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    praxisproject reacted to eval in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    That is great to know, thank you! It's so hard to find people on the Internet these days who are really that transparent with their brands! I don't like sunflower oil enough to seek out, but if I'm at a restaurant and that's what they're cooking with, I won't freak out. 

    Edited to clarify: I definitely never meant to imply that the Hartwigs did something below the table or somehow acted unethically! Yikes - I can see why that would cause upset. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in ALL Tessemae or Just Some?   
    And I, in turn, apologize for biting your head off.  Melissa Hartwig is one of the most upstanding, transparent, ethical and moral businesswomen that I have ever come across and it really rubs my rhubarb the wrong way to hear comments disparaging her character. She has passed up MANY opportunities to associate and profit from vendors that do not line up withe the Whole30 values (larabar, for instance). She doesn't change her rules for anyone. She's even disassociated herself with Whole30 approved partners when she has re-evaluated and determined that their product is not in line with the spirit of Whole30 (Pure Coconut Wraps).
    As with anything, it's your choice to use or not use.  The high oleic sunflower oil is harder to find but if you do, it has the same fatty acid profile as olive oil. It's fine.  But it has to be high oleic.
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in Silicon dioxide   
    Rosemary extract is ok  
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    praxisproject reacted to ColleenSw in Silicon dioxide   
    I had this same trouble looking for canned chicken (I don't eat seafood). I wanted to have it on hand and also thought I could easily replace some of these interesting sounding Whole30 recipes that call for tuna with canned chicken.    
    Luckily I found one brand at my Safeway that only contains chicken, water and salt. Although my can lists rosemary extract in the ingredient list and I don't see that on their website. From what a google search tells me about rosemary extract, it should be okay.
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in Silicon dioxide   
    Check the low sodium varieties of canned tuna. They tend to be packed in just water instead of water and broth. I've found inexpensive store brands of low sodium tuna that are compliant when other brands aren't. 
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    praxisproject reacted to cescaw in Compliant Chicken Broth   
    My local Costco now carries Pacific brand organic bone broth.  Ingredients are:  water, chicken, onion, carrot, celery, tomato, spices, rosemary extract, and cider vinegar.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about
    There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out 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...?
    Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations?
    It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great
    Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over?
    Welcome you've totally got this!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from ArtFossil in Silicon dioxide   
    If your regular stores seem to only have non-compliant tuna, check any ethnic grocers or delis.
    I find lots of small tins of compliant Italian tuna in high quality olive oil in italian/european delis (I'm in Australia)
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Travel to St. Louis, MO   
    Don't assume that, about Panera or any other restaurant.
    Salad dressings can have sweeteners in them -- they may use honey or maple syrup, but that's still sweeteners and not allowed. Meats can be marinated in marinades containing soy or sweeteners. Mayo can have soy or sweeteners in it. Panera's website is pretty helpful, and if you click on individual menu items, it does show detailed ingredients, so it is possible that you could figure out what to order that would be totally compliant, but you would have to do your research, and frankly, while I enjoy Panera, I'm not sure their food is worth that kind of trouble, if there are other options.
    @aeskewes, I've never been to St. Louis, so I can't give you specific restaurants, but a few general suggestions. First, google St. Louis Paleo and see if anything comes up. Not all paleo is Whole30, but it's a good start, and if they cater to a paleo crowd, they will likely be familiar with Whole30, and used to having people ask questions and make special requests. If you can't find specifically paleo restaurants, maybe look for farm to table restaurants, or steak places. Either of those might be easier to come up with compliant options than just general restaurants. Once you've found a restaurant or two that looks like it might be a good possibility, look for their website and see if they list ingredients. If they don't, but they do have a menu online, pick a few possible dishes that look like they might be compliant, and call the restaurant sometime, not during their lunch or dinner rush, and ask, so that you know before hand what to order and what to specify when you get there. You can ask the questions at the restaurant as you order, but most people prefer not to do that, so calling first saves you some time and trouble once you're there.
    Here's a download with general tips on dining out.  Hopefully some other folks from the area can give you more specific feedback on restaurants before you head out there.
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    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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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Silicon dioxide   
    It is possible to find canned tuna that's compliant, although it's not usually the cheapest brand available. Last time I checked, my walmart had a couple of brands that were.
    You might look for canned salmon instead, it's usually easier to find compliant and can be a little cheaper as well. Most cans will contain the bones and skin, pouches usually don't, and some cans don't, so if dealing with that bothers you, be sure you read the labels carefully. It's not really that bad to remove that stuff, but if you've never dealt with it before it can seem kind of icky. Many people do eat the bones, I just prefer my salmon not to crunch, so that's your choice.
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    praxisproject reacted to whole30_patricia in Whole30 approved almond milk?   
    Good morning! FTR, I made straight up almond milk and it's still amazing.
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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You find your favorite brands of light tasting olive oil and extra virgin olive oil on mega sale at the grocery and literally your entire cart is *filled* with oil.
    My friend my friend's friend couldn't believe I'd she'd put eight 1.5L bottles of Bertoli oil for my her mayo, and a huge can of California Olive Ranch oil all in my her cart.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Ana Miriam in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ....they pull faces when reading labels at the supermarket  
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    praxisproject reacted to Isolde41 in Success stories for overweight children?   
    That's wonderful @Riya! As of Sunday we are back on 100%, thanks to my daughter requesting it. It's wonderful how well they take to eating this way once they get used to it.
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    praxisproject reacted to Riya in Success stories for overweight children?   
    Late to the conversation, but going to add this.  We did our first Whole 30 a year ago.  My then 10 y/o lost 8 pounds.  I noticed a huge change, but the growth charts still showed her at the 95% height & 95% weight, so we got the low-fat bs from the doctor.  Both of us just nodded and waited for it to be over.  Slipped off the wagon and ended up doing another one in September of this year.  No idea how much/if she lost weight, but it appeared she had trimmed down and she seemed happier with how her clothes fit.  Please understand, the entire time I've been telling her that if we focus on making healthier choices, we'd feel better and the rest would sort itself out. 
    Fast-forward to the next annual visit.  95% percentile in height, 84% in weight.  She had gained 12 pounds over the year before, but also grew nearly 4".  They also ran some basic bloodwork and the dr came in and said it was obvious she was eating her veggies.  And she's maintaining it.  I try to cook better than I used to, but even if we're out, I notice her making choices.  Leaving off the bread (because she doesn't really like it), ordering veggies over fries.  Stuff like that.  So for anyone reading this thread, it really can help.
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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You drop the last blob of mayo onto the floor and realize it's not going to be a good day.
    Your friend's idea of going out is for wine and snacks and yours is to a teahouse.
    It's an amazing day when you get to the store and find the avocados on sale!
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    praxisproject reacted to Crastney in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    that.  right there.  that's an avo-mazing day!
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    praxisproject reacted to Robertaworley in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When eating clean is more important than losing weight and losing weight is still the end result.
    When black coffee is your dessert.
    When herbal tea or homemade ketchup tastes naturally sweet and no sweetener was added.
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    praxisproject reacted to nikkig84 in Sourcing food in Australia   
    If there are any Perth people put there wholethirtying at the moment I've had a great shopping experience at the Asian grocer at Coventry village in Morley. I got 2 boxes of produce, olive oil and a tub of Ayam compliant curry paste for $85. Plus there is a halal butcher that sells smoked beef which only has salt, pepper and garlic. Nothing else! The butcher gave us a slither to try and it is truely delicious. Think of it like a procuitto but in beef and at $35 per kg its way cheaper than procuitto. They also do the same thing in goat so I think I'll try that one next . I thought it might be a tasty was to give some eggs a lift. They also sell fresh goat for everyone wanting to try a goat curry. I live about 15-20 minutes away with grocery stores a lot closer but think it's worth the drive for the quality produce here. Oh and there's an amazing spice store there too with a compliant nut free dukkah which now is spicy but really tasty. You get to serve yourself and everything's in massive jars and the guy there is very helpful too. 
    Personally if I lived further away and didn't want to go each weekend then I would probably go there the day before starting a round and do a big stock up. 
    For those looking for bacon the naked butcher in Mundaring sells this. They make their own as well as smoked chicken which is also compliant. I even found some very plain but tasty sausages there last time I did a round. They also sell all grass fed organic and they do weekly deliveries north and south of the river too on certain days as well if you can't make it up there. I have ventured out this so far this round but figure next weekend I'll go up there and get some of the chicken they smoke for the salad I make. I can't remember what other surface/sugar free items they do and they are not in my "everyday' eating budget but I did a whole 30 previously and I bought 1 pack of bacon which I only used half of as it as I used it as a fat source/seasoning and it was plenty.
    hope this helps anyone researching this thread who's currently doing a 30 or preparing for one. There's some really tasty stuff out there in Perth. 
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    praxisproject reacted to alexandrarowan in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Just an update on the Woolworth's Gold Stock. Turns out the beef stock has Red Wine in the ingredients so not compliant.
    Chicken is compliant though!
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can mix some of the fruit/herbal teas with black/green/white teas but the SCOBY needs the tannin to survive. Also just make sure none of the teas contain honey as raw honey can kill the SCOBY due it's anti-microbial properties. And you'll also need to look out for teas containing soy lecithin/oils/natural flavouring which may also kill/harm your SCOBY.

    You can grow your own SCOBY from what's left of your commercial booch - here's how.
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    praxisproject reacted to MrsStick in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can use green tea for kombucha though! I usually do a mix of black and green because I'm not a super huge fan of the flavor of black tea. You can even use plain white tea for a more delicate flavor (you can't let it ferment as long with lighter teas if I recall correctly because there are fewer tannins for the SCOBY to digest) but I haven't found plain white, just flavored whites. As long as there's no flavoring to the tea, you're just fine!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sharing my disaster for the entertainment of others.
    I went to a kombucha class, it was great. Rushed home and made my first batch, realised later I used tea I thought was black tea, but it wasn't.
    Scoby almost filled entire giant jar, wrong shape for a scoby, disaster,  could not get the scoby out of the jar.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sharing my disaster for the entertainment of others.
    I went to a kombucha class, it was great. Rushed home and made my first batch, realised later I used tea I thought was black tea, but it wasn't.
    Scoby almost filled entire giant jar, wrong shape for a scoby, disaster,  could not get the scoby out of the jar.