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  1. ShannonM816

    Help day24 and I'm about to quit!

    I'm sorry no one got back to you on your previous question, and that you're not feeling so great. As a breastfeeding mom, you should be eating more food than what is recommended for most people, like four full meals a day, or three full meals plus some mini-meals if that works better. The fact that you mention your breath being worse makes me wonder if perhaps you've gone a little too low in carbs. For most people, we recommend at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable each day, but you might even need more than that. Starchy vegetables include root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, beets, turnips, carrots or parsnips, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, or plantains. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water, salting your food, and adding a serving of fat or two at each meal in addition to whatever oil you cook in. If you'd like more specific feedback, list a day or two of typical meals, including approximate portion sizes, and we can see if anything stands out.
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    One week to go...

    What do your meals look like? Are you eating plenty of vegetables? Try for 2-3 cups at each meal. Drinking lots of water? Aim for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person should try fir at least 60 oz a day. Be sure you're adding a serving or two of healthy fat in addition to any oil you cook in at each meal. You can download the meal template here for more information:
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    Ideally, if you're going to eat between meals, you still want a mix of protein, fat, and vegetables. There are a number of reasons some typical snacks are not great. Nuts are very easy to overeat, fruit on its own can cause blood sugar spikes and drops, fruit or sweet tasting bars like Larabars or RX Bars can keep you craving more sweets, especially if you're using them to replace a snack that would usually be a cookie or a sweetened coffee drink or other sweets. So, you could eat any of those things for a snack, but they might not be your best option if you really want to work on changing your habits.
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    Krill Oil And Fish Oil Okay?

    In general they're fine, just check the ingredients for any supplements to be sure there's nothing like soy or sweeteners or other non-compliant ingredients.
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    Started January 1

    Definitely talk to your doctor. In general, drink plenty of water and salt your food, this might help some with the muscle cramps. Magnesium can also be useful for muscle cramps, either as a supplement or there are magnesium oil or lotions that you can apply topically. Are you eating at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day, and adding at least one serving of fat at each meal, in addition to whatever oil you cook in? Following the meal template at each meal? Those things may help in general until you can see your doctor.
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    Flu and staying compliant

    Broth or soup would probably be good. If you have some broth, even a simple egg drop soup would get some protein.
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    Opti-Greens and Reds

    You'd need to check the ingredients to see if they're all okay to have on whole30.
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    Coffee questions

    Both are suggestions. We recommend coffee with or after breakfast rather than before because it can be an appetite suppressant. It's recommended not to have it after noon because it can affect your sleep. You are free to ignore those recommendations.
  9. People do sometimes find their meals on whole30 to be larger than meals they ate previously, and that's fine, everyone should eat as much as they need to eat. I don't think what you've listed there sounds like cravings, it sounds like things she is eating because she is hungry. If your daughter menstruates, keep in mind that at certain points in her cycle she will be hungrier, that is a natural part of a menstrual cycle. During those times when she's more hungry, she may find it helpful to increase how many starchy vegetables she eats (like potato, sweet potato, carrots, turnips, beets, rutabaga, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, or plantains). Children also are still growing and may need more food than adults at times as their bodies are using lots of energy for growth.
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    This is fine, why would you think it wouldn't be allowed?
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    To include fodmaps or not?

    Generally, we recommend starting with just the whole30 as written, without any further restrictions unless there's something you know you have an issue with. I would recommend keeping a food log and noting any symptoms you experience, so you can see if there's a correlation between what you're eating and any problems you have, and then if you notice something is worse when you eat high FODMAP foods, it might be worth reducing or eliminating them.
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    Why not Peanut Butter but other Butters

    Peanuts are a legume, not a nut, and all legumes are out for a whole30. You can read more about why here: or in the book It Starts With Food. The recommendation would be for any seed or nut to limit them to a serving, which is a small closed handful, every other day or so, because in general all nuts and seeds have a less than ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
  13. Soup or stew in tha instapot would be pretty easy and makes a whole meal. Whole chickens are easy to do in it. The wok is a good way to do vegetables. I'd probably hit up some thrift stores and look for a Foreman grill or electric griddle/skillet to cook burger patties or steaks or chicken on, just for an easy way to cook those. It also would be good for eggs, which I know you can technically do in a microwave, but they're just not quite the same. If you live where it's not too cold, and you have an outdoor grill, that could be another option too. It might be worth looking for frozen meals or pre-made meals, for days when you don't have the time or energy to deal with it.
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    3 post first day meal planning questions

    1) check out the meal template, which you can download here: Base your meal sizes on this, rather than the the serving sizes in the recipes, if the servings are a little too big. Whole30 does encourage eating three meals a day, going 4-5 hours between meals, so the meal sizes may seem very large if you're used to having smaller meals every couple of hours. 2 & 3) don't overthink things. It's fine if one day you have a little more fat or another day a little less, or if you eat lots of broccoli one week and none the next, it'll all even out over time. Same with the meal prep, it would probably not be great to eat the same thing 30 days in a row, but lots of people eat basically the same things for a week because it's easier to meal prep that way. Lots of people eat exactly the same breakfast for weeks and just change up lunch and dinner. As long as you're eating vegetables and you're feeling good with what you're eating, it's all good.
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    You'll have to read the ingredients and see if they all work on whole30. Sweet pickles are almost certainly going to contain sugar, so they'll be out. Fill pickles may contain sulfites or soy or other non-compliant ingredients, but there are definitely brands out there that do work.