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  1. All the rules and information about the plant-based Whole30 are here: -- if you haven't yet, I would encourage you to explore the different links on that page.

    If you mean a list of brand-name products that are compatible, I don't think that exists. You can filter the Whole30 Approved page to show plant-based options, but that is definitely not an exhaustive list of every possible option.

    Whether either version of Whole30 helps any particular individual with inflammation or bloating really depends on the individual and is impossible for us to predict. This article may help answer that question for you:

  2. Maybe try peppermint or ginger tea in the morning to help with nausea (it can be hot or cold, whichever he prefers). He does need to eat. Between the not eating in the morning and the focus on weight loss, I would guess he may not be eating enough, which is going to contribute to him feeling tired and run down. 

    Potatoes are fine. Is it possible to eat too many? Sure. But if what gets him to clean up his diet and eat less chips and ice cream is potatoes, it seems like a good trade off, and a stepping stone to more veggies later, when he's ready. 

    Whole30 can still work for him, but he's really going to have to put some effort into it. Maybe have him find Whole30 recipes he'd be willing to try, or go to the store and pick out a vegetable he thinks might be interesting to try. You can cook all the healthy food in the world, but if he won't eat it, there's not really anything you can do to force him to, that's something he has to decide for himself. Sensory issues certainly make it harder, but they can be dealt with, and if they're what's holding him back from having a healthy diet, it might be worth having him talk to a doctor or therapist about them, but even with professional help, he'll have to work on it, so it really needs to be something he wants to do.

  3. If you've been directed by your doctor to take them, you can continue to take them because doctor's orders always take precedence over Whole30 rules.

    If they aren't something your doctor told you to take, you would need to stop them for your Whole30.  Youb might look into foods that can help make up for not taking the supplements. For instance, fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi could help replace the prebiotic. Leafy greens can help with the calcium. Citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C. It looks like CoQ10 is in oily fish like salmon.

  4. I'm not sure exactly how long they'll last, but some of the camping/hiking discussions on the forum might have ideas -- this one mentions some freeze dried meals: 

    Hopefully some other people will chime in with ideas.

  5. No, regardless of ingredients, these are crackers and fall under the no baked goods rule, plus some varieties contain rice, sweeteners, or milk, so those would definitely not be Whole30 compatible as well. 

  6. I'm not sure which book you mean by the dairy free book. All the official Whole30 books are listed here: -- if you just looked on Amazon, sometimes there are books made to look like Whole30 books that are not really. 

    If you prefer not to buy any books, you can find all the information you need to do a Whole30 for free online. Start here: There’s a downloadable get started guide, you'll see a link somewhere on that page, you do have to put in an email address for that, but they really don't send too many emails, and you really can unsubscribe later if you want to.

  7. Maybe someone will weigh in here with their own stories, I wouldn't be surprised if there are others out there. In the meantime, I remembered reading this article from a few years ago, I don't know if it will have anything new for you or not, but it's one of the first places I really heard about histamine intolerance:

    I do hope you find some answers and figure out what works for you.

  8. I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately this is not really something that we can necessarily help you with here on the forum -- we aren't medical professionals and this is really beyond what knowledge we have.

    Normally for people who are ill and having trouble keeping food down we would recommend bland foods like broth, sweet potatoes, plain chicken, or baked potatoes, but you've already tried that. At this point I think it's probably more important that you eat something than that you stick to Whole30. 

    If you decide to try Whole30 again in the future, you might want to research low-histamine foods to try to avoid a similar reaction.

  9. As long as all the ingredients in everything followed Whole30 rules, it's ok.

    It could be better if you made it match the meal template better. For that, you'd need to add a bit more protein -- for eggs, have as many whole eggs as you hold in one hand, likely 2-4. Bacon has some protein, but is mostly fat, so it probably covers your fat serving. Add some vegetables, at least a cup, but more is better, usually you want 2-3 cups of vegetables. Making your meals match the meal template ensures your meals will keep you satisfied four hours or so, and helps ensure you get all the nutrients you need.

    Again, though, what you had didn't break the rules, as long as all the ingredients were compatible with Whole30 rules. These suggestions would just make it even better. 

    You can download the template here:


  10. Unfortunately, there is no mix and match option, you either do the regular Whole30 or you do the plant-based Whole30. Quinoa isn't allowed even on the plant-based Whole30.

    Peas are allowed on regular Whole30 now (here's an article about that change: but I'm not sure if that would be enough of an option for him,  I guess it would depend on how much protein he needs and how much meat he's willing to eat. 

    Idk if you could find enough recipes where you were sharing sides and just doing your own proteins, but that might be a way to help cut down on cooking separate meals. For instance, if he did plant-based and you did regular Whole30, making stir fries where you both had the same vegetables, but he added tofu to his and you added chicken to yours. Or something like stuffed bell peppers or zucchini boats where yours had ground beef and his had some kind of beans. 

    I would encourage you to both consider what you're wanting to get from Whole30. If either of you is really wanting the elimination and reintroduction aspect, it would probably be most effective to do the regular Whole30, even if it means your husband eating more meat than he'd prefer for a month and a half or so, just to have the benefit of reintroducing legumes to see how they affect you. If you're just trying to clean up your eating a bit, one or both of you may decide Whole30 isn't exactly right for you right now, and you might decide to use some of the guidelines but not actually do a Whole30. 


  11. The goal is to keep the rules as easy to follow as possible, and exceptions to the rules make it more difficult. If it was allowed in mustard, someone would come along with another exception -- "well, then why can't I cook with wine, how is that different?" "What about wine spritzers, it's diluted with club soda?" And then instead of a really clear, no wine, rule, a line would have to be drawn somewhere, and people would keep questioning why *that* was an OK amount, but just a little more wasn't. 

    The Whole30 is 30 days, plus reintroductions. For that period of time we ask you to follow the rules. After that, you should be making your own rules based on what works best for you, which can include Dijon mustard with wine, or ketchup with sugar, or whatever you want it to include.

  12. If the "pasta" is made just from a vegetable -- like spiralized zucchini, or cauliflower rice that's just cauliflower cut into tiny pieces -- it's fine. These are just different ways to prep vegetables and are not really trying to replicate the taste or texture of pasta. There are things like cauliflower gnocchi that are really trying to re-create a pasta, these would fall under the Pancake rule (read about it here: and are off limits for your Whole30. 

  13. Yes. Just like with the original Whole30, canola oil is permitted, but is not recommended, and when possible, you should try to choose healthier cooking oils, but especially in settings where you can't necessarily control what oil is being used, it's fine. 

    You can read a little more about this here: and the book It Starts With Food goes into more detail, if you want more info.

  14. If you want to do a true Whole30, you have to pick one or the other, you can't combine them. 

    However, we do not want you to just continuously do Whole30s, we want you to do reintroductions and figure out what works for you, and then to live your food freedom, which might be something that looks a lot like Whole30 plus beans. 

  15. On 6/3/2022 at 11:16 AM, Princess Patricia said:

    Hi.  This is Day 24 of my first Whole 30 and  I am quite disappointed.  I have not noticed any positive changes.  Mood is still a bit depressive, aches and pains are still present, and, most importantly, I have ZERO ENERGY!  I wake up tired and go to bed tired.  Im sleeping pretty good most nights and get about 6-7 hours, yet it never seems to be enough.  (I have both rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, so pain of one sort or another usually wakes me up at least once during the night.). 

    I have been eating Whole Foods according to the plan, drinking about 6-8 glasses of water daily, and trying to swim 4-5 days a week.  What am I missing???

    Can someone please, please give me some helpful advice?  I had read so many positive things about Whole30 and was so hopeful it would help me (since nothing else has helped!), but so far have seen NO positive results whatsoever.  

    Thanks so much!

    We would need more information to be able to give you any advice.

    You say you're eating whole foods, but what do your servings look like? Are you going by the meal template? (You can download it here: Are you eating enough? Adding fat at each meal? Eating starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, carrots, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash? 

    The other thing to consider is that with existing medical issues, it can be harder to get the really amaxing results some people experience.  Getting those results may take longer.

  16. Some people don't have those symptoms, some have only mild versions of them, and some have a really awful time for the first few days of their Whole30. We can't always predict who will experience what. All of these experiences are fine, it doesn't mean you've done anything wrong, and it doesn't mean this isn't working for you. You've just been lucky to not experience some of the worst symptoms some people do. Keep on doing what you're doing.

  17. You would need to find out the ingredients.  I've seen some pickled ginger with added sugar, so those versions would definitely not be allowed, but I'm sure there are different versions with different ingredients.