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  1. I'm not quite up to the reintroduction stage yet, but thinking about it. I'm wondering if I should do a separate reintroduction day for corn products, specifically, apart from other non-gluten grains? I've suspected that corn is an issue, and I know other people have allergies specific to corn. Has anyone tried this?


    Many people have opted to separate corn out and test on its own day, so you could certainly do that.


  2. I created my own and posted it at the top of this forum. You may need to try a different browser to download it. I will also post it on Facebook so you can download it from there. Enjoy!


    Is there a PDF Link for just the 7 Day Meal Plan (not the shopping list)?  I can photocopy the page out of the book, but it would be nice if I could just print it.



    The 7 Day Meal Plan is not available as a downloadable item. It's only available in The Whole30 book.

  3. Just hoping I don't need to start again.....I didn't realise preservative numbers 220-228 contain sulphur. I had a few dried apricots and when I thought to double check I found out it was sulphur!!! Can someone help me on this?

    Yes, those *sulfite* numbers are off limits on a Whole30. This listing is a helpful reference:

    Regarding whether to restart, read this and decide:

  4. i ate compliant chipotle tonight. i had it once on day...8 or 9? it's now day 21, and i ordered compliant ingredients: carnitas, salsa (red and pico), lettuce, guac. and i got a HORRIBLE stomachache. anyone have ideas on what it could've been, or what might be the most likely contaminant assuming something went wrong here?

    I wouldn't trust the cleanliness of any Chipotle right now, given all the press they've had lately. You might want to call the location where you ate and report your illness to management.

  5. You're shopping list is great but be sure to take a look at the recipes before shopping because there are many that have substitutions that you had to buy for another meal so you can cut down considerably on the length of the list.


    The shopping list Tina made is intended to be used for shopping for recipes in The Whole30 book's 7 day meal plan. All recipes in The Whole30 book are Whole30 compliant.  :)

  6. I am on day 9 of my first Whole30 and I came to the forum looking for posts about acne.  I'm wondering if yours cleared up by the end?  I am 28 and have never struggled with acne ever.  I would get maybe one pimple here or there, usually right at the same point in my monthly cycle.  Since starting the Whole30, I am breaking out all over my face!  I have tiny white bumps all over my cheeks and forehead.  It started around day 4, started to clear up a bit, and then came back in full force today (Day 9).  I am used to eating almonds and almond butter, and I haven't increased my consumption since I began.  Today, I had a few walnuts in my breakfast, but I haven't eaten any other nuts.  I also cannot think of any other new foods I've introduced in the last week (besides ghee).  Really, all I did was cut out the restricted items (sugar, dairy, etc.)


    Has anyone else struggled with this?  And did it disappear on its own?

    You might try dropping the nuts completely and see if that helps.

    Are you drinking at least 1/2 oz of water per pound of body weight, daily?

    Also, are you having coconut milk? Some folks have had issues with coconut milk in BPA lined cans.

  7. Everyone feels differently, physically and/or psychologically.

    For me, dairy made my stomach hurt and non-gluten grains and legumes made me gassy and bloated. I've been off gluten for years (diagnosed as gluten-sensitive). If I accidentally ingest gluten, I get diarrhea. Sugar: I didn't do an official reintro, but I infrequently have a bite or two of quality dark chocolate and I can tolerate that.

    I also significantly cut my wine consumption post-Whole30, because I feel my former amount of wine intake caused stomach bloat for me.

  8. Wow - that must have taken you a lot of time.

    To clarify, the 7 day meal plan does not call for plantain chips: it calls for pan-fried plantains.

    Here's a recipe that would work:

    ETA: the beef brisket recipe is on page 214, so you used the right recipe (there is a side note with it on how to make adjustments for the slow cooker).

  9. Yeah, sucralose is out - no sugars or sweeteners of any kind on a Whole30 (look at the ingredients list as your guide, vs nutritional information). We don't advocate energy drinks either.


    The recommended pre WO fuel is protein and fat. If eggs don't work for your protein option, try chicken or tuna. Use the macadamia nuts here as your fat.


    Post WO recommendation is lean protein and carb. Neither the macadamia nuts or hard-boiled egg work for this option (nuts are considered a fat, not protein, on a Whole30). Hard boiled egg doesn't work since the yolk in the egg counts as fat.  Again, chicken or tuna and sweet potato are popular options.

  10. Does this seriously mean that I should eat 5 eggs as a protein serving!?

    Those five eggs looks like a stretch for your hand to me. Remember, it's the eggs you can hold without dropping them as the guideline.  ;)


    Start with eating at least 3 eggs for your protein serving, along with 1-3 cups of veggies and the appropriate amount of fat per the recommended meal template. If your meal doesn't keep you satiated for at least 4-5 hours, add an egg the next time around.  

  11. I second this question.


    I have a birthday on the 1st of Nov (finishing my W30 on 30 Oct). I really would like to have a couple of drinks. I am happy to still keep to my W30 eating and forgo all the non-compliant food but just wondering if drinking will throw my reintro completely out of whack? I guess it depends what kind of alcohol it is. Should I drink wine or spirits so as not to consume wheat if I'm not testing that yet? 


    Yes, do a separate reintro day for alcohol.  Your plan is prudent: your day 1 of reintro will be alcohol at the birthday party, and yes, nothing with wheat so you're not testing gluten at the same time.  I would also recommend not to go overboard; a couple drinks, as you stated, would work. The next day, I would then remove alcohol and go back to 100% Whole30 eating for two days, and then continue with reintros per the reintro schedule.

  12. Might be a little over-thinking going on. <grin>

    This might make things easier: use 1-2 palms of protein, 1-3 cups of veggies, and the appropriate amount of compliant fat, per the Whole30 meal template, at each meal.

  13. Gf chris. So if I want to eat the occasional yoghurt post 30, I need to eat one yoghurt for three meals during re-intro, eventhough I only want to eat one yoghurt every couple of days after re-intro? Same with cheese? I never eat cheese 3 times a day, it would constipate me for days!...


    Hi Hutlifr.


    In your context, it sounds like you already know how the dairy you want to eat affects you.  In that case, there's no reason for you to do a controlled reintroduction on that food group: you've already got the information you need. :)  The idea behind reintroduction is to test for when you don't know how a food group impacts you physically/psychologically, and/or you want to know how eating that food will affect you.


    Some folks separate out different types of dairy on different days. For example, they don't know how cow's milk impacts them vs. sheep's/goat's milk. Those people would do three different cow's milk products on one day, and then three different sheep's milk products on another day.  Or a pasteurized dairy day vs. raw dairy day.  Soft cheese day vs. hard cheese day.


    It's your experiment of 1: test for what makes sense in the context of what you already know, don't yet know and/or want to discover.


  14. I don't know why people are saying Carnitas are okay - the ingredients show it's made with sunflower oil, the chicken has rice bran oil, - I thought we were supposed to avoid those????

    On a second note I did email them asking if they could change to EVOO to accommodate for us whole 30ers lol - they did day not at this time.... Lol


    Note that this is a thread with most posts from 2012 - 2013.  


    The carnitas are ok, as sunflower oil is not banned on a Whole30.


    Anything cooked in rice bran oil is not compliant on a Whole30.


    Here is Chipotle's current ingredients page:

  15. Thanks, Hutlifr. I have been to that link, but it still doesn't explain the reasoning behind introducing three things (from one food group) in one day. I am curious as to why this is suggested. Thus far, I've only reintroduced dairy 1/day on a few separate days. I would like to better understand the science. I am certain eating dairy three times in a day would not be good for me, but the occasional dairy seems okay.


    FWIW, this is similar to the reintroduction protocol my registered dietitian used when I did an elimination diet through my doctor's office back in 2006 after food allergy testing. As I recall, the rationale for having the food in question at all three meals was to be sure you ingested enough of the food group to conduct a sufficient test for sensitivity.  If you feel crummy after 1 serving, that might be enough to stop. If you feel fine after one serving or you're not sure, it's another good reason to have the item in question at all three meals (or, if you have unclear results after 1 day, add another day of testing said food group).


    EDIT: the order in which you reintroduce food groups doesn't matter. The Whole30 reintroduction schedule is a sample of one possible order.

  16. A friend just posted this on their FB page:

    Random stupidity overheard in the grocery store:

    Random mom:pick a box of granola bars

    Child pick a box

    Random mom: no, not that one

    Random grandmother: why not that one?

    Random mom: that one has protein, she's too young for protein

    Random child: my gym teacher said protein is good for strong muscles

    Random mom: your gym teacher is stupid, you're a kid you don't need muscles get this one....


    Gram just nodded as if this wack-a-doodle logic made sense...and watched the chocolate covered-bar-o-sugar get tossed in the cart.