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  1. Over the weekend, I travelled from Seattle WA to Spokane WA to see my cousin in concert. Unfortunately I was on Days 5-7 of my 2nd Whole30 round, which as you all know, makes travel + dining out a little bit complicated. However I was able to plan ahead of time by researching restaurant menus, and e-mailing chefs to ask questions. I think this is DEFINITELY the way to go. If you have enough time to plan ahead for dining out, e-mail the restaurant with an outline of the Whole30 rules and ask specific questions about which entrees you'll be able to enjoy. Just make sure to apologize for seeming high-maintenance and say lots of THANK YOUS! Anyway - we wound up at Bruncheonette for brunch and at Clover for dinner. I received such sweet, accommodating e-mail responses from both chefs. At Bruncheonette I was able to have the Verde Hash, sans cheese, with added guacamole. Bruncheonette makes all of their meats, and sauces, in-house from scratch. They use canola oil for the potatoes and eggs, and there are no sugars / sweeteners in the carnitas or in the potato seasoning! My hash included the potato medley, carnitas, peppers & onions, basted eggs, and verde sauce. Totally filling and delish - plus I got veggies, protein, and plated fat with my guacamole. Chef Cody at Clover sent me the following e-mail response: "Hi Anna, Thank you for contacting me directly. We regularly make accommodations for our guests’ dietary needs, so this will be no problem. Having a heads up makes it even easier. Most of our dishes are cooked in an olive/canola blend or clarified butter. We would be happy to use straight olive oil, Lard, Duck Fat or none of the above. Our cured dry chorizo is an item we source, and does have sugar. Our house made chorizo is a great substitute for both the octopus and the Piri Chicken, as my linguica also has sugar. All of our veggies are roasted with salt, pepper and our oil blend. We can always roast fresh veggies for an order as well. Honestly, we can make most of our menu work for you, or I can create something just for you, if you like. We enjoy the challenge and love to test our creative side, with such limitations. It usually ends up the prettiest plate at the table, so I hope we don’t let you down. This weekend, we will be featuring Oregon Rockfish. Our scallops are always top notch. Let me know what direction you would like to go. Have a safe trip to Spokane and we’ll see you on Saturday night!" Again - SUCH customer service! I wound up having a simple dish of the Oregon Rockfish, with a medley of broccolini, mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes garnished with pine nuts. As for travel snacks - I brought with me a baggie of baby carrots w/ a guacamole cup, sliced Fuji apple with almond butter, and RX Bar & Epic Bar, almonds, and olives (no - I did NOT eat all of the above but it was nice to have options).
  2. I ate at work event where the main course was steak and veggies in a light port wine reduction. I removed the mushrooms cooked in Boursin and tried my best to move around the meat and veggies out of the reduction and didn't dip them in the sauce. Did I totally mess this up? I'm on day 4 and would really like to not start over. What would others do with no other meal options and a table full of important people not to mess up in front of? Mind you I skipped dessert and rolls so I'm feeling like this is a huge win no matter what! Thanks!
  3. San Antonio

    Hi everyone! I love the idea of having a Whole30 potluck, or hangout where a group gets together, shares foods, tips, struggles, make new friends, etc. I'm fairly new to San Antonio, Texas and don't know many people except family/a couple coworkers. If anyone lives in the area, and would be interested, please respond and see if we can get together a group of people! I'd host or we could figure out a meeting place. Thanks!
  4. Hello! I started my Whole30 on Monday and today was my first [evening] gym session since. I work until 5, so my plan has been to get home at 5:30 and before or after I change for the gym, I'd eat my protein and fat for pre workout per the template. Today (first time) was a hard boiled egg and half an avocado. Then I'd get home just after 7:30 and we'd eat dinner then. However, tonight I ate AFTER 8pm, which sounds/feels SO late. Can you even eat too late on this? I'm sure you can. The template says to stoayp eating a few hours before bed; I'd take that to mean at least 3. That should work, but only for today, as I don't hope to make going to bed after 11 a habit. Especially when i start my 10 hour days again next week and I work at 6:30a.m. And also, this means I didn't get a post workout meal. Given the timeline of my evening I don't know if I'll be able to fit that in. Not w/o eating a super early dinner...which even in that case would replace the pre workout snack. The pre wo snack is supposed to be small protein which dinner isn't. And the post workout is supposed to be a bonus meal...which it isn't in my current timeline So, really I'm looking for advice on how to handle and properly space out my pre evening workout snack, post workout snack, and dinner when I get home 5:30, leave for the gym before 6:15, and get home around 7:45. HELP! lol. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
  5. I am on day 8 of my 2nd round of Whole 30 (first round was August 2016). The first time I did the Whole 30 I was not exercising daily as I was in the middle of unpacking when we moved into our new home. A 20 minute walk with the dogs was the most I was doing in terms of 'exercise'. The pre/post workout meal was never on my radar. This round I am working out for roughly an hour in the afternoons at 4:30pm. I rotate weekly between HIIT on the treadmill, hot yoga, weight training and rock climbing. My first meal of the day is at 7am, second at noon and I have the pre-wo meal at 3:30ish to prep for my workout. I am getting stuck on the post workout meal and dinner. I know, according to the meal template, that the post workout meal is a bonus meal and not meant to replace dinner, but honestly I end up eating my post workout meal around 6 and I'm done for the night. This meal has the recommended amount of protein and carbs (usually yams or squash, no fruit) and some greens and is eaten within 30 minutes of the end of my workout. I can't bring myself to eat again later in the evening, especially when I go to sleep at 9pm and prefer not to have a full stomach. I am not snacking between meals or at night. I know this is happening because of the time of day I am working out, but it is the best time for my schedule during the work week. Is it ok for me to be replacing dinner with my post workout meal? On weekends, when my schedule is more flexible, is there recommendation of how much time should be between a post workout meal and a regular meal such as lunch or dinner? Thanks in advance. :-)
  6. My first post...couldn't wait to share this find with the Whole30 community! For dinner tonight, we tried a new item from Sam's Club called Member's Mark Hardwood Smoked Authentic Pitmaster Seasoned Pulled Pork and my family all agreed it was delicious! It comes in a 2 lb. package and can be either heated in the oven for 30 mins or microwaved for 6 mins which is what I did. It does not come in or with any sauce so you can add your own after heating or do what we did -- ate it with a hearty kale salad with grapes, apples, pecans, raw beets, shredded carrots, and tomatoes (dressed with Tessemae's Creamy Ranch)! Can't remember the price but I think it was around $10. It fed 2 adults and 2 teen boys with leftovers, and we are not dainty eaters! We all enjoyed the smoky/savory yet not too salty flavor, and the meat was tender and not fatty. The package says it was slow smoked for 8 hours. I will definitely return to Sam's for more. So many ways to use it for a quick meal! Ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Paprika, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder.
  7. Hi, I started whole30 recently (first timer). Tomorrow (October 15th) is going to be my 17th day. So far so good. Here comes the challenge: I need to attend a wedding reception tomorrow evening. I am in dilemma what should I eat at wedding etc. If I do not eat, that will look rude. Please advice. Thanks, O
  8. Today is Day 2 of my whole30. I read that if you workout (which I do) you need to have a pre-workout & post-workout. I just ate my post-workout meal (It's 7:00pm where I am) & although it says that the post-workout meal is NOT a replacement meal, it's an additional meal... I can't imagine eating again before bed (I go to sleep around 10:00pm). What do I do?
  9. Hello! Heading to Vancouver, BC next week and am curious about local recommendations for dining out...staying downtown for the most part and the Westin Grand has a microwave and fridge in the room but, its food festival time so thought I'd see if there were any local favorites i should think about trying that have an ease of accomodating whole 30 when requested nicely and politely.:-) Thanks in advance!
  10. How much and when?

    Hi guys. I'm reasonably clued up when it comes to healthy eating, paleo (although I haven't committed to it before), few carbs, eating clean etc, but I'm not sure where to start when it comes to portion sizes with whole 30. Are there guidelines somewhere around how much of certain things you're allowed to eat? For example - dried fruit - yum - but I know it's not going to be ok to smash a bag of dried cranberries after dinner. Same with Olive Oil on salads, and portion size of steak? It would be great if someone could shed some light for me. thank you
  11. Tomorrow is day 9 for me and all is going really well. A few of our friends have group dinners every other week and we all rotate cooking. Next dinner is tomorrow and it’s not our turn this time around (luckily it will be in 2 weeks on day 23), so we aren’t in control of what is made for dinner. Knowing we are doing Whole30, the host this week said she would make tacos so that we can partake in dinner, though despite her efforts, I know it is hard to even find compliant taco seasoning and I doubt the meal will actually end up being compliant. So, do I: a) Go to dinner, turn a blind eye to seasoning ingredients, and eat what is provided as long as it isn’t obviously noncompliant, b ) Go to dinner and ask what the ingredients of everything is and risk telling her that after all her efforts to make something for us, “Sorry, I can’t have the dinner you made,” c) Secretly eat some dinner at home before going over and then only nibble on what is provided that is in the clear, or d) Bail and not go, making dinner for myself at home? If she wasn’t making an effort, I would simply bring my own dinner and have what I could when I got there, but now it feels rude to show up and not eat anything since she is catering to us. I know she means well, but I'd almost rather her do her own thing and we'll figure dinner out ourselves. If this was post-Whole 30, I would use this as a treat and not mind having noncompliant taco seasoning, but I’m in the middle of it right now. No cheats, no slips. Those are the rules. How do you handle situations like this without being rude?
  12. Cooking for vegans!

    Oh, lordy. I think I have gotten myself into a pickle. I'm almost done with my 3rd Whole30 but will be continuing for at least a few more weeks before I reintroduce anything off-plan. I just made dinner plans to have my friend and her husband come over for dinner... and they are both vegan. No fish, no meats, no eggs. WHAT in the world can I dish up that we can all eat? Or am I stuck making two main courses? I don't mind that if it's a last resort, but I am wracking my brains trying to think of something! Thanks for your help!
  13. After School Snack

    HI! I'm in high school so every morning when i wakeup i eat a good breakfast at around 7:15-ish but then at about 10:45 i have to eat lunch because that's when my scedule says it is. i can't really eat in another class because i have no time. this wouldn't be that much of a problem but 1)i'm not overly hungry by that time and 2)when i get home (about 3:30-ish) i am STARVING! i need an afterschool snack! any ideas?? i would still eat a normal whole30 dinner like i would without school so it doesn't need to be a huge meal! thank you! i would also like to avoid nuts and fruit because i feel like they awake my sugar dragon (:
  14. Sharing this recipe with you all.
  15. I am currently on day 11 of my first whole30. I am really committed and excited but just found out that I will be spending the last week of my whole30 traveling to Juarez Mexico for work. Unfortunately, my company does not view Juarez as a safe enough place for workers to leave the manufacturing facility (it is a "compound" surrounded by walls with guarded entries and exits) Workers eat in the cafeteria inside the facility. The cafeteria is focused on providing satiating meals for workers twice a day who may not be getting nutrition elsewhere. I am concerned that there are usually very few options for someone attempting to eat whole30, and I am concerned about asking for special consideration given that I don't want to be a primadonna when many of the people there are simply thankful for food to eat. In the past, I have tried to bring my own food into the facility, but I was usually bringing last night's dinner or other non-whole30 fare. I will be traveling for about a day to get to El Paso, will stay in El Paso, and will need to cross the boarder each day to go to work. I would like ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and portable snacks (sometimes my days turn into 10-12 hours) Please keep in mind that they will need to survive a full day of airplane travel to get to El Paso. Also, in my hotel room I will have a minifridge and a microwave, and at work I will have acess to a fridge and a microwave. Other info: Unfortunately, I hate canned tuna/fish. I know it is super convinient to bring for lunches but even the smell makes me gag. They do not have Whole Foods in El Paso Any advice is welcome. I know that I can get a salad from chipotle, but thats pretty much my go-to travel meal right now, so I'd like some varied options if possible. I'm concerned that eating beef jerky for a week because I'm trying to stay compliant will defeat the purpose of this whole thing! Thanks!
  16. Wedding to go to

    This week - when I will be on the 6th day of my whole30 I have a wedding to attend. Not only do I need to go there but I also need to photograph there. On the one hand that is a good thing as it will keep me busy but on the other hand; when I am tired I am afraid I might give in to temptations.. I'm not so much afraid for the weddingcake but the dinner is going to be a challenge... Any tips for dealing with weddings in particular? It's really not an option to bring food. The couple (also friends) will be insulted if we do! But I also don't want to jeopardize my whole30...
  17. Eggs in Purgatory

    Being the smug jerk I am sometimes, I thought I came up with a brilliant, albeit bizarre, PERFECT Whole30 meal. Turns out, it's totally already a thing. Oh well. I hate the name though, so maybe I'll revamp and rename it and pretend it's new Eggs in Purgatory: Poach eggs in tomato sauce. Add stuff. Eat. For real! Make some homemade marinara with those buckets of tomatoes you've been getting from your co-op (or is that just in AZ?) OR buy some W30 compliant sauce. Bring it to a simmer in a skillet, and gently lower as many eggs as you like into the sauce. Cover with a lid and let cook for ~4 minutes. I spooned out the first two onto a bed of steamed broccoli, dumped more sauce on top, and devoured! Some other ideas are to add sauteed veggies (onion, mushroom, garlic, asparagus?!) or to eat on a bed of spaghetti squash. Eggs and tomato sauce sounds bizarre but Ohhhh man is it good eats. BONUS: super easy to reheat for work lunch or whatever. I brought a tupperware with two eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, and sauce and it's a great lunch!
  18. Whole30 Cupcakes!

    Now the title is probably going to freak a lot of you out. I did NOT make actual cupcakes or do any paleo baking. What I did make was compliant meatballs and mashed sweet potato...and I assembled this like a cupcake by popping the finished meatballs in mini cupcake wrappers and piping the sweet potato on top. Some of you may say it's psychologically cheating but I personally don't think so. Cooking my eggs in a metal cookie cutter on the pan doesn't trick my brain into thinking I'm cookie any more than this recipe makes me think I'm eating a cupcake. I'm 17 and I'm a baker so the whole30 has been life changing but not as fun as eating normally. I've pretty much slayed my sugar dragon on the 19 days I have been on this program and I feel better than I have in a long time! And after tonight's dinner I don't feel like I've cheated or need to have sugar at all. The nutrients of whole food is still there and I don't think it counts as paleo baking whatsoever. If you do, feel free to explain why. I wanted to share a little whole30 fun to those who have wanted to entertain guests and still eat what they are eating. Because how nice would it be to have a dinner party that is still fun without having to explain why you aren't eating certain things.
  19. Hey guys! I am currently on Day 15 of my W30, yippeee for me! It's been going good and I am still going strong, to the point where I am considering turning this W30 into a W100 but we shall see how that pans out. My question for you all is regarding dinner time. My weekday schedule is wonky. I don't usually leave the office which is about 35minutes away from home until about 5:30PM-6:00PM and I have to make two stops before I even get home. I usually make dinner to last us a few nights so I am typically cooking about 2 nights a week, not too bad. My main issue is that we end up eating dinner very very late. Anywhere between 8:00PM-8:30PM, sometimes it's already closer to 9:00PM. I try and get to bed between 10:00PM and 11:00PM. Do you guys think eating dinner this late in the day is affecting my progress? Are late dinners a complete no-no? Some say yes, soem say no but I am more curious to see what others on this forum have to say about this. Thanks in advance guys!
  20. Let's get cooking!

    Hey All! So I just came back from paleo shopping.....imagine my grocery bill! I also understand when switching to healthy food the initial cost is always the most....almost/coconut flour.....coconut/olive oil....MANY SPICES.....veggies, meats, stuff to make sauce, etc. My questions is, what is everyone having for dinner? Tonight I'm making coconut chicken with sauteed veggies and a baked sweet potato (ghee came in the mail today so also eager to try that out!) I also plan on making paleo ketchup and some strawberry salsa.
  21. So, I just finished whole30 (today!). I wrote a blog post and shared 3 of my favorite recipes for each meal of the day. They are definitely ones that I"ll be making over and over again! Here is the link if you are interested:
  22. I started with W30 and felt so good I decided to continue on. So on day 46, I went to dinner for the first time and had my first glass of wine. I noticed several things about my evening out that I would like to share. I had a compliant dinner. I called the restaurant ahead of time and found out how things were prepared and made my decision before going. I even took my own salad dressing. I had a steak, salad and sauteed veggies. I also had a glass of cabernet. When I finished my dinner, I noticed that I was not at all satisfied. I was not hungry but didn't feel that I was done. I don't know if it was because the veggie serving was significantly smaller than I would have at home or what. The wine tasted VERY sweet and I was so surprised at how it woke my sugar dragon!!! I didn't think my dragon was that strong because he had not shown himself at all in 45 days!!! Given the fact that I didn't feel satisfied after dinner and had a horrible sweet tooth when I got home I ate at least 6 dates (maybe more) with home made pecan butter! I could have kept going! I could not believe how out of control I was. I had to get ready for bed in order to stop eating. I'm thankful that I didn't have anything in the house such as chocolate but boy do I feel kind of icky this morning. I don't think my sleep was as restful as it normally is and I am not hungry this morning. I'm really not sure that it was worth all of that to have that glass of wine.
  23. So I came across this fella a little while ago, and it struck me how many of these recipies are only an ingredient or two away from being compliant, and that the whole point of them is that they're super easy! Has anyone tried these or a is a fan of one tray oven dinners? Also good to see something so...templatey? as their recommendation for the base of the recipes (protien+veg+fat)
  24. Kale & Spicy Sausage Soup!

    I made a homemade, really yummy soup the other night. If you like the sound of the title check it out on my blog! http://freckledfoodi...-sausage-soup-i Enjoy
  25. AH-mazing Coconut Shrimp!

    Made THE best dinner tonight and I had to share. Seriously delectable. I also roasted some brussel sprouts and carrots from my farmer's market to eat on the side Chili Coconut Shrimp! Serving size can vary, I made 10 shrimpies - put three egg whites into a shallow bowl - in another bowl mix about a cup of shredded coconut with 1 tsp chili powder and half a tsp smoked paprika. You could use whatever other spices you like as well! - heat about a tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan - coat uncooked shrimp with egg whites then dredge in the coconut (I pushed more on with my fingers so they were VERY coated) - place shrimp into hot oil - let shrimp cook for 3 or so minutes until the shrimp start to curl and turn pinkish - flip only once and let cook for another couple minutes These babies don't need anything else, no dunking or topping. So flavorful and rich Enjoy!