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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. 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
  2. Yes, it's ok to use macadamia oil.
  3. 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.
  4. @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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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),
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. This is not normal. Sometimes people feel a bit tired or have a little headache, but chills, foggy head, and exhaustion to the point you can't function is not something that normally happens on whole30. Is it possible you've picked up some kind of illness? That seems the most likely thing to explain these symptoms. Food-wise, make sure you're eating enough (1-2 palm-sized portions of protein, 1-2 thumb-sized portions of fat or half to a whole avocado or a large handful of olives or other fats listed on the template, and lots of vegetables -- including at least one serving of starch
  18. If it's really a texture thing, it might be useful to include a variety of textures in your meals, not necessarily in every single meal, but over time to have some different things that are creamy or crunchy or whatever. So for creamy, try soups or mashed avocado or mayo or mayo-based dressings or mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes/root vegetables. Crunchy could be adding a handful of nuts to a meal, or some celery or jicama or even apple. Drinking a half cup of cashew milk wouldn't necessarily be bad, but I'm not sure it's going to be quite the same as dairy milk, so it might not really hel
  19. You should be able to ask your butcher about the ingredients in anything they sell. They should know, if they make it themselves, or be able to find out, if they get it from someone else. The most common non-whole30 ingredient in bacon is sugar, which is almost always used to cure bacon unless someone is going out of their way to not use it. Even if they insist it's just a little bit, any sugar would make it not okay for whole30. Other things like sausages or deli meats could have sugar or honey or other sweeteners, or soy, or dairy. Again, the butcher should be able to tell you the ingr
  20. To reiterate what was mentioned above, you would need to substitute something like cauliflower rice instead of regular rice for Whole30, as rice is not allowed. Quinoa is also not allowed on whole30, but I'm not certain what a good substitute is that would give a similar texture.
  21. These are the rules: As long as you follow them, you're doing a whole30. There are also a lot of recommendations to help you get the most from your whole30, but you do not have to follow those to do a whole30. This article explains the difference between the two in more detail: The easiest thing to do is plan a few meals based around some protein (eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, etc.), some healthy fats (avocado, olives, oils to cook with, dressings/dips, coconut, nuts & seeds), and
  22. Whole30 could be a good place to start. It might provide relief from your symptoms, it will help you focus on eating lots of vegetables. And if you do 30 days of whole30, and then decide that AIP is something you want to try, you'll already have eliminated some things that you currently eat, so it won't be cutting out everything all at once. As far as other people saying things, if you look long enough, you can find people saying all kinds of things. There are people who have found whole30 helpful. If doing whole30 sounds like it might be helpful to you and you're willing to try it,
  23. As long as everything is whole30 compliant, it's fine. If you find it's not keeping you satisfied, you could pre make hardboiled eggs, egg muffins, chicken (cut into cubes or strips for easier eating), or meatballs, to get in extra protein, as there probably won't be much in the pancetta or prosciutto. If you want to mix up the vegetables, try snap or snow peas, baby carrots (or sliced regular carrots), jicama, cucumber, or bell pepper. Some of these suggestions require more planning and cooking ahead of time, but could be just as easy to eat.
  24. Broth, potato or sweet potato, chicken with simple seasonings, scrambled eggs, peppermint or ginger tea.