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I am having trouble distinguishing between what I am making that is whole 30 acceptable and what may be just a replacement of comfort foods. I know trying to make sweet things within the whole 30 realm is not ok. However, when it comes to dinners and main meals I am starting to second guess myself even more. I just wanted to list some meals I made (with links to recipes) and see if I am ruining that "change our relationship with food" aspect.

For example, now I am starting to think using chicken sausage (with no added sugars) is more of a comfort replacement food. Also, would making homemade guacamole be off limits too?

Pumpkin cream chicken casserole (has roasted cauliflower and spaghetti squash in it)

http://paleomg.com/paleo-pumpkin-cream-chicken-casserole/

Warm Cabbage Salad with sauteed bacon mushroom and leeks

http://eatingforidiots.com/#!/

HELP

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My vote is that you are fine and I am going to make both of those. :) You just need to make sure that in the second recipe, the bacon has zero sugar (very hard to find..even the supposed sugar free Applegate actually does contain sugar if you look at the label), your balsamic has nothing weird in it like sugar or sulphites (except the sulphites that happens when fermented) and your chicken broth is compliant.

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Hi Lauren just my tuppenceworth, they all look fine to me, the pumpkin chicken casserole sounds awesome. If the bacon in the cabbage salad is compliant, I don't see a problem, maybe just add some more protein and fat to the meal. I know Melissa did say bacon shouldn't be the only protein in a meal. I've seen a lot of people here talk about homemade guacamole as a good way of adding fat and, although I don't eat chicken sausages (never found compliant ones), I do eat pork sausages from a local organic farmer that are just pork and herbs and i really enjoy them.

I know we're changing our relationship to food, so that we beat our cravings and food no longer rules us but that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't enjoy what we eat. Look at the fabulous recipes Tom Denham, one of the mods has on his site. You can't eat them without enjoying them :) You're not trying to cheat, you're not trying to paleofy desserts so relax and look around the forum at some of the great recipes posted here.

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I say thanks for the links!

If you were asking if you could have a pancake made with egg and banana, I would say no, that is not what you should be consuming. But chilis, soups, etc that have compliant ingredients are all good.

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In my opinion part of the idea of the Whole 30 is to start to enjoy all of the wonderful REAL foods out there. When you take out all of the crap from your diet your tastes start to change and you realize how delicious vegetables and other things you might not normally eat can be. So the idea is truely to enjoy your food. Don't feel guilty about it. As long as you know you are eating compliant foods then enjoy them as much as possible. I wouldn't eat sausage and bacon everyday but if you find ones without bad stuff in them then it is ok here and there.

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I think there's an important line to clarify here between comfort food and SWYPO food.

"Comfort food" is fine in most contexts - a warm mug of soup on a cold morning, a hefty plate of roast beef and gravy... As long as you aren't fighting an unhealthy relationship with the food it's fine. However, if you're dealing with a food you routinely turned to as a coping mechanism (instead of working though your feelings, for example), you've got a problem. For example, diving headfirst into a plate of sweet potato fries because you've had a rough day is not a good idea.

Those recipes look yummy. You'll get the finer points down soon :0)

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