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  1. Jihanna

    "Sugar" Reintroduction

    Honestly, I reintroduced sugar based on what I typically used on a daily basis prior to my Whole30 round. So I tried some sugar in my morning coffee, honey in my afternoon tea, a bit of honey in a homemade vinaigrette, and a nighttime tea blend that had stevia leaf. If you're focusing on sugar itself, then be sure you're only adding some to an otherwise compliant food... and I'd suggest NOT doing it at the same level you might have before, because chances are that would be WAY too sweet now. (As an example, my pre-W30 sugar for coffee was 2 tsp per small mug, and my sugar reintro measure was 1/2 tsp in a small mug.) Some might have other thoughts, but my reasoning was that the most important reintroduction data would come from things that I'd be likely to use on a daily basis (or at least often), if they were an option -- hence doing honey but not powdered sugar (for instance).
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    Day 1 - COVID-19 working from home

    I love that you're using this situation to your best possible advantage! Good luck!
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    Juice Plus

    If it doesn't list sugar as an ingredient, in any form (even sneaky ones), then you should be good where that's concerned. If there's any rice bran at all, though, then that's enough to make it non-compliant -- the question is just whether or not it's significant enough to affect your system. That said, it does look like the fruit blend (red) might be okay, as only the veggie one (green) shows rice bran. If you're not keen to assume the added days now, you can always just keep moving forward and see how it goes. Keep a log of your symptoms and whether or not there's anything significant that goes away over the course of the next few days, which would tell you if something in the capsules was likely causing an issue. If you do notice issues, you can choose to extend your Whole30 or even wait until closer to the end to see if you feel like you need to give your body more time.
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    @Tiara1234 I'm the same way - I can binge on some good food, and do it more easily than I can with junk! Home-cooked meal that's absolutely yummy? Seconds, please! Man, only a spoonful left in the dish? That's not even enough to put away... I eat it now, instead! Yes, I totally get it. I know the justifications, and I know the icky feeling that comes afterward because even good food does us wrong when we cram in too much. I found that a few things helped me to work on this habit... 1. I often drink peppermint tea during dinner. This is usually two bags of peppermint herbal tea steeped in about 12-14 ounces water (and obviously without anything to sweeten it). If straight-up herbal tea isn't your thing, you could always do one bag peppermint and one bag black or oolong, and the water ratio is variable (you might like yours stronger or weaker than I like mine). Peppermint works as a mild appetite suppressant, so drinking this while I'm eating tends to help my body step on the brakes. 2. I eat slowly and cut up my food ahead of time. Despite what my husband says about "good manners", I go ahead and cut up all of my food (if applicable) and spread it out on my plate, so it looks like there's more than there is. This allows me to put less on a plate and convince my brain that it's more, before I even get started. I eat slowly so my body can really process and acknowledge what I'm eating, and how much of it, instead of just barreling through and eating 2-3 plates before my body can scream that it's full. 3. Sometimes I'll purposefully eat half a meal now, and save half for a little later. If we've made something I know I tend to binge on, or at least want to binge on (even if I've been stopping myself lately), I'll go ahead and force myself to stop halfway through what I've put on my plate (the first serving!) and set that aside. I sit at the table, talk with my family while they eat, and then determine shortly (15-30 minutes later) whether or not I'm actually hungry enough to eat the rest of my dinner or if I just want to eat because it tastes good and is already on my plate -- if the latter, I cover the plate and put it in the fridge for a snack (or meal) later in the day. 4. If I've eaten recently and know I probably shouldn't be hungry, but I see something I can justify eating (like a veggie tray), I'll grab enough to make a mini-meal (think a boiled egg or small scoop of chicken salad and a handful of celery sticks) and pair it up with a very small serving of coffee (I'll make that a decaf if it's late in the day) or hot tea. If I can't wrap my brain around the idea of a mini-meal, then I know I'm not actually hungry and should probably skip the "snack" altogether, especially if it's one of the things I know I'm liable to overeat. Hopefully something in there might help or give you an idea of how to approach your situation
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    Question on supplements

    The "MegaMen" vitamin says it contains soybeans (automatically not compliant), and it also contains stevia leaf and caramel color, which also wouldn't be compliant. (Caramel color is a sneaky sugar.) "Thermo Igniter" I can't tell, because the ingredients list is cut off so there could be something there. I'd personally prefer to get my caffeine from coffee or tea rather than from something with artificial colors, but I don't think the artificial colors are non-compliant. The CLA looks fine, but there's no information about the source of the glycerin for the capsules. I'd assume it's not soybean oil, since there's also no note about it containing soy. "Waterex" is not compliant, again because of caramel color. For those that seem ok, unless a mod pops in to say something that's slipping my mind at this point, I'd say it's a personal call. I went out of my way to avoid the artificial colors and such during my own rounds, because I wanted to get the very most I could out of it all; but I also didn't go into this with a gym-ready body, nor did I have big plans where exercise was concerned, so I had no worries at all that I might not get everything I needed from my food (without supplementation). Again, that's a personal thing that might not apply for you, though
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    Day 51 - Advice Needed

    Whole30 in and of itself is an elimination diet, with the purpose of reaching a baseline from which to test foods and/or food groups to see if there are sensitivities which should be considered when making informed food choices going forward. Ideally, one also does an amount of "deep work" to deal with the psychological relationship to food, as well. Melissa's note about not experiencing Food Freedom is undoubtedly based on the idea that one does NOT plan to follow a continuing food plan that's quite as restricted as Whole30 is. To make those informed food choices, however, you have to do reintroduction. If you're on Day 51 of Whole30, then you're still on round 1 A second round would be when you've done reintroduction and gone forward, hopefully starting to discover what your Food Freedom looks like, and then return to do another reset of some length. That said, there's no reason why someone couldn't choose to follow the Whole30 guidelines or something close to them for a longer period of time. Paleo, for instance, is incredibly close to Whole30 but has a bit more flexibility because you're building a lifestyle (not following a diet/elimination program). In all honesty, I wouldn't suggest trying to stick to Whole30 forever. Instead, move forward step by step as you build a "WholeMe" type of plan. That's where the Food Freedom is, and "WholeMe" can be no grains, no gluten, no legumes, no dairy, etc. if that's what works best for your body... but leaves room for enjoying those foods occasionally if you deem it "worth it" based on what you know about how your body reacts to those foods. If you find yourself off the rails too far and making what you consider to be poor food decisions too often, then go strict Whole30 again for a while to reset your body and your mindset
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    Catching a nasty cold

    I got sick during my most recent reset, and focused mostly on using totally compliant teas alongside compresses, vapor treatments, etc. I also used OTC meds to reduce my fever and deal with any body aches. I'll be honest here, I had to move on to prescriptions at one point because it hit me so hard and dropped into my chest as bronchitis... which brings me to the point of saying that doctor's orders trump Whole30 rules, so I felt no guilt whatsoever about coloring outside the lines for medications to make me feel a little bit less like death warmed over My doc was on board for me using herbal remedies first, but we always had a backup plan.
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    Plant-Based "Meats"

    Eggs, veggie patties, mushroom burgers, etc. Nutritional yeast is often used in vegetarian diets to increase protein values, and it mixes quite well into broths, scrambled eggs, any mashed veggie blend, etc. Hemp seeds are a good meatless protein source that can also be added to foods. Here are a few links that might be helpful (just remember to skip any honey/sweeteners, if they're listed): https://blog.paleohacks.com/veggie-burger-recipes/ https://lexiscleankitchen.com/paleo-veggie-mushroom-burgers/ https://momfoodie.com/paleo-veggie-burgers-gluten-free/ https://nomnompaleo.com/post/5568966009/egg-foo-young-ish-spinach-egg-ham-coconut Good luck
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    Slow Roll Reintroduction - Nausea?

    Dairy in general causes fairly severe indigestion for me, starting with heartburn 10 minutes after eating and ending with nausea, bloating, and constipation. Gluten treats me a little bit better, but it's still not something I like to mess about with all the time. It's possible for me to deal several days with the repercussions of eating things that attack my system, and it's very noticeable because there's not a constant state of distress involved so I can really tell when something does go out. All of that said, it's also entirely possible that you're dealing with more than just food-related reactions. If you have nausea that has held on for several days, especially if nothing seems to help it, then I'd honestly say it's worth a talk with the doctor to make sure it's not an illness causing (or exacerbating) the symptoms.
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    Homemade Mayo without olive oil?

    That's awesome! I make mine in an old jar that once contained that nasty jet-puffed marshmallow junk. I'm honestly not even sure why we had it, but the jar works perfectly for my mayo Regarding the yolk vs whole egg issue... Apparently the egg white can potentially lead to emulsification issues, but the posts I've seen saying that all used other methods for blending and I've never personally had an issue with the whole egg and only 1 cup of oil (more than 1 cup wasn't a good thing, when I'd tried a different recipe before landing on the one I adapted for my taste). Also, using only the yolk makes it richer, I guess? I didn't ever try one that only called for the yolk, so couldn't say. You could always try it both ways and see which you like best.
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    Homemade Mayo without olive oil?

    @Irock I'd imagine it did turn out quite tart with Dijon, vinegar, and lemon juice - that's a LOT of acidity! I think you can probably tone it down a lot by using unprepared (dry ground) mustard instead, and opting for either vinegar or lemon juice. Personally, mine always works best when I use lemon juice, because the vinegar just gives a strange aftertaste for me. Here's the recipe I've built by cobbling several together and then learning what else I like to toss into mine... I mix my mayo in a wide-mouthed jar, using a stick (immersion) blender. I add ingredients to the jar in this order: - 2 Tbsp lemon juice - 1/2 tsp table salt - 1/2 tsp ground mustard - 1/4 tsp garlic powder - 1/4 tsp onion powder - dash pepper - 1 large egg (mine goes in cold) - 1 cup oil of choice (I use high-oleic sunflower oil) You don't necessarily have to have all the extra seasonings (the original recipe I had called for salt and ground mustard only), but I've found that I like mine best when I've played with the flavor this way. It works great as a mayo spread, and it also works as a versatile base for building flavorful dips or dressings. The blending method I use is described here: https://dontwastethecrumbs.com/failproof-diy-homemade-mayo-in-2-minutes/print/82759/
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    Mayo recipe - with garlic?

    I always used mustard powder for my mayo, not prepared mustard. I'm not sure if that helps or not. I also routinely added some zest in the form of 1/2 tsp garlic powder and a dash or two of black pepper. If I was making it for a specific reason, I might add more garlic or pull in other herbs/spices as well... but if using it for a dressing, I'd make my usual mayo, then tweak a portion of it for the dressing. To make mine, I sort of combined the ingredients from this recipe and the method from this one. Once it was made, I just tasted and added stuff (keeping track of what and how much) until it was something I'd enjoy (I typically despise mayo). The next time I made it, those tweaks were put in as part of my base before I blended anything. All that said, though, there's also this Caesar dressing recipe that specifies mustard powder in the ingredients (as opposed to the one I found that calls for Dijon), so maybe that'll give you something to work from/with. Good luck
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    Approved Foods Questions

    I've also done several rounds without ever using an "approved" item. I skipped them partly due to budgetary reasons and partly due to a sense of adventure. I had fun making my own sauces, condiments, etc., and still do it sometimes now. I enjoyed learning what all goes into things to bring out certain flavors, and it really inspired me to keep learning after my official rounds. I also really like being able to completely customize everything, so I can easily skip herbs I don't prefer and add or increase the ones I really like, making it a taste that's truly my own.
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    Bone broth - do I need a pressure cooker?

    Absolutely not. You can do this on the stove, in a slow cooker, or using a pressure cooker. Any of those methods works, the difference just comes down to how long it cooks and how much potential babysitting you need to do with it (i.e., I'll check much more often on a pot sitting on my stove for 10 hours than I will on a crock cooking 10 hours on low). https://wholefully.com/bone-broth/ She has a very detailed explanation of how she does things and why, with tips on how to save time and money when it comes to the veggies included in the broth) https://wellnessmama.com/5888/bone-broth/ Another example by a different blogger. Anytime you come across something that seems to be made a certain way and you can't do that method for whatever reason, just try googling "(insert food/recipe here) (insert method you'd prefer to use)" like "bone broth stove top" or "spaghetti squash crock pot". It usually happens that someone has already managed it (or at least tried it and shared the results) when I go searching for alternatives, and it winds up saving me the time of trying to figure it out on my own Good luck making your broth!
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    Too full!

    My pleasure I'm definitely not a coach or mod, lol, but I do understand how confusing it can be (especially when looking at recipes that supposedly make a certain number of servings versus how far it'll actually go for my family) in the beginning... ok, and sometimes later on, too! I try to at least read the most of the forums and then often will type responses that never get posted (heh), but when it's something I feel like I really can speak on, I try to share my experiences in hopes that it'll help I'm wishing you both luck! I'm also a little bit jealous, as I've not yet been able to convince my husband that he can live without bread, pasta, and rice for even just 45 days
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    Too full!

    There's no reason to stuff yourself. The point is to eat until satisfied, so if you're satisfied with a smaller meal then that's fine! Just as we don't all have the same size hands, we probably don't all eat off the same size plate, either. In any given meal at my house, we will typically have at least 3 different types/sizes of plate on our table, based on what each of us prefers... that means that the same size piece of meat would be paired up with a different amount of vegetables depending on which plate I use! I think the most important part of all of this is to find a good balance proportion-wise (the ratio of protein to carbs to fat) while using portion sizes that work well for you. There are two ways you could start... 1 - Keep making the same size and proportions, and just stop eating when you're ready to stop eating. You can save the rest for later in case you need a snack, add it to lunch, or whatever. After a few days, compare to see how much you've got left over on average to get an idea of how to tweak things and get a better portion size. 2 - Cut everything in half (except the banana) and have a mini-meal on hand for a snack, in case it's needed. Each day, build upward by adding a little at a time until you reach a point where you're feeling satisfied by the portions and able to slide through to the next meal without snacking (on most days, if not all). Personally, I'd go with the paring down method (as opposed to a quick drop and building back up), but maybe that's just me
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    Sugar and reintroduction

    Sugar as an ingredient on bacon = added sugar, despite what the nutrition panel shows. The thing is that they can say there's 0% if there's under a certain amount (like half a percent or whatever). So the added sugar is there, there's just little enough of it for them to claim that it's not. In the case of bacon, the sugar is generally used in the curing process itself. That said, you've completed your Whole30 and even bringing in small amounts of sugar at a time is a good reintroduction. In fact, I'd suggest NOT reintroducing sugar at a rate that you might've eaten prior to Whole30, because (if anything like my own consumption) you'd probably wind up in bed sick. My sugar reintro day included a teaspoon of honey with my morning tea, an all-natural dressing that included some kind of sugar (I forget) on my lunch salad, and an evening tea which included stevia leaf. I definitely felt the effect of having sugar in my diet again, and wound up cutting back for the following weeks while I slowly completed my reintroductions. All that was just to say that if it's there, it's there, even if they say it doesn't affect the nutritional values. How your body interprets the presence of the sugar will be determined by your specific body, so the only way to know the effect is to try it. If you feel like you've reintroduced a small bit of sugar with no noticeable (or ill) effects and want to step it up a little, go for it... just know where you plan to stop, if you don't want to go beyond a certain point, and realize that you might get more than your usual sugar dose at times with the other things you reintroduce later if they're pre-packaged at all.
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    Help - Used the wrong flour

    I was going to note something similar to Schrod, in terms of making sure you're establishing that baseline for reintroduction tests and that might mean it takes a little longer than 30 days, especially if there have been any hiccups along the way. I learned the hard way to not trust store-bought rotisserie chicken (at least not in my area) during a Whole30, and that I need to make a list of what I'm going to put in my build-a-bowl or salad type meals when I go out to eat, because my brain doesn't always equate "baby corn" as off-limits (despite having "corn" right there in the name of it)! I'm also one who prefers to look at it as extending a Whole30 rather than starting over, because starting over would kind of kill my mood Doing this while also quitting smoking can be hard, I know. The nicotine only stays in your system a few days (it'd actually be gone by now), and all traces of it (including breakdown product) are gone within 10 days. Nicotine withdrawal is a different animal, because it isn't just about the physical addiction - it's very much a psychological one. The good news is that doing this during Whole30 is really a great thing, because Whole30 is already built to help you examine your relationship with foods and learn how to identify/avoid some triggers and even replace undesirable food habits with healthier ones. This means that you can use the same approach with quitting smoking... and instead of focusing on what you're NOT doing, focus instead on doing the thing you want to build into a good habit. It kills two birds with one stone and gives you a way to cope with any stress or anxiety that comes up due to not reaching for a smoke. You can totally do this
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    Eating enough?

    Real Plans is a Whole30 partner, but not a part of Whole30 in and of itself... so it's totally possible to do one using Real Plans' W30 plan but it's also possible to go without a meal planner entirely. I personally must have more control over my meal planning, so I'm typically reviewing a few new recipes each week to add to my online recipe box, then build my weekly meal plan based on weekly sales in my area... that way, I'm not planning a bunch of meals that require chicken if chicken isn't on sale, unless I've already got some freezer meals ready to go. Some people prefer to have the work done for them, and it's awesome if that works for you, I'm just not someone who can give up that much control! Drizzling olive oil over your veggies definitely counts as fat (think about about a thumb's worth when doing that). When you can use avocado in place of nuts, I would do so, maybe even mixing it in with something else to change the flavor/texture if that helps you guys eat it. I actually hated avocado in any form prior to my first Whole30 round, and by the end of it I was eating half an avocado with at least one meal each day; I do still prefer it when it's in bites of other stuff, but I don't abhor it like I did at first. Bananas are certainly the go-to for potassium, but not necessarily the only option... and quite a few on the list in that article are very much Whole30-compliant. You'd obviously have to avoid the beans but hopefully that'll help you find some good ways to include more potassium in your diet without having to rely on a fruit you don't particularly enjoy. No more thoughts from me for now... it's time to go start dinner.
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    Eating enough?

    Agreeing with what's been posted above, and also wanted to point out... - It's okay to eat the upper end of the recommended amounts, and even to go over it at times if that's what your body needs. I can't do just a palm-sized portion of meat with my dinner, for instance, I need more protein than that so I typically will eat about 2 palms. For meals where we've done burgers, I've cooked them as 4-ounce patties and eaten 1.5-2 of them every since time (along with a massive amount of veggies to go with it). - I'd suggest not leaning on fruit too much. Fruit is an excellent way for a sugar dragon to dupe you into keeping it awake and kicking, so if you feel like you're reaching for fruit because what you really want is a candy bar or dessert or whatever, it might be worth it to leave the fruit off your plate for a few days. - Don't be afraid to change up your portion sizes or even the proportions of your macros if you think it'll help, or if you want to test to see if something works better. I've found this to be especially important for me as I deal with my monthly cycle, because my dietary needs definitely change throughout the cycle and if I tweak things to meet those needs then I feel better overall. - Realize that "servings" in a recipe are based on a set standard, whereas a Whole30 "serving" is based on one's own hand. So unless you and your husband have the same size hands, one of you will undoubtedly have more food on their plate than the other if you're both following the suggested serving guidelines... and that's totally okay. I'll leave it at that, since I'm prone to write books if I let myself go
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    Day 28, Underfed, and Uninspired to Eat

    I LOVE those potatoes. We even love them as mashed potatoes, without going through the whole stuffing and re-baking process So delicious, and I'm so glad you're enjoying your food! Definitely happy for you to have come to the end of your 30 days, too!
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    Multivitamins with Reintroduction

    Sugar reintroduction effects typically fall along the lines of feeling anxious or "sped up", etc. If you increase by too much too quickly, it can definitely lead to headaches and the like. However, less than 4g in a gummy prenatal vitamin probably won't cause you any issue. The part I'd be worried about (for me personally) is that gummy vitamins are like candy for me, so I have to avoid them because it will lead me to wanting gummy bears, gumdrops, etc. For my own reintroduction, it was rather drawn out and I did start with sugar since I knew there could be sugar in things I introduced later on... maybe consider the gummy itself a reintroduced item, but instead of going back to total compliance before the next item is introduced, just keep taking the gummy if you don't experience adverse reactions.
  23. A few things are standing out as I read the post about meals... 1 - a serving of eggs is what we can hold in our hand. Your meal 1 protein of 2 eggs is a little on the light side, unless your hands are even smaller than mine (I can easily hold 3 eggs, 4 if I stretch). 2 - coffee can act as an appetite suppressant. If you're drinking it before or with your breakfast, it could actually be causing you to eat less than would be ideal. It sometimes becomes obvious because hunger comes too quickly (and strongly), well before next mealtime, but it might be that you're getting enough fat with meal 1 to compensate. 3 - the meals you describe would probably have me bloated if I ate that way every day, also. Cruciferous veggies tear me up if I eat too many of them too closely together, so having meal after meal with things like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc. would fill me with gas and make me feel like a blimp. It's possible that you might experience similar sensitivities that could be looked at (I have a friend who can't eat onions and peppers without bloating for days, as an example). 4 - nuts and/or nut butter daily would be my undoing. Nuts wreck my hormones, throwing me totally out of balance - if I eat them on more than just a once-per-week basis (and not many then), they'll throw my cycle out of whack and noticeably affect my moods, too. 5 - the template suggests an "occasional" serving of fruit, which is basically the size of your closed fist. A banana every morning seems more than just occasional for me, but my perspective might be off on that because I only eat fruit once or twice each week (and I skip it entirely for the first week or two of any Whole30-type reset, to help make sure my sugar dragon gets/stays under control). Moving on -- I have no idea why you wouldn't experience Tiger Blood, unless you did and didn't realize that's how your body does it. Mine definitely doesn't look like what others posted, but I'm also nowhere near as active or "fit" as many people who gave reviews... it's one of the reasons why I didn't bother to look at the timeline at all for my 2nd time through; I wanted a more organic experience, without tainting it by "what to expect", as it were. The only other observation I've got is that you noted that you intend to live the Whole30 lifestyle going forward. I highly encourage you to go ahead and do the reintroduction phase, even if you have no intention of eating those foods (and even if you'd left them out while doing paleo previously). The reason I suggest this is that I've read where people find that certain foods left out of these types of programs actually help them feel better, lose bloat, and move into better health overall once they're brought back into their diets. I mean, dairy certainly doesn't work for me personally, but I know people who function best with it in their diet. I also know people who have better gut health with the inclusion of non-gluten grains, even though I have to limit my own intake. My point here is just that knowledge is power, and the ultimate victory moving forward from Whole30 is to be able to create the "WholeMe" -- a manageable and sustainable dietary plan that works for your specific body, with room for deviation when you're ready to make a "worth it" decision that falls outside your normal standards.
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    It's possible to do a low-FODMAP Whole30, yes. (Or an AIP Whole30, or low-carb Whole30, etc.) It's just a matter of removing the foods that Whole30 considers to be compliant but which would NOT belong based on the other part of the dietary plan. Much of what's avoided or limited by the low-FODMAP diet is already avoided by Whole30, and that overlap can be helpful. I'm not in any way a trained medical professional, just a girl with a search engine and a love of food... so I won't even begin to say what would or could work best for you personally. What I will say is that it's good that you're having this conversation with your doctor, and that Whole30 is a great place to start. You could always try doing Whole30 without onions (since you mentioned you suspect those treat you badly), and then see if you feel like you need to also pull back from fruits or green beans or whatever. It might even be worth asking your doc if they intend to have you do the more restrictive elimination, Whole30 plus low-FODMAP, or if they want you to try one and then the other. Even if you do find that doing a low-FODMAP Whole30 is your best bet for the elimination phase, remember that it's only until you have a good testing ground to reintroduce foods and see what you can add back to your daily intake later on (and which ones that should be approached with caution). There are a ton of foods remaining after taking away the high-FODMAP ones, so you'll still be able to work things around. Paleo Leap has a FODMAPS & Paleo page where they address the difference between FODMAP sensitivity and SIBO, as well as how they're similar (not to mention giving a wealth of info on the subject). They have a recipe index that can be filtered by low-FODMAP, but remember that since it's a Paleo site there are actually desserts and other stuff that shouldn't be done during Whole30. Unbound Wellness might be a good place to look for some inspiration. Although low-FODMAP isn't specifically addressed, Michelle is a certified nutritionist and does have recipes categorized by AIP, Low Carb, Paleo, and Whole30. The SIBO-specific diet is a bit more strict than Whole30, but looking over what should be avoided, it's still totally workable within the framework of a Whole30 (at least based on the food list I'm looking at right now). The hardest part would be avoiding the starchier vegetables like potatoes (white, colored, sweet), all starch powders (including arrowroot and tapioca), and so on... but even then, it does leave the ability to eat limited amounts of things like butternut squash. Anyway, my point here is -- don't despair. It always takes some time to wrap our brains around a new way of eating, but it CAN be done, and the point is to get you healthy... and your diagnosis helps you know which direction to move in food-wise.
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    Shirataki noodles?

    The easiest way to look at whether or not a "noodle" is compliant is to see if it's made with flour. If a compliant food is ground into a flour (or pulp, etc.) and then formed into noodles (or other pasta, like gnocchi), it's not going to be compliant. If a compliant food is cut in a way that makes it noodle-like (like spiralized zucchini), then it's compliant as an ingredient... but could still be used to make non-compliant dishes, of course. The difference is in whether it's a recreation or a substitution. A recreation is something like shirataki noodles or paleo hamburger buns. A substitution is something like spiralized sweet potato or using giant mushrooms to hold your burger and fixin's. Most substitutions aren't going to give you the same texture, mouth-feel, or psychological connection that you get from the "real thing", especially not within the framework of Whole30 compliance... whereas recreations are attempting to "re-create" the experience of the non-compliant food.