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  1. ShannonM816

    Our New Beginnings

    Hi, Lana, welcome to Whole30. It's a good idea to get used to drinking plain water, it really is best for you, and as you go through your 30 days, your taste buds are likely to change drastically -- you might end up enjoying plain water. I'm not sure what's in the Nestle water, you'd have to read ingredients, but LaCroix and Dasani both make flavored carbonated waters that are compliant, and you can always cut up some of your favorite fruits, put them in a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you'll have infused water. Cucumber and lemon is a nice combination for this, apple and ginger is good, whatever berries you like would work well -- I'd at least cut them in half or smush them up a bit to help the flavor infuse better. You might also like caffeine-free teas (caffeine is fine to have, but you probably don't want to be drinking caffeinated stuff all day, that's the only reason I specified caffeine-free) -- just read the ingredients, they can sneak soy and sweeteners into them sometimes. Because your husband is on insulin, it's especially important that he speak to his doctor and keep a close eye on his blood sugar, especially at first-- some people find that because this can be a big change from how they ate before, they need to adjust their insulin dose. It may affect you as well, but adding insulin to the mix is just an extra complication. Be sure you keep something on hand to raise your blood sugar quickly if you need to, especially the first week or two as you work things out.
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    You really just need to go to the store and read labels for the tomatoes. Remember that you're just looking at the ingredients list, not the nutrition information panel. Tomatoes naturally contain sugar, so there will be some grams of sugar on the nutrition information, but all you need to worry about is that all the ingredients listed are okay for Whole30. There are several brands that are compliant, I've never had an issue finding any when I needed them. Muir Glen has some compliant options, but I've also found store brand ones that worked fine. Beans are not allowed on Whole30 unless you're doing the vegetarian program.
  3. Doctor's orders trump Whole30 rules, so if this is what the doctor told you to do, keep doing it.
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    Can I have aquafaba?

    No, it wouldn't be, as it's made from beans.
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    Need Help. I live in Thailand

    Hopefully people with more experience will weigh in, but I know we've had people from Thailand do Whole30 before -- if you Google whole30 forum Thailand you should find previous discussions. Hopefully you can find some useful information that way. As for premade stuff, even in the US it's only become readily available in the last few years, lots of people have done whole30s without using any premade stuff. Concentrate on the fresh vegetables and meats you can find, and if you find some convenience items that you like, think of it as a bonus.
  6. Make your meals meet the meal template -- facts other than nuts, seeds, and avocado would include oils and sauces, dressings, or dips made from them, olives, and any firm of coconut. You can download the meal template here: Ideally, you'll get to the point where you mostly don't need to eat between meals, because each meal will keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours. If you do need to eat between meals, have a mini meal of protein, fat and vegetables, or at least two of the three. So a hard boiled egg with mayo, some leftovers from a previous meal, some vegetables with ranch dressing. When you look at recipes, if they call for avocado oil, just substitute a different oil. Olive oil is fine for many things, but if you don't care for the flavor in everything, you could look for light tasting olive oil or a high oleic sunflower or safflower oil. Coconut oil works well for cooking, but since it does solidify at room temperature it's not great for things like mayo or other dressings or dips that you'd typically eat chilled.
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    Gluten/wheat question

    Ideally, you want to do each type of food separately so if you react to something, you know which ingredient you're reacting to. To find breads that would work, you'd just have to go to the store and read ingredients, or you could Google some brands in your area, though you'd still want to check the package just in case. You don't have to use bread, though. There's cream of wheat or wheat chex if you want something breakfasty, or you might have better luck finding crackers, tortillas, or pasta.
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    Acid Reflux developed on Whole30

    @Jentheken I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Unfortunately, no one here is a doctor, and I think what you're experiencing is beyond the scope of what we can help you with. You are right that having stomach acid in the esophagus because of the reflux is not good, and can cause damage to the esophagus, which is why you might want to speak to a doctor, so that they can help you with that. Specific to Whole30, rice is not allowed. The meals you have listed don't seem to have any fat, which is part of the meal template (which you can download here: Nuts of any kind can be hard on the digestive system, so it's best to limit them to a small closed handful every other day or so. Meals should keep you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, but if you find yourself hungry between meals, try to have a mini-meal of protein, fat, and vegetables or at least two of the three. I do not know to what extent these things are affecting your reflux issues, and again, I would really recommend speaking to a doctor and getting that under control as soon as you can.
  9. So, yesterday you made a change, and today you expect noticeable results from it? That seems unrealistic. Definitely limit how many nuts you're eating to not more than a small, closed handful every other day or so. Be sure you're following the meal template for every meal -- sometimes people will revert back to a dieting/restricting mindset and limit their food, or limit fat. That could be counterproductive in the long run. If you stick to eating in a way that makes you healthier, your weight will get to where it needs to be. It may not happen as quickly as you'd like, but it will happen. Stressing about it will make it harder to lose weight. If you're eating close to whole30 and not getting results you think you should , are there other areas of your life that you need to make changes in? Are you getting plenty of sleep? Do you get some form of exercise or activity? Are you under a lot of stress? Any of these things, and probably others I've not thought of can impact weight loss.
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    Habit Burger

    You'd have to find out the ingredients for the pickles. This discussion is more than a year old, so you probably ought to Google Habit Burger and find the most up to date information from their website, as restaurants change recipes and suppliers over time, so what's referenced here may not be accurate anymore.
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    In general, yes, tapioca is compliant. Just remember not to use it to recreate desserts or baked goods. As a thickener, or as tapioca flour to make "breaded" chicken, or something along those lines, it's fine.
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    Glute free fat

    You would have to read the ingredients on the particular product she uses.
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    SUPER overwhelmed w/ reintro

    Yes, this should be fine.
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    Day 18- Meat Reintroduction?

    Hi, Anna. I don't know that it makes too much difference when you start trying to incorporate meat, but I would aim to do a full whole30 without any of the vegetarian exceptions to the rules that you might be using for protein, if you are using them (like beans or dairy). If you've opted to just use eggs and fish as you mentioned in your first post, you'll have already done this when you finish your whole30. This is recommended so that you can do reintroductions of those items to see how you react to them, so you can make better decisions about how to include them in your diet going forward. You might find this article helpful, it's got tips for people trying to add meat back to their diet:
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    How much fat can I have in a meal?

    Yes, you can have multiple fats in a meal. Artichokes count as vegetables no matter how they're prepared. The oil would add some extra fat, but that's okay.