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Hi All,

I started the Whole30 yesterday (25th March 2018) and would love to connect with others in the UK who are doing it as well (I'm based in London) or have done it in the past (obviously other people starting at this time are welcome too!)

What is of particular use is your experiences, knowledge and expertise on up-to-date Whole30 compliant products in UK supermarkets and guidance on eating out.

There are some wonderful recipe resources on the internet, but unfortunately most are geared up for the use of products widely available in the US, but not in the UK.

I did a big food shop in a Sainsbury’s Superstore on Saturday figuring they’d have the biggest range of potentially compliant products.  I’m afraid after 10 minutes picking up packets of sausages (pork, beef, chicken) and reviewing the ingredients I could find none that were compliant.  Does anyone know of any that are?  My internet searches have drawn a blank.  I don't eat a lot of sausage but I think they'll make breakfasts a little easier to prep for, and be good if I get sick of eggs.

It'd also be nice to use this forum as a source of support - I'm doing this on my own and most people I've discussed it with think I've lost the plot! 

I have a few meals up scheduled for my 30 days, so I'm happy to share my experiences with you all.

Thanks!

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5 hours ago, CanaryUK said:

Hi All,

I started the Whole30 yesterday (25th March 2018) and would love to connect with others in the UK who are doing it as well (I'm based in London) or have done it in the past (obviously other people starting at this time are welcome too!)

What is of particular use is your experiences, knowledge and expertise on up-to-date Whole30 compliant products in UK supermarkets and guidance on eating out.

There are some wonderful recipe resources on the internet, but unfortunately most are geared up for the use of products widely available in the US, but not in the UK.

I did a big food shop in a Sainsbury’s Superstore on Saturday figuring they’d have the biggest range of potentially compliant products.  I’m afraid after 10 minutes picking up packets of sausages (pork, beef, chicken) and reviewing the ingredients I could find none that were compliant.  Does anyone know of any that are?  My internet searches have drawn a blank.  I don't eat a lot of sausage but I think they'll make breakfasts a little easier to prep for, and be good if I get sick of eggs.

It'd also be nice to use this forum as a source of support - I'm doing this on my own and most people I've discussed it with think I've lost the plot! 

I have a few meals up scheduled for my 30 days, so I'm happy to share my experiences with you all.

Thanks!

I"m not in the UK, I'm in Canada where it's also similar in that we don't have all the same products as the US.  For sausage, make your own... it's SO EASY.... get some ground pork, add some sausage seasoning (www.meljoulwan.com has a recipe somewhere that you can make your own blend) and then pan fry.  Done.

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Thanks SugarCubeOD, I'll give that a go and let you know how I get on. 

I'm not sure how many UK posters there are on this forum.  I'm going to continue with updates in this thread, as when I was looking for info on the Whole30 from a UK perspective I came here and had a read.

I've started to post some pics of my Whole30 food on my Instagram page @winkandwiggle and if anyone wants to know how any of the stuff is made they can feel free to ask.

I'm also out for dinner tonight to Côte brasserie so will update on my ventures into dining out on the Whole30.

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Hi there

I have done the Whole 30 before and although not the only benefit I lost 10lbs in 30 days and kept it off for two years.  Have slipped a bit since Christmas and intend to do this again. My brother arrives from the States and is staying with us for a week from 12 to 19 May and so it makes sense to start this on 21st as alcohol may be involved in socialising with him and I don't want to miss that.  It says in the book that it has to be the right time to start and I know that if I was to start any earlier then I would fail. 

Keep going and avoid boredom - that was my difficulty. It's true what everyone says, that preparation is EVERYTHING. Breakfasts were the most difficult for me as there are only so many poached/scrambled/boiled eggs I can eat on weekday mornings before going to work!  I like the idea of making your own sausages and will definitely give this a go.

I feel very uncomfortable now that I have put some weight back on, and have floundered on my Slimming World plan. The WHOLE 30 amazed me in how much better I felt in my body after I had done it. I didn't get on the scales once during the last WHOLE 30 and when I did, I closed my eyes and asked my husband to tell me the numbers!! I was jumping up and down in the bathroom. lol

Good luck and keep posting. I'd love to know how you're getting on.

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Hi Sue, how nice of you to respond to my message, thank you.

I made it to day 23 of my first Whole30 attempt, but am hoping to do it again after I come back from an all inclusive holiday later this month.

I found the endless meal prep to be a bit of a chore and not having something prepped was my downfall when I'd got food poisoning (reheating a fish stew) as I ended up just grabbing a bread roll to have something plain to line my stomach.

Eating out was a challenge too - there was certainly not a lot of choice, if any on a menu, so I needed to do a bit of planning before agreeing on a restaurant.

The pluses I experienced from my incomplete Whole30 - my sleep improved, I lost a small amount of weight, I never felt hungry, I didn't really crave sugar although missed diet coke which tasted nasty when I tried it again.

Keep me posted on your progress when you start again and I'll happily do the same once I decide on a new start date in June.  Hope you enjoy your brother's visit.

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Hey there!

Just thought I would check in and see how you're getting on?

Well, we have had bank holiday weekend and I must say it was very lovely, even though it was bereft of prosecco, cake, pizza..............all the fun stuff (not really) so it was different. On the plus side, I feel lighter and much less bloated, I have been sleeping like a log, and think my skin looks more "glowing" which is all good.  I too, have been fed up with all the thinking that goes along with the planning, planning and more planning.

However, I did find this recipe on Pinterest a few days ago and it is absolutely lovely AND a very welcome change from eggs or any kind of cooked breakfast.  I know this might not sustain you for too long if you are off to work after breakfast, like me, but it really does make a change now and again. Here is the recipe and thank goodness, does not include too many hard to find ingredients:

1 cup of cherries (I know, a cup, right?)  That's the US influence but I worked with that

1 cup of water

1 tbsp of flaxseed

2 tbsp of 100% cocoa (Holland and Barratt)

1 banana, chopped

1 tsp cinnamon

BLITZ IT and, good to go, and it is DELICIOUS. Even satisifies any chocolate cravings which is excellent news for me of an evening.

Let me know how you are doing?

Love, Sue 

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9 hours ago, SusieA said:

Hey there!

Just thought I would check in and see how you're getting on?

Well, we have had bank holiday weekend and I must say it was very lovely, even though it was bereft of prosecco, cake, pizza..............all the fun stuff (not really) so it was different. On the plus side, I feel lighter and much less bloated, I have been sleeping like a log, and think my skin looks more "glowing" which is all good.  I too, have been fed up with all the thinking that goes along with the planning, planning and more planning.

However, I did find this recipe on Pinterest a few days ago and it is absolutely lovely AND a very welcome change from eggs or any kind of cooked breakfast.  I know this might not sustain you for too long if you are off to work after breakfast, like me, but it really does make a change now and again. Here is the recipe and thank goodness, does not include too many hard to find ingredients:

1 cup of cherries (I know, a cup, right?)  That's the US influence but I worked with that

1 cup of water

1 tbsp of flaxseed

2 tbsp of 100% cocoa (Holland and Barratt)

1 banana, chopped

1 tsp cinnamon

BLITZ IT and, good to go, and it is DELICIOUS. Even satisifies any chocolate cravings which is excellent news for me of an evening.

Let me know how you are doing?

Love, Sue 

Sorry, this recipe is actually not allowed... cocoa is only permitted for savory items such as chili or a cocoa rubbed steak.  Aside from that, it's missing protein and is VERY fruit heavy so it does not fit the template of a recommended meal.  The fact that it's a stand in for chocolate cravings is actually a perfect indication that this is a SWYPO item that should be left aside for the program.

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Just for the record, my chocolate cravings have all but disappeared, and I don't think the cocoa has had much to do with it, as it is quite bitter, but I will remove this from my menu!!

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