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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. I'm not sure about all the ingredients, but just at a quick glance, it has carrageenan which isn't allowed, and then potassium acesulfame is a sweetener that's not allowed. If it was like mouthwash where you spit most of it out, it would be fine, but these you should probably avoid during Whole30.
  2. That first one lists monkfruit extract as an ingredient, which is a sweetener, so that one is definitely not Whole30 compatible. I cannot find an ingredient list for the other, so I'm not sure about it, from that standpoint. So if all the ingredients of something like this are Whole30 compatible, and you're having it occasionally because you want something different and enjoy the taste, great, go for it. Alcohol and alcohol substitutes do sometimes get a little more complicated, as described here. I don't know that that applies for you, just something that could change the answer from, y
  3. If you take a vegetable and cut it into a noodlecshape, it's fine. If you have to dry it to create a flour and then use that to make noodles, that's re-creating pasta and isn't really compatible with Whole30 rules.
  4. You'd need to check the ingredients of the probiotics. If all the ingredients are Whole30 compatible, then you can take tose probiotics.
  5. Baked or steamed fresh ones or canned pumpkin (not pie filling, just plain pumpkin) will work.
  6. You could set aside a separate day for each sweetener, if you want to know specifically how, say, Splenda makes you feel vs monkfruit, or you could just do a day for sweeteners in general if you think you're using small enough amounts of them that it isn't worth separating them out. The main thing with any reintro is, only reintro whatever that day's reintro food is, wait at least two days between reintro days, and don't have the reintroduced items again until you're all done with reintroductions.
  7. Yes, if the ingredients include sugar or sweetener of any kind, you cannot have that food. This isn't the same as the nutrition facts, where it lists grams of stuff -- a salsa could have no sugar or sweetener in the ingredients list and be absolutely fine to have on Whole30, but still show grams of sugar on the nutrition info, because vegetables have naturally occurring sugars, and the nutrition info must account for those.
  8. For any prepared food like this, you need to read the ingredients. If all the ingredients are Whole30 compatible, it's fine to have. I don't know what the ingredients are in Whole Foods' chicken, but I have found compliant rotisserie chicken at other stores, just check the ingredients.
  9. This is a situation where smoothies could be fine. I'm not sure of any particular pre-made kind that would be Whole30 compatible, but you could make them yourself. Try not to use too much fruit, try to include leafy greens, canned pumpkin, or cooked sweet potato. You could also do soups. Blend them up and they should be drinkable. This will probably be an easier way to get protein and vegetables. Maybe scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes or other vegetables cooked very soft and mashed? Definitely find out from your dentist or orthodontist if this is normal. Hopefully if
  10. The organic ones appear to be fine. Always read labels and be sure that the container you actually have in your hands is one that is Whole30 compatible.
  11. Evoo has a very strong taste, and most people who use it to make mayo find it inedible due to the strong flavor. You want an oil that doesn't have a strong flavor on its own, like a light tasting olive oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, or high oleic sunflower or safflower oil.
  12. Oligofructose is a sweetener, and also is a subgroup of inulin. What I would say is, this is a calcium supplement, it's a caplet that you're not even going to taste, if this is the best option for you, it's probably not a big deal. That's my personal best guess here, because inulin is fine, but fructose in general is on the Sneaky Sugar list and oligofructose is a sweetener according to Google, and yet it also appears to be a type of inulin.
  13. Even date paste is really not encouraged in coffee. Some people find it easier to give up coffee for 30 days than drink it not sweetened. Others find that they do get used to it unsweetened, but it does take a while. There are some ways to reduce the bitterness of coffee -- try different kinds, some are less bitter than others. Adding a pinch of salt to your coffe grounds is supposed to help reduce bitterness. Some people find adding cinnamon helps. Cold brewing can help.
  14. This might be something you want to talk to a doctor about just to be sure it's not a sign of something that food won't fix. That said, it could be a sensitivity to something you're eating more of now. Is there anything you feel like you've been eating more of than usual? It can be hard to track this kind of stuff down, unfortunately, since all you can really do is either cut out a whole bunch of stuff, and if that fixes it, add things back one at a time and try to find the culprit; or keep eating the way you are and keep careful notes about when symptoms are better or worse and try to fi
  15. I'm not sure what to tell you about the tinnitus, but do be sure you're eating enough, salting your food, and drinking plenty of water, as not doing any of those could contribute to the kind of spacy tired feeling.
  16. If you're not attached to the noodle shape, pour sauce-heavy foods over a baked potato or sweet potato, they tend to soak up sauces well. Obviously not the same as noodles, but nothing Whole30 really is.
  17. You can eat fruit. The meal template recommends limiting fruit to not more than two fist-sized servings per day, and having them with meals rather than on their own as snacks. Having said that, if you're used to having dessert after meals and are using fruit to fill that craving for something sweet, maybe that's a habit you want to address, so that after Whole30 you don't slip right back into having dessert so often. It’s really up to you and what you want to accomplish with your Whole30.
  18. No. Here is a quote from the rules: Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.* Recreating or buying sweets, treats, and foods-with-no-brakes (even if the ingredients are technically compliant) is missing the point of the Whole30, and won’t lead to habit change. These are the same foods that got you into health-and-craving trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, even if it’s made with coconut flour. Rather than trying to come up with new ways to do dessert, use this 30 days to learn that you don't need desserts. If you are hung
  19. I grill zucchini or summer squash a lot. I've done slices of potato or sweet potato before too. I haven't tried it, but asparagus would probably work well. If you have a grill basket, you can do things like broccoli or cauliflower or green beans. Or look up cooking vegetables en papillote, which is cooking them enclosed in a parchment paper or foil pouch. Or branch out and try new and different salads, especially if you like the make-ahead factor. Here's some ideas:,
  20. "Defer" means postpone, but "defer to" means to allow someone else to choose. Check out the definition from Merriam Webster: to
  21. If your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, you're good. Often, we see people who come from a background of calorie restriction who continue to limit their meal sizes the way they would if they were counting calories, sometimes purposefully, sometimes subconsciously. Mostly, this was a post to encourage those people to eat as much as they need to eat, even if it seems like a lot of food, and to say that it is okay to eat more than what they may be used to, if that's what it takes to stay satisfied and avoid snacking between meals.
  22. The calendar is just a general guideline. Some people follow it exactly, some not at all, and some follow parts of it bit not all of it. Eliminating some items before you start can make a difference in the symptoms you feel or put you a little ahead of the timeline.
  23. You should work on making your breakfast meet the meal template as well. You're very heavy on fruit and fat and need at least one more egg, probably two, to meet the recommendation for protein, and of course, some vegetables. Also note that chia pudding is not permitted on the program. If you're staying satisfied 4-5 hours between meals, then you're probably eating enough. If not, then you may need more. If you've been eating enough, and drinking plenty of water, but you haven't been salting your food regularly, that's probably the main thing causing your headaches. Obviously if you