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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. No, rice extract is not compatible with the Whole30. You could look into boosting probiotics through fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut (look for ones in the refrigerated section, not the canned section which are heat processed and may not have as many probiotics), or fermented pickles like Bubbies brand.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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:,
  8. So, I'm not sure how they do it, in light of what @SchrodingersCat said above, but US Wellness Meats/Grassland Beef has a sugar free beef salami: I haven't tried it, but other things I've tried from them have been good, though pretty expensive.
  9. Depending on the sausage you used, there could be a fair amount of fat in it, but you can add some if you want. Diced olives or avocado would probably be good in the soup if you don't want something separate. If you have a serving of the soup, without adding any fat, and it keeps you satisfied until your next meal, you may not need any more fat, although that's something you won't know until you try it.
  10. "Defer" means postpone, but "defer to" means to allow someone else to choose. Check out the definition from Merriam Webster: to
  11. These are not ok on whole30, they may not have sugar, but the do have sweeteners. I've removed the link in your post. It was to a site advertising some kind of flat belly tea that is not ok on whole30.
  12. 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.
  13. Just keep replying at the bottom to add to your log. To reply to someone else's post in your log, click Quote on their post to quote it, like I did here, or tag the by typing the @ symbol and start typing their name (no spaces) and a list will come up, keep typing until their name shows in the list and then click on it, like @KiwiKendra. When you are looking at the list of posts in a section, if you click on the dot or star next to the post, it'll take you to the first unread post in that discussion.
  14. Remember that all your meals don't have to be fancy. Some really simple meals that I do that don't take a lot of prep: scrambled eggs with spinach/other vegetables; a can of tuna or salmon mixed with mayo or avocado or even just olive oil, on top of salad; hamburger patty (I buy frozen, pre-formed ones and cook them straight from the freezer, but you could buy ground meat of whatever type you prefer and freeze it in patties) with mayo and mustard or avocado, tomato, onion, and pickles, with a side of roasted potato or sweet potato. Or I grill a bunch of chicken at the start of the week, then
  15. What are the ingredients? There are very few protein powders that actually meet Whole30 requirements, most contain sweeteners, soy, legumes, or dairy.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Definitely salt your food. That will help a lot. What do your meals look like? People are often surprised by how much they can and even need to eat on whole30. Try to make each meal meet the meal template -- a palm-sized portion or two of protein, or if eggs are your only protein, as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand; a portion or two of fat from what's listed on the template, typically in addition to any oil you cook in; and a bunch of vegetables, like 2-3 cups or more. Occasionally have fruit if you want it. At least once a day, have a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable,
  19. This is compliant, but we really, really recommend you make all your meals match the meal template. This meal is lacking protein (almond butter is a fat), and is pretty light on the vegetables. Maybe try sweet potato toast topped with taco-seasoned ground meat, guacamole, tomatoes, and if you like a little spice, some jalapenos. Or sweet potato toast topped with smoked salmon, avocado, tomato, and red onion.
  20. Have you tried the cacao based beverages like choffy or crio bru? I don't have them real often, but they're a nice change. Don't expect it to taste like hot chocolate, it's not sweetened, it's just brewed cocoa beans, but it's not bad. There was a discussion here on the forum recently about the mushroom based drinks, I don't remember if anyone ever went back and posted an actual review of them or if it was just people asking if anyone had tried them. You might also consider quitting all caffeine at some point and seeing how that affects things. It can be pretty miserable at first, b
  21. This is the official word on kombucha: It has been a while since I checked the labels for any GT's, so definitely check for yourself to be sure, but as far as I know, it is.
  22. Coconut milk or cream should easily last 2-3 days in the fridge, just store it in an air tight container, don't leave it in the can. It might actually last a little longer, just look at it and smell it, and if it seems okay, it probably is. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays for later.
  23. I would probably at least check in with your doctor and let them know what's going on, just in case, and see if it's something they feel you should be concerned about or if there's a length of time when they'd start to be concerned.