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  1. 2 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.
  2. 2 points
    What is the consensus on balsamic vinegar? It's listed as okay - but sulfites are on the banned list. Some of them show nothing in the ingredients list but still warn "contains sulfites". There are no added sugars so I thought I was safe. Clarification is welcome =) EDIT: <doh> found another thread w/answer - so okay if not added ingredient
  3. 1 point
    Hi! Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey. I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary! I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up! We will all learn together!
  4. 1 point
    angelajl

    Corn reactions

    ~~~ I never had overt reactions to corn until a few years ago. I grew up eating popcorn, tortilla chips, corn-on-the-cob, corn kernels. You name it, I ate it with - seemingly - no problem. Oh, and I grew up in a Scandinavian family in Wisconsin, and we had corn several times/week! Nowadays, corn is in everything processed! Listerine strips surprised me. Any kind of breath mints (it seems like they all have corn starch). Nyquil. That one caught me by surprise, though in hindsight, it shouldn't have. Xanthan gum used in many "allergen free" baked goods (it's a micro-organism that feeds off corn). Any processed goods that contain traces of corn. Ideally I'd avoid any of these things. So that leaves me with eating just things I've cooked at home. What really grinds my gears is that my antihistamine - which I *have to* take every day for allergies - contains corn!
  5. 1 point
    melbournegirl

    The crazy things people say

    Or be calcium deficient if you don't have dairy. When health professionals ask me if I do anything to compensate for not getting dairy from calcium (they want to hear I am taking supplements!) I say yes I eat meat, leafy veges, eggs, nuts and seeds which are all natural sources of calcium.... and just when they are about to suggest I need to take a supplement I shut them up by saying I get my calcium levels tested regularly and they are fine! So the thing is, they test calcium levels via a blood test..... measuring how much calcium you have in your blood... so how can people not understand that if you eat animals you will get calcium from the blood in the meat! And where do they think animals get their calcium from??? meat and veg! Then you get the stupid people who say but yeah maybe all animals are calcium deficient and we just don't know it because we haven't tested for it..... Really???? Me.... if that is the norm for animals then it cant be a deficiency it must be the standard......
  6. 1 point
    Bet

    The crazy things people say

    I am just amazed by the amount of people that think you will die if you don't eat bread at least once a day.
  7. 1 point
    Susan W

    Don't over think this.

    I am not sure where you read occasional fruit. The book simply states you shouldn't eat it alone and you shouldn't eat so much that it crowds other important items off your plate. Do you have a sugar dragon? I do, so I choose to rarely eat fruit. You don't have to eat any if you don't want to. Many consider one to two servings a day to be reasonable.
  8. 1 point
    Melissa Hartwig

    Forum Rules

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