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    Religious practices trump Whole30. No restart necessary.
  2. I changed the post title so everyone who looks at the Reintroduction section knows what's in this thread.
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    Cauliflower rice skeptic...

    Just be sure to skip the peas and use a compliant fish sauce to make this recipe Whole30 compliant.
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    Pace Mild Salsa

    The ingredient list rules. If there is no sugar or non-compliant ingredients in the list of ingredients, you're fine.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    You need to check the ingredients list to be sure every ingredient is compliant. Watch out especially for sugar/sweetener, gluten and soy.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Here's your answer on pea protein: Starting over can be due to several reasons: willfully consuming something that is against the rules, or eating something (intentional or accidental) that contains a gut-disrupting ingredient. The latter includes things like soy, gluten, sulfites, MSG and carrageenan.
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    Liquid Smoke?

    Yes. I find it's easiest to search this forum for your answer via Google. Type Whole30 followed by whatever you're looking for, and if it was previously discussed, you'll get links to the posts.
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    Fogo De Chao

    I'd also suggest asking about gluten in any marinades or seasonings.
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    Cookware Recommendations?

    My pan I use the most, by far, is a 12 inch aluminum skillet. My husband got it in a restaurant supply store. Love it: can use it on the stovetop and in the oven. It's not non-stick: just use enough cooking fat and it's fine.
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    Learn to get comfortable asking questions about food you're spending money on. It's perfectly fine to be an educated consumer and you can do so politely. Yes, I believe that is your safest bet. Deli's are tricky to navigate on a Whole30.
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    Make sure it has no nasties in the seasonings like gluten, soy and msg. Also confirm no non-compliant oils or butter were used to grill the chicken.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Dahi/yogurt is not allowed on a Whole30. Dates and raisins are allowed - be sure no added sugar. Only have as part of or immediately after a meal.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Fruit syrup would make it a no, as syrup typically means sugar - sorry!
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Sorry, no stevia, sugar or sweetener of any kind on a Whole30.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    According to their FB page, it's water with fruit oil and essences - looks like you're good.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Sorry you've had such a tough time. To answer your first question, you can have those items if they are cooked in a compliant oil with no disallowed items (e.g., gluten, sugar, breading) in the seasonings/coating. That being said, it wouldn't be my first choice for my 1-2 cups of vegetables and fat with my meal, as I feel there are healthier choices than deep-frying. On dining out on a Whole30, it can be tricky but it can be done. I've had my best successes with places that cook to order and have gluten-free menus. Viewing their menu online ahead of time for possible entrees and calling ahead to ask questions and finalize meals that can be made compliant has worked well too.
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Maltodextrin is not compliant, as it can contain corn, rice, potato starch, barley or wheat. US Wellness Meats is a source for compliant bacon. I believe Applegate Organics has a compliant roast beef: no sugar, carrageenan, etc.
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    Texas De Brazil

    I'm not sure whether you can. You would need to make sure the seasonings, marinades, and meats don't contain any nasties. They could be suspect for gluten and soy, at a minimum. Can you call the restaurant ahead of time to see whether they can accommodate you?
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    Don't over think this.

    Smoothies are not encouraged on a Whole30. The idea is to chew your food rather than drink it. Chewing food tends to be more satiating than drinking food. Further, there can be a tendency to overload on fruit all at once when having smoothies, vs. having the recommended 1-2 servings of fruit per day on the Whole30. A fruit serving on the Whole30 is the size of your fist. If you don't have the ISWF book yet, here are some places to start on familiarizing yourself with the Whole30: - Overview with links to several helpful documents - The Whole30 program. - The Whole30 meal template. Basically your bible for how to structure every meal:
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    The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30

    Sorry, soy in any amount is not allowed on a Whole30. Save your seasoning for after you complete the Whole30.
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    The crazy things people say

    Sometimes it's not what they say, it's the look. A long-time dear friend of mine is a nurse, and severely overweight. The day after I completed my Whole30, I was telling her and another close mutual friend about it, why I did it (increase vegetables routinely, decrease mindless after dinner snacking in front of the TV), what it entailed, and that I lost 5 lbs and 4.2 inches. She usually has a strong opinion on everything (especially when it's related to health) - all she could do was stare.
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Are you cooking each meal individually, or are you cooking in bulk and making meals where leftovers can be stored and used for multiple meals? It's just me and my husband and my grocery bill is nowhere near yours is, in meal costs. For example, breakfast. I've been rotating through various frittata recipes that I bake. I bake most of them in a 13x9 inch pan, which gives me 12 slices. If 1-2 slices are a meal, I get at least 6 servings out of that. How about making meatloaf, chili, or meatballs? I get 5-6 servings out of the morrocan meatballs recipe at the Mellissa Joulwan's website: Other thoughts: Sardines are very inexpensive protein for lunch and snacks. The Whole9 Basic Farmers Market Gazpacho has been my go-to lunch with a protein: I get several lunches from one batch. Make your own paleo mayo and use it to make paleo tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, etc for a meal. Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They have a package of 4 frozen turkey burgers for $2.99. Buy whatever fish, poultry or beef is on sale at your local supermarket and create a meal around that. Same comment for vegetables. Reduce or eliminate the organic, pastured, grass-fed, etc. if you need to, to eat within a budget that works for you. Hope that's helpful.