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  1. Ideally, your meals will keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours, so most people find they don't need many snacks between meals. Apple and almond butter could be ok, but if you have a sweet tooth at all it might be better to have something other than fruit. An egg or some leftover meat with some raw vegetables, vegetables with ranch dressing, a handful of olives, something like that. 

    Protein for Whole30 tends to be eggs, meat/poultry, or fish or seafood. Peas are allowed now, and they have some protein, and nuts have some protein, but neither are necessarily complete protein, they don't have all the same amino acids that are in animal-based proteins, so while they may be helpful in getting more protein you don't want them to be your primary protein sources.

    Dates are ok, but like I mentioned with the fruit above, if you have a sweet tooth at all, they're not necessarily your best option, especially if you're having them in place of dessert or at a time when you tend to want something sweet. 

  2. You can slice fresh jicama very thinly and use that, or lettuce leaves or other greens. Or put everything into hollowed out zucchini or bell pepper or tomatoes or whatever vegetable you like.

    Coconut wraps aren't usually just thinly sliced coconut, they're wraps made with coconut flour, water, and other ingredients. Those would not be Whole30 compatible. 

  3. Some foods can cause a delayed reaction, but it's hard to know whether that's what's going on here, or which of the non-Whole30 foods might be to blame. Your Thursday meal included at least alcohol and dairy, possibly sugar, maybe soy depending on what was in the BBQ sauce, and then there's whatever was in the paleo puffs and muesli. 

    I would suggest going back to Whole30 until you feel better, then doing more careful reintroductions, with one food type at a time, and maybe waiting three days instead of two before reintroducing the next food, especially for wine/alcohol and dairy, in case those are what are causing your anxiety.

  4. If you're hungry, you may need to eat more. Make sure each meal meets the meal template, which you can download here:

    When eggs are the only protein in a meal, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, which is likely 3-4 for most people. Be sure you add a serving or two of fat at each meal, generally in addition to any oil you cook in, since some of that may be left behind in the pan and not actually be eaten. Aim for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal, more if you're having loosely packed raw leafy greens like a salad. If you're hungry between meals, try not to have fruit on its own, try to have some protein, fat, and veggies, or at least two of the three. And most people find they feel best if they have a serving of starchy vegetable at least once a day -- some people are ok with less, some very active people or people seeking to gain weight could need more, but generally a fist-sized serving once a day works well for most people. 

    It's hard to say if your meals are enough, but using what you've listed there, examples that would meet the template might be:

    - spinach omelet (3 eggs, a couple of big handfuls of spinach), half (or a whole if you like) avocado.

    - can of tuna with a tbsp or two of mayo, diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, etc., on a bed of lettuce, handful of grapes

    - chicken leg quarter, Brussels sprouts, pickled pepper, handful of olives, roasted sweet potato.

  5. It will depend on the particular recipe, since cook times could be different for different types of meat, but yes, you can sometimes substitute whatever you prefer. There are tons of recipes that don't use seafood though, so if you're not comfortable changing recipes you can definitely just find other recipes. 

  6. These are ok, what matters is the ingredient list, not the nutrition information. 

    One note though, there is no official Whole30 app, so there is no guarantee that any app is 100% accurate, so always be sure to check the ingredients on any product rather than just accepting what an app tells you.

  7. You should double check ingredients even for supplements that are recommended in any of the books, but ISWF in particular is several years old now, and companies can change their formulas. 

  8. What are the ingredients? The only way to know if something is Whole30 compatible is to check the ingredients. If they're sweetened with anything, they're not ok, if they're like LaCroix, where it's just carbonated water and flavors, they're fine. Caffeine alone would not make something off limits either, it would depend on other ingredients. 

  9. No one here is a doctor, and food allergies are not something to take lightly, even if they're currently presenting as skin issues -- it's always possible that they could turn into a more serious anaphylactic reaction. You should definitely talk to a doctor about this, especially if you've ruled out things like new soap, detergent, lotion, makeup, etc.

    There are certain things that if you're allergic to them, you're more likely to be or become allergic to other things, it's called cross-reactivity. For mangoes, it looks like this is true for cashews, and also possibly for latex and a list of things that are cross reactive with latex, including bananas and papayas and some other fruits.

    None of this means you are definitely allergic to these things, but like i mentioned, food allergies can be very serious. If you can't talk to a doctor pretty soon, you might look into the cross reactivity stuff and avoid any of those items you've had recently until you can get a more definite answer about what's going on.


  10. Ideally, yes, everything would get its own day, but it can be difficult to find things with no sugar, so sometimes you may have gluten + sugar, and then you may have some trouble figuring out what reactions are caused by which item. If you didn't have noticeable reactions to sugar, and the products you try are very low in sugar, it's probably safe to assume any reactions you do have are related more to the other ingredient than the sugar. 

  11. Try eating more. When eggs are your only protein in a meal, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand -- that's probably 3-4 for most people. Add some fat to breakfast, in addition to the oil you cook in, as some of that can be left in the pan and isn't actually consumed -- dip your potatoes in mayo or ranch, or have some avocado.

    Is that two slices of the sandwich sliced turkey? You want your serving of protein to be at least the size of the palm of your hand, length, width, and height, so two slices is probably not enough.

    Ideally you stay satisfied from your meals 4-5 hours and don't need a snack, but if you do, try to have protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. 



  12. Even date paste is really not encouraged in coffee. Some people find it easier to give up coffee for 30 days than drink it not sweetened. Others find that they do get used to it unsweetened, but it does take a while.

    There are some ways to reduce the bitterness of coffee -- try different kinds, some are less bitter than others. Adding a pinch of salt to your coffe grounds is supposed to help reduce bitterness. Some people find adding cinnamon helps. Cold brewing can help. 

  13. 2 hours ago, juliadavid said:

    My 19-year old boy recovered from jaundice last month. He started his gym again yesterday. Is it okay for him to take protein shakes and protein bars now?

    If you're asking if it's medically ok, you really need to talk to his doctor. This forum is specifically for discussing the Whole30, a 30-day elimination diet. The only thing we could tell you about protein shakes and bars is if particular ones are compatible with the rules of this program based on their ingredients. 

  14. Before you weigh -- or if you don't see this until after, then do this asap -- go to this page and get the NSV Checklist, sit down with it, and check off every one that applies to you, and definitely list any that you don't see mentioned. Remember these non-scale victories regardless 9f what happens with the scale.

    Whole30 is not a weight loss diet. Some people lose, some don't. But that'll not what we want you to focus on. We are told by society that if we lose weight, that makes us healthier. Whole30 wants you to look at it the other way -- if you get healthy, your weight will get to where it needs to be. If you are feeling better -- sleeping better, have more energy, have more even moods, etc. -- that is evidence that you are doing something right. If you keep focusing on feeling good and doing the things that keep you active and healthy, your weight will take care of itself.

  15. If you google something like Whole30 gallbladder or whole30 without a gallbladder, you should find some past discussions of this. I don't know that they'll have specific recipes, but maybe more about how people modify to accommodate any issues they have.

    What would a typical meal look like for you now that doesn't cause any problems? Maybe some of your typical foods can just be modified to work with Whole30, rather than trying to find new things.

  16. Crackers fall under baked goods from compliant ingredients, so they aren't whole30 compatible regardless of ingredients. 

    No commercially prepared chips are allowed, so the snacklins are out.

    The barnana bites are ok, though they're going to be like Larabars, technically ok, but not necessarily your best choice, as they're going to be as close to a candy bar as you can get on Whole30 and would be very easy to overeat.