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  1. If the hurting all over started when you added the non-gluten grains, there could be something about them your body doesn't like. Go back to Whole30 eating for at least two days or until you feel better, then either try reintroducing the next group of foods, or if you want to be extra sure it was the non-gluten grains, you could reintroduce them again.

    When you say you didn't feel great throughout your Whole30, what does that mean? I see you posted above about asking if you needed to eat three meals a day -- sorry no one got back to you about that. If you were not eating enough, you might have felt tired, run down, lack of concentration, was that what you were experiencing? 

  2. Any time you find a list like that about any brand, always check ingredients for yourself and compare them to the rules and resources from -- like the Can I Have list (here: or the downloads available here: People misunderstand the rules, or misinterpret them. Or it could be that the recipe for that flavor changed and it used to have something that made it not Whole30, but now it is. 

  3. Xanthan gum is compatible with Whole30 rules. For future reference, if you google Whole30 plus whatever ingredient you're wondering about, you'll almost always find past discussions that will answer your question, and it's typically faster than waiting for someone to answer here in the forum.


    (Just fyi, Whole30 Approved is a very specific program that relates to brands -- a single ingredient is not ever technically Whole30 Approved.)

  4. Who says it isn't allowed? If the ingredients are compatible with Whole30 rules, it is allowed -- the Larabars that aren't typically have peanut butter, peanuts, or chocolate chips (which have added sugar). As far as i know the cinnamon roll flavor is fine.

  5. A Whole30 is 30 days. The fact that February isn't, doesn't matter, you just keep going for 30 days. I'm not sure about the emails -- if you've kept them, you could look back at them on the appropriate days, or you might look to see if there's anything in them about signing up to get them again. 

    This page has links to the rules and helpful articles: -- is there something in particular you're wondering about or need help with? 

    Also, Eat the 80 explains their name here:, just because i got curious and looked it up for myself.


  6. Have you seen the meal template? You can download it here: I'm not sure how grams of food relate to the suggested sizes on the template so it's hard to know if you're eating the right amounts. It is really important that over the course of a day, you eat at least three meals worth of food based on the template -- it is really the minimum you should be eating, and if you're active you could easily need more.

    As for breakfast, do try to eat something. I know it's hard to eat when you don't feel great, but this can end up in a circle, where you don't eat because you don't really feel good, but then you continue to not feel good because you don't eat. Remember that breakfast doesn't have to be any particular type of food -- if you don't care for eggs first thing in the morning, eat something else. Soup is sometimes easier to eat in the morning, and a good way to get in vegetables at breakfast. Maybe something like this:, and then to add some protein you could add whatever type of leftover meat you have on hand to a serving.

    I can't really say for sure that the problem is not eating enough -- I'm mot a doctor, and I'm not watching every bite you eat, but it sounds like it could be the problem, and you seem to think it might be the problem, so the first step probably ought to be eating more and seeing if that helps. 

  7. Those ingredients are fine for Whole30, but sometimes even things that are ok to have on Whole30 may not work well for you.

    Is the tea the only thing you had today that you haven't had before during the last 28 days? Have you had other teas during this time? Did you eat more of something today than you have in the past? Common culprits for causing gas and bloating include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, or cauliflower, especially if they're raw, but for some people even when they're cooked they cause issues. Raw vegetables of any kind can be harder to digest, so if you had a bunch of raw vegetables where you'd normally have cooked, that could do it. Nuts and seeds sometimes cause issues for people as well, especially in large quantities. 

    Also, if you menstruate, at certain times in your cycle you may be more prone to gas and bloating, so it might not be food related at all.

  8. So, if you check the rules about re-creating baked goods, it says this: 


    *Some specific foods that fall under this rule include: pancakes, crepes, waffles, bread, tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, alternative flour pizza crust or pastas,

    That's from this page:

    When we say pasta that's 100% vegetable, we typically mean if you use a spiralizer or food processor to cut your vegetable into noodle-like shapes. What this company has done is probably ground dried peas into flour, and then made pasta out of that -- they definitely didn't just spiralize some peas. So I'm going to say thos is a no while you're on Whole30, though it might work great afterwards if you find you feel better without grains.

  9. This doesn't look like too much to me. How long do your meals keep you satisfied? You're aiming for 4-5 hours between meals. If you're hungry before four hours, they're a bit small. If you're regularly going 6-8 hours without feeling hungry, they may be a little too big.

    It's not unusual for people to feel that they're eating too much on a Whole30. Part of this is that when you take away carbs like bread and pasta and replace them mostly with vegetables, it can take a lot of vegetables to get the same feeling of fullness you would experience with those foods, so the volume of food may truly be bigger than you're used to. Another part of it, at least for some people, is that they're used to diets that restrict calories, which Whole30 doesn't do, so if you've come from that kind of background and now instead of counting calories you're starting to eat based on hunger and on fueling your body adequately, it's even more likely for your brain to now think a full plate of food is too much.

  10. You can drink as much coffee as you'd like, although it is recommended not to have caffeine later in the day because it can affect your sleep.

    If you don't like your coffee black, you can use something like coconut milk or almond or other nut milks or creamers made from similar ingredients as long as all the ingredients are compatible with Whole30 rules, so no sweeteners, no carrageenan, no soy, etc.

  11. You would need to look at the ingredients. The actual active ingredients for them should be fine, but some versions have sweeteners that wouldn't be Whole30 compatible. 

    If this is a temporary problem that's just started on your Whole30, be sure you're drinking plenty of water, eating lots of vegetables of different types, and add a serving or two of fat at each meal.

  12. This looks okay to me. I'm not familiar with that app, but there are no apps that are officially endorsed by Whole30 so always take what they say with a grain of salt. Sometimes if you're not sure if something is Whole30 compatible, it's easiest to search the particular ingredients you're unsure of, rather than specific brands.

  13. Hormonal stuff could for sure be a factor,  it's hard to know exactly how that's affecting you,, but i do see a couple of things you could try food-wise to see if it makes a difference. 

    If you suspect nuts are part of the problem, you could definitely try cutting back on them. For fats, try olives or mayo or any oil- or mayo-based sauces or dips instead.

    Smoothies aren't really the best choice, here's what the Can I Have list says about them: 


    Smoothies: We’d rather you didn’t

    This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally made using lots of fruit) are technically compatible on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against it. Food that you drink sends different satiety signals to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that it’s had enough of what it needs. Plus, smoothies are generally really fruit-heavy, and starting your day off with a liquid sugar-bomb sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, we’d rather you just eat the food, and skip the smoothie.

    So, maybe start with subbing a meal instead of that at breakfast, and remember that if eggs are your only protein in a meal, you should have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, probably 3-4.

    Your meals ideally should keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours, so most people find they don't need snacks, but if you do, either because you have a long stretch between meals or because some days you're just more hungry, try to have a mini meal with some protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three.

  14. This explains the reason legumes aren't allowed on Whole30:

    There was a recent change to the rules that allows peas, the explanation for that is here:

    And remember that you're not necessarily giving up beans forever, you eliminate them for 30 days, you reintroduce them, and if they don't negatively affect you, you then can have them as part of your diet going forward, but if they do cause issues for you, you'll know that you want to limit or possibly avoid them.

  15. Right. Introduce one type of food on each reintroduction day, go back to strict Whole30 eating for at least two days between reintroduction days, and do not have a reintroduced item again even if you didn't seem to have a reaction until you've completed all your reintroductions. 

    "and than adding back in all of the groups that did not have a negative impact on my digestion/health at the end of the reintroduction phase?"

    Something to keep in mind about this -- sometimes there is a cumulative effect with some types of food, so maybe on dairy reintro day you don't notice an issue, so you go back to having dairy most days, and then in a few weeks you realize you don't feel as good as you did on Whole30. It could be you can have some dairy with no issues, but having more dairy over time does cause a problem, or maybe it's a combo of dairy and other stuff you've added back to your diet. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to discover a balance of being able to eat things you like, while still feeling good. It might not be that way for you, but it is sometimes like that for some people, so just pay attention as you add things back into your regular diet after Whole30.

  16. 2 hours ago, Jennro77 said:

    Funny I find this forum because I just sent an email out to Zoe’s about what they are listing as whole 30 approved. They said potato chips that are cooked in sunflower oil are whole 30 approved as part of a box lunch. Their response was a snippet saying that because sunflower oil was recommended in small doses but not band that potato chips were acceptable for the plan! I really think someone from whole 30 needs to contact Zoe’s. They’re advertising some meals as whole 30 when in theory I don’t think they are.

    You're correct that this wouldn't be Whole30 compatible, because no commercially prepared chips are allowed on Whole30. I'm not sure if Whole30 is working with Zoe's now or if this is something they're doing on their own, but it is a reminder to always check everything for yourself rather than depending on someone else's information.