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  1. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has come across a compatible bouillon or quick broth base in their Whole30 or food freedom travels. I love making soup, but sometimes I don't have enough broth on hand and I don't have enough time to whip some up from the veggie scraps and bones I keep in the freezer.  Before Whole30, I would just mix normal bouillon into my soup and call it a day. Every single one I've come across, though, has MSG, dextrose, sugar, or something else non-compatible in it. Has anyone found a bouillon or similar product that is compatible? Or is there a way to make a powder or concentrate that would replicate it? Thanks!! 

  2. I was just doing a pantry clean out to get ready for Monday (yay!) and I went to double check the ingredients in my TJ nutritional yeast since I've seen some other brands of nooch with rice flour in them. The ingredients list itself is completely compliant (inactive nutritional yeast (dried yeast, niacin (vitamin b3), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), riboflavin (vitamin b2), thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin b1), folic acid, vitamin b12)) but there's a little disclaimer underneath that says it may contain traces of soy. Should I ditch this for the next 30 days, or is it okay?



  3. I was very excited to get Melissa's email last week about the new Whole30 brand salad dressings, and I immediately tacked the ranch and elderberry vinaigrette onto my Thrive order for the upcoming September Whole30. I was surprised, however, to see that the first ingredient listed for both was sunflower oil. During my first Whole30, I was careful to limit my use of seed oils, as indicated by the program rules. In accordance with this, I did not use my Sir Kensington's dijon balsamic dressing during my Whole30  because I was unsure if there was too much sunflower oil in it. For my upcoming Whole30, can I have this dressing?  The ingredients are as follows: 


    Sunflower Oil, Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Organic Wine Vinegar, Organic Grape Must), Water, White Balsamic Vinegar (White Wine Vinegar, Grape Must), Organic Lemon Juice, Mustard Flour, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Mustard Seed, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Jasmine Tea Extract.


    I'm assuming it's fine since the official Whole30 dressings have Sunflower oil in a similar concentration, so I suppose my real question would be how often should I use these dressings, and should I avoid other seed oils on the days I use these dressings? What does "limiting" seed oils mean in terms of the frequency with which they can be consumed, and the quantity in which they can be consumed? I don't often consume seed oils - I tend to cook with olive oil, coconut oil, and ghee most frequently - but there are days where I like to make stir fry with sesame oil, or times when I'll make a batch of mayo with grapeseed oil. 

    This isn't a huge issue and I don't expect it to make or break my upcoming Whole30, but the new dressings got me thinking about it. Thanks in advance! :)

  4. 13 hours ago, ShannonM816 said:

    You definitely can do peanuts separately, many people choose to do them and soy as separate reintroductions, with other legumes lumped together on a third day. Just follow the general guidelines, have the food at all three meals, go back to whole30 for at least two days, and then move on to the next thing you're reintroducing. 

    Thanks so much!

  5. I'm on day 28 of my Whole30, and the first thing I'm planning on reintroducing in a couple of days is legumes. Before Whole30, I would notice that beans would cause me some minor gas/bloating, but never peanuts, despite them both being legumes. Should I treat the two separately and reintroduce them at different times even though they fall under the same category? Thanks!

  6. Hi! Kombucha is definitely tricky to navigate, but this one seems to be compliant! I believe that the sugar listed on the label inside parentheses refers to the sugar used to feed the SCOBY, not to any added sugar for sweetness purposes. If extra sugar had been added, I'd think it would be listed on its own. The 5g of sugar listed are likely coming from the pomegranate juice, and perhaps the rose water. I would definitely see what other people think about this, but in the meantime, GT has a bunch of awesome, compliant flavors that are sweetened entirely with fruit juices! I'm not sure if they have a pomegranate flavor, but their guava flavor is super yummy! 

  7. Hi all! I'm planning on making a recipe this week that calls for beef broth to be used in the gravy. Unfortunately, I can't find a compliant beef broth (normal, stock, or bone) at my local supermarket. I do however have compliant chicken bone broth at home. Does anyone have experience making a similar swap? If so, did you notice any differences in taste? Thanks! :)

  8. I'm on day 18 of my Whole30 and for the past week or so, I've been consistently dreaming about eating non-compliant food. I know this is normal and a part of the timeline, but when it's happening in my dream, I'm aware of it and feel guilty about it because I think I'm actually eating these foods and I don’t know why. The cravings don't bleed into real life (...except for my poppy seed bagel dream. I miss you, bagels) but feeling guilty while I'm asleep is weird. Does anyone have any experience with this? If so, how long have you dealt with these dreams for? Is sleep-guilt normal? 

  9. Hi! I'm on day 7 of my Whole30 and I've been trying to be super diligent about avoiding non-compliant ingredients and additives. Yesterday, without thinking about it, I brewed myself a cup of Celestial Seasonings' honey lemon ginseng tea, as it's my favorite of theirs. As I never drink my tea with sugar/honey/added sweeteners, I didn't think about the possibility of it being non-compliant -  until I brewed another cup this morning to bring to work and thought about the name...."honey" lemon ginseng. Looked it up and here are the ingredients: Green tea, white tea, eleuthero, natural lemon and honey flavors with other natural flavors, licorice, lemon verbena, roasted chicory, ginger, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), orange blossoms, honey and Asian ginseng. Should I dump the cup of tea I brewed and restart my Whole30?