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  1. Gudrun liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in BACON in UK help needed   
     
    Hi @EmmaW30
    Bacon is actually pretty easy to find in the UK in most major supermarkets - just be sure to NOT go for a maple cured type. Smoked or plain should both be fine. Remember that nitrates are fine for Whole30 purposes, it's the sulphites/sulphates that are out. You'll probably find it easier to go for a back bacon rather than streaky.
    I'd mention brand names but I'm in Ireland and our supermarket bacon is always from local suppliers so there'd be no point.
    You can also get decent (& generally nitrate free) bacon from your local butcher/farm shops.
    Hope this helps.
  2. Zenobia42 liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in MCT Oil   
    Yes, this is fine - although if you're planning on drinking BPC this should NOT replace any of your meals, and your butter obviously needs to be clarified.
     
  3. Zenobia42 liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in MCT Oil   
    Yup, it's fine when taken in this way.
  4. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Am I doing this right?   
    Hey @JessicaLynne @ welcome to Whole30!
    Firstly, not everyone experiences all of the expected 'side effects' as listed in the book/timeline. It depends very much on your diet & state of health preWhole30. I'd just take it as a bonus and be grateful...!!
    Secondly fat is your friend. The human brain is 60% fat so it stands to reason that we should be feeding it fat, not refined carbs, for brain health. Eating healthy fats is good for your mood, provides energy, and transports all those fat soluble vitamins around the body. Much of the fat you use for cooking will stay in the pan, or be divided up between portions if you're cooking in bulk, so don't be afraid to add more to your plate. It's hard to over-eat fat due to the satiety that it provides.
    Lastly, eating potato/sweet potato is perfectly fine. Eating potato/sweet potato every day is also perfectly fine. Eating it at every meal maybe not so much. Provided you are eating a wide variety of colours & types of veg there is absolutely no reason to fear the humble spud - unless you have problems with blood sugar, or particularly sedentary - in which case you should maybe consider limiting your consumption of potato/sweet potato to every other day.
    Hope this helps!
  5. Jessica Britz liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in MCT   
    Yes, provided there are no off plan ingredients in the pwder this is fine.
  6. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Day 10   
    Again, you've not really given specific info on veg. Raw veg can be problematic, as can cruciferous veg (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel srpouts, cabbage etc), if it's raw AND cruciferous then that's a double whammy.... then you've high FODMAP veg, some of which ALSO fall into the cruciferous category....
    You definitely need to be adding more - and different - fats. The oil you use for cooking pretty much stays in the pan, or is divided out between meals. Nuts are fine when eaten in moderation, but they contain inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids, so when eaten in volume (more often than a closed handful every other day) they can be hard on the gut, which will lead to bloating. How about some home made mayo? Avocado? Ghee/clarified butter? Coconut milk? Compliant bacon...? Olives? there are LOTS of options... Fat provides energy so don't skimp on it!
    You haven't mentioned fruit at all in your breakdown above, and yet you said you snack on it throughout the day. Even the naturally occurring sugars in fruit will sap energy as they cause spikes & dips in blood sugar when eaten on their own. If you're eating more than the recommended 0-2 servings, and you're eating it on it's own then I'd definitely work on changing that. Also, if you DO have a leaky gut then those sugars will be wreaking havoc as they are often malabsorped...
    Hope this helps.
     
  7. Ginsky liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Failed Mayo 101   
    Ladies, since there are SO many threads on the forum already about failed mayo I'm going to merge this thread with the largest of them, just to keep things tidy...
    As has been mentioned on this thread before broken mayo can be fixed by drizzling (well, pouring whilst using an immersion blender) the broken mayo into the yolk of one more egg - it's worked for me any time my mayo has failed!
  8. thinbythirty liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Low FODMAP Shopping List Help   
    Actually the low FODMAP shopping list is pretty rubbish in all honesty. It's basically the normal shopping list with items highlighted in different colours, and a lot of the items listed as 'safe' generally aren't for those who are sensitive to FODMAPs...

    I'd recommend you shop  from the green section on the traffic light list about half way down >this page< (scroll down past the screen shot at the top of the page for the full list) and you won't go far wrong. This also breaks items into types of FODMAPs so you can get a better indication if maybe there's a specific group that doesn't work well for you.
    Hope this helps
  9. Alyssa2 liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Am I doing this right?   
    Ok, so your breakfast definitely needs some tweaking. Breakfast sets the tone for the day and so if you don;t eat enough you end up playing nutritional catch up all day, and with the cumulative effect of this day in day out you'll really start to drag.
    If ANY meal should match the template it's breakfast - a serving of eggs when they are your only source of protein in a meal would be the number of whole eggs you can hold in one hand. Most females can manage 3-4 so you're short on protein for starters, and completely lacking in veg. Fruit when eaten first thing in the morning in the way you describe can have a negative impact on blood sugars, causing a spike followed by a dip, followed by hunger - which probably explains your need to snack.
    Pre & post WO meals are in addition to your three template meals. Depending on WHEN you work out you may be okay without the preWO, but don't skimp on the postWO, particularly if you are lifting weights or doing some high intensity training - your muscles need the protein for recovery & repair, and the fat in a template meal will slow down absorption of the nutrients preventing protein muscle synthesis.
    The bloating you're experienceing could be from a number of things. Nuts are notoriously hard on the digestive system so if the nut better is making a regular appearance along side actual nuts then bingo. Other culprits are too many raw veg, cruciferous veg, high FODMAP foods, too much fruit, and any combination of the afore-mentioned - but without knowing which specific veg you're eating other than the potatoes it's hard to comment further.
    How is your water intake? Are you drinking the recommended half an ounce per pound of body weight, daily?
    Remember too that this is a 30 day program and you are on day 4 - there is usually some adjustment period as your body gets used to this new way of eating - especially if it's dramatically different to how you ate before....
    Hope this helps!
     
    ETA: Eat the whole egg!! The yolk is where the bulk of the nutrients are at...!!
  10. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Newbie   
    Tiger blood isn't the same for everyone. Sometimes people have endless energy a bit like when you get the nesting instinct before the birth of a baby. SOme people just have more steady energy throughout the day. It depends very much on what you eat, your state of health, your preWhole30 diet, your sleep & stress levels - all kinds of things will impact energy. But in my experience those that eat fish, and specifically oily fish (because of the omega 3 fatty acids/DHAs), on a regular basis experience it more.

    Your energy may well improve in a matter of days, and you may well feel awesome, but until you're fat adapted I'd doubt you'd be feeling Tiger Blood.
    Hope this helps!
  11. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Newbie   
    Tiger blood isn't the same for everyone. Sometimes people have endless energy a bit like when you get the nesting instinct before the birth of a baby. SOme people just have more steady energy throughout the day. It depends very much on what you eat, your state of health, your preWhole30 diet, your sleep & stress levels - all kinds of things will impact energy. But in my experience those that eat fish, and specifically oily fish (because of the omega 3 fatty acids/DHAs), on a regular basis experience it more.

    Your energy may well improve in a matter of days, and you may well feel awesome, but until you're fat adapted I'd doubt you'd be feeling Tiger Blood.
    Hope this helps!
  12. D17wn liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Newbie   
    Probably..... I think you've just turned a corner is all but keep going strong & the Tiger Blood may make an appearance soon.... Especially if you're eating oily fish IME 

    Big fan of Rangan's here too!
  13. aclefebvre liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Is Cauliflower Mash Good for You?   
    One other thing to consider is that over exposure to any food can result in an intolerance. Cauliflower is already a problematic food in that it's high FODMAP, cruciferous, and high in sulphur..... If you DON'T eat a wide variety of vegetables you may find that there comes a point when you'll have to
  14. Rrinckey liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Trouble with veggies and meat in the AM   
    A serving of eggs when they are your only source of protein in a meal would be the number of whole eggs you can hold in one hand. 3-4 is usually a good starting point for most females... You don't need to avoid fruit ALTOGETHER, but the recommendation would be to limit it to 0-2 fist sized servings per day, and to eat it as part of a meal, so what you're doing is fine so long as you're getting some other veg (like the onions/peppers) and some fat along-side those eggs.
    What veg have you tried? Some work better than others for breakfast in me experience....
  15. MDL liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Sweet potato -- any qualifications?   
    All kinds of potatoes are fine. If you're particularly sedentary or have blood sugar issues then you might want to limit them to every other day. Other than that we'd recommend at least a fist sized serving per day, particularly if you are prone to depression/anxiety/mood disorders, and also if you are fairly active. So long as you're also getting your fill of non starchy veg at each meal I see no reason why you should ban the humble spud.
  16. Matt Bat liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Ghee / Clarified Butter from Trader Joe's has milk in it????   
    Yep.
    As I stated above food manufacturers must state that it may contain milk for those with a serious allergy. The milk solids are removed during the clarification process, but trace amounts may remain.
  17. jiffylush liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Ghee / Clarified Butter from Trader Joe's has milk in it????   
    Without seeing the ingredients list I'm guessing they have to state that it may contain milk for those with a serious allergy. The milk solids are removed during the clarification process, but trace amounts may remain.
  18. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Am I doing this right?   
    Hey @JessicaLynne @ welcome to Whole30!
    Firstly, not everyone experiences all of the expected 'side effects' as listed in the book/timeline. It depends very much on your diet & state of health preWhole30. I'd just take it as a bonus and be grateful...!!
    Secondly fat is your friend. The human brain is 60% fat so it stands to reason that we should be feeding it fat, not refined carbs, for brain health. Eating healthy fats is good for your mood, provides energy, and transports all those fat soluble vitamins around the body. Much of the fat you use for cooking will stay in the pan, or be divided up between portions if you're cooking in bulk, so don't be afraid to add more to your plate. It's hard to over-eat fat due to the satiety that it provides.
    Lastly, eating potato/sweet potato is perfectly fine. Eating potato/sweet potato every day is also perfectly fine. Eating it at every meal maybe not so much. Provided you are eating a wide variety of colours & types of veg there is absolutely no reason to fear the humble spud - unless you have problems with blood sugar, or particularly sedentary - in which case you should maybe consider limiting your consumption of potato/sweet potato to every other day.
    Hope this helps!
  19. MDL liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Sweet potato -- any qualifications?   
    All kinds of potatoes are fine. If you're particularly sedentary or have blood sugar issues then you might want to limit them to every other day. Other than that we'd recommend at least a fist sized serving per day, particularly if you are prone to depression/anxiety/mood disorders, and also if you are fairly active. So long as you're also getting your fill of non starchy veg at each meal I see no reason why you should ban the humble spud.
  20. MDL liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Sweet potato -- any qualifications?   
    All kinds of potatoes are fine. If you're particularly sedentary or have blood sugar issues then you might want to limit them to every other day. Other than that we'd recommend at least a fist sized serving per day, particularly if you are prone to depression/anxiety/mood disorders, and also if you are fairly active. So long as you're also getting your fill of non starchy veg at each meal I see no reason why you should ban the humble spud.
  21. Matt Bat liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Ghee / Clarified Butter from Trader Joe's has milk in it????   
    Yep.
    As I stated above food manufacturers must state that it may contain milk for those with a serious allergy. The milk solids are removed during the clarification process, but trace amounts may remain.
  22. Ginsky liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Bare Fruit   
    Yeah, ANY type of commercially prepared chips are now out for your Whole30, as of April 1st this year.
  23. CWayman liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Plexus and whole30   
    The light-headedness, sugar cravings, the not so good sleep & general lack of energy on your whole30 versus your experience with plexus may well ahve been due to something you were, or more likely weren't, eating. Can you recall what a typical day of food intake looked like for you?

    I'm no medical expert & know very little about fibromyalgia but given the amount of reading I've done in and around nutrition over the past 8 or 9 years I'd opt for whole foods over a money spinning supplement every time!
  24. fmr_sailor liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Pre Post Workout and Breakfast   
    The purpose of the PRE wo is to let your body know that more fuel is forthcoming so it's ok to burn off it's available stores.
    The purpose of the POST wo is to allow protein muscle synthesis to happen - ie. let the muscles repair & grow.
    If you're used to running fasted I'd say yeah, forgo the preWO, but the fat in a template meal will slow down the absorption of nutrients thereby preventing protein muscle synthesis so you'd be better to have a few bites of a lean protein as soon as you're done, then shower/get ready for work/whatever, and then have breakfast.
    Hope this helps.
     
    Incidentally: I'm moving this thread to the Athletes section for a better fit....
  25. fmr_sailor liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Constipated. Uncomfortable. Concerned   
    Much of the western world is magnesium deficient as modern farming techniques deplete the magnesium from the soil so it certainly wouldn't do you any harm, and in fact it's one of the supplements I'd recommend that everyone take. Natural Calm Original is the most widely used on the forum, but there are other types available. If you'e going for a tablet go for magnesium citrate as it's more easily absorbed by the body.
    Flaxseed is just a type of a seed and is compliant, yes. It needs to be milled/ground in order to help with the bowel though as if eaten whole it will go straight through the digestive system unabsorbed and it's the oil within the seed that does the magic. A teaspoon in some water each day for a few days should do the trick...
    Hope this helps.