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  1. 621 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Disclaimer

    Disclaimer Please note, this forum is peer-moderated. Forum moderators are not doctors, licensed health care practitioners, or registered dietitians. The goal of this forum is to provide support, advice, and resources specific to the Whole30 program. We are not able to offer medical advice, nutrition advice, or specific dietary recommendations via this forum. Should you have a question outside of the scope of general Whole30 support, you should contact a Registered Dietitian, medical doctor, trained counselor, or other qualified healthcare provider for specific dietary and health-related recommendations. The information presented here is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained in or available through this material is for general information purposes only. Thirty & Co, LLC encourage you to review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ HERE, OR ACCESSED VIA THIS PRESENTED INFORMATION. Thirty & Co, LLC is not responsible nor liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information services or products that you obtain through this material. Any information you publish on this site becomes public information. By publishing content or information on this site, you are allowing Thirty & Co, LLC to exhibit, publish or distribute this content for purposes of publicizing Whole30's programs. The Whole30® is registered through the USPTO as legally registered trademark of Thirty & Co LLC.
  2. 576 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Forum Rules

    Welcome to the Whole30 Forum! We are happy you are here, and think you will find this new format ideal for questions, answers and support during your Whole30 program and beyond. Below are the general rules for this forum. We ask that you read them through at least once, and abide by them at all times. General Forum Rules We run a family-friendly show around here. Please keep language, links and images PG-13; no "f-bombs," links to adult content or any other such things you would not say, read or watch around your kids Keep discussions respectful. We appreciate differing opinions and relish open dialogue, but we ask that you maintain your temper and your respect for others at all times. Do not spam or grossly self-promote in these forums. If you have a blog to share, by all means, link to it in your signature. If you wrote an article appropriate to a particular topic, go ahead and let us know. But keep it tasteful, and please do not use this venue to drum up business for your goods or services. Respect the Copyright! Do not post recipes, articles, excerpts, or images from copyrighted materials. That means no copying recipes from The Whole30 or Well Fed into a post, no posting entire paragraphs from It Starts With Food, or posting links to PDFs of e-books you've purchased. These posts violate people's copyright (which is illegal), and it's just a generally disrespectful thing to do. If the item in question is posted freely online, you may copy the recipe or an excerpt from the post, but ONLY IF you provide a link back to the originating website. Posts found to be in violation of these rules will be immediately deleted, and the poster will be warned. Repeat offenders will be banned from the forum. We take this seriously, so please respect people's hard work and original material. Posting Rules Before you submit a new question, SEARCH! We aim to keep forum material as streamlined as possible, and chances are your question has been asked (and answered) before. Do not cross-post across categories. Please choose the best category for your query, and post only once. Stay on topic! This forum is currently only for Whole30-related topics. Again, do not post, upload or attach copyright-infringing material which you are not free to redistribute (subject to the licensing terms of the specific item). If you are found to be in violation of these rules, you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning. General Recommendations Use a descriptive topic name, so we can answer your questions faster and more effectively. ("Help!" tells us nothing - "Headaches on Day 2, is this normal?" gives us a clearer picture of your issue.) Do not ask for (or expect) personal consulting via this forum. Should we feel your request requires more attention than we can provide in this setting, we will direct you to our consulting options. Welcome new members. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, and how to get involved in our Whole30 community. Thank you for your support, and best of luck on your Whole30 program.
  3. 172 points
    Robin Strathdee

    Don't over think this.

    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
  4. 93 points
    juju

    The crazy things people say

    "salad is not a food!" wha-what? I still wonder what they think salad is. One of my favorites was a vegetarian co-worker who was drinking a Diet coke and eating Fritos and a hostess cupcake told me that the grassfed steak on my salad would give me colon cancer. I looked at her lunch and then at mine and said "that is a risk I am willing to take."
  5. 59 points
    Derval

    The crazy things people say

    "Oh , I couldn't give up x, y, z" Well, d'uh you could, you just don't want to.
  6. 52 points
    Jessica

    The crazy things people say

    After I finish explaining briefly what paleo/Whole30 is: "So you're doing Atkins?"
  7. 47 points
    Flynn

    The crazy things people say

    "Fruit will make you fat" - a fat coworker who doesn't eat fruit. "I could never eat as much as you" - a fat coworker who eats lean cuisine every day "How do you eat so much chocolate and stay so fit?" - random coworker and my favorite..."that's the biggest salad I've ever seen"
  8. 39 points
    Xandra

    The crazy things people say

    Really, it should be the other way around: "Other than real food, what kinds of processed, artificial, homogenized, hydrogenated, chemical-laden, or hormonally imbalanced imitation food products do you consume?* *Please attach another sheet if necessary."
  9. 35 points
    Renee

    The crazy things people say

    Carla 1#/week is actually a great average, congrats! When I talk about the Whole30 program, I often get negative response from people who think it's too restrictive. Their answer to health and weight loss: Everything in moderation. I have two problems with this: 1: Everything: Everything? Really? So a moderate amount of cocaine is alright? How about arsenic? Sure, these are obvious things, but there also are less obvious things. Bread in moderation doesn't work if you're sensitive to gluten. Milk in moderation doesn't work if you're lactose-intolerant. There are also MANY signs of inflamation that are much more subtle than all of this. And you don't know until you self-experiment. Eating everything in moderation won't teach you anything about your body. 2. Moderation: There are no "guidelines" for moderation. If I eat sushi once a month, most people would say that's moderation. If I go to a restaurant once a month, that's still moderation. Same thing for candies, for baked good, cheeseburger, fries, chocolate, ice cream.. But if I add all these up, it's not moderation anymore. Nobody knows what "moderation" means to their body until they remove some foods from their diet, then reintroduce. Then again, we're back to W30/strict paleo. And just by the way, I've never seen anyone improve hormonal response, improve their digestion, their sleep, etc. just by eating everything in moderation. Health is NOT just about weight, people!
  10. 34 points
    MJam

    The crazy things people say

    My husband incredulously as I was heating tallow to make my breakfast him: "You are eating pure fat and still getting skinny?" me: yes darling He's just mad my boobies shrank
  11. 34 points
    Phanniemae

    The crazy things people say

    Bf: Is coconut milk okay? Me: yes Bf: but aren't you not doing milk? Me: ...
  12. 31 points
    Jessica

    The crazy things people say

    "So what DO you eat???"
  13. 29 points
    CNP21

    The crazy things people say

    I dislike it when people say "I'm not eating carbs" while really meaning grains. Vegetables and fruits are carbs too!
  14. 29 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Plan a Whole30 dream vacation

    I would go to Costa Rica (we've been trying to plan a trip there for ages). We'd rent a house on the beach, close enough to town that we could hit the market for fresh produce and fish. Our house would have an awesome kitchen, where we'd cook all of our own food... but we'd also have daily cleaning service, so we never had to clean up after ourselves. Fresh fish and seafood, mango salsa (we'd go during mango season, of course), fruit smoothies (because when you're on vacation, it's okay to go a little crazy), and tons and tons of fresh salads, because when I'm south of the border, I'm always craving greens. There would also be this little place in town that served pulled pork, chicken, and beef, and they could make us lettuce tacos with fresh salsa and mole sauce any time we asked. Yum. I'd focus a ton of fun and play, and surf, paddleboard, and do yoga. There would also be awesome mountain biking trails nearby in the hills (hey, it's MY vacation), and we'd take our bikes up there a few times, too. And we'd find an awesome, giant boat to take us fishing and snorkeling, and we'd eat fish we caught right off the boat, sushi-style. I forgot about that part. Heaven. Someday.
  15. 26 points
    Adagio

    The crazy things people say

    The other one is: "Why should I deprive myself?" My answer: "Why do you eat food that does not nourish your body?" Their answer: "Because it tastes good!" My reply: "If your car's gas tank had taste buds and demanded lemonade instead of gasoline, would you comply?" Their answer: "Of course not! Cars cannot run on lemonade!" My reply: "Exactly. Your body cannot run on frankenfood. One of these days, it's going to crap out." Their answer: "My mother ate (insert crappy food here) and she lived to be 90." My reply: "Good for her. You are not her." Their answer: "Whatever."
  16. 24 points
    RVT

    The crazy things people say

    I just find the whole concept of ANYONE commenting on my food, life choices or decisions ALWAYS just plain rude. I do not, HAVE NOT, and WILL NOT ever feel the need to make a comment about a person's decisions - food or otherwise What is it with people who don't have a "basic courtesy valve" in their mouth..there are plenty of them I actually see it as more a case of them feeling attacked for what I have chosen to put on my plate - like it somehow reflects badly on them, therefore they feel the need to lash out with a statement that backs up their position. If anything, it makes me more determined - I sit there silently losing weight, gaining control over my eating while they plunge headfirst into the abyss..enjoy the trip, peeps!!!
  17. 23 points
    GLC1968

    The crazy things people say

    Yesterday I was filling out the paperwork for a new doctor (I'm seeing an oral surgeon next week). One of the questions was "are you on a diet?". Am I on a diet? What kind of question is that?...and from a doctor's office, no less! I mean, had they asked 'do you have any dietary restrictions?' I would understand it. Way to perpetuate the 'diet' mentality... I answered 'no' by the way because I am making the assumption they mean "are you eating in a certain way, temporarily" and I'm not, but really, anyone eating food is on a 'diet'. I can't wait to point it out to them when I go into the office next week. Yes, I'm going to be 'that' person.
  18. 23 points
    Adagio

    The crazy things people say

    My dental hygienist told me today that a low-carb diet will give me periodontal disease. She said that the carb digesting enzymes secreted during the eating process do not know what to do when we don't eat carbs, so the enzymes turn into sugar and cause mouth bacteria. Never heard that one before... I told her that my periodontal issues had greatly improved since giving up grains/sugar. She said that they will get bad again if I don't eat carbs. (I've been mostly Paleo for 3 years now.) I didn't bother to argue. What's the point? She is convinced she is right.
  19. 20 points
    djprillaman

    The crazy things people say

    Friend: "Haven't they villified coconut oil as unhealthy?" Me: 'they' have villified everything 'they' can't transform into a profit for Monsanto or Drug companies.
  20. 20 points
    Emily

    The crazy things people say

    "People who aren't celiac but don't eat gluten are doing themselves a disservice" -- coworker of mine
  21. 19 points
    Derval

    The crazy things people say

    I don't give a monekys about cavepeople, I just want to eat "a diet for human beings"
  22. 19 points
    Amy

    The crazy things people say

    A coworker will IM me links to recipes for "when I eat bread again"
  23. 18 points
    Austin

    The crazy things people say

    A co-worker overheard me talking about Paleo and reeled off a hundred "can you eat...." questions at me. Afterwards, she came out with this beauty: "I think my son is Paleo, all he eats is hamburger helper"!!!
  24. 18 points
    gatork

    The crazy things people say

    This is my favorite one line ever posted in this forum. I don't understand people's obsession with bread either!
  25. 18 points
    Alison Webster

    The crazy things people say

    I couldn't give up dairy! Where would I get calcium? You have to live a little! Life is too short to not enjoy! Me: maybe it wouldn't be if you eat real food!