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  1. ShannonM816

    David's Teas - which ones are compliant?

    These ingredients are all fine.
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    Starting October 17th

    Remember that if you know you have issues with something and plan to avoid it going forward, you don't have to reintroduce it.
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    Having a hard time with this much animal protein

    We don't encourage you to track all your foods every day, but if you feel it would be helpful to plug in a day or two of meals and see what that looks like, that would be okay. You do need protein. That could be eggs most of the time if that's easier, we've had vegetarians opt to do the whole 30 days using just eggs as their protein, though if you're willing to eat fish or other meat, that will give you more variety. That said, while you're working on the protein, be sure you're eating plenty of vegetables -- 2-3 cups at each meal, more if it's raw leafy greens. Don't be afraid to have starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, plantains, or any winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash. Most people do well with one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day, but people who are very active, who are prone to depression or anxiety, or who are pregnant, nursing, or in the week or so leading up to their periods often need more. Also be sure you're having enough fat -- pick one or two of the options on the meal template in addition to any oil you cook in. Finally, be sure you're drinking plenty of water and salting your food. Even if you are doing everything exactly right, it's normal for workouts to suffer a bit the first week or two of whole30 if it's much of a change from how you ate before.
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    Pure Blends Butter

    No, this won't work, it has soybean oil and soy lecithin in it. If you haven't opened it yet, you might contact the store and explain you bought the wrong thing and see if they'll let you exchange it. Ghee is not always available at regular grocery stores, though health food stores or places like Sprouts or Whole Foods usually have it. That's really the only butter substitute that you'd want to get for Whole30. If you can't find it, you could make it yourself (here's one guide to how to do that: , or you could just use coconut oil or olive oil instead.
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    Can't find Golden beets

    Yes, red beets will be fine -- they're a little messier to cut up since they can stain things, but the taste is similar and they cook just the same.
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    Am I eating too much?

    If you're used to kind of "grazing" throughout the day, have several small meals and snacks, the portions are going to seem big to you. The idea is to eat enough at a meal that you're not hungry for 4-5 hours after, and therefore don't need snacks. It may take you a little while to get to this point, but that's what you should be working toward. Why do you think you're overeating at each meal? Do you feel super stuffed and miserable? Or are you just used to seeing smaller portions on your plate? If you're stuffed and miserable, then it's possible you're overeating, or possibly that you need to make some changes to what you're eating -- sometimes raw vegetables or cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower) may make some people feel more full faster. If you want feedback on your meals, you can list a day or two of what you're typically eating, including approximate portion sizes, and we can see if it looks like you're on the right track. If you are hungry between meals, we recommend having a mini meal with protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. We don't recommend having fruit on its own for a few reasons. First, fruit on its own will make your blood sugar spike and then drop. Second, having fruit throughout the day will keep you craving sweets. Finally, especially with the dried fruit, it's really easy to overeat it that. An apple and a mango would be your two servings of fruit in a day (possibly more, depending on how big they are) -- how many mangoes worth of dried mango do you eat throughout the day?
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    Soft foods after tooth extraction

    Scrambled eggs, pureed soups, mashed potatoes, egg drop soup, guacamole. I know this has been discussed before here in the forums, maybe Google whole30 soft foods or whole30 oral surgery to find past discussions.
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    What order to reintroduce dairy items?

    Sometimes people do have a fairly quick inflammatory reaction to something -- they have dairy throughout the day and then the next day their knees ache or whatever. But it is definitely possible to have a reaction that doesn't show up until you've been consuming something for a few days or regularly over time. That's something you'll probably just have to figure out as you go. If you have been having non-Whole30 stuff and realize you don't feel good anymore, go back to Whole30 until you feel good again, and then take a look at what you'd been eating, and whether it is still worth it to you to continue eating those things as often as you had been, or if you want to cut back on them even more or even cut them out completely, either for a while, or forever.
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    Moose Bone Broth

    Yes, you can make broth from whatever type of animal you want -- as long as the stuff in the broth is compliant, it's all good. The grass fed vs not is not even a requirement -- it's best to get meat from animals raised as close to their natural environment as possible, because that's what's healthiest for the animal, but what the animal ate during its life doesn't affect whether it is Whole30 compliant or not, so if you do want to get beef at some point, it is fine. Just a side note, I don't know what moose smells like when it's cooking, but I know when I made beef broth, I felt like my whole house smelled like it and I wasn't super fond of the smell, it wasn't quite the same smell as like cooking a roast, it was, I guess I'd say stronger. I would imagine moose might be the same way, so if you're doing it in a crock pot and can put your crockpot somewhere sort of out of the way -- on an enclosed patio or in a garage for instance -- that might be something you want to consider doing.
  10. ShannonM816

    Mast Cell Activation-how to NOT lose weight?

    There's tips here for keeping weight on during a whole30:
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    Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice?

    This is fine.
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    1st Time! Start Date: 10/29/18

    Hi, @dimickab, welcome to the forum. Label reading is hard at first, but you'll figure it out pretty quickly. Be sure you have the Sneaky Sugar guide and Common Additives Cheat Sheet with you when shopping, and if there's an ingredient you see that you're not sure about, Google whole30 plus that ingredient to get the fastest answers. (Download the sheets I mentioned here: If you stick to things that don't have labels -- fresh produce and meat -- you won't have to read labels. If there's something particular you know you'll want, like tomato sauce or salsa or olives, see if your store lets you do an online grocery list, or if they offer curbside pickup or delivery or even work with instacart or shipt -- anything that means they have their products online for you to look at beforehand. You don't have to actually make your list on the site or use a delivery service, but you can sit in the comfort of your own home and research what brands are available. Narrow it down to one or two that seem to be compliant, but always double check the actual container in your hands before you eat the food, just in case they've changed recipes or you've picked up a different variety than you looked up online. This could save you a lot of time in the store. And remember that you don't need a bunch of complicated recipes. Scrambled eggs with spinach or other vegetables topped with some avocado is a meal. A burger patty on a bed of lettuce topped with mustard, mayo, tomatoes, and onion, alongside some roasted sweet potato ( is a meal. There are a ton of sheet pan dinner options out there where you throw everything in the oven at once and don't do much hands on stuff after that -- if you chop your vegetables and season your meat the night before, you could get home, toss everything in the oven, and have dinner ready in 40 minutes to an hour. Don't get caught up in making something new and different every day, find some easy to do things you don't mind eating regularly, and try new recipes once or twice a week when you have time to cook.
  13. ShannonM816

    compliant baking powder

    This looks fine.
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    Starting October 8th!

    So, is there anything in particular making you feel this way? If you started 10/8, you're about 9 days in, so you're about in the time when people are most likely to give up, so this might just be a normal feeling that will pass in a few days, but if there's something that can make this less meh, let's figure that out, especially if you're planning to keep going past 30 days. If it's that you're tired of cooking, look for easy meals for a few days that don't require a lot of prep. Spring for the pre-chopped vegetables if you're tired of prepping them. Find some compliant precooked sausages, or some compliant hot dogs, or a rotisserie chicken, so you have a meal or two that doesn't require much effort. Or research some restaurants and figure out if there's one that you could eat at, and treat yourself to dinner out one night. If it's that you're bored with your food, find some new things to try. Even simple things like a new sauce or dip could change up your normal foods, or if you're going to have time sometime to cook something a little more time consuming, find a recipe or two you've really been wanting to try. (Browse through these for some ideas if you aren't sure where to start:
  15. Eat starchy vegetables, if you think carbs are the answer. Unless your salads are very large, probably more vegetables in general. Be sure you're salting your food. There's not a lot of salt in food in it's natural state, and we need some salt in our diets, so add enough salt that food tastes good. If you haven't been using salt lately, maybe add a bit extra for a day or two.