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  1. There is no official Whole30 app. Whatever app you have is not in any way made or endorsed by Whole30.

    There are several downloads available here that you'll want to check out, so you can more easily determine what is and isn't Whole30 compatible: Specifically, the rules, the Sneaky Sugar list, and the Common Additives Cheat Sheet can help you with ingredients. The others are also helpful, but those are the ones that deal with this specific question. 

    I don't know of any spouts for the bottles. I would think someone somewhere must make a universal sized pourer that would work, but I'm not really sure how you'd find it. 

  2. Try to figure out where this is coming from.

    Are you eating enough? Being hungry won't help with cravings so be sure you're eating enough. If you menstruate, bear in mind that in the days leading up to your period, it is normal to be more hungry than usual, and the chocolate cravings people talk about with pms are a real thing, although you should be able to help them by eating more in general and more carbs in particular. If this might be what’s going on, try having starchy vegetables at each meal for a few days -- potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables, winter squashes like pumpkin or butternut or acorn squash, or plantains. It’s also totally okay to have bigger meals than usual if you need to.

    If it isn't a matter of not enough food, could it be emotional? Are you worried about something? Even just the fact that your Whole30 is ending and the rules are going away. If you think this is it, now is a good time to plan your reintroductions, which are different rules, but are still rules for you to follow. Something else that can help with emotional eating is Journaling about your feelings, or even sitting quietly and thinking through them or allowing yourself to feel them.



  3. Evoo has a very strong taste, and most people who use it to make mayo find it inedible due to the strong flavor. You want an oil that doesn't have a strong flavor on its own, like a light tasting olive oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, or high oleic sunflower or safflower oil.

  4. Are you drinking plenty of water? Eating meals that match the meal template? Salting your food? Have you cut way back on caffeine? Could it be non food related, like stress or even a sinus/allergy headache? It's really hard to say exactly what is going on without knowing more, but those are the first things that spring to mind.

  5. Oligofructose is a sweetener, and also is a subgroup of inulin. What I would say is, this is a calcium supplement, it's a caplet that you're not even going to taste, if this is the best option for you, it's probably not a big deal. That's my personal best guess here, because inulin is fine, but fructose in general is on the Sneaky Sugar list and oligofructose is a sweetener according to Google, and yet it also appears to be a type of inulin. 


  6. If the ingredients in that almond butter are Whole30 compatible, yes, you can have it for breakfast.

    However, I would really encourage you to try to have something a little more substantial and closer to the meal template (you can download the template here: Even if you can't manage a full meal, could you try having some vegetables and a little protein with your almond butter? Celery sticks and almond butter are a tasty combo, and maybe have a few bites of leftover protein? Or make a blended soup you can sip for your vegetables. 

    If you just have almond butter for breakfast, you really still need to have three full meals after that, or you risk not eating enough.

  7. If you want to eat more, it's okay to eat more. Sometimes it can feel like you're eating a huge volume of food, but if you're used to having rice or bread or pasta in most meals, when you stop eating those, it can take a lot of vegetables to help make up the volume, especially if you're (consciously or subconsciously) trying to be low carb and/or low fat as well.

    Check out the meal template (available here: Try to make all your meals match it, with 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein or if eggs are your only protein as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, so probably 3-4; 1-2 servings of fat in addition to the oil you cook in (because some of what you cook in is probably left in the pan and not consumed); and 2-3 cups of vegetables (probably more if you're having loosely packed raw leafy greens). At least once per day, have a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable like potato, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, beets, rutabaga, winter squashes (like butternut or acorn squash or pumpkin), or plantains.

    Try making your meals big enough that you're not hungry for 4-5 hours at a time. While Whole30 asks you to remove certain foods from your diet for a month, you shouldn't feel ravenously hungry. This shouldn't feel like torture. 

  8. You'll need to check the ingredients for any product you want to use to make sure they follow Whole30 rules (here: If there are particular ingredients you're not sure about, you can google Whole30 plus that ingredient and probably find past discussions about it here in the forum. There are also a couple of downloads here that discuss additives and other names for sugar/sweetener:

    Additionally, this article addresses Whole30's stance on supplements:

  9. For any product you want to consume during Whole30, you need to read the ingredients and see if the product follows the Whole30 rules (here: If there are ingredients you're not sure about, there are a couple of pdf downloads here that may help: -- specifically, the common additives cheat sheet and the guide to sneaky sugars, or you can try googling whole30 plus whatever ingredient you're not sure about and typically you'll find previous discussions of it from here in the forum.

    If you're still unable to find an answer, post here with the specific ingredients you're unsure of, or at least a readable list of ingredients. 

    My guess is Gatorade Zero probably has sweeteners of some sort, and therefore won't be Whole30 compatible, but I'm not really familiar with it so I might be wrong.

  10. I would work on that first meal, trying to get in protein and veggies instead of just fat and fruit. You could make something like this ahead of time and either reheat or eat it cold: Or soup can be a good option for breakfast. 

    Then, if you do need to eat between meals, try having leftovers, or a hard boiled egg with mayo or ranch dressing and maybe some carrots or celery. Something with some protein, some fat, and maybe some vegetables. 

  11. On 2/20/2021 at 1:04 PM, KathyMoorman said:

    Hi Jihanna, Can you elaborate on how you make your mayo now? My first several batches came out great but the last two ended up having almost a metallic taste to them after a couple days in the fridge. I did change the brand of olive oil but still using light olive oil and same ingredients and process from the Whole30 book. Any help is appreciated!

    I'm not sure if @Jihannais checking on the forum much lately, but from my experience, olive oils -- either the light or evoo  -- can vary in taste between brands, so that change may be what made the difference. Or maybe it's not so much the brand, but somehow the new one was already starting to get a little rancid, like if it weren't stored well or were exposed to high temperatures. 

    Personally I use this method for making mayo:, using lemon juice, and sometimes adding some mustard powder, maybe 1/4 tsp or so. 

  12. Whole30 doesn't really have an official stance on this. If you wait three days, or more if you're still feeling any ill effects from any of what you've eaten, and then do reintroductions, you'll get some information about how you react to certain foods. We can't really say if you'll have the same reactions as you would've had if you did a full 30 days of Whole30.

  13. @Kalaj Flameyes, the Real Plans app/website is in some sense official, in that they've worked with Whole30 to develop recipes that meet Whole30 guidelines. It is still not owned or operated by Whole30, it is a completely separate entity that has non-Whole30 options as well as Whole30 compatible options, so if you do decide to use it, be sure you only look at the Whole30 options while you're doing Whole30.

    RealPlans is not the kind of app that scans barcodes and tells you if a product is Whole30 compatible, and there are no official Whole30 apps that do that. RealPlans is a meal planning app that helps you plan out meals and make grocery lists. 



  14. You'll have to read ingredients for any product you are buying. Even if someone answers your question with their favorite brands, read the labels, because companies change formulations over time and sometimes even in different regions will use different ingredients.