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  1. ShannonM816

    Flower Child - Vegetable Salad with Soybeans???

    Ok, I thought it was likely just in the dressing, if you saw my reply before I looked again and realized even the without dressing line lists soybeans, in case you saw the unedited reply. I have no idea what else might contain soy, unless they toasted the sesame seeds with soy sauce or something. You would've noticed edamame/fresh soy beans if they were included. So, unfortunately your body doesn't know the difference between something you ate accidentally and something you ate on purpose, it reacts regardless. And none of us can say whether there was enough soy to mess up your elimination/ reintroduction. It is always up to you whether to restart or not, but if the restaurant can't say for sure that there wasn't soy in what you ate, I would encourage you to at least consider continuing on until you have the full 30 days 100% on plan. If that's just not doable for you this time around, that's understandable, and again, completely your decision.
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    Adding Fat

    In general, you probably will want to add fat in addition to what you cook in, because some of what you cook in stays behind in the pan and isn't eaten. You might also cook multiple servings of something without necessarily multiplying the amount of cooking oil, so in that case you'd definitely want to add at least one serving of fat to the meal. You also don't really need to worry about getting everything exact. Maybe you have a little more fat at one meal (for instance, you decide you want avocado, almonds, and salad dressing in a salad because that combo sounds good) and maybe a little less at another meal -- as long as it mostly averages out to a serving or two per meal, give or take a little, and your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, it's all good.
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    Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

    As long as everything in your pumpkin bowl is compatible with Whole30 rules, you haven't done anything wrong. However, there are recommendations that we believe help most people get the very most out of their Whole30, and these include following the meal template for every meal. (You can download the template here: Bowls like what you've described tend to be heavy on fruit and nuts and light on protein and vegetables. This doesn't mean you can't have them, but we would encourage you to look at other options and your motivation for choosing to have the pumpkin bowl. Are you used to sweets for breakfast and can't stand the thought of savory dishes? That's pretty common, and if you feel like maybe that's something you'd want to change, the only way to do that would be to eat savory foods for breakfast. Or try an experiment: If you have, say, sausage and eggs with spinach, broccoli, and diced potatoes, how do you feel the rest of the day compared to how you feel after your pumpkin bowl? Does one meal keep you satisfied better until lunch time? Does one meal leave you feeling lethargic? Maybe you don't notice a difference, but maybe you will. If you do, you can use that information to decide what works for you in the future.
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    shirataki noodles??

    Shirataki noodles are a no. If you spiralize a vegetable into a noodle shape, like zoodles, you're good, but the shirataki noodles are dried and ground into flour and then reconstituted into noodle shape, so they fall under the no making pasta from alternate flours rule. Both ascorbic acid and citric acid are fine, so those bean sprouts are fine. I'm not sure what the texture on canned ones are like, but if you want something with a little crispness, you could try broccoli slaw or julienned carrots instead.
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    Shredded coconut with sulphur dioxide

    Sulphur dioxide is not allowed. (You can download the Common Additives Cheat Sheet here Try Bob's Red Mill brand if you can find it, it used to be ok but I haven't checked it in a while so be sure to read the ingredients.
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    Sweet potato

    Yes. Be sure you have other vegetables as well, and adequate amounts of protein and fat.
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    flax, hemp and chia seeds

    Those seeds are fine. You'd need to check the ingredients for V8 juice to make sure all the ingredients are ok. You can read more about what is and isn't allowed here:
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    If you're having trouble controlling your blood sugar, you might need to speak to your doctor. If you're taking medication, that might need to be adjusted, or they might have tips that could help. The thing about nausea is that sometimes you can feel nauseated because you need to eat, but not want to eat because you feel nauseated. Try to eat something and see if it helps. Maybe keep some soup or broth around and heat up some of it, see if a few bites or sips of it help at all. If it does help, then maybe you'll feel okay enough to eat more solid food. As for the three meals a day, that's a recommendation that works well for most people, but if it doesn't work well for you, you aren't breaking any rules if you don't follow it. If you're used to having five or six small meals a day, try that for a while. If you want to move to three meals a day instead, start making some meals a little bigger, and the others smaller, and see if over time you can get to a point where your larger meals keep you satisfied and you no longer need the smaller ones.
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    Sauce Recipe Help

    There are some whole30 piri piri recipes out there, you could Google and see what other people do. You could try it without the sweetness and see what it's like -- this might work best if you did diced or shredded chicken in a baked potato or sweet potato, so you've got that to help with the spiciness. Dates could be an option to add sweetness, they might change the flavor a little but probably not too much, or a bit of apple juice, although that would thin the sauce and you might have to cook it to reduce it some. Or you could cut back on the peppers to help reduce spiciness, or if you don't already, be sure you deseed them and remove the ribs inside them.
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    Macadamia oil

    Yes, it's ok to use macadamia oil.
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    Trader Joe's Nutritional Yeast

    It's fine. Warnings like "may contain" or "produced in a facility that also produces" or similar are for people who are extremely allergic, who could have a serious reaction to even tiny amounts of something, to warn that it is possible that there's some cross-contamination.
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    Ninja Foodi Great for food prep/quick meals

    @tapyn2 you might google whole30 ninja foodi and see what comes up. As far as I know, there are no official Whole30 resources specifically for this, so be sure you pay attention to the recipes and make sure they're really ok on Whole30.
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    Is Cassava Penne "pasta" allowed?

    This is from the rules: *Some specific foods that fall under this rule include: pancakes, crepes, waffles, bread, tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, alternative flour pizza crust or pastas, granola, cereal, or ice cream. So, no, it's not ok for whole30.
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    Preemptive measures for nausea

    This is something I have not heard of before. When you have tried in the past, have you eaten starchy vegetables (potato, sweet potato, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, plantains, or winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or kabocha)? If not, that might help as it might be more about carbs than grains. Or, have you tried gradually reducing your grain intake over time before doing whole30, kind of weaning yourself off of them instead of just stopping them?
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    Constipation from Medication

    This might be something to discuss with your doctor, especially if you plan to eat close to this way long term. They might have good long term solutions that we wouldn't necessarily know about or recommendations for the best otc meds for occasional use if you feel you need them. In general, make sure you're drinking plenty of water, and that you're having a serving or two of fat at each meal.