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Hi everyone this is my first Whole30 and overall I think it's going really well. Today is the halfway mark and I just can't get this off my mind. I have been a vegetarian/vegan for the past 9 years and am now eating animal protein because I am a firm believer that the soy and grain replacement products for meat have been extremely detrimental to my health. I also can't see a way to get enough protein from just plants themselves. Many vegans out there may disagree with me, but after 9 years of trying to nourish myself I am only left with IBS and other inflammatory problems in my body. On the Whole30 my energy is still leveling out but overall I feel much better. HOWEVER, I can't help but feel like I am eating way too much animal meat! I have reinforced my belief system for so long that humans can live healthy, long, sustainable lives completely from plants and too much meat can ruin your health. The Whole30 is really shaking up this value. I have especially drank the cool-aid when it comes to the negative affects of the meat industry on climate change. On Whole30, the only way I can seem to make meals work is if there is an animal protein on the plate. I suppose it's a bit of an existential crisis for me. Does anyone have any research, reflections, or thoughts on this topic they would like to share with me? I know this is not the majority. Most people go through this epic lifestyle change to become vegetarians/vegans and here I am going in the opposite direction. Thank you in advance for all of your help.
Hey everyone. I've been doing the whole30 for 28 days, but this is my first time joining in the forum. I've had the most problems with finding alternatives to Almonds (milk, flour, bars, butter, etc.)! I am allergic to Almonds, and it was this reason that I looked to the whole30: my allergy appeared out of nowhere last June and sent me to the hospital; since then it's been no almonds for me, which has been very difficult since I used to be in the gym a lot and Almond-coconut milk was my go-to (and most available) for blending and recovery. In the w30, I've noticed there is a lot of Almond substituted in, and not having that available has not only been mentally frustrating, it's been distracting me from feeling accomplished, or like the resources I've got available to me are not the WHOLE set that are available for others, and that has been very discouraging. So I want to know, does anyone else suffer from specifically ALMOND ALLERGIES, and what have you done to get around it, or how has it been for you?
Can anyone recommend an alternative to Almond Meal and Almond Milk for someone with a nut allergy? We normally drink Hemp milk but it contains Emulsifier (Sucrose Ester) which is on the no go sugar list so I'm looking for a milk and flour alternative so I can make some of the lovely looking recipes on the Whole30 Instagram account! Thanks
Hey everyone! I started the whole 30 about 2 weeks ago, but caved into some Jack Daniels Honey & Ginger Ale on Day 7....followed by sushi (with rice & soy sauce) and popcorn. Bad!!! I WANT to do this. So I started over and am now on Day 4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook - so that part has been easy for me...at least for dinners. Breakfast & Lunch have been the harder ones. I am not a fan of eggs - I tried them again on Whole30 Take 1 (LOL), and ended up basically just gagging on them. Breakfasts (for me...and YES, I know this is not how I should be doing this*) have consisted of a smoothie: a HUGE handful or two of spinach, a banana, and some frozen strawberries/blueberries, all organic. Then Whole30 compliant (no sugars added) almond milk and almond butter. *I do not have a sweet tooth or a "sugar demon". I am the type of person who avoids desserts, smoothies, etc. on a normal basis for the sheer fact of not really enjoying them. I know that this is not how I'm "supposed" to do the Whole30, but based on my lack of a sweet tooth, I justify it because I cannot find a breakfast I like (unless I happen to have leftovers). Anyway, here's my main issue I've been having: my mental block with ground meats and many veggies. There are certain textures that are making me not quite enjoy this right now (mostly ground meats). I had leftover chili for lunch (ground grass-fed beef) and it tasted good, but the beef was rough. I normally love ground beef - tacos, burritos, pasta sauce) but for some reason, am having issues with it. I don't know if it's because it seems to be more dry than usual (less fat in grass fed?) or what. Do you recommend just avoiding ground meats? Steaks, chops, etc., I could eat all day long - just difficult to prepare for breakfasts/lunches on the go. I'm trying to be better about it....but it's definitely difficult! Any good, quick meals with grass-fed meat? Thanks! Jacquie