Melissa Hartwig

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  1. 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
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    Plan a Whole30 dream vacation

    It's not unusual for Whole30'ers to end up navigating your vacation around the program. But what if you could do the opposite... Build your dream vacation around the Whole30? Where would you go? What would you do? And most important, what would you eat? Take a few minutes to share your dream vacation with us here. (And do a little research to see if this Dream Vacation could become a reality... Melissa's totally could!) 1. Where would you go on your Whole30 Dream Vacation? 2. What would you eat? Would you make your own food? Dine out? Have a personal chef? 3. Pick a few of our other 9 factors and include those into your dream vacation. What would you focus on: fun and play? Exercise? Stress management? Active recovery? How would you factor in other healthy initiatives into your Whole30 Dream Vacation? Take a few minutes to have fun with this creative exercise, and get inspired by others' ideas, too. You never know...maybe someone's dream vacation plan could turn into a helpful suggestion for your next trip!
  3. We are not doctors, and we will always defer to your pediatrician's recommendations. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you know how important Mom's nutrition is to the baby's health and development, and we believe the diet that's healthiest for you is also going to be the healthiest for your baby. The more nutrition Mom receives from her diet, the more she is able to pass along to the little one – and there is no diet more nutritious than one that focuses on healthy protein and fat, vegetables, and fruits. Michele Blackwell, an OB/GYN in Houston, TX, agrees, saying: I have personally experienced the benefits of the Whole30 program, and I wholeheartedly recommend the Whole30 plan to my patients to optimize a woman's health during pregnancy and lactation. The nutrient-dense foods recommended provide ample vitamins and minerals without the need for the standard prenatal supplement. Eating real food Whole9-style will also help regulate blood sugars, alleviating hypoglycemic spells common in pregnancy. In addition, the Whole30 will reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes, excess pregnancy weight gain, and possibly macrosomia (large babies) and polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid). -Michele Blackwell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology We've had many pregnant women and new moms attest to the benefits of the Whole30 for both the mother's health, and the child's. Most (if not all) have reported that milk supply actually improved during their program, and their babies were less fussy, slept better through the night and experienced less digestive issues and rashes.
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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
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    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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    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
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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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    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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    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
  10. Help us learn more about your experience nursing and/or pumping on the Whole30. Take this one question survey if you are now or have ever done the Whole30 while breastfeeding. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/whole30nursing
  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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Couple of items: pickles, V8

    Both the Clausen pickles and the V8 are fine. Those additives aren't encouraged, of course, but they're not one of the three (MSG, carrageenan, and sulfites) specifically prohibited on the Whole30. Best, Melissa
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    Plan a Whole30 dream vacation

    I would go to Costa Rica (we've been trying to plan a trip there for ages). We'd rent a house on the beach, close enough to town that we could hit the market for fresh produce and fish. Our house would have an awesome kitchen, where we'd cook all of our own food... but we'd also have daily cleaning service, so we never had to clean up after ourselves. Fresh fish and seafood, mango salsa (we'd go during mango season, of course), fruit smoothies (because when you're on vacation, it's okay to go a little crazy), and tons and tons of fresh salads, because when I'm south of the border, I'm always craving greens. There would also be this little place in town that served pulled pork, chicken, and beef, and they could make us lettuce tacos with fresh salsa and mole sauce any time we asked. Yum. I'd focus a ton of fun and play, and surf, paddleboard, and do yoga. There would also be awesome mountain biking trails nearby in the hills (hey, it's MY vacation), and we'd take our bikes up there a few times, too. And we'd find an awesome, giant boat to take us fishing and snorkeling, and we'd eat fish we caught right off the boat, sushi-style. I forgot about that part. Heaven. Someday.
  18. Melissa Hartwig

    Toasted Squash Seeds?

    Yep - you can eat these hull and all, or crack the hull and eat just the seed after toasting. I haven't seen any reference to inflammatory issues with squash seeds. Melissa
  19. They are fermented, so perhaps you are reacting to the fermentation, and not the coconut. Do you have issues with other coconut products (milk or flakes), or perhaps other fermented products like sauerkraut? Regardless, it's clear that you don't tolerate them well, so it's best to leave them off your plate altogether. (Which I'm sure you've already decided.)
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    Natural Flavors added to food?

    Badier's right, but Suzanne is right too. While we think you should hunt for processed foods with little to no additives, the "natural flavorings" in these products aren't going to affect your Whole30 in a negative fashion. Melissa
  21. Before you post a question that starts with, "Can I have (insert food/drink/condiment here)," please follow these quick steps. 1. Read this article, where we summarize the most common "Can I have" questions and answers! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/ If your food or beverage isn't listed there, then... 2. Search this forum! (Google is the easiest way, simply google 'whole30 + item') Chances are, someone has asked the question before. If not... 3. Post your question here, making sure the subject line includes the item in question. (Ex: subject, "Can I have kombucha?") (Include as much detail in your post including ingredients you would like to check as possible) Thanks for participating - and best of luck on your Whole30! Melissa, Dallas and the Whole9 team
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    Forum Rules

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