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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. The rule is no sugar or sweetener in the ingredients. It is possible to find smoked salmon that meets this standard, or to skip it for your Whole30.
  2. Protein powder is going to depend on the ingredients. No soy, no sweeteners, no other non-compatible ingredients. Alcohol-free beer still usually has barley which is a grain, so those are not allowed.
  3. Everyone is different and needs different amounts of food, so she might need more than you do. She might also not have been adding fat to her meals, if it was served separately, because many people grew up hearing that fat is bad for you and have a hard time allowing themselves to eat it. Have her look at the meal template, and stress that it is the minimum amount of food she would need, but that it is absolutely OK to have larger servings if she needs to. (You can download the meal template here:
  4. Try this link:
  5. No. Check out the rules here:
  6. There are some listed here: -- look under restaurants and meal delivery.
  7. I don't think there's any specific guidance for this. You might consider doing reintroductions of the things you'll be having during a pb Whole30 that you didn't in your regular Whole30, just to get a feel for how you'll react and make sure none of them cause any issues for you.
  8. Yes. Extracts are allowed now, here's the article explaining why:
  9. It's fine. The negligible amounts of sugar are from lemon juice concentrate and from coconut amino, and those are both fine to have.
  10. It's going to be hard to find pre-made smoothies that don't have any sweeteners. You can find a few protein powders to make your own, they'll be egg-based or pea protein based, I'm not sure of brand names. You might also need to look at how your meals are composed. The meal template (available here: is a good starting point, but it is a minimum, you are definitely welcome to eat more. You can eat two or more palm-sized servings of protein. Do focus on more calorie-dense foods. So, for vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other root v
  11. This is actually fine to have on Whole30. You should be looking at the actual ingredients list, not the nutrition facts. There is no sugar or other sweeteners listed in the ingredients, at least not on their website. If your particular bottle lists sugar or maple syrup or other sweeteners in the ingredients, then that could be a problem, and might mean there was a change in their recipe or a mistake in their labeling that would need to be checked into, but as long as the ingredients follow Whole30 rules, it's fine to have.
  12. Can I ask why you don't do 30 days on Whole30, and then your reintroductions? You could be completely done with reintroductions by the time you go to the game, and then this wouldn't be a cheat day, it would just be you practicing your food freedom, having a hot dog and beer on a special occasion because it's totally worth it to you. Info about reintroduction: Info about food freedom (the beginning is about the book by that name, but there's links to additional resources at the bottom of the page):
  13. I like to dip roasted vegetables in it. If you don't think plain mayo sounds good for that, combine the mayo with some compliant pesto, or some herbs to make a ranch-like dip, or some hot sauce and horseradish for something like a remoulade. Or google Whole30 mayo-based sauces and I'm sure you'll find other options. You can also put it on fish or chicken before baking. Deviled eggs could be an option too.
  14. I'm not sure of brand names to recommend, but I think what you're looking for is just tempeh or tofu that doesn't contain any non-compatible ingredients, like sweeteners or carrageenan. So you're probably looking for the plain tofu, I think in my grocery store it's in the produce section, the ones that are labeled things like firm or soft or silken. You'll just have to read ingredients, but those are the most likely to be ok. There are flavored tofu cubes, but those are more likely to have sweeteners or other non-compatible ingredients. For tempeh, it is a fermented product, and the
  15. I can't speak for Thrive Market, I'm not sure why they'd list something as Whole30 compatible that has any sweetener in it. If you remember the particular product that had maple syrup listed as an ingredient in the Whole30 compatible list, could you let us know? I can pass that along to HQ so they can look into it. The Primal Kitchen Ranch with Avocado Oil is fine to have. If you look, the ingredient that is asterisked as adding a negligible amount of sugar is lemon juice concentrate, and that would be the naturally occurring sugar in lemons/lemon juice. I'm not sure why they needed to pu
  16. Yes, nut-based cheeses with compatible ingredients are allowed. This article is specifically about Kite Hill brand products but goes over the reasoning about allowing them:
  17. No, because it does have sweeteners in it.
  18. Yes, have the food at each meal one day, then go back to Whole30 for at least two days. If you were to have a reaction that takes more than two days to recover from, don't reintroduce the next thing until you are feeling good again. Once you've reintroduced a food, you don't have it again until you're completely done 2with reintroductions, so even if beans go well, you wouldn't have been and rice together when you reintro rice. As for doing several non-gluten grains or just one, that's kind of up to you. You can do non-gluten grains generally, and have maybe oatmeal, rice, and corn a
  19. No. If you check the rules (, under the do not consume added sugar rule, date syrup is mentioned specifically.
  20. You don't need to use ghee. If you know you're severely lactose intolerant, there is no reason to try ghee and risking making yourself ill. Earth Balance has several products, you'd need to check ingredients for the one you want to use. There are options other than any kind of butter-like spread. For cooking with, you could try olive or coconut or avocado oils. For salad dressings, olive oil, or if you want a more neutral flavored oil, sunflower oil. There are tons of other oils that are Whole30 compatible too, if you want to try them, but the ones I've listed are some good basics.
  21. Whole30's stance is that this is between you and God. If taking communion is an important component of your faith, take communion.
  22. I think most hoisin sauce has some sort of sweetener, which would definitely rule it out. I haven't cooked with it a lot, so I'm not sure if there's anything that would be a direct substitute, but I did find this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo that might work for you:
  23. Chickpeas and edamame are generally fine, you'll need to check the ingredients for particular products to check they don't have sweeteners, carrageenan, sulfites, or grains (like cornstarch). The crackers are out, both because they're crackers and baked goods like bread and crackers aren't allowed, and because they're rice-based and rice isn't allowed because it's a grain and grains aren't allowed. Likewise, corn is considered a grain and therefore popcorn isn't allowed. If you haven't already, go here: and click Download the Prep Pack. You'll need to
  24. The barley and rye are both grains and aren't allowed for Whole30. There are other brands of dandelion tea, you can probably find one that is only dandelion root, and that would be fine to have.