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  1. My 7-1/2-year-old can hold four (large) eggs.


    Wow! Can you post a picture??



    They may be a "can I have..." post, but what about adding egg whites? (FYI I'm new and just starting my first 30 tomorrow). I didn't see any "added" things, just egg it ok to add egg whites to scrambled eggs?


    The majority of the nutrients of the egg are in the yolk. Egg whites are good for post workout meals when you don't want fat but otherwise eat your yolks!

  2. Question about the gluten reintro -- the guide says to have whole wheat bread for lunch then whole wheat pasta for dinner -- is there a reason for the whole wheat? I'm unlikely to ever eat whole wheat pasta unless forced to :). Regular pasta is more likely to make a reappearance in my diet down the road (not at home, but I do have a favorite restaurant that makes their pasta fresh).


    Those are just suggestions. The best thing to do is introduce something you might actually want to eat again though be careful that there are no cross contaminating ingredients. I did sourdough bread for mine because that was what I was interested in.

  3. Physibeth - thanks! That helps a lot. 'Even if you are fine with it' is what I was wondering about. Why might that be recommended? Just curious, not super important I guess :-)


    The point is to test things as isolated from each other as possible. On the flip side if you have an extreme reaction to something you might want to add more than 2 days of compliance before you introduce something again to ensure you are feeling as good as you were when you started. You really want the best data possible so you can make well informed decisions in your post Whole30 world. Also for many that don't have immediate reactions there can be a build up over time reaction. Take me for example. I had no obvious physical issues to anything I introduced (except when I've accidentally had soy - makes me angry). However I know that if I were to put gluten back in my diet on a regular basis I would start feeling foggy in the afternoons again. I also have found out that eating non-gluten grains regularly makes me feel pudgy and sluggish after a while. Knowing these things helps me decide if something I might eat is worth it or not.

  4. Hi Everyone!


    I have done some investigating on this forum, and think I may have found my answer, but I am not 100% confident. I really want to be sure that I have a handle on the reintro process since this Whole30 adventure has been TOUGH and I don't want to waste the work I have already put in. Please forgive my need for hand-holding! Here's how I understand it:


    Say you reintro dairy on day one, then you eliminate it again on day 2 and 3. 

    Then say on day 4 you reintro legumes, and then eliminate legumes and dairy and everything else Whole30 on day 5 and 6

    Then say you reintro alcohol on day 7, and then eliminate dairy, legumes, alcohol and everything else on day 8 and 9 and so on?


    Is that right?


    Thanks in advance!


    Yes that is correct. Just to further clarify on day 4 legumes is the only non-Whole30 item you have. On day 7 alcohol is the only non-Whole30 item you have. In other words you don't have dairy (or legumes or alcohol) again (even if you are fine with it) until all your reintroductions are complete.

  5. Thanks for your reply, and for the suggestion about days 31-44.  I don't remember feeling particularly sick from anything after my other Whole30's, but then again I never used Day 31 as an opportunity to binge either.  Given what I'll be eating at the reception, some bread-type stuff the week before might be smart just in case.


    As for whether to take BC just to re-schedule my period, well, I'll see how October goes.  If I'm still "on track" for November 21/22 then I'll consider it.


    Oh I missed the part about this not being your first Whole30. I didn't do formal reintroductions after my 2nd one, but I also didn't go to a big party in my honor either. Did your other Whole30s mess with your cycle?


    As for the BC it is a tough call. What I didn't say in my post is knowing what I know now I wish I hadn't done it, but I know plenty of people are fine with it. So hard to know. 

  6. Hi Ladies,


    I'm starting a "Whole45" from tomorrow until my wedding day November 22 and I just WISH I KNEW KNOW what affect this is going to have on my cycle.... because I am currently "on schedule" to start a period the day before my wedding and I reeeeeaaalllly prefer that not happen.  (Here it might bear mentioning that my fiance and I are celibate for religious reasons, so the wedding night will be our first together... yeah.)


    In fact until I read this and similar stuff out there I had considered going on hormonal BC just for a couple of weeks to throw it "off."  But it seems like I might be throwing it "off" anyway by cutting the sugar and such... so.... probably not worth it.  We had planned to avoid hormones for other reasons.


    So.  Crystal balls, anyone?  I'm 44, maybe 10-15 pounds over my healthy weight, and generally have regular-but-light periods.  This year, ONE cycle was delayed about 9 days during a high-stress period in my life.  I'm back on track, ovulating today or tomorrow (per my normal observations), and ate my last chocolate-chip cookie until the wedding four hours ago.


    In the absence of a crystal ball, hand-patting is also fine.  I'm marrying the right man, so getting my period on my wedding would not be the WORST thing that could happen.







    Unfortunately this is something really hard to predict. Everyone's body and context is different. I totally feel for you. I got married before I started my real food journey and we had planned to go on the pill anyway and I made sure to start it in such a way that we wouldn't have to worry about such things during the honeymoon. I will also say that eating Whole30/Paleo style the majority of the time is the only thing other than the pill that has made my cycle regular.


    All that said...I would strongly advise not doing Whole30 all the way up to your wedding day but taking some time before the wedding to reintroduce the things you will be encountered with during your reception. I would hate for you to either not to enjoy your reception by avoiding foods or feel awful during/after because you introduced everything at once. Do the 30 days and then spend the next 15 deciding what will be worth it.

  7. I"m just curious - does anyone eat anything but eggs for breakfast? i am on day 4 and starting to get tired of eggs!


    Lots of people eat lots of things other then eggs for their first meal. Anything you want. Stop thinking of breakfast foods and just look at it like another meal. That said I love eggs and I usually eat them every morning. But that is my personal context.

  8. Hello everyone. Physibeth, assuming I can handle 4 eggs in my hand palm, does it mean 4 eggs is my palm-sized portion of protein? If it is, and assuming I'm some kind of crazy for eggs, would it be safe to take 4 eggs at all 3 meals? What if I could handle 2 palm-sized portions in each meal? Would it be healthy? (These are just questions. I'm not pretending anything of that :))


    Yes that is your serving. You are better off getting a variety of protein over your meals because different protein sources have different benefits, but I've been known to eat 4 eggs at multiple meals in a day when I'm pressed for time. I don't know the answer on 2 palm-sized portions of eggs. Because eggs have a higher fat content they are quite filling...when I eat them I generally don't need more than 4 but if I eat chicken I often need 1.5-2 palm sized portions. Good questions maybe another mod will chime in too.

  9. Thanks for clarifying! I've been thinking that my measly two eggs in the morning needed more something, so I've been throwing in the scramble about half a serving of whatever leftover meat I have in the fridge. Do you think the leftover protein combined with the two eggs in enough?


    It could be. First see how many eggs you can hold in your hand to see how much of a serving 2 eggs is for you. For me it would be half a serving. So if I used 2 eggs and leftover meat I would use at least a palm sized serving of the meat. 

  10. Ive been trying to eat 3 eggs with spinich usually but when I try to get to third im listening to my fullness signal...but then hungrey 2 hrs later so this morn I tried chicken breast with spinich cooked in ghee and three eggs and couldnt

    Finish it....can I save the leftovers and eat 2 hrs later?


    You most certainly can. Also remember that you can't always trust your hunger signals while things adjust. But if you just can't eat anymore saving it and eating it as a mini meal is a great option. Your body will adjust.

  11. We as moderators see a lot of confusion around here on what constitutes a serving of eggs when eggs are your primary protein source. We tell you as many as you can hold in your hand without dropping but I still don't think people actually try this. So I thought I'd post a visual for you folks. It would be fun if other people added their own pictures too. Try the experiment.


    Context - I'm 5'4" female and these are large eggs.




  12. Thanks Mary! I didn't start this myself it was gifted to me as a full package, will definitely use a regular tea when I start feeding it. The cloth cover needs to be 100% cotton correct? Something like a tea towel? I think I have that but not sure if I have a proper sized rubber band.


    And then my understanding of continuous brew (assuming I can get the spigot on this one to work) is that once 25% of the tea is gone I can add new tea and just wait a couple more days correct?


    I really expected it to be ready by now as it has been in the 80s here for 2 weeks, but the gal that gave it to me says it always takes hers 3 weeks which seems really long to me.

  13. OK I was gifted a continuous brew batch with SCOBY and I have questions.


    Question 1: She gave this to me in a sun tea type container with a lid. Is this ok or should the lid be replaced with a cotton cloth and rubber band?


    Question 2: When I asked her what kind of tea she used she said "Cherry Vanilla Twinnings I think". I believe she has been doing this with herbal tea and she said she usually waits 3 weeks. Is this going to be ok?


    Question 3: It looks like I have a baby growing on the bottom, is that normal? Until recently the mama was on the bottom but now that has floated to the top. It's been 2+ weeks and I tested the PH today and it looks somewhere between 3 and 4 and it still tastes slightly sweet, but hard to tell with a flavored tea.


    I'm also having much difficulty getting anything out of the spigot which indicates I might need to remove and clean anyway. 


    Thoughts, advice, answers? :-)





  14. I start tomorrow.. can I make breakfast with chia seeds, cinnamon & almond milk ( unsweetened) love this breakfast? can I still continue to eat this?

    thank you excited to reboot!


    While this doesn't violate any of the rules it isn't your best choice for breakfast. We recommend that all of your meals fit the food template to get the best results from your experience. This means 1-2 palms of protein, 1-3 cups of veggies, and 1-2 servings of added fat. Also make sure that your almond milk doesn't contain carrageenan either. I've personally never found an almond milk in the store that didn't have this additive and usually just make my own when I want it.

  15. I am working hard at not snacking. I do love to snack! But I find that I miss flavor almost as much as I miss my old habit of eating every 3 hours, smaller meals for each. So I had the idea that broth might work for me... Very flavorful, but kind of more of a drink, and I make it myself so I know it's compliant and not just a bath of salt for my intestines. 


    What is the opinion on "snacking" on a glass full of warm broth? Honestly, it seems healthier than putting on another pot of coffee... But I suppose technically it's food and therefore having a mid afternoon chicken broth is kind of snacking.

    Any thoughts on this?


    I would consider drinking a cup of bone broth a beverage or supplement not a snack. 

  16. That's interesting. It says that gelatin and "anything Fermented" has processed free glutamic acid. I know MSG is naturally occurring in some foods, are these included in that category?


    I'm not sure. Some of the things on those lists make sense to me and some don't. I know I have a strong MSG reaction and I've never had it with gelatin and fermented foods so I'm not worried about those personally but might be worth doing some more of my own research. 

  17. I have this Bengal Spice herbal tea from Celestial Seasonings. It honestly tastes deliciously sweet that i feel like there must be something amiss.


    Here are the ingredients:


    "Cinnamon, roasted chicory, roasted carob, natural spice and vanilla flavors with other natural flavors, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg." from -


    Is this Whole30 compliant?  Or should I avoid because of the "other natural flavors"


    Searching the "Can I have guide" it looks like Melissa posted a comment yesterday stating that natural flavors are not technically off program. However natural flavors can mean a lot of things so you may want to consider what it means to you personally in regards to your W30. In other words this is a personal preference area as far as I can tell. 


    And I've had that's very good!