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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. Some may have added sugar, and those are not compliant. But there are definitely some that do not have added sugar or sweeteners, and that only have naturally occurring, not added, sulfites. Be sure you're reading the ingredients list, not the nutrition information panel. Many things contain naturally occurring sugars -- any fruit or vegetable will, for instance -- and those products will show grams of sugar in the nutrition information, but if they don't have added sugar or other non-whole30 ingredients listed, then they would be fine to have.
  2. Do each reintroduction separately, and regardless of how you react, don't have the reintroduced food again during reintroductions. Here's the article about reintroductions if you want to review:
  3. I think you did the right thing, as far as not wanting to hurt her feelings, although if this becomes a regular thing, you'll probably have to talk to her about it. If they were something you had an interest in trying after your whole30, you could've frozen them for later, but if you weren't likely to eat them then either, that would be a waste of freezer space and you'd probably end up throwing them out anyway.
  4. If he can just make himself drink lots of plain water, he'll get used to it, and if he doesn't try to replicate sweet drinks a lot during whole30, he'll find it's easier not to fall back into the habit of drinking soda all the time. He could occasionally mix a splash of fruit juice into water, either still or sparkling, but it should really just be a splash, not a lot of juice.
  5. When I first started, i had bought a kit with my scoby and some other stuff, and it came with ph strips, so I used them, but once I figured out how it tastes when it hits whatever level it was supposed to hit, I quit doing that. So if it makes you feel more secure, go for it -- be sure you get ph strips that will work with kombucha, I remember reading that some don't have the right range to show the level kombucha is supposed to get to.
  6. Hi, @Lori d. I don't really have anything helpful about the diarrhea, i hope you get it figured out, I know that's got to be miserable, but you mentioned leg cramps. Dehydration and/or lack of salt can contribute to these. Your doctor may have talked to you about this, but definitely be sure you're drinking plenty of water and salting your food, especially during times when you're dealing with diarrhea. You might also try Epsom salt baths or magnesium oil/lotion, which will let you get magnesium which can help with cramping, and avoid the digestive issues that can come from taking magnesium su
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  8. Just to note for anyone who is still doing Whole30, beans are not okay to have during your Whole30 (unless you're talking green beans?). Yes, this is definitely true for many people. It's also a matter of experimentation -- I technically can hold four eggs, but never actually finish four eggs. Three eggs and a plate full of veggies, or two eggs, some sausage, and a plate full of veggies does keep me satisfied 4-5 hours, so for me, that's what I go with. But I did try four eggs to see how it worked, more than once, to figure that out for sure.
  9. You have to use actual sugar, and it's fine to use whatever kind you normally use. I've used plain white sugar and organic, sugar in the raw type of stuff, though not that brand. I mostly settled on a mix of those two. I have heard of people using things like coconut sugar or honey or maple syrup, but from what I've read the results with those were inconsistent. For some people they worked out fine, for others they didn't. So if you try something different than you usually use, be sure you have an extra scoby or two in case you need to start again from scratch -- look for information on starti
  10. Bloating and other symptoms are pretty common in the first week or so, especially if this is a pretty big change from how you ate before. If you hang in there, it'll probably get better in a few days. If you're eating a lot of nuts, cut back on those (try to have not more than a closed handful every other day or so). If you're eating a lot of raw vegetables, try cooking them for a few days, or if you're eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower), maybe cut back on those and eat some different vegetables for a while. Also be sure you're drinking plent
  11. Hey, @KathrynW. You've only been at this a week, which might be a little soon to see improvements. I would recommend that you try to limit the nuts and seeds, though -- they're not the best fat source, and they often cause digestive issues for people. Try to limit them to a small closed handful at a time, maybe every other day or so. There are other fat options that would be better choices -- you could make mayo or dressings, have olives, avocado/guacamole, or any kind of coconut products. If you know there is something that causes issues for you, definitely leave that out, but if yo
  12. @Fernsk there's no hard and fast rule, so just whatever makes sense to you, I guess. Think about how you'd use these things in a typical meal -- if you're having bread, and you'd mostly just want a piece or two at the end of the meal to sop up the last bit of sauces on a plate, you might just have slightly less of everything so you wouldn't be too stuffed to have the bread. If you serve something over rice, even though rice is not a vegetable, for the average person, it's kind of taking the place of vegetables, so instead of having your food over cauli rice or over a potato, you have it over
  13. Be careful with information found anywhere other than the official Whole30 site or books or the official Whole30 social media accounts -- there's lots of stuff on the internet that says it's Whole30 that isn't. Always read your labels, even if someone else tells you something is okay.
  14. Larabars are not really protein bars. They're dates and nuts with some other fruit for flavor. If you have a sweet tooth at all, you probably should avoid them, because they're as close to candy bars as you can get on whole30. Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, they should really just be for times when you have no other options available.
  15. Eat. Even if you feel like you're eating based on the meal template, it is okay to eat more if you're hungry. In the week or so leading up to their period, some women find they eat twice as much as they normally would each day. You may or may not need that much, but definitely eat more, there's no reason that you need to feel hungry. It can help to include extra starchy vegetables and extra fat at your meals.
  16. There's nothing about eating lots of veggies, protein, and healthy fat that would be unsafe, but what we do see a lot is people not eating enough -- maybe not enough fat or not enough starchy vegetables or just flat out not enough in general. Or we see people not salting their food, so they end up with their electrolytes out of balance, which can result in tiredness and dizziness. If you do decide to try Whole30 again, I'd recommend following not just the rules, but the recommendations as well, and hanging out here on the forum to get feedback on your meals early in your 30 days, before you
  17. Yes, as long as they're all from the same group, all legumes or all dairy, so not beans cheese on the same day, but hummus and peanuts one day, cheese and milk another day.
  18. Hello everyone and welcome to the Whole30 forums. We welcome everyone to join the forum and have discussions about Whole30 -- just please be sure you follow the rules. If you're not sure you want to make an account, feel free to browse as much as you want while you decide, but please know that if you want to post on the forum, you do need to make an account. You will also need an account to report posts that you feel don't meet the forum rules as well as to send private messages to members and mods. Signing up is free and easy to do; you don't even have to tell us your real name if
  19. So have the eggs for lunch or dinner, and have dinner or lunch foods for breakfast. Here's an old discussion with lots of non-egg breakfast ideas:
  20. Sometimes you do have to take medicine. Extending your Whole30 is an excellent way to deal with this, and I hope you're feeling better. You're looking for sugar in the actual ingredient list. Any plant-based foods have naturally occurring sugar, so coconut milk (and tomato paste, and even raw nuts) will have some grams of sugar. That's not important. What's important is the ingredient list. If the ingredient list contains any sugar, honey, stevia, or any other sweetener (or any other off-plan ingredient like sulfites or carrageenan), it is not allowed. It is possible for food manufacturer
  21. You might have better luck if you make sure your broccoli is cooked. Obviously, everyone is different, but some people find that they can handle some vegetables better cooked than raw. Even if you can tolerate cooked, you probably don't want to make it something you have every day, you'll have to figure out how often/how much you can have, if you want to continue to have it. There are obviously tons of other vegetables, so if it makes you miserable even cooked and in small quantities, you still have plenty of other options.
  22. Some people don't experience many negative effects, so you may just be one of the lucky ones. If you feel good and your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, keep doing what you're doing.
  23. I'm not a doctor, but my understanding is that it is not unusual for women who are approaching menopause to sometimes have a period even if it's been a couple of months since they had one, and that you won't be considered post-menopausal until it's been a year since you had one. I do not know if seven days into a whole30 would cause this, it seems a little soon, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. If you are ever concerned, you should talk to a doctor, or at least maybe call and talk to a nurse at your doctor's office to see if they think it's something you should be concerned about.
  24. This kind of depends on you and your comfort level. I bought a kit (from Kombucha Kamp) because 1) I was a little intimidated by the process and didn't want to screw up, and 2) I didn't want to wait any longer than I had to (growing your own scoby takes at least a couple of weeks, plus then waiting for the first batch to be done on top of that. With a kit, you just have the waiting for the first batch to be done). So are you more the type who is willing to wait longer to do it all yourself, or are you more the type to want things to be done as fast as possible? Lots of people have had good luc
  25. Post-workout is about half the size of a full meal usually, so try 2-3 egg whites and see how that goes. If you feel you need more, that's fine as well.