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  1. Hi all, any other Whole 30-ers in Washington DC? I'm on Day 6 and I cook a lot, but wanted to share how I've managed to go to restaurants so far. Hope others will contribute a few ideas, too! Casual dining: Sweetgreen, Cava, Beefsteak, Taylor Gourmet, Pleasant Pops (if you can resist the popsicles!)... DC is at no loss of good, fresh, fast-casual restaurants for the 9-to-5 lunch crowd. You just need to (nicely) request substitutions, oil and vinegar dressings, etc. etc. Restaurants: Agora, Zaytinya... Middle Eastern has been the way to go for me. Plenty of compliant dips, veggie tapas, and grilled meats to go around. Food shopping: It's August, so farmer's markets are your best bet! Honestly, going to Safeway is uncomfortable, Whole Foods has too many "healthy" temptations, but the Dupont Farmer's Market made me so happy. Just walk really quickly past Keswick cheeses.
  2. I will be wrapping this round (R4!) on the 30th of March and originally planned on following the full reintroduction schedule. However since beginning this round, I committed to travel for a conference & leave on April 3. Obviously this makes a regular reintroduction difficult. I plan on making eating as compliant as I can and want to continue this lifestyle post-trip to really dial in my food freedom. My thought is to go back on a W10 when I'm back and then doing a formal reintroduction then. I already know that I do not plan on reintroducing legumes as I already know they don't work well for me, and pre-W30 I really didn't eat very much bread or processed stuff. I do miss cheese & the occasional wine, as know that sometimes they both can make me congested. I want (and need) to feel well on the trip because I'll be presenting at the conference, but I also want to feel like I can go off plan without feeling crappy since I won't have *total* control of meals at awards banquets and social functions. Do any of you have thoughts on what I should do with those 4 days prior to leaving or am I just overthinking it since my intention is to stay as compliant as I can while away (maybe a glass of wine or something, maybe a "worth it" dessert, and not stressing too much about meals)?
  3. Hi, I've seen a few posts about other consultants who travel Mon-Thurs/Fri every week like myself. Although, a lot of the travel recommendations assume a completely unrealistic level of flexibility for weekly, international business travelers. I fly from the US to Canada (usually Toronto) every week. People suggest taking food/snacks with them, but of course I'm only allowed to transport pre-packaged food through customs. Raw fruits, vegetables and meats are definitely not allowed. On Thurs/Fri, I leave the office at 3pm for a 6pm flight and I usually land at 11pm (assuming no delays), so I really have to eat at the airport or wait until I get home. The terminal has a burger place (Nobel Burger Bar), a fro-yo place, pre-packaged food stand and a Starbucks (worst airport terminal ever!!) Unfortunately, Nobel is always very busy and they are not at all accommodating to answering questions about ingredients or customized orders (I've tried). Other than a banana and black coffee/tea, is anything that I could eat at Starbucks? (Not that a banana with coffee is the worst dinner - I could make that work) Any creative suggestions that I'm missing would be greatly appreciated!! Whole Foods and Trader Joe's don't exist, but there is a place called Longo's which is a small market. I can buy food for the week here on Monday night. I'm in the financial district and I'm sure there are places that I could find a whole30 meal, but most are not at a price that I can afford (i.e. within my per diem limit). Steaks are $35+. I can spend about $15 per meal. I don't have control over which hotel I stay at, so places with a kitchen are not an option. They do not have a microwave that I can use (I asked). I might be able to get a refrigerator on occasion, but we get major corporate discounts on the hotel rates, so preference is given to full paying guests, unless I pay $50 per night. (My company won't cover it and I definitely can't afford that)... ...BUT (silver lining) there are fruits/vegetables which don't have to be cold or cooked. I'm thinking that I can just eat avocado, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes and apples plain. I'm not a huge fan, but I can also eat plain shashimi on occasion so that I get some protein. Again, any creative suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! (especially regarding protein - typically I'm a big protein person, but all my regular go-to's break the rules on one way or another) Is this realistic or am I just kidding myself? My family, friends and work colleagues keep telling me that this program isn't for me and that I just don't have the flexibility to be successful. They're worried that my determination to adhere to the program will lead me to skipping meals and putting my health in jeopardy.
  4. Hi all, I'm travelling to Phoenix next week for work and will be right in the middle of my first Whole30. I'll be staying close to Biltmore Fashion Center at a hotel next to a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's but was hoping someone would know some good restaurants in the area. Thanks in advance!
  5. Ciao! I've been to Italy before, in fact I've lived there, and I definitely subsided mostly on pizza, pasta, panini and gelato... I will be there for three weeks in July by which time I will have been w30/w9/paleo for 1 year, with no desire to go back to old ways of eating. I guess I'm mostly concerned about what to do without my daily sweet potato in the morning. We are staying in different places, the easiest will be when we stay in apartments (then I can cook breakfast and dinner), but will also be at family/friend homes and b&bs. I'm going to search for the sweet potatoes in the different outdoor markets in rome and if i find then, stock up for the 3 weeks. Does anyone have any other suggestions or experiences? I will choose certain indulgences, but I definitely don't want to feel gross and bloated the whole time I'm there! When eating at family homes, I'm worried about being rude if I don't eat bread and pasta... Aiutatemi! (Help me!)
  6. HELP! -- Chaperoning a Camping Trip

    Overnight Thurs to Fri. FML -- what am I gonna eat? i can pack cans of tuna. But where will i strain and drain? Gotta be a sink in the cafeteria. i guess?? Last time I was at this camp I was in 5th grade so I can't remember. Tips? Advice?
  7. Traveling for Work

    I am traveling for work next week and have eliminated nuts & eggs from the second half of my Whole30. This doesn't leave me with a lot of quick, on-the-go options, particularly for breakfast. We are flying and staying in a hotel, plus will be doing client meetings and lunches/dinners out. Any suggestions on how to stay compliant????
  8. So, here's the deal. My wife and I are taking our two girls to Disney World in a week. We have had this trip planned for a long time and are very excited. I had thought about saving Whole30 until after this trip but really wanted to start the process of feeling better so I could really enjoy the Disney experience. Now I feel better but realize this is not going to be an easy trip as a Whole30 convert. We are staying on Disney property and do not have the ability to eat out for every single meal. We need some easy to store and take food ideas that we can pack in our bags for the flight. We will eat out for one meal but will need something to eat for breakfast and lunch. Then, some snacks. Ideas?
  9. I'm going up the coast (well, as much as I can of Route 1 since a solid 40 miles of it are closed from the floods!). I'm already a very picky eater, which made going out challenging BEFORE Whole30, so I'd like to bug waiters and staff as little as I possible can while going up the coast. Has anyone else taken the 1 or 101 through California while on the Whole30? Did you find any good restaurants that have decent compliant meals or are accommodating? I'm specifically looking at San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Monterrey. Thinking anything in the Redwoods area may be a long shot. Thanks!
  10. I need help figuring out how I can stick to Whole 30 while on a trip in Asia! I suddenly need to book a trip to Asia for the funeral of a close relative, in the middle of my first Whole 30. I'm nervous because I know there aren't Whole 30 appropriate restaurants there, and it is difficult to get Whole 30 type food even at the outdoor markets or grocery stores there. I won't be able to read ingredients lists and labels. I'll be with relatives the entire time and we'll be eating out for every meal, and most, if not all, places won't have Whole 30 options for me. I know my relatives won't understand Whole 30 or my reasons, and it will be a struggle to explain why I am being difficult. They are also all in mourning so I don't want to be too much of a hassle, as they have to drive me around everywhere and feed me. I know everyone's priority is the funeral and everything related to the passing of my relative, and I feel guilty for still wanting to prioritize Whole 30; I know it will cause trouble and headache for everyone but it's important to me to stick to it even in the midst of what's happening. Any suggestions for what I should do? Should I just buy a ton of Whole 30 approved beef jerky, Lara Bars, nuts, and bring those with me and eat them for the entire week(s) I'm there?
  11. Hey guys!! I've done 2 rounds of Whole30 before and I LOVE how I feel after. This time I'm getting in shape for an upcoming trip, and this week I'm preparing for my March 1st start date by researching (reading the 30 day guide as fast as possible), printing my favourite recipes for easy access, and talking to my friends about my journey! If you would like to chat about Whole30 and nutrition, (and maybe you even have some travel suggestions for Australia) please join me!! We can keep each other excited, motivated and accountable ☺
  12. Hi guys! I'm new to the program (going on day 4!) Does anyone else live in Charlotte and have any suggestions for restaurants/items on the menu you've found success with? I was successful with one in Plaza Midwood: Bang Bang Burger by ordering their burger bowl (basically a salad) but was hoping for some other suggestions. I also travel a lot to other parts of the country so if anyone has any regular items they'd like to share from other chain restaurants that'd be great too! Thanks in advance!
  13. On the go Snacks

    Hi there! The Whole30 Daily keeps referring to Primal Pacs, but the Primal PAC online store is 'temporarily closed'. What are other brands and options for snacks on the go? I am on Day 11 and would LOVE something easy to grab and simple for an after workout snack. I also have a business trip next week I would like to be WHOLE 30 prepared for. Thanks!
  14. Hey I'm Laura! I am traveling the world and working remotely for a year. I move to a new country every month. I am now on my 5th month living in The Czech Republic and in a few days I'll be moving to Valencia, Spain (where I'll be all January). This will be my first time in Spain and it is also where I will be starting my 1st WHOLE 30. I know , I know...call me crazy for starting in a country with ever-flowing sangria and delicious paella and tapas but I've accepted temptations will always be there and I've been wanting to do this for myself for a while. Also, since traveling and working remotely is my new lifestyle, I want to prove to myself I can be and stay healthy even when traveling and moving around. I would love find 2 accountability buddies for regular check ins, learn about others lifestyles (how do you manage to stay compliant and energized to keep going?!) Let's do this!
  15. Round 4 starting 1-2-17

    Hey ya'll! I just wanted to post about my fourth Whole30 starting January 2, 2017!!!! I did the first three rounds of Whole30 earlier in the year, around summer-time, pretty much concurrently. I had a couple days in between (had a glass of wine, not going to lie) and went back to eating healthy. I lost about 30 pounds, saw a large improvement in my athletic performance, and saw many changes in my overall attitude towards life and food. Looking back, I don't think I was quite ready to go off of the Whole30 rules since I still didn't quite understand my relationship with food. This time, I'd like to take more time to focus on that aspect. When life started getting a little more chaotic and I thought I had my eating habits under control (I'm a binge eater, especially under stress), I started deviating more and more from healthier eating habits. I would eat really well for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner... and then I'd start snacking later at night. I didn't do as horribly during Christmas as I usually do, but I want to get myself back on track in 2017! I'm trying to make my goals not about losing weight... it's really difficult. I want to feel healthier, have more energy (my hypothyroid has really been flaring up with all of the unhealthy eating), eat healthier when I'm on the road for work, and I'm hoping to inspire my boyfriend to eat healthier as well. He's been having a lot of trouble with his weight lately (now that his metabolism is slowing down), and he has expressed wanting to lose the weight and be healthier again. I want to inspire him and help him change his habits. I think it will be better for the both of us to do this as a team, but I know he's not ready to commit to something as drastic as a Whole30 quite yet. At least I know from last time that he LOVES the food! I'm nervous that I will be out of town for work, working 12+ hour days, for two weeks in January. I'm starting to set up a plan and figure out how to get the healthy snacks I need for that time. Luckily, the work is in Florida (I'm from Wisconsin), so I'm hoping there will be plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, and fish! I ordered the new Whole30 cookbook and Melissa's new book on Amazon yesterday and I'm super excited to try some tasty new meals!
  16. Hi All. I am sure this question has been asked before but I am about to go on a long haul trip (Nairobi to DC) and will be in DC for 10 days. My hotel actually has a kitchenette and I'll be walking distance to Whole Foods which is awesome. Looking for some recommendations on products to buy to cook all meals in a small kitchen for this time. I will be exhausted when I get in so looking for quick pre-packaged foods to have initially so I am not tempted. I am packing nuts, fruit and olives and will have access to eggs while traveling. I found some primal pantry bars in case of emergency delays etc. (the trip is two 8 hour flights so a long one!). Welcome any and all thoughts, especially on Whole Foods compliant brands so I don't have to read labels while completely exhausted upon arrival. Thanks!
  17. Consultant - Travel M-Th EACH WEEK.

    Hi Everyone! I started my first whole 30 and am so excited as my job has impacted my health significantly... I'm a consultant so I travel Monday - Thursday for work each week and need some help coming up with recommendations! I'm trying to work with my hotel, but they currently want to charge me an extra $25 a day for a room with a fridge which is outside my company policy. This week I emptied the mini bar (which was way too tempting) so I could put a few hard boiled eggs in there for breakfast, but there's not much room. Luckily I have a whole foods near me, but no way to cook any food. Anyone have any recommendations for precooked items that are compliant besides just the salad bar? Be even better if it didn't require a fridge so I didn't have to go back each day after usually a 12 hour work day. I'm in Branchburg / Morristown New Jersey if anyone has any good restaurant recommendations as well! I really want this to work, but right now it just feels impossible..
  18. Business trip

    Hello Whole30er's! I am embarking on my first business trip while on Whole30. I do this yearly cross-country event for my company (TX, to FL, to CA) and it is typically super fast paced and stressful. I want to go in with a solid plan, but am nervous about having to dine out, or the stress getting to me. Does anyone have similar experience with stressful work trips? Luckily, mine is only 3 days! Do you guys take a cooler inside your carry on, or is that over the top? I have read up and plan on taking the following (I know my first hotel has a mini fridge and micro) in a cooler in my carry on: - hard boiled eggs - baby carrots - almond butter - Epic meat - larabars - thinking about making and taking some homemade dressing? - Tuna packets Any other suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated! Once I get past this hurdle, I will feel like I am in the clear for my January Whole30!
  19. Hi guys! I'm new to the program (going on day 4!) Does anyone else live in Charlotte and have any suggestions for restaurants/items on the menu you've found success with? I was successful with one in Plaza Midwood: Bang Bang Burger by ordering their burger bowl (basically a salad) but was hoping for some other suggestions. I also travel a lot to other parts of the country so if anyone has any regular items they'd like to share from other chain restaurants that'd be great too! Thanks in advance!
  20. Hi everyone! I'm going on a 3-week trip to Thailand, and the first day of my travel out of the U.S. will fall on day 16 of my reintroduction phase. This will be my first Whole 30, and I really, really do not want to hold off on starting - I know myself, and if I tell myself I'll start right after I come back from my trip, it probably won't ever happen. I need to do this while my motivation is high rather than continuously put it off (like I've been doing for the past year and a half, since I first read about Whole 30). However, starting when I'm planning to begin will give me the full 30 days for the elimination phase, but leaves me only 15 days for the reintroduction phase, and I'm wondering if doing Whole 30 will even be worth my time if I only leave myself these two weeks to reintroduce foods. Is there anything I can do to prepare to successfully reintroduce foods while in Thailand? Or should I attempt to reintroduce foods within those short two weeks? I've never been to Thailand before, so I really have no idea what the food is like there or what will be accessible at any point in time. I am at a loss for ideas and a bit discouraged. Any advice at all would be so appreciated! Thanks!! Maddie
  21. I'm on day 20, and feel like my body is on a backslide. This week, I was feeling awesome: steady energy, great mood, etc. Starting two days ago (Day 18), I began feeling bloated and started having some digestive issues. Yesterday (Day 19) and this morning I've had the same digestive issues plus a headache. I haven't experienced these symptoms since the first week of my Whole 30. Is this common? The only culprit I can identify is that while traveling earlier this week, I was eating more fruit than usual. Day 18 diet: Breakfast was eggs and ~2 cups of fruit (pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries), lunch was a chicken breast with sugar-free tomato sauce w/olives and artichoke hearts plus a spinach salad with no dressing, and dinner was a Chipotle burrito bowl (chorizo, lettuce, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, hot salsa, and guacamole). Day 19 diet: Breakfast was a piece of sausage and spinach frittata plus a larabar, lunch was another Chipotle burrito bowl (chorizo, lettuce, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, hot salsa, and guacamole), snack was carrots with guacamole, and dinner was halibut with orange ginger glaze (from Whole30 book) and butternut squash soup. Help!
  22. I'm new and this is my first post. I'm debating on a start date. I was going to jump right in tomorrow, but I'm traveling out of state for a week this Thursday and I'm not sure tomorrow is such a great idea. I will be at the mercy of others, as far as meals go, and will be helping with the care of my elderly mother. I am "semi-retired" now and when I'm home, I'm completely in charge of my meals/meal planning. I also thought about following the program as best I can while I'm gone, but not declaring an "official" start date until I get back. What do you think? I really want to get to the bottom of my digestive issues and really don't want to put things off for another two weeks. I haven't done the program before because I refused to give up dairy for 30 days! I'm trying to be a big girl now and have accepted the possibility that dairy just might be the problem!
  23. Work Travel Challenge

    Next week I have a real challenge coming up. I will be leaving Tuesday morning (8/23) on an overnight business trip for a conference - meaning meals provided to me by others and with others (people I don't really know). Yes I can pack some RX Bars, some nuts and dried fruits, but I can't bring a cooler (flying to the meeting) so I'm limited on items I can bring with me. Also will not have a car when I arrive. The biggest challenge will be the dinner on Tuesday night at an event space at something called "Topgolf" - sounds like a "Chuckie Cheese" for adults. Help? Started my first Whole30 on 8/1 so I will be into days 23 & 24 during this trip.
  24. Hi! I've officially made it to the second half of my Whole30 (wahoo!!), which is scheduled to finish just three days before I end my semester abroad and return to the USA. I've spent 4 months abroad, and tried many culturally-relevant meals prior to beginning the Whole30, but I would really like to enjoy a few local treats and foods before returning home, where they will not be available. While I haven't been craving them, I do want to have them at least one more time. I'd thought this timing was great when I began, as it left a couple days at the end to "indulge" (read: binge, probably) before leaving, but after coming this far and reading "It Starts With Food", I see why the reintroduction phase is important, and I don't want to undo any progress I've made by messing it up. I'm realizing now that in order to eat these foods (meat pies, pancakes from a locally renowned place, a few kinds of biscuits to name the biggest draws), I either have to shorten my Whole30 and complete my reintroduction early, or compromise the 10 day re-introduction to enjoy these within the timeframe. I will also be facing a very long international flight home with several meals, which poses two problems: a) It will likely be harder to eat Whole30 compliant on the flight/follow the reintroduction phase well, and it would be very, very unfortunate to feel very, very ill on a 24 hour travel journey. My goals for the Whole30 were primarily to get rid of the sugar dragon, and choose healthier foods, after I realized that I'd been fueling my body with garbage despite exercising regularly. I hoped to lose some weight, as well, but didn't really have any significant GI/skin/energy issues or suspect any food intolerances. So far, I haven't really noticed any non-scale victories, though I understand that for most, those come in the second half. What's the best course of action, here? Could I simply be conscious of binging and re-introduce gluten-grains at the end of my Whole30 FIRST (and avoid dairy/legumes etc. until I return home), or should I, say, bring back legumes on Day 27 since I don't suspect I'll have a negative reaction?
  25. I've read the Whole 30 and am really anxious to get started. I read everything about picking a start date that will work with your schedule and projecting out 30 days to see what's happening. My issue/ question is: I very much want to start tomorrow (my daughter's birthday, which is meaningful to me) but because I have an extended work trip coming up immediately after the 30 days (I'll be in Chicago at a trade show for 12 days with lots of group dinners), I feel like I won't be able to do the reintroduction properly. Between working long hours at a show with catered sandwiches and group dinners out, I know that the challenge might be too great for that long of a time period. However, I really want to feel the benefits of increased energy as I gear up for the show which is why I want to get started now. So here's my question: do I start it knowing I won't be able to do the reintroduction properly, and then do another immediately following, or should I simply wait until everything is done? I know there's never a "perfect" time. For reference, I'm generally a pretty healthy eater and completed a similar challenge last year (14 Four)... however bad habits of sugar and grains have crept back into my diet and my body is not happy. But I get the basics of it and have done well when I strive to eat meals in compliance. Thoughts???