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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. I wouldn't worry about too much fat, you'll probably stop craving it if you just consistently eat at least a serving at each meal, and more is okay. So basically instead of eating "low fat with binges" you're just going to be eating adequate fat consistently. Your body does need some fat, and fat doesn't automatically cause you to gain weight. There are some vitamins that are fat-soluble, so you have to consume fat at the same time you take them, or your body can't actually use them. Fat also helps you feel satisfied longer after a meal.
  2. 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 elimi
  3. 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
  4. 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 th
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Yes. Be sure you have other vegetables as well, and adequate amounts of protein and fat.
  8. 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:
  9. 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,
  10. 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 d
  11. Yes, it's ok to use macadamia oil.
  12. 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.
  13. @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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. Having even a wee bit of greek yogurt would mean you aren't doing a whole30. There is some guidance for vegans and vegetarians here:, which you could choose to follow if you want to. Some legumes are ok on whole30 now, see this explanation: That could be a source for some protein. As you're considering whether to follow whole30 strictly or to follow the vegetarian/vegan options, consider what you want to get out of whole30. It is at its most basic a 30-day elimination diet. The things that are left out are the thi
  18. I usually use Rao's brand, I have found it at my grocery store and maybe Target or Walmart. I'm pretty sure I've found some other brands too, like Prego or Ragu or something like that, but I liked Rao's better so I haven't looked at the others in a while. I'm sure you know this, but just to be sure: sugar or sweeteners in the ingredient list is off limits for whole30, but all tomato sauces are going to show grams of sugar in the nutrition info because tomatoes and other vegetables have naturally occurring sugars, and that is okay.
  19. It's ultimately up to you, but I think you'll probably get better results if you can eliminate nightshades first, and when you're feeling better, then start reintroductions. It will probably take cutting out nightshades for at least a few days before you feel better, if they're what is causing the problem. If you reintroduce something while you're still in pain, and it turns out that one of the side effects that reintroduced item causes for you is joint pain, you won't necessarily notice that pain because of the pain you're already in.
  20. The easiest way to search is to use Google or your favorite search engine. Searching Whole30 plus your question, or Whole30 forum plus your question will usually return links to the forum or the official page among the first few links. Water is one of those things you may just have to make yourself drink. A little lemon or lime juice may help (watch the bottled stuff, it often has sulfites), or teas, or infused water (cut up fruits, vegetables, or herbs, place in a pitcher of water, leave in the fridge overnight -- the water will take on the flavors of whatever you put in it),
  21. What vegetables do you like? You can cut most vegetables in a variety of ways, if you want to mimic the texture of rice or noodles, although you don't have to do that, you can just chop them up.
  22. I'm not sure how many coaches check the forums. Your best bet is to check the Coaches page ( and check their websites or social media pages.
  23. The reaction to broth or collagen is not one I've heard of before, but you can definitely just skip having those, or if you only have that reaction when you drink them on their own you may still be able to use them in recipes. As far as the broccoli, if it's gas pain, that sounds like a fairly extreme version of a common reaction. Some people react that way to cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, or cabbage. Some people have a fairly mild reaction, some discomfort and gas, others can be more extreme. Cooking those vegetables really well can help sometimes, and sometim
  24. Whole30 is an elimination diet. The point is to eliminate the things most likely to cause issues for people for at least 30 days, see how you feel without them, and then do careful reintroductions of those items one at a time to see if they do cause any problems for you, so that going forward you can decide whether to eat them or not knowing how you feel when you do. If you've been eating peanuts all along, you haven't eliminated legumes. Technically, any time you're doing whole30 and eat something that is not compliant, you are supposed to start over. No one can force you to do that, th
  25. Coffee does sometimes make people jittery, but I'm not sure why it would be doing it now if it never did before. Maybe the milk had a higher fat content than the macadamia milk and it helped slow how fast the coffee was hitting your system? I can't imagine macadamia milk having that effect, but maybe it could be some weird reaction to that. If you want to try different milk options, canned coconut milk, the full-fat type, like you'd use in cooking, is my favorite non-dairy thing to use in coffee. Or you could try half-caff or decaf coffee to see if that helps.