WholeWhitney

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  1. @Aliem999 while I appreciate you concern, I can assure you that I am not a caffeine addict. I simply do not like how coffee tastes. I feel like it's pretty widely accepted that caffeine is allowed on the Whole30. What comes to mind for me is the “famous tough love” that’s in Whole30 Day by Day, and I think the original Whole30 book, and definitely all over the blog and Instagram. You know the one (https://whole30.com/2015/10/tough-love/): “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” It’s almost like it’s a given that everyone has their morning cup-o-joe every single day. It is not discouraged or looked down upon. So, what’s so bad about liking my morning caffeine in a different form? I do not view it as a treat nor do I turn to it when I am bored or feeling a strong emotion. I can also go days without it without experiencing any of the symptoms you described. I was talking about one 11.5 ounce can of caffeinated sparkling water in the morning--when your average coffee drinker would be enjoying their daily java. If I were planning to slam three or four of them in the afternoon, or required one to prevent a headache, then it would be a different story. Would you have the same criticism for a daily coffee drinker looking for an alternative to Nutpods?
  2. I have considered the Soda Stream option, but between my Air Fryer, Instant Pot, Crock Pot, Magic Bullet, KitchenAid Mixer, and George Foreman Grill, I'm sort-of low on space for kitchen appliances . Thanks for your quick response! I'm happy to know that these are allowed!
  3. I'm sure I can't be the only one who, in regular life, does not drink hot coffee in the AM, and prefers cold fizzy caffeination. Right? My former bad habit was Sugar Free Red Bull, sometimes followed by a Diet Coke if I still felt sluggish (I know, horrible, you don't have to tell me). When it comes to coffee, I only like the very bad for me, super sugary Starbucks lattes, so brewed coffee (yes, even with your beloved Nutpods!) tastes like dirt to me. Actual dirt. YUCK. Hint Water, which I know is Whole30 Approved, makes flavored sparkling water (Hint Fizz) and flavored caffeinated still water (Hint Kick), but not a combination of both, which is what I desperately wanted during my first Whole30 in January 2018. I blew up Hint's social media accounts, and email inbox begging that they make a Hint Fizz-Kick (carbonated AND caffeinated), but my attempts were unsuccessful. Before my second Whole30, in August and September of ‘18, I found two beverages on Amazon that seemed to fit the bill (I hope, otherwise that round of W30 is null and void!). The first is called "Phocus" by a company called Clear Cut Phocus out of Kentucky, and the other is from Limitless Coffee and called "Lightly Caffeinated Sparkling Water.” Both are free of sugar and artificial sweeteners. Limitless' beverage gets its caffeine from green coffee beans, while Phocus uses caffeine from green tea. Limitless is marketed as a beverage to help you quit your soda addiction, while Phocus seems to be concerned about your ability to focus (lol). I ordered Phocus in their Grapefruit flavor, and Limitless in Lemon Lime (no complaints, both tasted great) but realized that Phocus has more than double the caffeine (75 mg per 11.5 oz. can, vs 35 mg per 12 oz. can), so I stuck with that brand from then on. Now I need help confirming that these two products are actually compliant. I was too scared to before! The ingredients for Limitless Coffee Lightly Carbonated Sparkling Water are as follows: Carbonated reverse osmosis water, Natural flavors, Caffeine (derived from coffee beans). The ingredients for Phocus— a slightly longer list—are: Reverse osmosis sparkling water, natural grapefruit flavor, caffeine from natural green tea, L-theanine, citric acid, electrolytes (calcium chloride, potassium bicarbonate) Please, please, PLEASE, tell me I can have these! Sidebar: I am surprised that one of the bigger flavored sparkling water brands (La Croix, Bubly, Waterloo) haven’t picked up on this hole in the marketplace yet…