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  1. Hi. It's hard to say what might be going on without more information, but there are a few common culprits for feeling this way. First, make sure you're drinking plenty of water -- aim for about a half ounce per pound of body weight, so a 120-lb person needs at least 60 oz. Also be sure you're getting a serving or two of fat in addition to whatever oil you cook in at each meal. These two things may help with the constipation if you haven't already been doing them. Bloating can be exacerbated by eating a lot of nuts, having a lot of raw vegetables, or eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables
  2. Yes, it should be fine. You'll just use fish and seafood as your protein. The only problem you may run into is getting bored, but even that you can probably avoid if it's a concern by searching out different recipes or different types of fish and seafood. The not being able to eat meat thing would suck, if you were used to eating it before. Is it something like alpha gal syndrome, where you got bit by a tick and now you're allergic? It's strange how our bodies can just one day go, nope, can't have that anymore.
  3. Hi! This is a common fear. And the truth is, we cannot guarantee that you may not gain a little weight, especially if you've been intentionally restricting calories before. However, for most people who do have weight to lose, that doesn't last the whole time. One reason you should definitely follow the rule about staying off the scale for 30 days is that your weight may fluctuate day to day, and that's ok. People tend to think they need to lose or maintain weight to get healthy, but we're asking that you look at it the other way around -- work on getting healthy, and your weight will end up wh
  4. I am sorry you're having to deal with this. I think it's a little beyond the scope of this forum, as it doesn't seem to be so much a Whole30 issue as a relationship issue. You can definitely find support here for the Whole30 part, and people who will likely at least try to be supportive and understanding of the relationship aspect, but I think you probably ought to find someone with more expertise, like a therapist or counselor or maybe a trusted preacher/priest if you're involved in a church. Couples counseling could be very useful, but whether you get your partner to agree to that or n
  5. This makes sense. Also be sure you're drinking enough water, as headaches can also be from dehydration.
  6. What are the ingredients? If all the ingredients are compatible with Whole30 rules, then it is ok. If any of the ingredients are not -- if there's rice or stevia or other ingredients that are not Whole30 -- then it is not really ok to have, but at that point you could talk to your doctor, explain what you're doing, and ask if there are other options that could work, or if it's ok for you not to have a shake at all, or if it is so important that the doctor thinks you should drink this shake regardless of whether it's Whole30 compatible or not, and then decide the best way to go forward based on
  7. First, some days we are just hungrier than other days, and there is nothing wrong with that. Stress, sleep, exercise, and hormones all can contribute to that. Second, the meals you've listed here seem a little light. According to the meal template, you want a serving of protein at least the size of the palm of your hand -- that's length, width, and height -- or if eggs are your only protein, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, which is likely 3 or 4. So, one egg is probably a third of a serving of protein, and two pieces of turkey lunch meat is maybe a fourth or a third o
  8. Corn is not allowed on whole30, so despite being gluten-free, these are not compatible with Whole30 rules.
  9. I'm not much of a drinker, so I'm not sure what to recommend for you to have. As far as having drinks throughout reintroductions, you’re supposed to reintroduce one category of non-whole30 foods one day, go back to whole30 for at least two days, and then move on to the next reintroduction, and not have the reintroduced foods again until you're completely done with reintroductions.
  10. Hi, T. You might check out the Join the Whole30 section of the forum ( to find groups of people starting now or near whatever date you decide to start, or you can start a thread there to find more people. If you do start a thread, putting the date you plan to start in the title makes it easier for people to find.
  11. Yes. All Whole30 is worried about is added sugars and sweeteners listed in the ingredients, you don't even need to look at the grams of sugar in the nutrition info.
  12. Fruit juice is fine to have. It's not recommended to just drink it by the glass for most people, but especially for this use, it is absolutely fine. (Check under fruit juice in the Can I Have list: If you were in an emergency situation, even having sugar is not the end of the world, although Yoo-hoo has dairy and soy, so that should be an absolute last resort if there's absolutely nothing else available.
  13. Maybe try planning to eat every 4-5 hours while you're awake, starting after that first meal. So if meal 1 is at noon, then have a meal at 4 or 5 pm, then have something maybe around 8 or 9 pm. If that last one isn't a full meal, that's okay, but maybe try to make it include some protein, some fat, and try having some starchy vegetable with it (potato, sweet potato, beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, plantains, or winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash) -- some people find the starchy vegetables in their last meal of the day helps them sleep better.
  14. I don't think this is the real Whole30 version of It Starts With Food. Whole30 is not and has never been a weight loss program, and anything you find that touts things like "101 Secrets for Weight Loss Success" is just not in keeping with the program. I highly recommend you find a copy of the real ISWF ( has links to purchase, or talk to your librarians about getting the real one).
  15. 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.
  16. Check out the Can I Have list: -- the entry for bean sprouts says: Bean Sprouts: Yes The plant part of the bean is fine to eat. The problematic compounds are found in the seed (bean) itself.
  17. Cranberries are fine. I had never heard of cranberry beans, but a quick Google shows there are such things, and those are not ok. "The borlotti bean is a variety of common bean first bred in Colombia as the cargamanto. It is also known as the cranberry bean, Roman bean, romano bean, saluggia bean, gadhra bean or rosecoco bean. The bean is a medium to large tan or hazelnut-colored bean splashed or streaked with red, magenta or black"
  18. First, you shouldn't be weighing yourself, it's right there in the rules. This is a 30 day program, not a 13-day one. We want you to focus on doing the whole30, not second guessing what you're doing because the scale isn't showing the results you want. For best results, make all your meals meet the meal template (available here: -- your chia seed concoction is not doing you any favors. If you need to eat between meals -- and especially since you're biking your son to and from camp, you probably do -- make it a combo of protein, fat, and vegetables,
  19. Being a little dehydrated can also lead to muscle cramps, so be sure you're drinking plenty of water. It sounds like you're trying to eat the right things, and it may be that it will just take a few more days of that for your body to catch up. There are Whole30 compatible magnesium supplements if you feel you're not getting enough from food right now. Natural Calm unflavored is one that would work, it's a powder you mix with water, so it's easy to start with a partial dose and work up to the dosage that works for you. There are also magnesium tablets in the vitamin section of the sto
  20. All the ingredients in this are fine. It's still juice, and you're generally better off eating actual vegetables to get all the fiber, but a small amount occasionally or using it in recipes or as a base for soup is fine.
  21. This has come up before, so if you Google Whole30 colonoscopy, you should get past discussions here on the forum in the first page or so of results. You should check with your doctor to be sure it's okay, but maybe broth or coconut water could be options.
  22. You would need to contact Eat the 80 to find out what their flour is. Gluten free definitely means not wheat, but it could be almond, coconut, cassava, or some other type of flour, or more likely a mix of more than one. They should be able to tell you what it is.
  23. 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.
  24. 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