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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. Malic acid is fine.
  2. If you Google whole30 picky eater, you should find some past discussions of this. In general, don't be afraid to try new things. And with vegetables especially, try them prepared in different ways -- some you may prefer raw, some you may like roasted, almost none are really at their best steamed or boiled to the point of mushiness but that's the way many of us grew up eating them (although if that's what you like, that's fine, whatever cooking method results in vegetables you actually eat is a good cooking method). Try new sauces and dips -- many of them are easy to make if you've got an
  3. Yes, unsweetened cocoa powder is okay. Many, many things have naturally occurring sugars and therefore will show grams of sugar in the nutrition facts, which is why we're only looking at the ingredients list.
  4. Some change in bowel movements is normal, but 17 days of diarrhea isn't. You could take something like Imodium if you need to. It's up to you whether to continue or not. You might try a few days of easier to digest foods -- baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with salt and olive or coconut oil or ghee, plain grilled or baked chicken breast, blended soups or broth. Also, drink plenty of water, and peppermint tea (hot or ices) may be soothing.soothing.
  5. Might have been the gin, might have been a bit of a stomach bug, possibly even could've been the parm, although that seems unlikely, it's hard to say. Wait at least two days or until you feel better if it takes longer to do other reintroductions. You could try gin again at some point if it's something you really want to have going forward, or try a different alcohol. Sometimes 30 days without alcohol does make you a little more sensitive to it, but typically that just means feeling tipsy with fewer drinks than before Whole30.
  6. Yes, it is. You can read the rules here:
  7. I'm not sure how much avocado you were eating, or how much milk you used, but one possibility is that you didn't actually add back in the amount of fat the avocado provided. For reference, a cup of whole milk has about 8 grams of fat. A cup of diced avocado has about 22 grams of fat. There is also the fact that liquid food is just not as satisfying as solid food, so even if you made sure you used enough milk (or half and half, or cream) to make up for the calories and fat in the avocado, drinking that portion of your meal versus eating it may just not have kept you satisfied for as long.
  8. You'll basically do the same with chicken and eggs as the other foods you'rereintroducing (you could do yolk and white separately, and if you have access to eggs from a different species, like duck eggs, you could do them on a separate day as well). It doesn't really matter what order you go in, the important part is to allow at least two days between each reintroduced food group (more if you have a reaction that lingers), and don't have a reintroduced food again until you're all done with all the reintros.
  9. It is definitely not recommended, though it isn't specifically called out the way the pancakes are. Ideally you want each meal to meet the meal template (Download it here). It's helpful to stop thinking of breakfast as a meal that needs certain foods. It's just a meal, and any food that works for any other meal will work for your first meal of the day. Try having some kind of salad, or leftovers, or chilled soups like gazpacho. Grill up chicken or steak, serve cold with cherry tomatos, cucumber, jicama, snap peas, and any 9ther veggies you like cold. Here are some chilled soup ideas that
  10. It could be due to FODMAPS, or it might not be. Was there anything you started eating more of in the days before your pain increased? If so, cutting back on that or cutting it out might make a difference. If not, I would read this article about FODMAPS and this one about nightshades and see if either of them seem to match your experience at all -- the symptoms mentioned or the foods involved being something you had more of leading up to the increased pain. If either of them seem more likely, that's what I'd start with, or if neither seem more likely, just pick one. You'll eliminate wh
  11. This forum is for Whole30, not for Chris Kresser's program. You'd probably need to find a forum or Facebook group or suReddit for that program to be sure you get the correct information, although maybe someone here will have an answer for you.
  12. This is a situation where smoothies could be fine. I'm not sure of any particular pre-made kind that would be Whole30 compatible, but you could make them yourself. Try not to use too much fruit, try to include leafy greens, canned pumpkin, or cooked sweet potato. You could also do soups. Blend them up and they should be drinkable. This will probably be an easier way to get protein and vegetables. Maybe scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes or other vegetables cooked very soft and mashed? Definitely find out from your dentist or orthodontist if this is normal. Hopefully if
  13. I don't have personal experience with any of them, but there are some Whole30 Approved options here: That doesn't mean that companies not listed here don't have Whole30 options, they may, I'm not sure, but at least theoretically the ones on the Whole30 Approved list should understand and follow the rules. Always double check regardless of what company you use to be sure the meals are really Whole30 compatible.
  14. You can do reintroductions in whatever way makes sense to you. If there's any food that you wonder if you might be sensitive to, it makes sense to do the regular reintroduction for at least that food, because when else will you have such a clean slate work with? But there is also something called a slow roll reintroduction, it's talked about in this article, just scroll down or search on the page for slow roll: -- that sounds more like what you're talking about, adding things as they come up.
  15. This is something that many of us struggle with post-Whole30. There's not necessarily one right or wrong answer, only what works for you. If you believe you should never eat sugar again, that's your decision. I would recommend reading more about life after your Whole30 and finding food freedom. Here's some articles to get started, see if any of them resonate with you: Or here's a link to a lot of food freedom resources:
  16. Many things can be frozen, then they can save you time later when you need a quick meal. That might be worth looking into if you have very much.
  17. For each meal, you want a serving or two of fat. It doesn't all have to be the same fat. So if you don't like olives enough to do a handful, but you could eat a couple, and a teaspoon of oil or mayo, and a couple of almonds, and you've got some fat you cooked stuff in or that's in your meat -- whatever fats you have in the meal add up. If you're having some fat in each meal and your meals keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours, you’re probably getting enough. I drizzle oil over veggies sometimes -- I use more over a baked potato or sweet potato where it gets absorbed, less with things that don'
  18. It's possible to do Whole30 without eggs. If you're having trouble finding recipe ideas, Google Whole30 AIP recipes -- AIP (autoimmune protocol) is a more restrictive way of eating than Whole30, sonthere will be other things those recipes leave out that you can still have, like potatoes, but they should also leave out eggs. For the meat, I would focus on the ones you do like. For the ethical concerns, it can be more expensive, but you might feel better about your options if you try to source animals that are raised well -- pastured or grass fed or free range. See if you can find local far
  19. Hard boiled or deviled eggs, meatballs, grilled chicken or steak cut in strips, various sliced veggies with some kind of dip (if you don't want mayo/ranch, there's tahini or guacamole or some faux "hummus" dips or even some spinach dips that use cashews to mimic creamy dips, just google Whole30 dips), olives, nuts and fresh fruit. As far as drinks, there are definitely mocktail recipes out there, just watch your ingredients. There's a few here: but feel free to experiment with combinations of teas and juices, using plain or flavored sparkling water for fizz
  20. The rules for Whole30 are clear -- no sweeteners, natural or artificial. This is for the 30 days, and then during the reintroduction period, you can reintroduce sugar or other sweeteners just as you reintroduce legumes or grains. After your Whole30 and reintroductions, you decide what works best for you.
  21. Natural flavors are fine for Whole30.
  22. I didn't check every flavor, but they seem to be ok. Was there a particular ingredient you're unsure of?