugarcubeOD and @ladyshanny and all the moderators are great, super helpful - I wouldn't want to do this (for the 1st time) without you and the forums, but especially you *on* the forums. Thank you!! 
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    racheleats reacted to sweetcee in Day 20 and bummed   
    I’m allergic to avocado and don’t love mayo (texture), so I eat a lot of olives and coconut flakes/shreds. I also use ghee, Tessemae’s, and ranch dressing as added fat. Like, drizzle ghee on veggies after cooking. And bacon or prosciutto sometimes.