Melissa Hartwig

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  1. Melissa Hartwig

    NEW!! Coconut Aminos and Chips

    UPDATE, with respect to Coconut Secret Garlic Aminos and Coconut Secret Teriyaki Aminos: these two items (from THIS BRAND ONLY) are both COMPLIANT under the new Whole30 rules, which allow for coconut aminos (with a sub-ingredient list of coconut nectar, sea salt). The ingredient lists of all three products (Coconut Aminos, Garlic Sauce, and Teriyaki Sauce) are IDENTICAL, save some additional seasonings in the Garlic and Teriyaki. And I know the Teriyaki bottle says "sweetened with coconut nectar," but per my research, this is not sweetener added after the fact; only that the base for the product (as with all aminos) is a naturally sweet coconut nectar. In addition, the Whole30 rules don't (and should not) specify, "Read the whole bottle cover to cover and if the word 'sweet' is mentioned, it's out." FURTHERMORE, the sugar content in both bottles is IDENTICAL, keeping in mind the serving size for Coconut Aminos is a teaspoon and the serving size for Teriyaki is a tablespoon. (2 grams per teaspoon for Aminos, 6 grams per tablespoon for the Teriyaki.) For that reason, both of these products are compliant with the Whole30 rules... but if you disagree with this ruling or find the Teriyaki is too "sweet" to be healthy for YOUR Whole30, by all means, leave it out. Pretty sure no one ever died from malnutrition from a lack of teriyaki. In addition, there are other brands (like Naked Coconuts) making a NON-COMPLIANT Teriyaki and NON-COMPLIANT Chili-Garlic. This is really easy to spot if you glance at the label... aside from the coconut sap, they also add cane sugar, which is prominently featured in the ingredients.
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    Quest Bars and Shakeology?

    Actually, YES, this is totally fine for the Whole30, as long as the Epic Bar or Bite is compliant. I have used them as "bacon bit" style texture on salads or in soups, and in a pinch while traveling, have added them to my salad as the only source of protein. The idea of using these bars as emergency food only is a RECOMMENDATION, not a rule. If you want to crumble a grass-fed, organic, low-sugar Epic Bar as extra protein in your salad, go for it. -Melissa
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    Profile Image Issues

    UPDATE: If your profile photo still isn't loading properly, please just re-upload it. I just did this, and it worked perfectly. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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    Pancakes with veggies SWYPO or not?:

    Guys. Please with the pancakes. The "waffle" was a really gray area judgment call. I think it could have been compliant, but she specifically called it a "waffle," and used a waffle iron to make it, and thickened it up with a little baking soda and cream of tartar, so to err on the side of "let's not dip our toe in the water here" I ruled it out. But if you want to take sweet potatoes and eggs and flatten them into a patty, go for it. Unless to you, that feels too much like trying to recreate a pancake, in which case, leave it out. The SWYPO rule is the only gray area of the Whole30. Take personal accountability here. If spaghetti squash flattened into a disk reminds you of pancakes, don't eat it, but I don't have a problem with it for your Whole30. Best, M
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    Profile Image Issues

    Maybe. We're still working though some bugs. Moving a database the size of the Whole30 website and foum is a MASSIVE undertaking. I appreciate eveyone's patience. Best, Melissa
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    Profile Image Issues

    Last night, we moved the forum to a new, more robust server. I know some of your profile photos aren't coming up. We're going to tackle correcting that this weekend, but in the meantime if you want to re-upload them, they should definitely stick. Sorry for the trouble, Melissa
  7. Melissa Hartwig

    Help! Resources in the UK

    Thanks for your responses so far. I think people are looking for two things: 1. Emergency food. We have a huge list of widely available jerky/meat stick brands available in the US for late nights at the office or travel days. People are looking for similar resources in the UK. (For example, I know many Naked bar varieties are Whole30 compliant, and would be a good choice for those "keep it in my purse in case of serious emergency" times.) 2. Compliant lightly processed foods. What brands of Whole30 tomato sauce, canned tuna, bacon, etc. can you purchase? Thanks again for your contributions. Best, Melissa
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    Help! Resources in the UK

    We're looking for all UK participants to share their favorite foods, beverages, stores, farmer's markets, and other Whole30-friendly venues with our UK audience. If you have a favorite go-to product or shopping location, please share here! Best, Melissa
  9. Melissa Hartwig

    Starting September 1 - Who's with me?

    Hi Vozelle, I really love your message here, and would love to repost it on the Whole30 website as a blog post. I'd add a bit of my own commentary, but keep your message and the below text intact. If you're up for it, would you email me at [email protected]? Really lovely work here. Best, Melissa
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    PreWo and Fat?? Anybody see the study?

    Hi. You are overthinking this. Pre-workout is highly individual, dependent on your health context, the kind of training you are doing, and goals. Play around with macros, food choices, and timing and do what feels best to you. The end.
  11. Melissa Hartwig

    July 21st Start

    Our snack recommendations (at minimum) say to include at least 2 out of the 3 macronutrients. So, you'd have protein + fat, or fat + carbs, or protein + carbs. That's why an apple and almonds work. It'd be better to stave off hunger and feel satiated if you did have a complete mini-meal, but if you're really on-the-go that may be challenging. Two out of three will do. Best, Melissa
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    The New Rx Bar - Chocolate Sea Salt

    Guys, this one opens up a can of worms that we (the Whole30 team) need to address in a big-picture way; not just realated to this particular flavored bar. I'm sure there are other products in the works from a variety of companies that straddle the line of "technically compliant but we don't like it" and we want to make sure we do the right thing here, and not set a precedence that doesn't line up with our integrity. For now, the verdict is out on these, and we are discussing internally, and will post a decision (and full explanation) soon. Which means if I were you, despite the technically compliant ingredients, I'd think long and hard about including them in your Whole30. Melissa
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    Yogurt Confusion

    We are redirecting the "old" list to the "new" list immediately. In the new Whole30 book, we're making it a bit more clear that adding yogurt, tofu, or beans to the Whole30 program is not the Whole30. Having a shopping listed branded with Whole30 including those foods was creating a lot of confusion. So we've revised the new list to include only Whole30 compliant foods, allowing vegans to fill in their own protein sources based on the recommendations we make in ISWF and The Whole30. We can say "these foods are generally better choices on a vegetarian or vegan plan," but until you actually do a strict Whole30, you'll never really know which plant-based protein sources are the least problematic for you! It's a catch-22; which is why we recommend pescetarians do a full Whole30 using only seafood and eggs for 30 days as an experiement to help them figure out which plant or dairy proteins are best for them to use going forward. Vegans don't have this option, as a vegan diet using only Whole30 foods is impossible (and unhealthy). So, we made some recommendations in our books, and you'll have to do the best you can. Sorry for the confusion--we have some new resources going up and old ones coming down at the same time, so there's some mess on the site right now. Melissa
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    UK "E Numbers" to avoid

    While working on The Whole30 book edits for our UK publisher, I began researching E numbers that would rule a product out on the Whole30. (Boy, your labeling isn't anywhere near as easy to translate with all these codes!) I thought you might find these helpful. Note, I can't say for certain these are 100% of the E numbers to avoid. These are just the ones I researched with respect to specific off-plan ingredients. Feel free to post your own resources, or to request that I add to this list with other additives you discover in your own research. Here is a list of E numbers you'd want to avoid on the Whole30, as these codes refer to either carrageenan, sulfites, or MSG: E150b Caustic sulphite caramel E150d Sulphite ammonia caramel E220 Sulphur dioxide E221 Sodium sulphite E222 Sodium hydrogen sulphite E223 Sodium metabisulphite E224 Potassium metabisulphite E226 Calcium sulphite E227 Calcium hydrogen sulphite E228 Potassium hydrogen sulphite E407 Carrageenan E620 Glutamic acid E621 Monosodium glutamate E622 Monopotassium glutamate E623 Calcium diglutamate E624 Monoammonium glutamate E625 Magnesium diglutamate Here is a list of E numbers you'd want to avoid on the Whole30, as these codes refer to added sweeteners (natural, artificial, or sugar alcohols): E420 Sorbitol - Sugar Alcohol E421 Mannitol - Sugar Alcohol E422 Glycerol - Sugar Alcohol E950 Acesulfame K - Artificial Sweetener E951 Aspartame - Artificial Sweetener E952 Cyclamate - Artificial Sweetener E953 Isomalt - Sugar Alcohol E954 Saccharin - Artificial Sweetener E955 Sucralose - Artificial Sweetener E956 Alitame - Artificial Sweetener E957 Thaumatin - Natural Sweetener E958 Glycyrrhizin - Natural Sweetener E959 Neohesperidin DC - Artificial Sweetener E960 Stevioside - Natural Sweetener E961 Neotame - Artificial Sweetener E962 Aspartame-acesulfame Salt - Artificial Sweetener E965 Maltitol - Sugar Alcohol E966 Lactitol - Sugar Alcohol E967 Xylitol - Sugar Alcohol E968 Erythritol - Sugar Alcohol
  15. Kait, coconut sap isn't always used as a form of added sugar. For example, coconut syrup and coconut vinegar are both made from coconut sap--and no one would accuse vinegar of being sweetened. The sap must be simmered at low temperature for 90 minutes or so before it can be granulated into sugary crystals or used as a thicker, sweeter syrup. So in this case, I think it's context-dependent. The sap is fermented to make aminos, not simmered to make a syrup. Makes it really hard to have an official ruling on this one ingredient, but we'll try to do our best to help people differentiate between products Coconut aminos and vinegar are compliant. Coconut syrup or coconut sugar are not. Best, Melissa