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  1. ShannonM816

    Jicama Wraps?

    As long as it's just thinly sliced jicama, it's fine. It's like spiralizing your zucchini in place of noodles or slicing a sweet potato and using it as toast.
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    confirmation before i go buy

    We really recommend making all meals meet the meal template, with protein, fat, and lots of veggies. It's also recommended to limit fruit to not more than two servings a day, where a serving is the size of your closed fist. Having this for breakfast would be low on protein, and could easily be a day's worth of fruit or even more. You never have to eat eggs, there are all kinds of options. Anything you'd eat for any other meal is great for breakfast. This does take a little getting used to, but many people find that switching to a filling, protein and vegetable based breakfast is one of the changes they make for whole30 and continue even afterwards because it makes such a huge difference in how they feel, so if you can convince him to give it a try for 30 days, he might find it's worth the effort. Here's an older discussion with examples of non-egg breakfasts people have actually eaten:
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    Can I have almond milk?

    Almond milk or other nut milks are allowed, as long as all the ingredients are compliant. It's fine to have them in your tea or coffee if you want. However, one thing you will find about whole30 is that while there are some rules that are absolutely black and white (like no pancakes, even if all that's in them is banana and egg), there are gray areas, where there's technically no rule that says you can't have a thing, but some people might find they're better off not having it. If coffee with almond milk falls into this category for you, then you may choose to avoid it. If you tend to just have a cup or two a day with some milk when you're not on whole30, and you continue that same pattern during whole30 substituting almond milk, and you're okay with that level of coffee consumption, go for it -- coffee doesn't have to be a punishment, and many people find that first cuppa in the morning a ritual they're not willing to give up. If you think you may drink too much coffee anyway and want to try to cut back, maybe going without the almond milk, so you have to really want the coffee to put up with drinking it black, could be a way to work on that. Ultimately it's up to you to decide what is best in your circumstances.
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    Pukka herbal tea with 'oat flower heads'?

    Yes, oat flowers are fine, this old discussion has a link to a post where Melissa addresses this:
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    Starting May 24/2020

    Eat as much as you need to eat, as long as it's compliant. There's a meal template available here:, but that's a recommendation, not a rule you have to follow. Most people do seem to get the most benefit from their whole30 if they try to follow it for most meals.
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    Binge-y on reintro foods

    If you feel that slowing down your reintro would be best for you, it would be fine to do that. For future reference, if you decide to do a faster reintro in the future, it might be worth finding items you can purchase in single servings so that you don't have that need to finish off a bunch of something. Or talk to a friend or family member and see if they purchase items that would work for you and would let you have a serving or two of what you need.
  7. Hello! Our recommendation would be to try to have meals large enough that you stay satisfied 4-5 hours at a time so you don't need to eat between meals. if you do need to eat between meals, some combo of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three, is great. It could be the raw veggies you mentioned, or leftover cooked vegetables. Or try making one of these salads, most should be fine for a couple of days in the fridge:
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    Weight loss

    This article talks about keeping weight on during a whole30: Basically, you'll want to be sure you're eating enough. You may need to prioritize calorie-dense foods like starchy vegetables and fattier cuts of meat, rather than going for mostly leafy greens and grilled skinless chicken breast. You don't need to count calories, but you might find it helpful to compare calories in different food options -- for instance, how much salad would you need to eat to get the same calories as a half cup of sweet potato, or does it make a difference having six ounces of salmon versus six ounces of chicken breast. You may need pre and post-workout food, or if it's less that you're working out and more that you're just generally active throughout the day, you may need more than just three meals. That might be four full meals, or three meals plus a mini-meal or two, or some other combination, you would just do whatever works for you.
  9. Here's the official word on starting over: Sometimes it is helpful to just keep going for now, and then as you get closer to day 30, consider whether you want to continue on for enough days to hit your 30 days, rather than thinking of it as restarting.
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    I don't want to loose weight!

    If you're hungry, you definitely should eat. The meal template is a minimum, it is okay to eat more. So your meals may be two palm-sized portions of protein, two servings of fat (in addition to oil you cook in), 3 cups of vegetables (possibly with starchy vegetables at each meal). They could even be more than that. Fat is an easy way to increase the caloric density of meals, so adding sauces or dips at meals, and adding avocado and olives as well, and choosing fattier protein options could help. You may have to try some different combinations in to see what helps you feel full at meals and then stay satisfied as long as possible. This article has some tips (it's older and mentions potatoes being off limits, that's no longer the case):
  11. Maybe pasta would be easier to find than bread or cereal? I know cereals often have added sugar for taste, and breads often use sugar with the yeast to help them rise.
  12. Some added sugar is okay during reintroductions. Try to find something with minimal amounts of it, but it can be hard to avoid completely.
  13. This is really something you probably should check in with your doctor about, no one here can give you medical advice. It's certainly strange that it happened when you started whole30, but there's not anything about whole30 that ought to cause this, especially if it's not a huge change from how you were eating before. Food wise, make sure you're eating enough and that you're drinking plenty of water. You might Google vertigo, I think there's an exercise that helps some people with it, though it may depend on what is actually causing it as to whether it helps or not.
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    Itchy skin

    If eggs and cashews are the only new things, you could not have them for a few days and see if the rash clears up, then add them back in one at a time for a few days to see if it comes back, then you'd know if it was either of those things.
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    Homemade Mayo without olive oil?

    If it tastes ok, you can use it more as a salad dressing and the fact that it's runny won't be as big a deal. If it needs a different flavor for a salad dressing, try googling whole30 ranch dressing recipes for ideas of herbs to mix in it to get it to taste more like that. You may be able to blend it with an extra egg or yolk to thicken it up a little.
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    Extra carbs vs fat

    Generally, we recommend having a mini meal between meals if you are hungry, something with a little protein, a little fat, and some carbs, or at least two of the three. So an egg, some mayo or ranch dressing, and some carrots or celery. Or some chicken, some olives, and whatever veggies you have left over from a previous meal. Or make meatballs or egg muffins and keep some in the freezer so you can grab one or two and heat them up when you're hungry -- you can make either of these include vegetables so they'd be fine on their own or with some extra fat. We really don't recommend fruit on its own because it can cause a spike and drop in blood sugar that can lead to feeling sluggish or hungry. If your meals are not keeping you satisfied for 4-5 hours at a time, you probably need to change something about them. Be sure you're including a serving or two of fat in addition to oil you cook in. Aim for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal. If you're not already, try having a fist-sized serving of a starchy vegetable once a day (more is fine, especially if you're very active or prone to depression or anxiety, but most people seem to do well with a serving each day).
  17. The canola oil is not a great choice, but it's not against the rules (read more about that here: Everything else in the ingredients is definitely fine.
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    Just turned 40 and starting the Whole 30

    The daily email was discontinued. There is the Day by Day book which offers advice geared toward each day based on common experiences as well as space for journaling.
  19. Yes, this is fine. It's only the added sugars and sweeteners that are not allowed on whole30.
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    2nd Whole30 and still hungry

    What stands out to me is that you're listing a lot of raw vegetables, which are more likely to cause bloating in many people. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli also cause bloating for many people. For a few days, maybe try all cooked vegetables and limiting the cruciferous vegetables to not more than once a day and see if that helps the bloating. As far as feeling hungry, try adding a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, winter squash (butternut, acorn, kabocha or similar squashes), or plantain each day, assuming they don't negatively impact your blood sugar. They can be more filling than some other vegetables. Adding more fat, especially as sauces or dips, can be a way to make meals more calorie dense without increasing the volume of food.
  21. Nothing here really stands out to me as being an obvious problem, so I'm not sure what to tell you. Are you eating anything you never ate before, or ate very rarely before and are eating a lot more of? Maybe there's something that you're having some kind of reaction to. I'm really not sure. I'm sorry I don't have any better suggestions for you.
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    Can I have Califia Farms unsweetened creamer?

    This is fine. There are a couple of downloads that address a lot of common ingredients here: Specifically for this, the common additives cheat sheet, but the sneaky sugars list can also be helpful. You can also Google whole30 plus whatever ingredient you have a question about and one of the top results is almost always a previous discussion here in the forum addressing that ingredient.
  23. What do your meals look like? Are you following the meal template (you can download it here: Fatigue and mental foggiest could be from not eating enough, not salting your food, or not drinking enough water. It could be something else, but those are common issues and probably the first things to check on. If you want feedback on your meals, list a day or two of meals, including approximate serving sizes, and we can see if anything stands out.
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    Round 1 day 3

    Peppermint or ginger teas may help. Do try to eat something, even if you can't manage full meals. Maybe fairly bland foods, like a baked sweet potato with some coconut or olive oil and salt, plain grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, broth or soup.
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    Help! Vinegar allergy

    Theoretically you can, but the flavor will be different. You might start with less vinegar than the recipe calls for and taste to be sure it isn't overpowering -- you can always add a little more if you need to. It just seems like the white vinegar would be stronger than the acv.