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  1. ShannonM816

    Break-OO-fast without eGGs

    You can eat anything for your first meal of the day you'd eat for any other meal. I realize eating dinner leftovers or soup first thing in the morning may seem strange and even a little uncomfortable at first, but it's just for 30 days. Sometimes people find that one of their biggest takeaways from whole30 is how big a difference a hearty, protein and vegetable rich breakfast makes to their day. Instead of deciding you don't like certain things for breakfast, decide you're open to trying them for 30 days to see if it makes any difference for you. Try a soup, maybe look for a blended butternut squash or pumpkin soup, served with breakfast sausage. Or make meatballs or grilled chicken and have that either warm or cold with celery, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, or other vegetables, and a dipping sauce of some kind.
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    Day 28 - Acne, Gas and bloating, tired

    Whole30 eliminates the foods most likely to cause issues for most people, but since any food can cause issues for some people, it's impossible to eliminate everything that could possibly be a problem for every person. You are always allowed to leave out anything you feel is not a good fit for you. Products like Nutpods are useful for some people, and the additives in them are unlikely to cause issues for most people, but you can absolutely do a whole30 without using them at all. I'm sorry you haven't found the results you were hoping for. If you want to give us a rundown of a day or two of typical meals, we can see if anything stands out that might be causing problems.
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    Spanish oyster thistle

    Yes, this is fine.
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    Reintroduction, Covid & Anxiety

    Yes, you can do multiple reintro days of a particular type of food to help determine if you had a reaction to the food or if it was anxiety. I think as far as how much of each thing to eat during reintroductions, eat whatever amount you would normally eat. For some things, that probably means just a small amount, but if you'd eat a whole bowl of quinoa or oatmeal or whatever, it makes sense to eat that much during reintros. You might have no problem with a few bites of something, but a noticeable reaction to a bowl full of the same thing. The gf pasta is ok, as long as all the non-whole30 stuff was all from the same group. Some people do break reintros down even more, for instance a separate day for peanuts or soy, then other legumes. That would be fine if you want to do that, but you don't have to.
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    I love Olivado, but is it allowed?

    Yes, avocado oil is allowed. You might find the Can I Have guide helpful: And the rules and other helpful downloads are here:
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    Otamot Sauce

    Yes, this is fine.
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    vegetable cellulose

    Cellulose is ok.
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    All balsamic vinegar has sulfites. Some brands have just naturally occurring ones, other brands add more. If it's listed as an ingredient, it's added and not okay for whole30. If there's just a note that says Contains Sulfites, those are naturally occurring and would be fine.
  9. Days 10 & 11 are often the hardest days of the 30, but typically things turn around in the next few days for most people. Check out the timeline: It's hard to say based on how you've listed this if you're getting enough food. The recommendation is to have three meals a day that match the meal template. No matter how you split those meals up, try to make sure you're eating that amount of food over the course of a day. You can download the meal template here:
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    Reintroducing Preworkout

    You'd probably go by ingredients, assuming that there's only one non-whole30 ingredient. Added sugar is okay, if there's only one other, like pea protein or whey. If it has multiple non-whole30 ingredients from different categories, you would probably save it for last, paying attention to how you react to those particular categories. If you react very strongly to one of the ingredients, you'll probably also react to the pre-workout, so you may not want to reintroduce it anyway.
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    Just want to be triple sure

    Yes, it's fine. Many foods have naturally occurring sugars, which have to be listed on the nutrition info panel -- that's what the 14 grams of sugar listed is from. Whole30 isn't worried about naturally occurring sugars, only added sugars and sweeteners, which would have to be listed as ingredients.
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    Is suja immuntiy defense boost ok?

    This is ok. It's just fruit juice with added probiotics. Like any fruit juice, we wouldn't really recommend drinking a lot of it (see the Can I Have list for the stance on fruit juice: Keep in mind, there are no foods that miraculously prevent you from getting a virus. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, limit stress, exercise a bit, wash your hands often (and then use lotion to prevent over-drying your skin if necessary), and avoid unnecessary contact with other people -- these things will be much more helpful than drinking juice.
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    Salad dressing

    You should try to have legumes at each meal today, just whatever would be a normal serving for you. That could be more peanuts, or some hummus, or some beans or peas, or some soy sauce. The only reason you might not want a serving at each meal is if after one serving you immediately had some kind of reaction and didn't feel you needed any more evidence to know that it's something you want to avoid. The Italian dressing would depend on what non-whole30 ingredients are in it. If it's all compliant except for soybean oil, it would be perfect for legume reintroduction. If it's got dairy or some other non-whole30, non-legume ingredient, then you'd save it for the day you do the reintro for that ingredient, or if it's multiple non-whole30 ingredients from different groups, then you'd wait til you're done reintroducing everything. Sugar/sweeteners can be difficult to avoid. They sometimes are in things you want to use for reintroductions, and that's mostly fine, although it might be worth doing a separate day for sugar-free sweeteners like equal or sugar alcohols because they can cause digestive issues for some people. A little sugar in your peanut butter on legume reintro day is not a problem.
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    If you're hungry, it is okay to eat more. Our bodies sometimes need more food, due to stress or not sleeping well or increased activity or hormones. If you menstruate, the week or so before your period especially will tend to a time when you need more food in general, and may benefit from more starchy vegetables especially.
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    Is unsweetened apple cider compliant

    Assuming you mean the non-alcoholic version, it's just a juice.