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    VivaLaMeredith got a reaction from Emily808 in Confused - Sulfites in Balsamic Vinegar   
    Reading the ingredient list is what made me confused in the first place. Ladyshanny helped me clear up the difference between natural sulfites and added ones! 
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Robin Strathdee in 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.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to ladyshanny in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    Enough of this. My original response wasn't "a bit overboard", I was quoting the rules right from the Whole30 website. Tom's comment isn't offensive, it's based on the experience of absolute hoards of people who come to these boards and the things they think they "can't live without". 
    We're here to help people and we do that with our own personalities and our own way of typing/writing. If you're finding yourself offended by basic discussions of the rules, you may want to look inside yourself as to why that would be. These are words on a page written by internet strangers about foods that are and are not permitted on a 30 day program. Not worth being offended over. We don't place any judgement or moral value on foods of any sort. 
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Tom Denham in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    You can make your own plantain chips, but  no commercially prepared chips are allowed. If you want chips, you have to work for them in your own kitchen. 
    Broadly, you need to face up to your addiction to crunchy snacks and get past it. All crunchy things are less than ideal foods. Even kale chips, although no one will complain if you make your own kale chips.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to ArtFossil in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    There are a million ways to subvert the goals and the benefits of a Whole30 with "compliant" foods.
    But if you want the benefits, you'd be advised to follow the rules AND the recommendations, and eat template meals.
    That includes no frying starchy vegetables and turning them into chips. Or buying chips someone else has fried. Or making "pancakes." Or living on Rx bars or Larabars or apple slices with almond butter or consuming quantities of fruit instead of vegetables or . . . .
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to jmcbn in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    rhed has posted the official take on the matter for you above.
    Were the blogs & other sources official Whole30?
    I believe the post from Robin you're referring to was back in 2013. The 'Can I Have...?' would have been updated in 2014 when white potatoes were added to the list of foods allowed on the program.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to rhed in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    Is it possible Robin was referring to older rules?
    This page says chips are not allowed:
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Karen_Suep in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    I currently love sugar snap peas. I had them with my tuna salad today. Perfect crunch to add to a meal. 
    Once I started eating w30 I stopped needing snacks. If I got hungry between meals or had a later dinner planned (like lunch at 11:30 with my daughter and dinner at 7:00 with friends) I would eat a mini template meal (like a 1/4lb burger patty, guac, and a veggie, usually roasted broccoli) to hold me over. I just completed my w30 so I'm working on reintroducing foods, but still following the template (animal protein, fat, veggies) and it's seriously the best thing. I wake up hungry but I can go longer between meals if I need to without getting hangry or hypoglycemic. A lot of that is due to reading what mods were saying and tweaking fats to help me (although I think I have to say goodbye to avocados and guac for a while. My son doesn't seem to like it but I can still do so many things!)
    take moment to rethink your relationship with food and snacking. Are you snacking because you're legit hungry and wouldn't mind eating plain fish and broccoli a couple hours after your last meal? Then tweak your meals to last you longer (often we need more fat than we use) are you snacking because you're bored or its habit? Then find something not food to do instead. Go for a walk, write, call that friend you haven't called but keep meaning to... Drink water. 
    If I've learned anything this past month, it's that food is fuel, not a pick me up (sorry chocolate bar I have hiding until I need a quick fix, you'll have to wait) although some whole foods do help mental health (mmm salmon cakes with sweet potatoes!). Food isn't always a cure all but that doesn't mean we shouldn't fuel it with the best stuff we can. And honestly I kept it simple most of the time. Sometimes I did more complicated stuff but usually it was something I would usually make but modified. 
    Basically, don't worry about snacks. Eat good healthful meals and your w30 will breeze by (at least mine seemed to!)
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to ArtFossil in Confused - Sulfites in Balsamic Vinegar   
    There's no reason to avoid balsamic vinegar during your Whole30! There are loads of compliant balsamic vinegars, at all price levels, and balsamic vinegar can be a great flavor enhancer. Just read the label and check the INGREDIENTS list.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to ladyshanny in Confused - Sulfites in Balsamic Vinegar   
    This is correct. 
    I would hesitate to make any statement about "all organic balsamic...." organic just means they didn't put pesticides on the grapes, not that they didn't add the sulfites during processing of the final product.  Always read the labels.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Johnny M in Sulfites   
    and an easy trick is to get organic balsamic which can only contain natural sulfites.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to kirkor in confused about carrageenan   
    Seaweed is a whole food, whereas the additive carrageenan is an industrial product made in a lab and chemically engineered with the aim of making commercial packaged products more palatable. It has potentially deleterious side effects and products that contain the additive are also pretty much guaranteed to be heavily processed and altered food items. Whole food is always just whole food.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Susan W in confused about carrageenan   
    Toothpaste is not injested. I put it up there with lotions. Maybe a teeny bit more injested than lotions, but not much.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Melissa Hartwig in confused about carrageenan   
    So you (and everyone) knows our perspective...
    Carrageenan is a concentrated, refined seaweed extract used to thicken processed foods, and is found in everything from deli meat to yogurt to chocolate. Carrageenan is significantly inflammatory if it gets into the body, which can happen with increased gut permeability. (Carrageenen is actually used in laboratory studies to create inflammation.) Furthermore, carrageenan may be degraded to components which can cross even a healthy gut barrier, even in tiny amounts.
    This makes it potentially nasty stuff; therefore it's out for the Whole30. We caution folks not to fall into the "it's natural" trap, as there are plenty of unhealthy substances that start off as a plant!
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Adagio in confused about carrageenan   
    Poutine is delicious, but definitely not Paleo, lol.
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Notice: Whole30 Personal Logs are NOT Moderated   
    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 highlight this for you.
    Two, these logs will no longer be moderated by the Whole30 team. They are your personal "diaries," and as such deserve the respect to remain your own form of expression, within our general guidelines. (Verbal abuse, profanity, or any sort of disrespectful conduct is never tolerated on the boards, regardless of where it is posted.) We will only comment when asked, or if we feel that significantly unhealthy or dangerous behaviors are taking place.
    Three, if you choose to post non-Whole30 meals as part of your log, or go off-plan on purpose, we gently encourage you to make this clear in your log. This will help avoid confusion on the part of those new to the program. This isn't mandatory, but we are asking you to help us keep the boards clear and easy to use for all, especially those new to the Whole30.
    Finally, for all browsing these logs, know that you have no guarantee that every meal or food posted here is, in fact, Whole30 compliant. Read these logs like you read your labels, and when in doubt, ask/search/read to determine whether something posted in a personal log does, in fact, fit the Whole30 program.
    Thank you for doing your part to keep this forum supportive, respectful, and in line with  the spirit, intention, and guidelines of our Whole30 program.
    Melissa Hartwig
    Co-founder, Whole30
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    VivaLaMeredith reacted to ladyshanny in 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 gift that you have given yourself and are a paid product.  Any republishing of their content will be immediately deleted. UPDATE: the daily emails were phased out when the Whole30 Day by Day was released. The cost of the book is similar to the cost of the emails but includes more motivation and support.