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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Bellmaestra in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Thank you for doing all you can to help us! It can't be easy... and yet you remain kind and supportive! Thank you!
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to ladyshanny in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Public Service Announcement: 
    The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by.
    That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. 
    The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to ladyshanny in EDITING POSTS   
    Effective Thursday, August 27, 2015, members can no longer edit their own posts indefinitely.  Unfortunately the constant editing in the threads was causing issues within the forum, necessitating the change.  
    Members will now be allowed to edit their own post for 15 minutes after publishing (for fixing typos or adding a quick afterthought).  Beyond that initial 15 minutes, the post will be considered closed and can only be edited by an administrator or moderator.
    Thank you very much for your understanding and for helping the forum to run as smoothly as possible.  
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to AtlantaJJ in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    I was about to run with this one, glad you said something! 
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to RunningOnTacos in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    I would add hemp seeds or chia seeds.
    I've been a vegetarian/vegan (on and off) for nearly 17 years and one thing the doctor's always encouraged me on was to increase my healthy fats with plant based items like chia seeds or hemp seeds. Flax works really great too. Throw in some nutritional yeast (nooch) in your spaghetti sauce  (homemade without sugar) for a cheesy bite. 

    I like to roast my cauliflower in nooch.
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Iral in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    hey Steph! I am a vegan doing the Whole 30. I was "cleansing" for the first week and had steamed veggies for dinner pretty much every night, but last night we did some spaghetti squash with marinara and that was delicious! I think this program is totally doable as a vegan. I google searched Vegan Whole30 recipes and found a bunch of good recipes so I'd recommend starting there. I also tend to eat at least 1 avocado throughout the day. I do some almond butter and green apples/celery also if I want a snack. You can also have dark chocolate with less than 10g of sugar. Best of luck!!
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to SugarcubeOD in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP   
    I know very little about what Vegans eat, however I do wonder what you're planning on doing for protein... Also, I assume you didn't eat 5 meals today... the meal template applies, even if you're a vegan, which means 3 meals 4-5 hours apart, not grazing/snacking all day.
    I'm not saying what I"m about to say next to discourage you, only to be real, there are very few vegans on this forum just due to the type of omnivore program that the Whole30 was written for, so you may not get a plethora of responses.  Perhaps it would help if you let us know if you're planning on eating sprouted legumes/tofu or if you're trying to do the Whole30 with just vegetables and what you used to eat?
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    Hope4Overcomers 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.