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  1. 2 hours ago, Affinity said:

    There are cassava noodles but I haven't tried them yet and I am not sure if they would be compliant because they might fall under the same guidelines as breads and baked goods substitutes.  I like to use hearts of palm pasta but it doesn't soak things up.

    If you take a vegetable and cut it into a noodlecshape, it's fine. If you have to dry it to create a flour and then use that to make noodles, that's re-creating pasta and isn't really compatible with Whole30 rules.

  2. You could set aside a separate day for each sweetener, if you want to know specifically how, say, Splenda makes you feel vs monkfruit, or you could just do a day for sweeteners in general if you think you're using small enough amounts of them that it isn't worth separating them out.

    The main thing with any reintro is, only reintro whatever that day's reintro food is, wait at least two days between reintro days, and don't have the reintroduced items again until you're all done with reintroductions. 

  3. On 8/4/2021 at 1:30 PM, Neil Nunweiler said:

    good day, I am new,  I have a question.  on the ingredients list,  if sugar is on there, then that food is out?  


    Example  would be Salsa bought from store

    Yes, if the ingredients include sugar or sweetener of any kind, you cannot have that food. This isn't the same as the nutrition facts, where it lists grams of stuff -- a salsa could have no sugar or sweetener in the ingredients list and be absolutely fine to have on Whole30, but still show grams of sugar on the nutrition info, because vegetables have naturally occurring sugars, and the nutrition info must account for those.

  4. The process pf making ghee involves cooking the butter until the milk solids separate, and the straining the milk solids off and discarding them.  So it starts from milk, and has to list milk as an ingredient, but the most problematic parts of milk have been removed, which is why Whole30 allows it. If you were allergic to milk, you would probably still want to avoid it, but for most people it won't cause any issues.

  5. On 6/21/2021 at 7:37 PM, BettySpaghetti said:

    I am on day 4 and it’s going well, so far. Yesterday I had a headache, but that is the worst so far. I was a HORRIBLE eater, prior to starting.  A day could consist of endless cheese balls, Corn Pops cereal, some chocolate and lots of stevia sweetened tea... yes, I’m serious.  I am a really picky eater (was raised on very limited meal choices). The Whole30 has forced me to try a few new things, in the past couple of days, but I’m afraid I’m going to get bored with my food choices. Is there any where on this forum or somewhere else, that talks about “picky eater” options/ideas?  I am not going to fail at this!!  I am almost 57YO and my 5th granddaughter is due in mid-September. I want to live long enough to see my grandchildren grow up and be healthy enough to do things with them.  Thank you, for any advice. 

    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 immersion/stick blender, and they can change the flavor of foods completely. Look for Whole30 versions of pesto or chimichurri or spinach dip or whatever others you come across that sound good, and dip veggies in them, or put them on top of chicken or burger patties to change up the flavor.



  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.


  11. 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 would be good sides: Here's a good breakfast salad: -- change it up to use whatever vegetables and fruits you like.

  12. 3 hours ago, Cauline said:

    I am in day 29 of my Whole30 and around day 10-12 the inflammation in my fingers worsened (after they had improved for the first 10 or so days).  And since that day (12) I have had pain and inflammation in my hands.  Though not as bad as it was before starting Whole30.  (I was previously diagnosed with osteoarthritis).  I read in the Whole30 book it may be due to foods high in FODMAP.  I printed the grocery list and will, at day 30, begin eliminating the "red" foods from my diet.  First, I want to be sure I am understanding this correct, that inflammation COULD be due to FODMAPs?  AND, if so, how long do I continue with eliminating these from my diet before I try reintroduction?  Then, I assume, I should reintroduce one at a time?  Thank you!

    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 whichever category of food you decide to try. Some people notice relief within a couple of weeks, it might take longer, or if you aren't actually sensitive to those foods you may not notice any difference. Ideally, probably give it 30 days and then do reintroductions.

  13. 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 it is, it's something that won't last very long.

  14. 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. 

  15. 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.