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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. Yes, you can eat fruit every day. Technically, you could eat nothing but fruit and still be doing a Whole30, but that's probably not a great idea. We recommend not having more than two servings of fruit each day, and eating fruit with a meal rather than on its own.
  2. Natural flavors are ok for Whole30. Tea itself is Whole30 compatible, but there are sometimes things added that are not, like stevia, soy, or even barley. Just read the ingredients, and if there's one you're unsure about, try googling that ingredient plus whole30, you'll probably find past discussions. Or come back here and post asking about that specific ingredient if you can't find an answer.
  3. Try to make all your meals match the meal template. So, have protein at every meal. Nuts and seeds are fat, not protein, for Whole30 purposes. Try to limit your fruit to a couple of servings a day. Increase your vegetables, including starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, turnips, beets, rutabaga, carrots, parsnips, winter squashes (like butternut or acorn squash or pumpkin), or plantains. When you have snacks, try to make them mini-meals with protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three.
  4. This is fine. You don't have to use low fat or fat free meats if you don't want to.
  5. Always take your prescriptions or any medicines your doctor tells you to take, doctor's orders always trump Whole30 rules.
  6. Yes, you can have as many vegetables and fruit as you want with your meals, although the recommendation is to not have more than two servings of fruit each day. You can download the recommended meal template and other helpful information here:
  7. Wheat is really one of the major things Whole30 asks you to avoid, because it causes issues for so many people, so you probably ought to restart, or add extra days to the end if your Whole30, so that you have 30 straight days of Whole30 eating before you start doing reintroductions, but it is always ultimately your decision. As for eating more calories while not eating larger servings, you're going to want to focus on calorie-dense foods. Adding fat to meals, choosing higher fat cuts of meat, having starchy vegetables at each meal. Though smoothies aren't recommended for most people, the
  8. Cottonseed oil would be like other seed oils, not ideal, but not banned, I think. It isn't mentioned specifically but that would make the most sense. You can read more about guidelines for various oils in this article:
  9. It's fine -- it's even mentioned in the official Can I Have list, though it's listed under vanilla and other extracts so it is a little hard to find, but if you go to that page ( and do a search on the page for yeast extract, you can find it.
  10. All you need to look at is the ingredients. As long as the ingredients are Whole30 compatible the item is fine to have. The added sugar is probably from fruit juice or puree.
  11. It's a fairly recent change. You can read more about it here:
  12. It's hard to say, because everyone's hands are slightly different. You don't actually have to pick up a handful of something, you can try to picture it in your mind. Also keep in mind, this is not meant to be exact. If they'd meant exact serving sizes, they'd have listed them in ounces or cups or whatever. Maybe as a place to start, try 4-6 oz of meat, or three eggs if eggs are your protein in a meal. Aim for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal, probably more if you're doing fairly loosely packed raw leafy green stuff. A serving of nuts or seeds is maybe a tablespoon or so. Fruit, think a
  13. You'd have to check the ingredients, but I have never found bouillon cubes that are Whole30 compatible.
  14. Youd need to find out the ingredients for the particular bacon you're looking at.
  15. ShannonM816

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  16. It is always up to you whether to start over or not. This article may help you decide: Regardless of where you read that a particular item is Whole30 compatible, you should always check the label and be sure. Items change over time or people misread labels, it's just generally a good idea to always double check.
  17. Strawberry puree is fine, that's just mashed up strawberries. The sugar in the nutrition label is the naturally occurring sugar in the fruit.
  18. Yes, but rapeseed oil is another name for canola oil, which is recommended to be limited -- you can read more about that in the Can I Have list here:
  19. There's not a way to make something that will taste exactly like this but still be Whole30. There are plenty of Whole30 creamy potato soup recipes out there, you might look at them and see if any of them look good. Here's one: -- but if you Google Whole30 creamy potato soup, you'll find more.
  20. Have you read the rules ( Any product that is compatible with the rules is fine to have, and there are several options out there, just be sure to read the ingredients list.
  21. Hi, @Lorna from Canada -- if you just keep replying to one topic, instead of starting a new one each day, it'll keep everything together and you can bookmark/favorite the topic so you can get back to it later. If you'd like to do this, let me know, and I can combine the couple of days you already have started into one topic.
  22. They will obviously taste different, but might be okay. You could try other root vegetables instead -- maybe parsnips or turnips. Or leave them out entirely, though you may need to reduce the liquid and the salt you use if you do that.