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Everything posted by ShannonM816

  1. I'm definitely not an expert on this, I'd say you should talk with a doctor about your concerns, but if they aren't listening, I'm not sure what to tell you about that. Doing a Whole30, even without changing your birth control, could provide some relief from the issues you're experiencing, so if you currently need to use birth control and switching types isn't an option right now, go ahead and do a Whole30 and see what happens. If you currently don't need to be on birth control, or are in a position to change types, for instance to a non-hormonal IUD, then it may make sense to talk to you
  2. Read the ingredients lists. That's how you know if something is Whole30 compatible, from the ingredients. The first one contains sugar. Sugar is not compatible with Whole30 rules, so that one isn't going to work for your Whole30. The other one seems to be okay, the ingredients are all fine. So you can have it during your Whole30.
  3. The only way to know is to know the ingredients. You'd need more than just a general oil, vinegar, and spices -- what type of oil? Is there soybean oil? Are they sure there's no sweetener of any kind. They should be able to provide some sort of ingredient information, because there ate people with allergies who would need to know.
  4. Yes, this is correct, if you're consuming a portion or two of fat (even sometimes a little more is fine, if a meal just works out to have a bit more), you don't need to add more. The not counting cooking fat is mostly for those dishes where oil is mostly left behind in the pan, or where you're cooking multiple servings and once you divide it up you're not getting a full serving of fat. The main way to know if you're eating enough is that you'll be able to 4-5 hours between meals pretty easily. If you're feeling hungry before that point, you may need bigger meals or more fat in the meal, or if
  5. Yes, making your own banana chips is fine.
  6. If thejuice was just juice, no sweeteners or other non-compatible ingredients, you didn't go off plan. Not drinking juice is a general recommendation, but it's not a rule. If something in the juice was not Whole30 compatible, then you decide what to do from here. You can start over, 9r you can keep going and on day 30 evaluate if you want to add more days to get a full 30 days. What you should do if you continue on or try again in the future is make sure you have something on hand in case this happens again so you don't have to have something non-whole30. That could be juice, or frui
  7. What are the ingredients? Are they all Whole30 compatible? If they are, then yes, if not, then no.
  8. Yes, these ingredients are all fine to have.
  9. By day 10, any "carb flu" type symptoms should be gone, or at least getting less noticeable. People are often surprised how much food you can and should be eating on Whole30, so if you think you may be undereating, that's a good place to start. Make sure each meal matches the meal template, with a palm-sized portion or two of protein, a thumb-sized portion or two of fat (or a heaping handful of olives or coconut flakes, or half to a whole avocado, or a small handful of nuts or seeds), and then 2 or more cups of vegetables. The fat should be in addition to any oil you cook in, and yo
  10. It's not unusual to feel pretty tired for the first week or so, so it might be nothing to worry about. Make sure your meals match the meal template (Download it here:, drink plenty of water, and if you still feel like this in a few days, come back and list a day or two of typical meals and we can see if it looks like there's anything you might need to change.
  11. Those two ingredients are fine. I am very surprised you found a syrup with no honey or sugar or sugarcane or maple syrup or other sweeteners, none of which would be Whole30 compatible.
  12. No commercially prepared chips are allowed on Whole30.
  13. As long as all the ingredients are Whole30 compatible, dried fruits are fine. Watch for sulfites and sweeteners in particular, they're common in dried fruits, depending on the type of fruits.
  14. Soy is not compatible with Whole30 rules, so you'll have to skip that sauce during your Whole30. Crackers fall under the no re-creating baked goods rule, so no crackers are compatible with Whole30 regardless of their ingredients.
  15. Phosphoric acid is allowed, but is not a great choice (see A post from Melissa herself on the subject). So, you can have it, but there are probably better options especially if this is something you have a lot.
  16. It's pretty normal for you to eat a lot while breastfeeding. Make sure you're including fat at each meal, more than just the oil you cook in, and starchy vegetables at least once a day (but more than that is fine, if you find they help you feel satisfied).
  17. As long as all the ingredients are Whole30 compatible, it's fine.
  18. What are the ingredients? If all the ingredients are compatible with Whole30, they're fine.
  19. It's helpful to stop thinking you need some special "breakfast food" in the morning. Any food that works for any other meal can work for breakfast too. Soup is nice if it's cold where you are. I like a butternut squash soup, and then I'll have whatever leftover meat I have as protein, either on the side or shredded and mixed in the soup. Or have a baked sweet potato topped with some homemade breakfast sausage -- look for AIP whole30 sausage recipes to avoid the usual pepper flakes and cayenne in most sausage. For more non-traditional breakfast ideas (not all will meet your ingredient requireme
  20. If it says it does contain soy, yes, you'll need to avoid it during Whole30. If it just says it may contain soy it's ok to have.
  21. I'm not certain what cream flavoring is, but this looks like their Cream of Earl Grey, and according to the website that's vegan (as denoted by the v in a circle symbol, explained here: That would mean it isn't actually cream or dairy of any kind. Based on this, I think it's ok, but you could message them and double check that the tea is vegan and doesn't contain any dairy. They may or may not actually say what the cream flavoring is, they may say it's proprietary, but you could ask.
  22. It contains molasses, so no.
  23. For any foods you want to use during Whole30, you'll need to read the ingredients and check that they're all compatible with Whole30 rules. I didn't check all of their seasonings but the one bacon seasoning I checked contained maltodextrin and sugar, neither of which are Whole30 compatible, so that one is definitely out for Whole30.