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    praxisproject got a reaction from Carlaccini in Day 16 So very tired   
    If you already know honey can cause some problems there are some nut and seed free stir fry recipes too, this one has honey as an optional ingredient, but has some orange juice for a bit of sweetness if you want to skip the honey (honey also contains Fructose, so is a FODMAP).
    http://meljoulwan.com/2009/10/29/best-stir-fry-sauce-ever%e2%84%a2-for-real/
     
    Whole30 isn't the only thing that can help you feel better, some people need alterations to FODMAPs (one of the most confusing), allergen foods (tree nuts, latex family, strong enzymes like pineapple & kiwi fruit), histamines, nightshades, nuts, seeds, eggs or even the AIP. IBS can have many components and Whole30 may not cover them all for you.
     
    I think 6 is where you're at, but it doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong or you haven't tried hard enough and you may not need a naturopath to see improvements (especially since you were IBS free for two years! yay you!).
     
    I think there are two things you may want to look into more deeply from a health perspective, some minor blood tests might more helpful than a naturopath, or even some comparisons (costing only your own time) of what you were eating vs what you have been eating on Whole30 (especially if going back to your old diet gets rid of your IBS).
     
    1) IBS which was gone but has come back could be getting triggered by a common and compliant food.
    If that's the case, you really want to know what it is, so you can avoid feeling sick. For a lot of people, they are eating new things on Whole30 (as in, not normally stuff they're eating every day) or the same things but in much higher volumes. I almost never eat grapes when I'm not on Whole30, I don't know why, I don't dislike them, possibly I just see them more as I shop a little differently (this means I don't Reintro them, as they're something I only eat on W30, which is a bit backwards). FODMAPs are known IBS triggers and they can be sneaky in that some people get delayed reactions from them but also confusing (I find them really confusing!) as they're kind of all over the place. Things don't "look" FODMAP-ish, they're not all the same family or even the same colour and some of them feel like they are in everything (garlic, onion) so they can be very awkward to learn how to eliminate. FODMAPs are only one of many things related to IBS. Carrageenan (not W30 compliant) gives me fast-hitting IBS-like symptoms, a type of reaction which I have to absolutely nothing else, it's very specific. Any other kind of seaweed is fine, just not this one, but I'd never have realised until I had it in a boxed almond milk (with all other ingredients being things I ate all the time) and I thought I had swallowed some hula hoops.
     
    2) Exhaustion.
    Some tiredness is normal if you're not eating enough and it's possible nuts could be taking some time to clear from your system, but this seems more pervasive and very wearing for you and your energy, which sounds to me like something more serious. It might go away when you're not on Whole30, but it might be something you need to look into. Exhaustion and fatigue can come from minor deficiencies, low Vitamin D3, low iron (anemia - some doctors can diagnose this from looking at your eye, without a blood test), imbalance in Omega 3/6 ratio (very common and can be made worse by nuts and seeds), imbalance of copper/zinc, lack of B12 (liver has B12 and many other nutrients like zinc) are just a few of the things that can make you super tired. Some processed foods can be fortified with missing things, so they can actually make deficiencies go away (which is why they are mandated by law in many countries for staple items like bread and tortillas, to reduce the number of deficiencies). While you can get blood tests for evidence, you can also eat foods higher in certain things and see if it's any help (it's not perfect but it's much cheaper). Reintroductions of your old foods may also make noticeable improvements. If they do, you should examine what's in them. I have really serious deficiencies and for me, some things are like turning a light switch on and off (zinc, B12), I don't always need a blood test, I can feel the difference. An unusual addition I have added is Vitamin K2 (it's in eggs and dairy, but I don't eat dairy much and not enough eggs to for them to be a big source), but I'm trying to heal 35 years of eating gluten (which my body does not like at all), I suspect at some point I won't need it anymore. Some drug stores or doctors may also have small free samples of vitamin or mineral supplements (it's worth asking), if you want to road test some before spending money on them.
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    praxisproject reacted to netdirector in Good Karma Flax Milk   
    I'm guessing most of the ingredients are there to help thicken the milk, and make it more palitable for people drinking a full glass. I was only using a couple tablespoons as a creamer for my coffee.
     
    I just switched to Trader Joe's Coconut Cream, and whipped it up with some cocoa powder. Comes out like a cocoa cool whip, and blends and thickens fantastically in my coffee. I read some posts here that take issue with the cellulose they use to thicken it, but boy is it good.
     
    I've made coconut butter before, and I have some unsweetened coconut flakes I need to use up. I'll probably make my own next and try to avoid the store bought products altogether.
     
    All that said, I'm on my 5th day and feeling great! Fat Tuesday might need to be a "work at home" day for me though... they're doing a HUGE lunch spread at work and mentally I'll just feel deprived. First year I'm missing Paczki Day! There's just no way to make a Whole30 compliant paczki that isn't a full-blown "orgy with your pants on"...
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    praxisproject got a reaction from GFChris in Reintroduction to protein powders... HELP!   
    I used to have a lot of whey powders, but I found whey really impacts my health (moreso than other kinds of dairy, but it's a long process, fairly silent but I notice it when it's gone) and carrageenan as an ingredient is an absolute no no for me, it's almost as bad as gluten.
     
    If you really think protein powders are a must in your life, seriously start reading the labels, you may be pretty shocked at what's in them. Would you eat this stuff in other food? Even dried egg white powder can be pretty nasty, I had some in my cupboard and threw it out after I read the ingredients, read how it's made and you'd never eat it again. I've also never seen any organic or free range ingredients in any egg powders or egg powder ingredients.
     
    We talk a lot about convenience, but what about nutrition?
    What's the point in spending a lot of time at the gym or being active, if we're not going to give the body proper nutrients?
     
    Some body building advice can be borderline eating disorder and that's the market for most of these products, it's not always a very healthy culture, including things like steroids which can leave people with serious long term disorders and there are a lot of early age deaths in the industry which is clearly not okay.
     
    Obviously not all products or gyms are at that end of the scale, but intent and lines of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable is important. Nutrition never seems to be very important and even when it's there, it's always a powder. Processed food isn't more nutritious. Marketing is usually about appearance, muscle and convenience, not health.
     
    I can tell you getting really sick from eating processed food instead of real food is far from convenient.
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    praxisproject reacted to LucieB in Reintroduction to protein powders... HELP!   
    Stephiej - thanks for thinking it through and replying. Sometimes we provide feedback and *poof* the OP is gone!
     
    Your reasons for trying the protein powder make sense in a way. But some considerations. The money is already spent, you won't gain money back by consuming it. Sure, the food you buy as a replacement will be the added cost, but a few sweet potatoes, cans of tuna, or chicken doesn't cost that much.
     
    What Brewer5 said- change your definition of convenience. I like it! Convenience foods got many of us into the sub-optimal health situation we were in before Whole30. One goal of the Whole30 is to help with that redefinition. 
     
    One thing I do to save time is prep extra servings of a recipe and make it specifically for pre or post workout. So if I'm making a chicken dinner, I'll leave a few portions out of the sauce/fat/spice and leave them plain. Microwave a potato, throw them in a container to have ready after a workout. That way there's no 'extra' time involved. And without the extras on the chicken, it's pretty finger-food friendly. 
     
    You are post-Whole30, you can do whatever you want with the protein powder, but to make it the first thing you excitedly jump back into...you can do better
     
    You've put some good thought into this, just keep thinking, you can find alternatives to test and see how they do for you. Then think about the powders again. 
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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in Reintroduction to protein powders... HELP!   
    I agree with what Lucie said about wondering why you would want to reintroduce these processed products to your diet.
     
    They have a LOT of sugar in them and the second one has Carageenan which is extremely toxic and gut disruptive.
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    praxisproject reacted to WindDancer in Whole30 approved almond milk?   
    I found a compliant almond milk at Whole Foods that is clean! 
     
    It is called MALK. 
     
    The website: http://malkorganics.com/
     
    Ing. are Almonds, water and a bit of Himalayan salt.
     
    If your store does not carry it, request it.
     
    WindDancer
     

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    praxisproject reacted to alexandrarowan in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Most of the Prosciutto and Smoked Salmon (not hot smoked salmon!) sold in Australia is also compliant. Although you must read your labels, but I've found it very easy to find both.
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    praxisproject reacted to kruddock in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ... they are proud as a mother hen when all their food prep for the week is done!
    ... they curse the food companies for adding sugar to EVERYTHING!
    ... they pass the treats at work without a glance!
    ... they always get a thrill when the mayo turns out!
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    praxisproject reacted to wiscogirl in food dreams   
    I had my first food dream last night, end of Day 4. I dreamed I woke up, went to the kitchen, ate ONE white chocolate-covered pretzel, and then immediately couldn't decide if that meant I had to start Whole30 over. When I woke up, I was CONVINCED it was real and wanted to cry. Once I realized it wasn't, I found my stash of bad foods (in case I want a few of them after the 30 days, we'll see) and promptly threw away the white chocolate-covered pretzels that were in there. Can't haunt me now!
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    praxisproject reacted to Carlaccini in Day 16 So very tired   
    Yes - sometimes it takes some of us longer to go through things than others.  Remember we are all unique snowflakes  - the timeline is just based on what happens on average.
     
    My first whole 30 - I was about 10 days off.
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    praxisproject reacted to sleepingbeautycan in Day 16 So very tired   
    I make my own mayo but I just can't get into the habit of dipping food into it. I did make some cole slaw with my last batch of mayo, and it was good. I think I will make up another batch. I guess for dinner I am going to have burgs on lettuce with mayo and maybe some sunbutter.  I think. The guacamole just isn't working for me. I tried a ranch dressing, bleh. I think if I have energy after the slaw and the burgs I will try another recipe.
     
    So here we are day 26 and I am getting used to going up the stairs without using the banister and without having to hit every stair with both feet. However, I am still needing naps. And still low on the energy scale. I wouldn't say I am still exhausted though. Tired is a better word. Maybe it will keep improving.
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    praxisproject reacted to Carlaccini in Day 16 So very tired   
    You might want to consider adding more vitamin D rich foods in as well - fatty cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines
    Liver - If you are adverse to the taste of liver maybe make pate and then mix the pate in with meatballs.  Eggs are also a good source of vitamin D. 
     
    I have heard that mushrooms and dark leafy greens will be helpful in this regards as well.
     
    Definitely drop the nuts.  They probably are helping your condition - many people have issues with nuts.  Including me where I have issues with them disrupting my sleep.
     
    I would not have salad more than once a day - and make sure the salad is HUGE.  You have to think about all that lettuce in wilted form.  So mixing bowl size.
    Also some of us have a hard time digesting raw veggies.  So try to get most of your veggies cooked.
     
    Have you ever tried roasting veggies?  Any veggie roasted in oil or fat, plus salt and pepper are amazing.
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Day 16 So very tired   
    For fats, have you made your own mayo yet? It's good on pretty much everything -- dip vegetables or meat into it, use it to make other dressings/sauces/dips, chicken or tuna or salmon salad, or deviled eggs. Something like pesto or chimichurri or even just plain olive oil can be drizzled over meats and vegetables. Olives are a good source of fat. Unsweetened, sulfur-free coconut flakes -- they can be toasted and then added on top of salads and other vegetables for a little bit of crunch and flavor. Ghee or coconut oil on a baked potato or sweet potato. Choosing fattier cuts of meat can help you need to add less extra fat in a meal (salmon over tilapia, for instance, or skin-on chicken thighs, rather than skinless breasts).
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in constipation   
    The major changes you've made by adopting Whole30 are actually really major changes involving a need to rebalance gut bacteria and probiotics.  You are unlikely to see a major change in 7 days, especially coming from a constipated "norm" prior to Whole30.
     
    A few things you can try:
     
    LOTS of water.  Our recommendation is half an ounce per pound of bodyweight (eg, 180# person would consume 90 ounces of water, exercise fluids not included) You could try a magnesium supplement.  We are nearly all chronically deficient in magnesium because of soil depletion.  Natural calm (plain) or a magnesium citrate supplement can help as it draws water into the bowels.  Start slow and work your way up in dosage to the point where you are getting comfortable poops. Veggies; cooked before raw.  Cooked greens, roasted veggies etc.  Raw veggies are notoriously hard on your system Nuts; steer clear.  These are also hard on the digestion and aren't an excellent fat choice  
    Make sure your meals are matching the template (linked below), don't skimp on the fat and try some of the suggestions above and let us know how you go.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Cbg84 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 rhed in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    They read a label then heave a big sigh and put it back on the shelf, then grab the next brand or variety and read that label.
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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in Justin's Classic Almond Butter   
    I'm with you... I see no reason to include in my diet something that is so harmful to the environment that is so unnecessary.  There are loads of oils that are sustainable and less impactful than Palm oil... I feel it's become the new trend (starting to see it in stores like crazy etc..) and I'm not jumping on that band wagon... nope!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from bede0713 in Justin's Classic Almond Butter   
    Whole30 info: Palm kernel oil is missing all the nutrition from red palm oil (unrefined) and is a white colour.
     
    Other concerns:
    Palm oil is a $US40 billion dollar industry worldwide, so there are some business practices that may make you not want to purchase products containing palm oil. Personally I find it something I'm not ethically comfortable with, regulation on production doesn't seem to be tough enough to make a difference and food labelling is pretty dodgy around the world when it comes to palm oil (in some countries it's entirely hidden under "vegetable oil" to avoid the eye of angry consumers).
     
    http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil these guys are critically endangered, so palm oil and anything containing palm oil is off my shopping list until that changes. Industries change fastest with financial incentive If you ever get a chance to see one of these wonders in a zoo, please do. They use tools, are the only non-human species capable of "calculated reciprocity" and interact with those who come to visit them very much like humans do.
     
    We no longer trade in ivory to protect elephants which are endangered, but palm oil is a real threat to a critically endangered species which will likely become extinct in within our lifetimes. We're quite close to Indonesia here in Australia so palm oil is a hot topic here.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Cbg84 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ....they pull faces when reading labels at the supermarket  
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Cbg84 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 SugarcubeOD in The crazy things people say   
    That whole 'when you're fun again' thing really irks me... I'm accused of not being 'fun' all the time... I, actually, am a blast. the 'fun' that is being referred to is that the other person wants to indulge in whatever (cake, booze) and they don't want to feel judged for it (not that you're judging... that's all on them for how they feel).
    Also, LOL at the 'main part for the most part'. Uh, booze is one of the MAIN PARTS! LOL!
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    praxisproject reacted to Emiley Carey in The crazy things people say   
    "You can't even have a little wine? It's just grapes." 
    Friend who was supposedly doing w30, caught holding a beer in social media post: "As long as I stick to the main idea for the most part it's fine."
    "Let's hang out next month when you're fun again" 
    On not drinking at mimosa brunch: "OMG you're pregnant, huh?!?"
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in The crazy things people say   
    Everyone over here on the East Coast is freaking out because the Jonas Brothers are coming (okay, the storm is named Jonas, but saying Jonas Brothers is funnier). Get the milk! Get the bread! I need Wiiiiiiiiiine!
     
    Went shopping with my friend yesterday and she asked me what I needed before the storm. I said "eggs; I'm almost out of mayo". She looked at me like I was crazy. 
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Saree_maree in MTHFR   
    Hi Saree
     
    I have MTHFR too, but I have two copies of C677T. I struggle with the h words they use but I think you are classed as "compound heterozygous" which means you got one gene from each parent (this also means family members should get tested).
     
    From what I understand, you're more unusual having one of each and as you have both, you may need different treatments than I do.
    You'll find some info on the forums, but you really need someone to do some blood work to know more about how it affects you.
    Some people have the genes but show no symptoms at all. Just because you have the gene/s, doesn't mean you have a problem (I have too much homocysteine and a bunch of other things are off too).
     
    Locally, this site has been very helpful to me: http://www.mthfrsupport.com.au/ (we have different laws for medication here in Australia so locally you may be able to get other treatments where you are).
     
    When looking for a physician, you need someone who understands the methylation cycle (which is part of cellular renewal across your whole body). It might be a naturopath or an endocrinologist or other specialist.
     
    I work from my blood work with my naturopath and it's still a work in progress, but I feel much better
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Saree_maree in MTHFR   
    Hi Saree
     
    I have MTHFR too, but I have two copies of C677T. I struggle with the h words they use but I think you are classed as "compound heterozygous" which means you got one gene from each parent (this also means family members should get tested).
     
    From what I understand, you're more unusual having one of each and as you have both, you may need different treatments than I do.
    You'll find some info on the forums, but you really need someone to do some blood work to know more about how it affects you.
    Some people have the genes but show no symptoms at all. Just because you have the gene/s, doesn't mean you have a problem (I have too much homocysteine and a bunch of other things are off too).
     
    Locally, this site has been very helpful to me: http://www.mthfrsupport.com.au/ (we have different laws for medication here in Australia so locally you may be able to get other treatments where you are).
     
    When looking for a physician, you need someone who understands the methylation cycle (which is part of cellular renewal across your whole body). It might be a naturopath or an endocrinologist or other specialist.
     
    I work from my blood work with my naturopath and it's still a work in progress, but I feel much better