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  1. Laurenacc

    Starting May 7th 2018!!

    Hey team! Yesterday was Day 45! Last day of Whole30 + 15 days of reintroduction! I'm feeling so great and now reading Food Freedom Forever so I can continue eating well and maintain feeling great. I'm about to eat my first meal that is NOT Whole30 compliant for dinner tonight (I still ate Whole30 for breakfast and lunch today). I'm a little nervous but I feel like I have the tools now to not go overboard. I weighed myself this morning after being completely done and I lost a total of 19 lbs, 4 inches from my chest, 5 inches from my waist, and 4 inches from my hips. ALL IN 45 DAYS! Can't believe how well my body responded to this, I really didn't think I would end up with these amazing results in such a short amount of time! Very happy to be stomach pain free for the past 45 days and looking forward to the new relationship I have with food. Hope everyone did well, feels amazing, and is happy with where they are now
  2. Ingredients in pic- enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), salt, corn oil, corn syrup, ammonium bicarbonate, malt extract, yeast...will these all be fine for my grains WITH gluten reintro? Doing this tomorrow and really struggling to find things without a million ingredients...
  3. Laurenacc

    Grains WITH Gluten re-intro question

    Thanks Shannon- I ended up going to the grocery earlier and getting a whole wheat cereal when I realized that the oats wouldn’t be a good test. I think this cereal is ok...minus the added sugar. Should I be concerned about the vitamins and minerals listed after the ingredients? And I’ll probably just have this cereal (or the pasta) at lunch and then pasta for dinner. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find grains with gluten reintro items without extra “no-no” junk added to it
  4. I've been avoiding any items with added sugar during my reintros but this last one is tough...pretty much EVERYTHING seems to have sugar or soy lecithin added to whole wheat anything! But I think I've successfully found 3 items but want to cross check them. I think I'm going to do the following: Meal 1: Quaker Oats- 100% Natural Whole Grain Old Fashioned (ing: Whole Grain Rolled Oats) I assume this is ok...doesn't mention it's gluten-free so I assume that means it isn't? Meal 2: Red Oval Farms Stoned Wheat Thins- ing: unbleached enriched flour (wheat Flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin B1}, riboflavin {vitamin B2}, folic acid), cracked wheat, canola oil, salt, yeast, malted barley flour, baking soda, sodium metabisulfite. Are all of these ingredients ok? I tried looking up everything and it seemed like all these items would fit under grains with gluten - just want to make sure I'm not "cross contaminating" and including something that wouldn't properly be in the grains with gluten category. Help? Meal 3: Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Spaghetti- ing: Durum Whole Wheat Flour Would these all fit under my last re-intro category? Thanks for the help!
  5. Corn Tortillas Ingredients: organic whole yellow corn flour, organic expeller pressed high oleic sunflower oil, salt. This ok for gluten-free grain reintro? I had gluten-free oatmeal (ing: whole grain rolled oats) with meal 1 and a gluten-free rice cake (ing: organic whole grain brown rice, sea salt) with meal 2. Trying to decide between these corn chips or just quinoa to go with meal 3...all quinoa is gluten-free, yes? Thanks for the help!
  6. Laurenacc

    Starting May 7th 2018!!

    Hey Hey Hey y'alls! Can't believe it's already Day 35...feels like it was just yesterday that I was waking up on Day 1 and panicking about doing this. But now...eating this way just comes so naturally! After not weighing myself for 30 days, I decided I would weigh myself on Day 31 after the reset was over and again on Day 46 when the reintroduction is over. Drumroll...as of the morning of Day 31, I had lost 15 POUNDS! WHA?! Unbelievable, but whats even more important than that number changing- is how healthy and great I feel. The main reason I decided to do the Whole30 was to find a way to get rid of the horrible upper abdominal pain I have been experiencing for the past few years. I've gone to several gastroenterologists that would just throw some antibiotics at me and tell me it was a bacterial infection that will most likely always come back every year. I asked if there was anything I could do to make it NEVER come back, change my diet, or ANYTHING? And they said, "No, it will probably just always come back at some point" Well, guess what? For the past 35 days, I've had zero stomach pain (except day 31 on my gluten-free alcohol reintroduction )! Guess some specialists just don't know what might or might not help you. Anywho, I've already done 2 reintroduction days (31: gluten-free alcohol and 34: legumes- wow...peanut butter makes my throat close up, never noticed this before! And I definitely prefer almond butter over PB now ) 10.5 days left of reintro...and I plan on doing Day 37: Gluten-Free Grains, 40: Dairy (praying I don't have a bad reaction because I love me some cheese...), 43: Grains with Gluten. Anyone else have any personal updates? Would love to hear how everyone else is doing. Hope everyone is feeling great and staying strong!
  7. Laurenacc

    Turkey Bacon (Compliant)- Protein or Fat?

    Haha, true...my thought was- "if I roll this slice of turkey bacon up, that's about half the size of my palm...so, maybe 2 slices counts as a protein serving?" *Shrug* I had 2 slices with a hard boiled egg this morning alongside my spinach, almond, raspberry salad. Yom! Thanks
  8. I've searched everywhere and don't see a clear answer. Thoughts? Thanks!
  9. Laurenacc

    Refried Beans for Legume reintro?

    thank ya thank ya!
  10. So, I like BAKED beans but most of those have sugar added so...I'm avoiding that for reintro. Planning on peanut butter added to breakfast, hummus for lunch, and a grabbed a can of refried beans (ingredients: cooked pinto beans, water, contains less than 2% of salt, soybean oil, dried pink beans, natural flavor, soy lecithin). These are all ok for a legume reintro, yes?
  11. Laurenacc

    Reintroduction: Alcohol question...

    Howdy! I posted this question in the reintro section of the forum but haven't heard an answer, so I'm going to post here (very sorry for the repeat! But want to know since I'm going to start reintro in 2 days ) I'm not a big drinker but I want to include the gluten-free alcohol day (which is considered an optional day 1 reintro according to the book) because I think I'll have a reaction to it- so I want to test it out. If I ever drink, it's usually a cider which happens to be gluten-free and I happen to have 2 different brands in my fridge. I've listed the ingredients for each below, they both contain sulfites- so...is that ok since it's a reintro item? Or should I be avoiding it and go for a different type of gluten-free alcohol? Angry Orchard one doesn't look like it adds extra sugar, so that seems like the better route between the 2. But I'm open to other alcohol suggestions, I just figured I should test a beverage I actually consume when I *do* drink, which is rare. Angry Orchard ingredients: Hard Cider, Natural Flavors, Carbon Dioxide, Malic Acid and Sulfites (I'm guessing this is fine since it's a reintro day?) to preserve freshness, naturally gluten-free OR McKenzie's ingredients: Hard Apple cider, less than 1% of natural flavors, spices, caramel color (ok for reintro day?), sulfites and sorbate to protect flavor, lightly carbonated, naturally gluten-free Help? Thanks!
  12. Laurenacc

    Starting May 7th 2018!!

    Any of my fellow May 7th start date peeps still in this to win this? Can't believe Day 27 is coming to a close and there's only 3 days left before reintroduction starts! Hope everyone is doing well and feeling great! I'm slightly terrified of gaining weight once this ends and I'm no longer super strict with ingredients But I also know eating whole30 for the rest of my life isn't exactly realistic...guess I can only do the best I can!
  13. Laurenacc

    Reintroduction: Alcohol question...

    Thanks GoJo! I was following the Fast Track Reintro plan that I saw in The Whole30 book...it says Day 1 is optional for gluten-free alcohol but I figured I should include it, Day 1 (or 4) legumes, Day 4 (or 7) non gluten grains, Day 7 (or 10) dairy, Day 10 (or 13) gluten containing grains. No sugar reintro is mentioned...but it *does* say that many of the foods in the other food groups will also contain sugar. So...I assumed that meant there wasn't really a day given for sugar reintro. I'm happy to add it if there's a new reintro plan that I'm not aware of, but I was just trying to follow the outline I saw in the book. I'm fine with reintro-ing a dif gluten-free alcohol if the cider seems like a bad trigger, but I figured I should be testing alcoholic beverages I actually consume. I normally don't go for wine since it makes me sleepy- that seemed like the next best thing to try gluten-free wise. And I definitely don't want to take a shot of gluten-free tequila...nor sip it, blech! I totally get what you mean when you say- having 1 cider turns into 2 and then going overboard and eating all things bad and messing up. But even when I wasn't doing the Whole30- I never have more than 1 drink, so I know that's definitely not going to be happening. I'll be surprised if I even finish one 12oz bottle. I'm a lightweight and don't care much for alcohol, I only choose to reintroduce it to see how my body reacts to having it again. And while I'm sure MANY people have said- "Oh I'm super strict, I'm not going to let this trigger me to eat anything else off-plan for that day"...I'm sure some have fallen off the wagon and given in. BUT- I've been struggling with stomach issues for years and I'm serious about doing this right so I can see which item will affect me and how. I'm almost certain during the 15 days of reintro, I'm not going to jump off the deep end and eat pizza, cake, and guzzle an irish car bomb in one sitting, hehe. So...I guess this brings me back to: are either of these ciders ok to drink as my gluten-free alcoholic beverage reintro- or is it bad that I drink something sweet (even though the angry orchard doesn't say sugar in the ingredients) and with sulfites in it? Open to other gluten-free alcohol suggestions, I just want to make sure I have something around come the day I have that for my reintro. Thanks!
  14. Laurenacc

    Tomato Puree?

    Thank you! My shakshuka was Ah-Mazing!
  15. Finishing up Day 25 and can't believe I'm only 5 days away from starting reintro! I've decided I'm going to do Gluten-free Alcohol on Day 1, Legumes on Day 4, Gluten-Free Grains on Day 7, Dairy on Day 10, and Grains with Gluten on Day 13. I'm trying to decide what the best gluten-free alcohol would be for me to have. I think I should probably stick with something I typically order whenever I *do* actually drink...which is rare, but I have a feeling I'll have a reaction- so I want to test it out. I normally go for cider beers whenever I go to a bar (or a margarita). I just so happen to have a few ciders in my fridge and figured I'll have one of those, but do you think that's a bad idea and it'll trigger my sugar dragon? I've actually not craved sweets or really anything while doing the whole30- been full and not finding myself to be hungry outside of my 3 meals. So maybe it's ok? I have 2 different brands: Angry Orchard ingredients: Hard Cider, Natural Flavors, Carbon Dioxide, Malic Acid and Sulfites (I'm guessing this is fine since it's a reintro day?) to preserve freshness, naturally gluten-free OR McKenzie's ingredients: Hard Apple cider, less than 1% of natural flavors, spices, caramel color (ok for reintro day, right?), sulfites and sorbate to protect flavor, lightly carbonated, naturally gluten-free Think one is better to test out than the other? Or should I go for a different gluten-free alcoholic beverage altogether? I just don't want to test something and have a reaction and think- "wait, was it the sugar? or was it the alcohol?" Well, I guess there isn't actual sugar added to the Angry Orchard one...thoughts? Thanks!