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    Whole30 Moderator Since May 27, 2015
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  1. Hey @Colleen Dardagan & welcome to the forums... I'm outside of the States too and have yet to find a compliant commercially packed 'jerky' but some local producers make their own Biltong & sell it at Craft/Food markets so that might be an option for you... Re the fatigue, what do your meals look like? the fatigue really should have lifted by now, so it may be that the composition of your meals needs some tweaking.
  2. A compliant digestive enzyme might help, or some milled flax seed sprinkled on some salad...? I assume you're getting plenty of fat & drinking adequate water?
  3. Hey @schwabing & welcome to the forums! You know though, that no weighing is as much of a rule as no dairy, no alcohol, no grains etc., right? I've edited your post to remove the reference to the scale as this can encourage others to have a look to see where they're at (even though I know this wasn't your intention) and of course their results are going to vary. Remember that weight loss is not linear, and the daily number on the scale can be effected by many things such as sodium intake, inflammation, sleep (or lack thereof), & hormones to name but a few. Weight will naturally fluctuate a pound or two (or more) on a daily basis regardless of what you eat. Good to hear that things have settled down for you now - maybe you'd like to find a group with a similar start date in the Join The Whole30 forum so that you can post there as you go along & share your experiences....
  4. The issue with FODMAPs or Fructose Malabsorption is that most people have a threshold. When you switch to a whole food diet you tend to be eating a lot more veg than previously, and often people rely on a small selection of veg meaning they're creating a build up of the sugars in their gut, so as time goes on the symptoms become more pronounced. Cutting out the offending foods allows the gut to heal, and often you can successfully reintroduce some of the offending foods, paying close attention to portion size, food combinations, and regularity of servings. My day to day eating looks a lot like Whole30 and I must have been about 6mths into it when I started to have issues, and with an extended period of elimination, followed by extensive reintroduction I am eating pretty much ALL the offending foods on an occasional basis, although I rarely eat nuts. Apart from eating from the green section only of the traffic light system in the link above you could also look to add in some fermented foods, or kombucha to help increase the friendly bacteria in your gut (or try a probiotic supplement - research shows this to be faster acting in the short term, but that fermented foods conatin up to 100 times more probiotics so are better in the longer term), and maybe add in a digestive enzyme (although personally until my gut was healed I found this didn't provide any relief from symptoms). Try eating more cooked veg than raw as they are more easily digested, and take a look for the monash university FODMAP app - they guys at Monash have done extensive research into FODMAPs and have developed an app to help with serving sizes etc and many people find it invaluable. Any other questions just ask. As a side note - apologies for no one having responded to this post sooner - the mods here all volunteer and have full time jobs, so depending on time zone, and if the forums are busy new posts often slip under the radar.
  5. Yeah, whilst technically compliant this is really no bueno.... Have you seen the recommended template of 1-2 palm sized pieces of protein, 1-3 cups of veg (when what we really mean is FILL YOUR PLATE), and a generous serving of fat? This meal is lacking in both protein & veg, is heavy on the fat, and will set you up for a blood sugar spike, swiftly followed by a crash, and isn't really in the spirit of Whole30 as it's kind of an attempt at recreating a breakfast cereal type dish. Be very wary of taking ideas from Pinterest or Instagram unless they are from official Whole30 accounts - MANY recipes that claim to be Whole30 are not at all. Protein, fat & veggies. Three times a day. For the absolute best results.
  6. When I say muffins I mean more of an egg & veg type thing cooked in a muffin case, so not really muffins per se.... (although again, these are good for the kids!!). Here's one example for a Spinach & Beef 'Muffin' from Mel Joulwan who has some amazing Whole30 friendly recipes on her site so it's definitely worth a visit regardless. then you can pre-cook Frittatas which can be sliced & eaten on the hop. Steff Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo has a bunch on her website I can vouch for although the Waffles are out... She also has some 'muffin' recipes (again with the waffles in that search! LOL), and her 'Meatza' is pretty good too.... Hope this helps!
  7. Both are fairly common switches from the traditional 'bun' when cutting out grains, so yes, a lot of people have tried it out with success....
  8. This is fine :-)
  9. I'd agree with Shannon in that IBS sufferers should follow a low FODMAP diet, however, your meals ar all low FODMAP anyway. It looks to me like it's the snacks that could be doing you no favours... Bananas & almond butter (& most nuts to be fair) are both high FODMAP, and nuts in particular if eaten regularly can be inflammatory & hard on the gut so I'd start by eliminating those. Are you drinking coffee? If so, I'd remove that too and see how you go from there.
  10. The 'snack' items you see as Whole30 approved such as the larabars & beef sticks are for emergency use only, and in all honesty I've yet to see an emergency that warranted their use. If you can plan for an emergency you can plan to have real food - tinned fish & olives are very portable and have a long shelf life too. A lot of people try the bars & then lean on them needlessly, although they may work well post Whole30 on your personal 'Food Freedom'. If you're hungry at night you'd be better off eating a mini meal made up f at least two of the three food groups with protein and fat being your best option, so something like a hard boiled egg or some chicken with mayo, then reassess the size of your meals the next day - you're aiming for that 4-5hr window between meals in order to allow your digestive system some down time, and also to allow your body to tap into it's fat stores for fuel. Hope this helps.
  11. Crawfish is compliant, but you'd need to know exactly how it's being prepared as it will likely contain corn (off limits), sausage (may have off limit ingredients such as sugar, soy, gluten), and often butter (off limits).... You're gonna have to ask the questions, get some prepared just for you, or bring your own. Welcome by the way!
  12. Because if you do your Whole30 as written we would be asking you to NOT restrict calories, but rather to listen to your body & fuel it as needed. That is going to be more calories than you have been consuming in recent months and often, following a period of restriction, the body then holds on to what fuel it is given & stores it rather than burning it, in case a 'famine' is on the cards again any time soon. Once the body learns that the fuel is plentiful and allows itself to heal, then it releases what it no longer needs. That normally takes longer than 30 days.
  13. Pretty much any root veg will provide starch - turnip, parsnip, plantains, rutabaga, yams...
  14. Yeah, these are no bueno - even if the ingredients are compliant.... they're too much like a dessert (SWYPO) & REALLY easy to over-indulge on. dates are higher in sugar than many candy bars...
  15. Yep, try to have a fist sized serving of starchy veg each day. The general cause for bad breath is having gone too low carb - the starches prevent this, although if you've been having fruit daily then it's unlikely to be from a low carb perspective, and may just have been a lack of hydration. The recommendation for water is a half an ounce per pound of body weight, daily.