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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. It was in one of the books, I can't remember if it was It Starts With Food or The Whole30, but when discussing the meal template, it mentions for protein to have 1-2 servings the size of the palm of your hand, or if you're having eggs, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand. It's just a general guideline to help people figure out serving sizes.
  2. Turning to food for comfort isn't inherently wrong, I think most people do it to some extent, so when you do this, try not to beat yourself up about it. The first thing I would say is going to sound kind of simplistic, but you ask about avoiding comfort foods when you're tired. If you're tired, can you just, sleep? Like, even if it's still earlier than your normal bedtime, maybe your body really could use extra sleep. If it's a time of day where that's not practical, remember that food doesn't fix tired. Exercise might -- get up, walk around, get out in the sunshine if you can, stretch,
  3. I don't think this is unusual. I don't know if it's that you build up a literal physical tolerance, like you can with alcohol or some drugs, or if it's more that you're used to feeling a certain way, and then you take out certain foods that you didn't realize were making you feel bad, so now your baseline of normal is better than it was. Then you add those foods back and you go back to your old "normal" but now that's worse than your new normal, and so it feels worse than it used to feel, when it was just normal.
  4. Blackeyed peas are specifically called out in the rules as off limits -- rules are here: Pigeon peas are not specifically mentioned by name either as allowed or not (here is where you can find the ones that are allowed: Unfortunately I think in this case that means they're not allowed either.
  5. You only need to pay attention to the ingredients, not the numbers in the nutrition info. As long as the ingredients don't list sugar, it's ok to have.
  6. Your meals look fine, but if you're hungry, eat. Maybe you need a fourth meal, maybe you just need a mini-meal, maybe some days you don't need any extra at all -- it can make planning a pain, but sometimes our bodies are a little unpredictable, especially when you first start a new way of eating. Do the best you can, and don't worry too much about it.
  7. I think it's fine. I'd say truffle flavoring is like natural or artificial flavors that are generally allowed.
  8. No, those foods are not allowed. I haven't used Real Plans myself, so I don't know exactly what setting you need to check, but it is not just a Whole30 meal planner, it is a meal planner with a Whole30 option. You need to figure out where in the settings you choose what types of recipes you want it to show you, and choose Whole30. If you aren't sure how to do that, you'll probably need to contact Real Plan's customer service or check out their help or FAQ pages, because they are a separate entity from Whole30.
  9. It would depend on the ingredients. In general with medicine, if you really need it, take it, we don't want you to be miserable. If this is an issue that just started during your Whole30, there are other things you might want to try. First, be sure you're drinking plenty of water -- aim for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120-lb person would need at least 60 oz. Also be sure you're adding a serving or two of fat to each meal in addition to the oil you cook in. Be sure you're eating plenty of vegetables, aim for 2-3 cups at each meal, and a mix of starchy, leafy, and others.
  10. Honey and other sweeteners are not allowed on Whole30, so it is very unlikely you're going to find a Whole30 compatible honey mustard. @Healthgrabyou have made several posts suggesting items that are not compatible with Whole30. We definitely want people to participate in the forums, but they are very specifically Whole30 forums. As such, you should familiarize yourself with the rules, and make suggestions that fit those rules. You can find the rules and other information here:
  11. Try to base your meals off the meal template (download it here: This does mean portions can range in size, since they're based on the size of a person's palm or thumb, and it covers a range for each person as well. This means if one of you has much bigger hands, that person will naturally have a bigger portion of protein if you both eat the minimum recommended by the template, but it also means if the smaller person is not satisfied by one palm size serving of protein, they could have more, and might end up eating more than the larger person. This is okay,
  12. Yes. Nuts and seeds and the oils made from them are fats, so you would use other forms of fat instead. If you can have coconut, that would include coconut oil, coconut milk/cream, or coconut butter or flakes. If not, there are olives and olive oil, avocados and avocado oil, and ghee or clarified butter, as well as any oil-based dips or sauces that are made with ingredients that you can have that are also Whole30 compatible.
  13. That sounds awful. I hope that Whole30 is helpful for you.
  14. It seems to be ok. It would be a fat, and since its primary ingredient is the sunflower seeds, treat it like other seeds and nuts, try to limit how much you have. And as with anything, if you find it to be a food without brakes or something you find yourself eating mindlessly, that would be a sign that it's something you might want to avoid during your Whole30.
  15. @TheresaAnn unfortunately you have to read labels on everything, it is amazing what ingredients show up in foods that you'd never expect. I had to restart a Whole30 when I found there was soy in my tea. The guidance is typically to restart. If that seems really overwhelming right now, what you can do is just keep going, and as you get close to day 30, consider adding more days to the end so that you truly have 30 days completely on plan, so you do a Whole37.
  16. Yes, definitely have vegetables at every meal. Try to make each meal.match the meal template, which you can download here along with other helpful resources:
  17. Oats are a grain and aren't allowed on Whole30 in any form, even flour. All flour means is they've dried and ground whatever they've made the flour from, so coconut flour is dried ground coconut, oat flour is dried ground oats, regular all purpose type flour is dried ground wheat. Flours made from things that are Whole30 compatible are allowed, those made from things that aren't Whole30 compatible are not. The oat varieties of Nutpods must be fairly new, the original ones were coconut and nut milk based. This is why it is always important to read ingredients even for things you've heard
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Yes, it should be fine. You'll just use fish and seafood as your protein. The only problem you may run into is getting bored, but even that you can probably avoid if it's a concern by searching out different recipes or different types of fish and seafood. The not being able to eat meat thing would suck, if you were used to eating it before. Is it something like alpha gal syndrome, where you got bit by a tick and now you're allergic? It's strange how our bodies can just one day go, nope, can't have that anymore.
  21. Hi! This is a common fear. And the truth is, we cannot guarantee that you may not gain a little weight, especially if you've been intentionally restricting calories before. However, for most people who do have weight to lose, that doesn't last the whole time. One reason you should definitely follow the rule about staying off the scale for 30 days is that your weight may fluctuate day to day, and that's ok. People tend to think they need to lose or maintain weight to get healthy, but we're asking that you look at it the other way around -- work on getting healthy, and your weight will end up wh
  22. I am sorry you're having to deal with this. I think it's a little beyond the scope of this forum, as it doesn't seem to be so much a Whole30 issue as a relationship issue. You can definitely find support here for the Whole30 part, and people who will likely at least try to be supportive and understanding of the relationship aspect, but I think you probably ought to find someone with more expertise, like a therapist or counselor or maybe a trusted preacher/priest if you're involved in a church. Couples counseling could be very useful, but whether you get your partner to agree to that or n
  23. This makes sense. Also be sure you're drinking enough water, as headaches can also be from dehydration.
  24. What are the ingredients? If all the ingredients are compatible with Whole30 rules, then it is ok. If any of the ingredients are not -- if there's rice or stevia or other ingredients that are not Whole30 -- then it is not really ok to have, but at that point you could talk to your doctor, explain what you're doing, and ask if there are other options that could work, or if it's ok for you not to have a shake at all, or if it is so important that the doctor thinks you should drink this shake regardless of whether it's Whole30 compatible or not, and then decide the best way to go forward based on
  25. First, some days we are just hungrier than other days, and there is nothing wrong with that. Stress, sleep, exercise, and hormones all can contribute to that. Second, the meals you've listed here seem a little light. According to the meal template, you want a serving of protein at least the size of the palm of your hand -- that's length, width, and height -- or if eggs are your only protein, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, which is likely 3 or 4. So, one egg is probably a third of a serving of protein, and two pieces of turkey lunch meat is maybe a fourth or a third o