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  1. 12 hours ago, Pam at HNL said:

    I’m on Day 5 & one main reason I’m doing this is persistent skin eruptions that itch. Doc says it a kind of rosacea but I’m trying to figure out what triggers it. Alcohol is the clearest culprit so far!

    but I have new eruptions (like colorless pimples) on my neck and face for the last few days. Histamines from too much citrus? And ideas?

    thanks! Pam

    You're probably going to get more responses if you post a new topic of your own, rather than posting in someone else's personal log. I'd  suggest this part of the forum: -- just go there and click Start New Topic.

    As for your issue, if you think it might be from too much citrus, the obvious answer is to cut out citrus for a few days and see what happens. If it's actually histamines, you may want to read up on histamine intolerance. There's a decent introduction here: 

    Skin issues are one thing that seem to get worse before they get better for some people, and they can take a while to clear up, so another option is to just keep doing what you're doing and see if things do improve over time. 

  2. So, if you include tofu, you're not doing an official Whole30, but you could still see benefits from doing your modified Whole30.

    If your goal is to find any food intolerances or allergies, you'll definitely want to limit how many non-Whole30 foods you include.

    Without modifying Whole30 rules at all, your protein options would be eggs and peas (rule change explanation here: If you're trying this as an elimination diet to determine food intolerances, it would be best to stick to just these, but you get to decide what will work best for you. If Whole30 plus tofu is what works for you right now, do that. If you get to the end of 30 days and feel like maybe you do have some kind of sensitivity to soy, you could plan another Whole30 in the future, where you don't include soy, but if you still can't do just eggs and peas, maybe include a different plant-based protein that you've reintroduced after this Whole30 with no issues.

  3. I'm definitely not an expert on this, I'd say you should talk with a doctor about your concerns, but if they aren't listening, I'm not sure what to tell you about that.

    Doing a Whole30, even without changing your birth control, could provide some relief from the issues you're experiencing, so if you currently need to use birth control and switching types isn't an option right now, go ahead and do a Whole30 and see what happens. If you currently don't need to be on birth control, or are in a position to change types, for instance to a non-hormonal IUD, then it may make sense to talk to your doctor about removing or changing it, but that is a major decision with potentially really big consequences so it's not something to take lightly. 

  4. Read the ingredients lists. That's how you know if something is Whole30 compatible, from the ingredients. 

    The first one contains sugar. Sugar is not compatible with Whole30 rules, so that one isn't going to work for your Whole30.  The other one seems to be okay, the ingredients are all fine. So you can have it during your Whole30. 

  5. The only way to know is to know the ingredients. You'd need more than just a general oil, vinegar, and spices -- what type of oil? Is there soybean oil? Are they sure there's no sweetener of any kind. They should be able to provide some sort of ingredient information, because there ate people with allergies who would need to know. 

  6. 22 hours ago, Cpwh30 said:

    I'm still a little confused about this topic as a newbie... Many of the whole 30 recipes I'm collecting use a can of coconut milk/cream as an ingredient, sometimes in addition to oil, nuts, etc also used in the same recipe. They are very fatty meals already  (like 30+ g fat per serving, if you believe their posted nutrition info) . I understand not counting saute fat that gets left in the pan and not eaten, but if the fat is incorporated into the meal while cooking and then consumed (and there's enough in the recipe to give a full fat serving with each serving of the dish), one can count the meal itself as already containing the plated fat, correct? I wouldn't throw another pile of ghee on top of such a meal in order to achieve plated fat template goal?

    Yes, this is correct, if you're consuming a portion or two of fat (even sometimes a little more is fine, if a meal just works out to have a bit more), you don't need to add more. The not counting cooking fat is mostly for those dishes where oil is mostly left behind in the pan, or where you're cooking multiple servings and once you divide it up you're not getting a full serving of fat. The main way to know if you're eating enough is that you'll be able to 4-5 hours between meals pretty easily. If you're feeling hungry before that point, you may need bigger meals or more fat in the meal, or if you're regularly going six or eight hours before you feel hungry, you might need less.

  7. If thejuice was just juice, no sweeteners or other non-compatible ingredients, you didn't go off plan. Not drinking juice is a general recommendation, but it's not a rule.

    If something in the juice was not Whole30 compatible, then you decide what to do from here. You can start over, 9r you can keep going and on day 30 evaluate if you want to add more days to get a full 30 days.

    What you should do if you continue on or try again in the future is make sure you have something on hand in case this happens again so you don't have to have something non-whole30. That could be juice, or fruit, or a Larabar or whatever works for you.

    If you haven't already, you probably should also talk to a doctor about this and see if there's anything else they recommend. 

  8. By day 10, any "carb flu" type symptoms should be gone, or at least getting less noticeable. 

    People are often surprised how much food you can and should be eating on Whole30, so if you think you may be undereating, that's a good place to start.

    Make sure each meal matches the meal template, with a palm-sized portion or two of protein, a thumb-sized portion or two of fat (or a heaping handful of olives or coconut flakes, or half to a whole avocado, or a small handful of nuts or seeds), and then 2 or more cups of vegetables. The fat should be in addition to any oil you cook in, and your veggies should include a mix of starchy and non-starchy vegetables. 

    Also, be sure you're salting your food fairly generously. Not to the point it tastes over-salted, but if you were eating chips and crackers before, you were probably getting a lot of salt, and now unless you're making a conscious effort to add it, you may not be getting much at all.

  9. Those two ingredients are fine. I am very surprised you found a syrup with no honey or sugar or sugarcane or maple syrup or other sweeteners, none of which would be Whole30 compatible.