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.
  2. Melissa Hartwig

    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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    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
  5. 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
  6. Melissa Hartwig

    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
  7. Melissa Hartwig

    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
  8. Melissa Hartwig

    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
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  10. Melissa Hartwig

    What Consitutes a Slip or Accident?

    Kew, it depends on what day you're on when you accidentally ingest an off-plan food, what you accidentally ingested, and what your goal is for the program. If it's really early on (Day 3, for example), regardless of what you ate, it's easy to start over and call it a Whole 33. If it's mid-program, and you were accidentally slipped some added sugar (say, in a dressing), you can decide for yourself whether you really want to log 30 days perfectly (in which case you start over), or whether you want to call it a learning experience and keep going. If you ingest something that has the serious potential to compromise the healing process, particularly in the gut, we recommend starting over regardless of what day you are on, as those foods can break the "reset" process you are trying to accomplish. (This is why we say "no cheats," not even a bite of your friend's pizza or a lick of the cake batter.) This is especially important if you are doing the program in an effort to determine how the food you are eating is affecting your symptoms or medical condition. Sugar isn't typically going to break the "reset" process, but everything else (including alcohol) is suspect. Does that make sense? Ultimately, of course, it's always up to you. Best, Melissa
  11. The "three meals a day, no snacking" does NOT apply to pregnant women or breastfeeding Moms. We need to get our calories in where and when we can, so grazing, snacking, or eating mini-meals is more than acceptible if that's what it takes to get food into your sleep-deprived, feeding-every-three-hours body. Sipping on a can of coconut milk or snacking on olives throughout the day is a good way to get extra calories in, too. I eat a can of olives pretty much every day. Nuts and seeds are a good calorie-dense source too. I know we say not to crack out on them, but when it comes down to needing to get extra calories in, it's A-OK to rely on these cal-dense sources. Of course, if you find yourself blowing through a jar of Sunbutter every three days, maybe it's time to pull back on that one. Best, Melissa
  12. Melissa Hartwig

    Help! Digestion problems...

    I'll admit that during my first Whole30, I had the same experience (things moving way too fast) for about the first 6-8 weeks of my transition. I did the Whole30 for 30 full days, then stuck mostly to it, and things still took a long time to even out. The healing process and transition of gut bacterial balance can take a long time, and I don't think it was anything I was eating or not eating - I think it was just my system getting used to not eating so much oatmeal, yogurt, and whole grains. Not a very scientific explanation, but without lab testing/stool testing to see what the gut environment looks like, it's hard to say what's going on. Removing some potentially problematic foods for a few days (like nuts and seeds) or swapping out some veggies/fruit you are eating a lot of for different varieties may give you a clue, but it's really hard in these instances to pinpoint exactly what's what. Melissa
  13. Melissa Hartwig

    Can I have Marijuana

    I'm not really sure how to respond to this. First, as far as pain management goes for serious conditions, I am aware of the uses and benefits of marijuana. If this is something you've talked about with your doctor, I'd certainly support medical use. If you're taking your own pain management into your own hands, well, I can't really help you with that. Do I think 10% - 30% of marijuana users become addicted? The research shows that to be true. Do I think smoking anything (putting smoke into your lungs) makes you less healthy? I do. Do I think there are downstream effects of smoking/ingesting pot that may interfere with other healthy pursuits? Yep. Is it illegal? Still, yes (even in Washington, as far as the federal government is concerned). But I can't really tell you what to do in this situation, as I don't understand your chronic pain, and how ingesting this substance might help. Would we ever say marijuana is okay during the Whole30? Hell no. But you're all grown-up people with your own unique contexts and full awareness of the consequences of your actions, and you are free to engage in whatever behaviors you feel are appropriate for your situation. Best, Melissa
  14. Melissa Hartwig

    Yeast extract

    This is a tricky one. While yeast does contain glutamate, so do plenty of other foods with protein, like meat. The glutamate isn't the issue - it's when these proteins are hydrolyzed at high temperature, creating a different form of glutamate (a less healthy form). I've read both sides, and I'm not convinced that yeast extract contains the unhealthy form of MSG - which is fundamentally, chemically different from glutamic acid. But I'm also not convinced that people who are very sensitive to MSG wouldn't have a reaction when exposed to this particular form. We say nutritional yeast is okay for the Whole30, and I doubt that yeast extract is going to present a problem for 99.99% of folks doing the program. But for now, as Tom said, we'll encourage you to look for foods and products without these added ingredients, or better yet - just make your own chicken broth. However, I would see no need to start over because you ate some yeast extract in your soup. Best, Melissa
  15. Melissa Hartwig

    You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...

    This thread kicks booty! I laughed out loud more than once. (The "gets mad when sees paleo pancakes marked as Whole30 approved" was my favorite.) Maybe me and Melissa Joulwan need to make a video called "Sh*t Whole30 girls say." Melissa