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  1. laurelerin22

    Chicken Bouillon

    Bouillon cubes are pretty bad. I stopped using them after actually reading the ingredient list, and that was before I ever did Whole30! In general, it's tough to find store-bought compliant stock or broth (which is why the book has a recipe for them). So many of them have MSG, soy, or added sugar! I did find a couple of organic, compliant chicken and veggie stocks/broths, but I have yet to find a compliant beef broth that does not have added sugar/honey. Just remember to READ. EVERY. LABEL. Literally every one, including spices, nuts, tuna, etc. You will be shocked to find how much added crap goes into the food we buy every day at the grocery store. Good for you for committing to a restart! Good luck!!
  2. laurelerin22

    Will I eventually be able to run fast again

    Yes, it will get better. Like you said, it's your body adjusting to burning fat instead of immediately available carbs. I was also slow and sluggish the first couple of weeks, but by the end, my workouts were better than they were before Whole30.
  3. laurelerin22

    Persistent Diarrhea after re-intro

    When you had the issues with dairy, did you just do dairy for one day and then go back to Whole30 right after? Did you continue reintroducing other things, even with the persistent digestive issues? Sometimes, if you have a really bad reaction, it can take awhile for your system to get it all out and reset itself. Many people do find they have issues with dairy after being on Whole30. I wasn't nearly as bad as what you describe, but dairy now makes my stomach uneasy, full-feeling, nauseous, etc. I've narrowed it down to cheese moreso than other dairy, but I'm basically avoiding dairy altogether now. I would think it might be worthwhile to go back to Whole30 compliance until ALL symptoms are gone. Then give dairy one more try. If it affects you like this again, you probably have your culprit. Then, go back to Whole30 completely again until all symptoms are gone before reintroducing anything else. Sounds like you would benefit from doing the "slow roll" reintro instead of the "fast track".
  4. laurelerin22

    Soy Sensitivity?

    PS: I also seem to have some issues with dairy, cheese moreso than anything else. I know soy and dairy can be very closely related.
  5. laurelerin22

    Soy Sensitivity?

    Has anyone else discovered a sensitivity to strictly soybeans (but not other beans)? I'm testing out a hypothesis here... I have had two instances where my digestive system has gotten really fired up over something I ate at a restuarant. The only possible ingredients in these food items that I hadn't already tested out could have been soy. I have noticed for a long time that my digestive system often gets upset after eating out, and I know soy is in TONS of stuff and that soybean oil is commonly used in restaurants. Today, the food that set me off were some basic tacos in corn tortillas with no cheese or dairy - just onions and fresh salsa and guacamole. I already know corn is OK, but I saw them dousing meat they were cooking in the kitchen with some sort of oil. I'm wondering if it might've been soybean oil. I am now dying of heartburn, which is the first time I've had heartburn since I started Whole30 (and I used to suffer from it frequently). The other day, I had a wrap sandwich at a restaurant and I had bad gas and digestive issues the following day. Gluten is not an issue for me, and there was no dairy on the sandwich, so I'm guessing it might've been some sort of soy-based sauce, mayo, or marinade on the sandwich. A soy sensitivity would also explain why sushi ALWAYS bothers me (hello soy sauce!) and any time I eat one of those fiber bars or "protein" bars with soy in them I get gassy. Anyone have any thoughts? Does anyone else have a soy issue?
  6. laurelerin22

    Dairy Woes :-(

    @ladyshanny - Do you think certain types of dairy products (i.e. cheese vs. milk products) tend to have worse/different effects on some people? It seems cheese does not agree with me, but milk products (like ice cream or gelato) don't bother my stomach quite as much. There was also a mention in the thread you linked about trying things like goat cheese vs cow cheese. The cheese I've had in the past couple of days was cow cheese, and probably heavily processed American, cheddar, or colby jack. I also haven't tried cooking with regular butter yet (not that I ever feel like I need to cook with butter again, but it would be nice to not worry about it at a restaurant).
  7. laurelerin22

    Dairy Woes :-(

    Thanks, @ladyshanny! That thread was helpful. I think I may just have to stay away from dairy and decide when it's "worth it" for a dairy treat.
  8. laurelerin22

    Starbucks venti latte with almond milk

    Starbucks coconut milk is even worse! Cane sugar, carrageenan, and corn dextrin!
  9. laurelerin22

    Starbucks venti latte with almond milk

    Oof, I'm glad I didn't have Starbucks almond milk before I was done!! Added sugar, plain as day. I've ordered cold brewed iced coffee with it a couple times this week, but I'm already done with my 30 days. It doesn't taste sweet AT ALL. I never would've known it had added sugar in it. I guess I'll be carting my own almond milk around to Starbucks from now on!!
  10. I am just finishing up my reintroductions. Yes, you reintroduce ONE THING for a day, then go completely compliant again for two days or more, then you reintroduce a second thing for a day (but you still can't eat the first thing you reintroduced), then go completely compliant again for two days or more, etc. etc. etc. The book does have a recommended order to follow, starting with the least inflammatory items (legumes, followed by non-gluten grains, then dairy, then gluten grains), but you don't have to do it in this order. I did dairy first, then non-gluten grains, then gluten grains, and I still have to do legumes last. Good luck! Congrats on finishing Whole30!
  11. laurelerin22

    Dairy Woes :-(

    Through the reintroductions, I've found that my system is now not happy with dairy. I never had any noticeable issues with dairy before I did Whole30, but now it seems to upset my stomach. Not terrible, by any means, but I notice it. Dairy seems to make my stomach a little queasy, full-filling, and at times nauseous (I haven't noticed much lower intestinal issues from it - maybe a little gas, but that's it). The thing that bothers me is that cheese and ice cream might be two of my most favorite things to eat, and I really wish I didn't feel like this now about dairy (I also don't want to have to deal with not eating foods cooked in butter at restaurants). I'm cutting dairy down significantly already (I've switched to almond milk and almond milk creamer and ditched my cottage cheese and yogurt habit), but I wonder if there's something I can do to help my stomach not feel so crappy if I do want to indulge in some cheese or ice cream once in awhile. Any thoughts? It seems there are a lot of people who have issues with dairy after Whole30. It doesn't seem like I have a huge intolerance or anything, so I'm wondering if my body will just get used to it again if I opt to keep a small, but relatively consistent, amount in my diet. Thanks for your input!
  12. laurelerin22

    Starting July 17

    Hi there! Welcome! Your second paragraph stuck with me because I feel like I was similar, back in the day (like in college, and then everything went downhill after I was no longer in college athletics). I also have some arthritis in my knees, a result of sports-related knee injuries. I've never had surgery, but it's gotten worse to the point where I'm now going through a round of gel shots to see if it will help (I'm 38 - I feel way too young to have arthritis already!) Anyway, I just got through my first round of Whole30. I cannot say if this diet will definitely help your afflictions, because everyone is different. I can tell you that it helped SOME of my problems, but not all. I no longer have any heartburn or other digestive issues. I have a lot more energy during the day and don't have any afternoon "crashes" at my desk anymore. I sleep better. I feel better. My mood is better. Unfortunately, it did not help with the arthritis in my right knee (this knee was always significantly worse than my left). However, it did get rid of some mild shin splints (I have no shin splints AT ALL anymore), reduced the stiffness in my feet that I have every morning (it's not entirely gone, but markedly improved), and allowed a sprained right ankle to finally heal completely. Not to mention, I lost 12 lbs and 3" from my waist. For you, I think it's at least worth a shot. Even if it doesn't clear up your issues, I think you will benefit greatly from learning how different foods affect your body. Everyone I know who's done Whole30 thought it was extremely eye-opening, regardless of their ultimate goals, myself included. Keep in mind, though, that the process is not just "30 days and you're done". If you really want to LEARN from the process, you need to commit yourself to reintroductions after, which is another 10-15 days, and then hopefully incorporate what you've learned into your life in a way that works for you (I'm still in the final days of reintros). Regarding the Pre-Made Paleo meals, I suggest doing a search in the forums on Pre-Made Paleo and see what turns up. I feel like I read somewhere that the servings are not particularly filling, but I may be wrong. You NEED to be full and satiated at each meal on Whole30 because you're supposed to avoid snacking. Personally, I wouldn't rely on just pre-made meals through the entire Whole30. The point of Whole30 is to teach yourself how to read labels, how to make healthy choices, how to rid yourself of bad eating behaviors, and how to prepare quality, satiating meals. If someone else is doing all of that work for you, then what are you really learning from the process? Maybe consider just ordering SOME pre-made meals to have on hand, for the times when you really can't cook your own meals. Or consider moving your start date down the road a little, to a time that will be less hectic so you can better prepare your own meals. Good luck with the Whole30!! The forums are a great resource. Start your own log in the "Your Whole30 Log" section - I found it extremely beneficial to keep a "diary" of my experience, especially because I connected with two other great women who were on this journey at the same time. It was so nice to have some other people to share ideas and experiences with.
  13. laurelerin22

    Ningxia Nitro??

    Seriously, it's incredible what is in certain foods that you might not even think to check! Read EVERY label - almond milk, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, nuts, tuna, deli meat, broth, etc. There are so many things that have non-compliant additives. Be warned that carrageenan is not allowed, and it shows up in a lot of sneaky places (same with soy). And if you choose to eat Larabars or RXBars as an emergency item, make sure you check the labels because some of them are not compliant with Whole30. Good luck!!! I'm on DAY 30 today, and I will tell you: It is hard, but it is worth it.
  14. laurelerin22

    Ningxia Nitro??

    I'm not sure if it's specifically disallowed, but I would also avoid anything with "fruit juice concentrate" because it's essentially a processed, fructose-dense form of juice. I found a great app called "Sift" that really helps with label reading. I think the initial app is free, and then you can pay a couple of dollars to have it tell you if foods are specifically compliant to "Whole Food". It works simply by scanning the bar code of a product and explains what each "mystery" ingredient really is. The only issue I've found is that it will tell you items with bean gum or guar gum are non-compliant, even though they are.
  15. laurelerin22


    Try infusing water with fruit, instead of just lemon or cucumber. My FAVORITE mix by far is watermelon, cucumber, and mint (cucumber has a strong flavor - you don't need much - and rip up the mint leaves to get more flavor). If you don't have an infuser pitcher, just take a large ziploc bag, pierce it with a bunch of holes (like with a toothpick or something, put the fruit mix in there, and let it sit in a pitcher. It will be good for about 3 days or so, and you can add more water to the pitcher without replacing the bag of fruit. Also, what about unsweetened iced or hot tea? You mentioned you're not a coffee drinker, but it sounds like you crave caffeine. If you want something with caffeine but with a bit of a sweet fruity flavor to it, try making tea with a mix of brews - like maybe black tea (for caffeine) mixed with a fruity flavor-packed herbal like red zinger or berry. Oolong tea is caffeinated (not as strong as black tea, though), and Stash makes a delicious white peach variety. Side note, I also knew this product was going to be from the Ideal company when you mentioned "Slendesta". I used to drink their IdealFit meal replacement shakes. All of their products have a lot of artificial sweeteners. Avoid, avoid, avoid!