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  1. Melissa Urban

    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
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  2. Melissa Urban

    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 reli
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  3. 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 comfo
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  4. Jtandi

    Don't over think this.

    thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.
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  5. Thank you for this! I worked a rogue night shift this week (between day 2 and day 3 of my W30) and was having some guilt twinges regarding my every 2 hour egg/meat/coconut milk/veggie 'muffin' - but it allowed me to get through the night without having graham crackers and peanut butter (an ICU staff nutritional staple!). It's not what I do on a normal day, but I survived my shift with my W30 intact so it was a victory. I think we are very hard on ourselves sometimes. I was actually feeling GUILTY about the 'egg muffings' because I felt I was 'snacking'. Then I remembered that we hear a lot abo
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  6. Hi all! Before you create a new can I have, take a peek at this list we've compiled of the most common "Can I Have" questions! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/
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  7. 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
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  8. Robin Strathdee

    Acronyms!

    This is a list of the most commonly used acronyms on the forum. If you see one we're missing, you can note it below and a moderator will update the list. W9: Whole9 W30: Whole30 SAD: Standard American Diet This is the diet that typifies the western attitude toward food - processed foods, low fat, "sugar free", food-like products, fast food... W30D: Whole30 Daily The Whole30 Daily is a 32 day (you get days 0 and 31) subscription email service packed with tips and resources for you during every step of your Whole30 journey. SWYPO: Sex With Your Pants On. Pancakes, cookies, muff
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  9. We as moderators see a lot of confusion around here on what constitutes a serving of eggs when eggs are your primary protein source. We tell you as many as you can hold in your hand without dropping but I still don't think people actually try this. So I thought I'd post a visual for you folks. It would be fun if other people added their own pictures too. Try the experiment. Context - I'm 5'4" female and these are large eggs.
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  10. Kirsteen

    Don't over think this.

    Robin, I'm going to print this out and keep it. 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. I love it, love it, love it. thankyou
    29 points
  11. To all: Just a quick change of protocol related to your Whole30 logs. First, please note these logs are only available to members of the forum who are currently logged in. General browsers of the internet and those searching for Whole30 information on Google will NOT be able to view your log unless they register and validate their registration for the forum. This is for your privacy, so you don't have to worry about non-members browsing through your personal information. This has been our policy since the forums were created several years ago--we just wanted to highligh
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  12. Am I doing this right?
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  13. Although there isn't an official 7 day meal shopping list, I created my own for you to use with the new Whole30 book if you want. This is for one person. I was unable to find recipes for slow cooker beef brisket and plantains in the new Whole30 book. So I used the Braised Beef Brisket recipe instead. You will have to find a pan fried plantain recipe and add those ingredients to the list. I hope this helps. Enjoy!Shopping List for 7 day meal plan.pdf If you're having trouble downloading the shopping list, try this link instead.
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  14. While working on The Whole30 book edits for our UK publisher, I began researching E numbers that would rule a product out on the Whole30. (Boy, your labeling isn't anywhere near as easy to translate with all these codes!) I thought you might find these helpful. Note, I can't say for certain these are 100% of the E numbers to avoid. These are just the ones I researched with respect to specific off-plan ingredients. Feel free to post your own resources, or to request that I add to this list with other additives you discover in your own research. Here is a list of E numbers you'd want to
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  15. One of our members, @Karen, wrote up this explanation a while back of why your period may have come early or late during (usually) your first Whole30. I thought it was far too good to let it be lost in the depths of the forum so I've pinned it to the top of the Ladies Only section. Hopefully if you're a little nervous or worried about your early or "missing" period, this will help explain what may be happening. As with all things on this forum, no one here is medically trained and this information is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you are nervous or concerned, please see your doct
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  16. Great post Robin. I take "the rules" very seriously and feel by following them fully, I get the most that I can from the program. I will start prefacing my comments with "what works or doesn't work for me is...." so that maybe it resonates with someone who also does best by being a stickler but does not discourage someone else who needs a little flexibility inside the guidelines to stick with it the entire 30 days. :0)
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  17. Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Plea
    16 points
  18. 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 peo
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  19. Miracle noodles have no carbs and no calories because our body doesn't recognise them as food and cannot use them. If I said to you put this gas in your car but by the way the car won't recognise it and the engine can't use it - you'd think I was mad. Yet somehow humans now think it's acceptable to eat *food* that our bodies can't use. Sorry but this is one of my pet peeves W30 is about eating real wholesome nutritious food that will nourish our bodies not 'stuff' that will provide us with absolutely nothing so please, please no miracle noodles
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  20. Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about http://whole30.com/new/ There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ including the fabulous Meal Planning Template Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have... You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...? http://forum.whole30.com/forum/6-can-i-have-___/ Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations? http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/
    14 points
  21. ladyshanny

    EDITING POSTS

    Effective Thursday, August 27, 2015, members can no longer edit their own posts indefinitely. Unfortunately the constant editing in the threads was causing issues within the forum, necessitating the change. Members will now be allowed to edit their own post for 15 minutes after publishing (for fixing typos or adding a quick afterthought). Beyond that initial 15 minutes, the post will be considered closed and can only be edited by an administrator or moderator. Thank you very much for your understanding and for helping the forum to run as smoothly as possible.
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  22. Had to chime in and agree wholeheartedly with Robin. One of the hardest things to do is to keep an otherwise smart person from overthinking. And when you assemble a whole bunch of smart people (like this community) then the temptation is to REALLY overthink things and even sometimes "co-overthink" things. (©co-overthink. New term. Thank you). which may explain 4 pages of forum posts on the relative merits of protein powder and bullet-proof coffee (not together). Not that I haven't enjoyed engaging in, and sometimes starting, those esoteric discussions. I read a book a few years ago ca
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  23. So I made this great breakfast of leftover cooked veges with three beaten eggs and showed off my beautiful creation still in the pan to my partner and instead of telling me how great it looked I got.... thats a lot to eat for breakfast!!! Was so tempted to say yeah right, 350 calories of healthy unprocessed food is bad for breakfast but your two weetbix with milk and muesli on top is the better meal? Hmmmph!
    13 points
  24. Well you are allowed to have 2 servings of protein if you need it. This would be a question for the top dogs in all seriousness. I'd be scared I'd drop one of my very expensive pastured eggs trying to build a pyramid. And my floors are not really clean right now...and I would scoop it up and eat it anyway.
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  25. 1. I'd stay at a eco-friendly ranch, in a lovely log house on a pristine lake, somewhere in the high Rockies in the fall with the aspens in full bloom and the peaks dusted with snow. The house would have numerous windows with gorgeous views. The ranch would have lots of land to roam, and trails just begging me to hike and view wildlife to my heart's content. It would also have a huge garden and some fruit trees. 2. I'd have a personal chef who would come in daily to prepare my meals. My meals would consist mostly of organic Whole30 food grown and raised on the ranch. The food wouldn't be fus
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  26. For the most current version of the Whole30 program rules, visit http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules.
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  27. Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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  28. I thought to post this shot of my breakfast prep this morning. On the weekend I diced 5 bell peppers, 3# green beans, a bunch of steamed potatoes and some ham (note, the ham is not compliant but I am not on Whole30). Now in the morning I just throw a handful of each into a frying pan with some fat, go blowdry my hair and pour a coffee and breakfast cooks itself. Wash out one frying pan when the food has been plated and you're done! Note: the ham is non compliant but you could do the same with cooked chicken, cooked ground pork/beef, chopped roast, chopped pork chops etc. Repea
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  29. 2 pounds ground chicken (I use ground chicken thighs as it's moister...if you use ground breast, add some of the bacon fat for richness) 1 pound bacon, diced and cooked until very crispy, then drained 1 bunch cilantro chopped a handful of chives from the garden...or a couple scallions Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder Form into patties...and then in that magical depression that you make in the middle of a burger to stop it turning into a baseball when you cook it? You jam a bunch of pickled jalapeños. I would have preferred to mix the jalapeños into the burger meat bu
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  30. Oh, fun! As it is currently Eight Billion Degrees here today, I thought I'd start off this morning with a salad. And yes, I ate it out of a huge tupperware because as we always say, your salad needs to be huge and all my large bowls were busy. Contained potatoes, olives, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, greens, cucumbers, a hunk of meatloaf and this dressing.
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  31. The ladies only forum is a publicly view-able and searchable forum, just like any of the other sub-topics. Be aware that whatever you post here may be seen by anyone, including men. The intent is to provide a space for ladies to speak with other ladies without the contribution of men, so gents we ask your respect in refraining from reading and posting in this forum. We are researching possible enhanced privacy for this sub-forum. If things change this message will be updated to reflect those changes.
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  32. I am! I think one more would tip the ship. I remember reading in something Melissa posted that Dallas can hold more eggs when he is very hungry though.
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  33. One of the most common questions here on the forum is, what can I eat for breakfast? Maybe it's someone used to eating pancakes or pop tarts or just coffee or nothing at all, or maybe it's someone who's been eating eggs and is tired of them or wants to try the AIP protocol that doesn't allow eggs, but most people at some point during a Whole30 wonder about this. I thought maybe we could have a thread about unusual but tasty breakfast options that we could direct people to when they ask. So, if you eat the kind of breakfast that makes your non-W30 friends think you're weird, things
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  34. Are you telling me my egg portion size is 5 of these eggs?! I think I can fit one more on here!
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  35. The "three meals a day, no snacking" does NOT apply to pregnant women or breastfeeding Moms. We need to get our calories in where and when we can, so grazing, snacking, or eating mini-meals is more than acceptible if that's what it takes to get food into your sleep-deprived, feeding-every-three-hours body. Sipping on a can of coconut milk or snacking on olives throughout the day is a good way to get extra calories in, too. I eat a can of olives pretty much every day. Nuts and seeds are a good calorie-dense source too. I know we say not to crack out on them, but when it comes down to needing
    11 points
  36. 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.
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  37. Before you post a question that starts with, "Can I have (insert food/drink/condiment here)," please follow these quick steps. 1. Read this article, where we summarize the most common "Can I have" questions and answers! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/ If your food or beverage isn't listed there, then... 2. Search this forum! (Google is the easiest way, simply google 'whole30 + item') Chances are, someone has asked the question before. If not... 3. Post your question here, making sure the subject line includes the item in question. (Ex: subjec
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  38. You most certainly can. Also remember that you can't always trust your hunger signals while things adjust. But if you just can't eat anymore saving it and eating it as a mini meal is a great option. Your body will adjust.
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  39. Excellent! Now could you please start harassing Chipotle? They need to clean up their act. They could so easily be Whole30 compliant.
    10 points
  40. Alliea

    Whole30 and Five Guys

    When I was in the middle of my Whole30 (a month and half ago!) I wrote to Five Guys about their ingredients. Even though they have their nutritional info online, I grilled them (no pun) about any hidden ingredients that might now have been mentioned. I just now heard back from them. Here's what they said: Since 1986 Five Guys has focused on serving the freshest product in the simplest way possible. We do not add anything to our products. Our burgers are NOT seasoned, they are simply 80/20 ground beef, our mushrooms are sauteed on a flat top grill as they are with N
    9 points
  41. ladyshanny

    Daily Email

    If you have opted for the Whole30 Daily: the emails start with Day 0 so make sure you sign up in advance of your Day 1 to receive full benefit if you are across the world from the US, sign up to receive them one day in advance so they arrive on the day you are actually on if you have issues with or need help with your subscription, email [email protected] if you aren't receiving the emails, first check your spam, "promotions" and "social" tabs in your email (especially for gmail clients) please do not republish any portion of the daily emails. They are a
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  42. This was certainly informative. Thank you so much! I was under the impression that when your body shifts from burning sugar to fat for energy, that the process itself was ketosis. Shows you how much I know... Beginning this journey is the best thing that I've done for myself. I knew that it would be tough as I am also dealing with some stressful situations on top of trying to eat properly, but I had to commit. I did speak to my doctor, and he actually suggested that I come off of some of my medications before beginning the Whole 30. So I've solely been testing after each meal, t
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  43. This morning I made compliant breakfast sausage and tossed in frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and spinach. I topped that with Lizard Sauce. When I don't have Lizard Sauce I stir in homemade mayo instead. Since it takes 5 minutes to make, I always have some! Add coffee & coconut milk, yum! Yesterday I had ground beef, onions, green salsa and avocado with some chopped cilantro from my garden. Heaven! I do usually top my meat and veggies with an egg or two, but it's just as delicious when I am out of eggs.
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  44. FWIW, this is similar to the reintroduction protocol my registered dietitian used when I did an elimination diet through my doctor's office back in 2006 after food allergy testing. As I recall, the rationale for having the food in question at all three meals was to be sure you ingested enough of the food group to conduct a sufficient test for sensitivity. If you feel crummy after 1 serving, that might be enough to stop. If you feel fine after one serving or you're not sure, it's another good reason to have the item in question at all three meals (or, if you have unclear results after 1 day, a
    9 points
  45. Hi there. I am not a moderator, but here are my 2c. Technically they are fine. However, how do I put it nicely? It is not an ideal choice. We want to get healthy and eat nutrient dense food - this product has no nutritional value or health benefits. We want to change relationship with food - this might be a desire to replace pasta ( I say might, please let's not get into SWYPO talk, they are nasty). Zucchini/sweet potato/carrot noodles or spaghetti squash would make a perfect substitutes if the dish is calling for this kind of texture. This website made me laugh out loud. "The
    9 points
  46. This is GREAT. Really paints a clear picture of not only the WHAT can you eat/not eat but also the WHY.
    9 points
  47. Fenderbender

    Boars head meats

    Food facts..... There is a ton of additives that the USDA does require ( loop holes) companies to list. The law states it needs to be listed but there are ways to get around it... http://thefoodwatchdog.com/05/food-news/use-of-meat-glue-is-uncontrolled/ http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oppde/rdad/FRPubs/01-016DF.htm This is referring to the enzyme ( meat glue) Transglutaminase. TM. If the deli product that you are getting has been formed to look like a turkey breast or a roast beef/ham.... It more than likely has TM gluing it together in a slury of collagen ...gelatin..broth..... They suck
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  48. We are not doctors, and we will always defer to your pediatrician's recommendations. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you know how important Mom's nutrition is to the baby's health and development, and we believe the diet that's healthiest for you is also going to be the healthiest for your baby. The more nutrition Mom receives from her diet, the more she is able to pass along to the little one – and there is no diet more nutritious than one that focuses on healthy protein and fat, vegetables, and fruits. Michele Blackwell, an OB/GYN in Houston, TX, agrees, saying: I
    8 points
  49. I wanted to take a moment to share a huge NSV! I'm an aspiring alpine climber, but not particularly fit, strong, or skilled. I'm also overweight. Just a few pounds ago and I was technically in the obese category based on BMI. I had a big climb planned for Monday, which was Day 8 of my Whole30 journey. This was going to be my longest climb with the most elevation gain (10+ pitches with over 2,000 feet of climbing and topping out at 10,306 feet). I had done a different climb a few weeks prior and it was so, so hard. I almost couldn't finish. Despite all the training and effort I had put in
    8 points
  50. Hey Amy, Unfortunately hospitals are not bastions of healthy eating! I did a clinical rotation at a facility that had a McDonalds! In our busy unit we often do not get a full sit-down lunch break. Many people resort to the 'running to the break room and scoffing a pack of graham crackers an some peanut butter' a few times a day in lieu of a real meal. Hence my victory with my eggy/muffiny things
    8 points