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  1. I can't really help you with this particular problem, but I can tell you the in-forum search is not great anyway, and your better bet is to use Google or whatever search engine you prefer and include the words "whole30 forum" in your search. Most of the time, forum discussions about whatever you're searching for will be among the top results. So for instance if you want to know if you can have citric acid on whole30, Google whole30 forum citric acid.
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    Day 30 & Still Bloated

    In general raw vegetables are more likely to cause bloating than cooked ones, so you might try cooked vegetables for a few days and see if that helps, then you'll just have to play with the amounts of salad and raw veggies you have going forward to find an amount you can have without getting bloated. If that doesn't seem to help, it could be something like fodmaps ( or nightshades ( Either of those can be a lot to try to eliminate, but some people find relief from eliminating one or the other. And of course, it could be something not food related at all, so it might be worth talking to your doctor about just to rule out any medical issues.
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    OJ with Carbonated Water

    Those two ingredients are fine, and using a splash of juice in water or carbonated water is fine. If you want some other drink ideas you might like some of these:
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    Can we eat yucca?

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    Fruit on it's own can cause blood sugar spikes, and for some people it keeps their craving for sweets going strong. If you need to eat between meals, we would encourage you to eat a mix of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. You never have to eat fruit, there's not really anything you get from fruit that you don't get from vegetables, but you can have some if you want it. You can just have it as a side with a meal, or you could incorporate it into the meal -- berries in a salad, pan fried apples and cinnamon on a pork chop, grapes in chicken salad, or this blueberry omelet: Yes, the goal for most people is to have three meals a day, with 4-5 hours between meals. Assuming you don't have any physical reason you can't do that (for example, people who have had gastric bypass or other weight loss surgeries often physically cannot eat much at a time), you can work on increasing your meal sizes until you stay satisfied for about four or five hours after each meal.
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    Glutagenics-Aloe Vera

    This is fine.
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    Thrive Market Grass Fed Collagen Powder

    Yes, this is fine to use during whole30.
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    Hormone replacement therapy

    Yes. Follow your doctor's instructions for that.
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    how to read labels

    For whole30 purposes you are only concerned about the ingredients. As long as there's no sugar or sweetener in the ingredients, it's fine.
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    canned tomatoes

    Canned tomatoes and canned vegetables are fine, as long as all the ingredients are compliant with whole30 rules.
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    Synergy Kombucha

    What you're looking for in any food or drink is sugar listed on the ingredients list, which would mean it's been added. Some foods have naturally occurring sugars, which will show up in the nutrition facts as total grams of sugar even if no sugar has been added. As long as there's no sugar listed in the ingredients, it's fine.
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    Day 11 - Hungry

    If you're hungry, it is okay to eat. Try to have a mini-meal with some protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. A way to make your meals more calorically dense without adding a lot of volume is to add oil or oil-based dressings or sauces -- think pesto or chimichurri sauce or even just melted ghee over your vegetables. You could try switching some of your vegetables for starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, beets, rutabagas, winter squashes (like butternut or acorn squash) or plantains. It may be that you're just hungrier now than you were the past couple of weeks, and that is ok, and it will probably go back to normal in a few days. This change can be hormonal, especially if you menstruate -- there's a few days to a week right before a person's period that they tend to be much hungrier. It could also be related to how active you've been the last few days, or how stressed you've been, or even how much sleep you've gotten.
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    Salads too big...then HUNGRY

    Your fruit servings sound about right. Anecdotally, some people find themselves hungrier after a meal with fruit than after one without, it might be something to experiment with if you continue to feel hungry soon after eating, although the fruit may not have anything to do with why you're getting hungry after the salads at all. As far as why you may feel hungry soon after a salad, there could be a couple of reasons. One, sometimes during the first few days of whole30, people just are hungrier than they expect to be, but find this evens out in a few days. Since you're only on day 2, this could be what's going on. Or, it could be that even though you are eating a large volume of food, you could use something with a little more staying power. That might mean a little more protein or fat (try the whole avocado instead of just half and see if that helps), or if you're pretty sure that's not the issue, add some more calorically dense vegetables to the salad, not just leafy greens. Add some beets (pickled or roasted), roasted potato or sweet potato chunks, carrots, jicama, fried or baked plantain. Or if you don't want to add those to your salad, do soup or a baked potato or sweet potato on the side.
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    RK in Denver, CO— Starting the adventure...

    Anything you can have for any other meal works great for breakfast. Try hash (like this one: or a breakfast salad (like this one: or soup or leftovers from last night's dinner. Have some things premade that you can either eat cold or heat quickly. Salads are an obvious choice, put one together in the morning to have that day. Leftovers from a previous meal. In a pinch, a can of tuna dumped over some salad greens with mayo, avocado, or oil. Some other ideas for easily thrown together meals:
  15. Recently, there was a rule change, and peas are now ok on whole30, so if you aren't already, you can try including them for some meals. (You can read about the rule change here: Could you maybe reintroduce beans or quinoa or whatever for a week or two and see how it goes, and just pay attention to how you're feeling? Maybe pick one thing and have it once or twice a day for a week or two, and if you still feel good, switch that item for a different option and see how it goes? When you've reintroduced the things you're most likely to want to have, you can start increasing how often you have them, but keep paying attention to how you feel. If you notice you're not feeling great anymore, that may help you determine how often you can have them and still feel good.