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  1. I'm not sure how many coaches check the forums. Your best bet is to check the Coaches page ( and check their websites or social media pages.
  2. The reaction to broth or collagen is not one I've heard of before, but you can definitely just skip having those, or if you only have that reaction when you drink them on their own you may still be able to use them in recipes. As far as the broccoli, if it's gas pain, that sounds like a fairly extreme version of a common reaction. Some people react that way to cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, or cabbage. Some people have a fairly mild reaction, some discomfort and gas, others can be more extreme. Cooking those vegetables really well can help sometimes, and sometim
  3. Whole30 is an elimination diet. The point is to eliminate the things most likely to cause issues for people for at least 30 days, see how you feel without them, and then do careful reintroductions of those items one at a time to see if they do cause any problems for you, so that going forward you can decide whether to eat them or not knowing how you feel when you do. If you've been eating peanuts all along, you haven't eliminated legumes. Technically, any time you're doing whole30 and eat something that is not compliant, you are supposed to start over. No one can force you to do that, th
  4. Coffee does sometimes make people jittery, but I'm not sure why it would be doing it now if it never did before. Maybe the milk had a higher fat content than the macadamia milk and it helped slow how fast the coffee was hitting your system? I can't imagine macadamia milk having that effect, but maybe it could be some weird reaction to that. If you want to try different milk options, canned coconut milk, the full-fat type, like you'd use in cooking, is my favorite non-dairy thing to use in coffee. Or you could try half-caff or decaf coffee to see if that helps.
  5. This is not normal. Sometimes people feel a bit tired or have a little headache, but chills, foggy head, and exhaustion to the point you can't function is not something that normally happens on whole30. Is it possible you've picked up some kind of illness? That seems the most likely thing to explain these symptoms. Food-wise, make sure you're eating enough (1-2 palm-sized portions of protein, 1-2 thumb-sized portions of fat or half to a whole avocado or a large handful of olives or other fats listed on the template, and lots of vegetables -- including at least one serving of starch
  6. If it's really a texture thing, it might be useful to include a variety of textures in your meals, not necessarily in every single meal, but over time to have some different things that are creamy or crunchy or whatever. So for creamy, try soups or mashed avocado or mayo or mayo-based dressings or mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes/root vegetables. Crunchy could be adding a handful of nuts to a meal, or some celery or jicama or even apple. Drinking a half cup of cashew milk wouldn't necessarily be bad, but I'm not sure it's going to be quite the same as dairy milk, so it might not really hel
  7. You should be able to ask your butcher about the ingredients in anything they sell. They should know, if they make it themselves, or be able to find out, if they get it from someone else. The most common non-whole30 ingredient in bacon is sugar, which is almost always used to cure bacon unless someone is going out of their way to not use it. Even if they insist it's just a little bit, any sugar would make it not okay for whole30. Other things like sausages or deli meats could have sugar or honey or other sweeteners, or soy, or dairy. Again, the butcher should be able to tell you the ingr
  8. To reiterate what was mentioned above, you would need to substitute something like cauliflower rice instead of regular rice for Whole30, as rice is not allowed. Quinoa is also not allowed on whole30, but I'm not certain what a good substitute is that would give a similar texture.
  9. These are the rules: As long as you follow them, you're doing a whole30. There are also a lot of recommendations to help you get the most from your whole30, but you do not have to follow those to do a whole30. This article explains the difference between the two in more detail: The easiest thing to do is plan a few meals based around some protein (eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, etc.), some healthy fats (avocado, olives, oils to cook with, dressings/dips, coconut, nuts & seeds), and
  10. Whole30 could be a good place to start. It might provide relief from your symptoms, it will help you focus on eating lots of vegetables. And if you do 30 days of whole30, and then decide that AIP is something you want to try, you'll already have eliminated some things that you currently eat, so it won't be cutting out everything all at once. As far as other people saying things, if you look long enough, you can find people saying all kinds of things. There are people who have found whole30 helpful. If doing whole30 sounds like it might be helpful to you and you're willing to try it,
  11. As long as everything is whole30 compliant, it's fine. If you find it's not keeping you satisfied, you could pre make hardboiled eggs, egg muffins, chicken (cut into cubes or strips for easier eating), or meatballs, to get in extra protein, as there probably won't be much in the pancetta or prosciutto. If you want to mix up the vegetables, try snap or snow peas, baby carrots (or sliced regular carrots), jicama, cucumber, or bell pepper. Some of these suggestions require more planning and cooking ahead of time, but could be just as easy to eat.
  12. Broth, potato or sweet potato, chicken with simple seasonings, scrambled eggs, peppermint or ginger tea.
  13. I can't actually read the ingredients in that picture, but bread is not allowed on whole30. Check the rules here: "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, granola, cereal, or ice cream. No commercially-prepared chips (potato, tortilla, plantain, etc.) or French fries either."
  14. It's fine. Some ways of cooking some vegetables makes them taste sweeter, but as long as you're not adding sweetener to them, you haven't broken any rules.
  15. You probably want a serving or two in addition to the oil you cook in, because some of what you cook in stays in the pan and you don't actually eat it, and if you cook multiple servings at a time, you're probably not ending up with a full serving of fat by the time you divide the food up. Having fat with each meal will help keep you satisfied longer between meals, so if you find you're hungry an hour or two after eating, you might look at adding a little more fat, especially if you know you had plent of vegetables and protein with the meal.
  16. Yes, as long as there's no ingredients in it that wouldn't be allowed on whole30, you can have beef in whatever form you want.
  17. The ingredients you've listed there are fine. Check each variety, as ham and some smoked meats are more likely to have sweeteners, and soy and carrageenan sneak into all kinds of things.
  18. You're not allowed to make pizza crust, it's specifically called out in the rules ( There are options like meatza (™-meatza-pie-and-the-vancouver-olympics/) or frittatas made with pizza toppings if you're just wanting the flavors of pizza. As far as the cheese, here's the official word: Nut “Cheese”: Read your labels, use with caution Technically, almond “ricotta” or cashew “cheese” dips are allowed on the program, as long as their ingredients are compliant. But as with Larabars or nu
  19. Normally for whole30, we're all about the ingredients list and basically ignore the nutrition info with its grams of this and percents of that, but when you're wondering whether something counts as protein or fat, it can be helpful to look at the numbers. I don't know if you're making your own flax milk to make the yogurt from, or buying it, but just to demonstrate how this might work, I'll use the info from this flax milk: If you look at the nutrition info, this has 0 grams of protein. So clearly it doesn't count as protein.
  20. Right, that would be out for Whole30.
  21. Yes, once you've done reintroductions you can eat whatever you want.
  22. The sodium bisulfite that looks like it's in the lemon juice wouldn't be naturally occurring.