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Day 5 and so far, so good, I guess. But maybe I'm taking this no sugar thing too far??? I cannot find ANY sort of bacon or lunch meat (even organic) that does NOT have sugar. Same thing with jerky....

And we're going out of town this weekend, and I'm TOTALLY stressed out because what the heck am I going to be able to eat in any restaurant? I mean, even a cobb salad with no cheese will have ham or bacon or turkey that contains sugar.... OH! And, I discovered that the cashews I was eating have PEANUT oil....WTH???? So does that blow me out of the water so I have to start over?

Am I having a carb crash that is making me so sensitive? I don't want to blow this and have to start over....just very frustrated today.

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Hi Kim,

I've read a lot of posts like yours in the three weeks I've been doing my first Whole30. I guess I just have one question: WHY are you doing this? Are you trying to clean out your system? Are you dealing with possible food allergies? Or are you just looking to eat in a more healthy, mindful and aware kind of way? It seems like a lot of people are getting really stressed about being 100% perfect in their Whole30, and while admirable, I'm not sure it's really necessary if your ultimate goal is to simply eat in a more healthy, mindful way. If, on the other hand, you are dealing with some of the issues outlined in ISWF and on this website, then maybe you do need to be more aware and vigilant.

My primary goal is to be more mindful about what I'm eating and how I'm feeling. While I am trying to be compliant in all foods, if I happen to eat something that has a minute amount of sugar or peanut oil, I'm not stressing out about it-just making a note of it in my food log and paying attention to how I felt. I've gone out to eat three times since starting and while it's been a little challenging to order, I just made sure I asked lots of questions about what I was ordering and how it was prepared. Today I met friends at a pizza/pasta pub and ended up eating an italian sausage sub with peppers and onions-no bun, no cheese, no side dish. Nothing fancy there, but it got the job done. I got a serving of protein and some veggies. The visit with my friends was the more important thing to me!

So, I guess my advice is to relax-do your best at every meal. I believe it was Erma Bombeck who said "Don't sweat the small stuff". You'll make changes as you go on and you'll figure out what works for you. I hope that helps.

Colleen :)

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I can't find bacon or lunch meat without sugar either, but that's okay because there are lots of other things to eat. We just have to be open. Part of the value of the Whole30 is learning to eat lots of new things. Ordinary grocery stores don't have much with no sugar, but Whole Foods sells several varieties of chicken sausages that are Whole30-compliant. I especially like the Chicken Apple sausages, but the Mild Italian are good too. I eat canned sardines, tuna, and salmon when I need portable food. I can generally find at least one brand that is Whole-30 compliant even in an ordinary grocery store, but you have to read labels carefully. They put soybean oil in most canned fish. I have occasionally found canned chicken that is okay, but not always.

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I ordered some (very expensive) sugar-free bacon and sausage from US Wellness Meats. I will probably not eat this other than during this Whole30, because of the cost, but for this month I will use it. It was shipped very quickly, and it's quite good.

I ordered a grilled chicken salad at a restaurant this week, with extra avocado and a hard-boiled egg, with fresh pico de gallo instead of dressing, and it was fabulous. I probably thought it was so good because I didn't have to make it, but I was happy to find something Whole30-compliant when out to eat.

Good luck!

Lisa

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Good point Colleen, and one I will bear in mind my next W30, I think sometimes I focus more on what I'm eating and sticking to the food rules than how & why I am eating....probably why I gained weight during my W21!

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