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  1. Vanilla extract is fine, following this rule change:
  2. Any bacon that only contains Whole30 compatible ingredients is fine to have on your Whole30 -- check the labels of what's available in your local stores. The most common non-whole30 ingredient for bacon is typically sugar or sweetener, so definitely look for that. Pederson's is one brand in the US that offers Whole30 compatible bacon, but there are others. Whole30 Approved is a particular program, you can read about it here -- there are brands of bacon that are Whole30 Approved, you can look at that link to find them, but there are also brands that are compatible with Whole30 based on th
  3. Might be Whole30, might be that you have a mild cold or flu. Either way, drink plenty of fluid, try to eat something if you feel up to it, and get some rest. Hope you feel better soon!
  4. Whole30 encourages not counting calories, instead focusing on the meal template (download it here:, eating to fullness, and eating when hungry. If you need to double check that you're getting enough calories, you can always plug foods into online calorie trackers. We would encourage you not to necessarily do this all the time, but rather to check occasionally to make sure you stay on track. If you need to be sure to get enough calories, you're going to want to ensure you include a serving or more of starchy vegetables each day, like potatoes, swee
  5. For some people, if they go too low carb, they may notice increased depression or anxiety. Be sure you're eating starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, and other root vegetables like carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, etc., winter squashes like acorn or butternut squash or pumpkin. This is also a time of year when many are dealing with seasonal depression, so this might also be contributing. Definitely talk to your doctor if this continues.
  6. Lorna is right about it being a behavior thing. Whole30 wants you to examine not just what you're eating, but why. Stress eating is something many people deal with, and it's easy to go from stress eating regular chips, to stress eating chips with Whole30 compatible ingredients, without really thinking about the behavior. Saying you have to actually make the chips adds an extra step, and you're more likely to stop and say, do I really want these? Do I want to put in the work for these? And if they're just a side that goes well with your meal, fine, but if you're between meals and not hungry you
  7. I've never weighed one, I would just pick the kind of average size ones from the bin at the store, not the very biggest or very smallest. If that's how they're specifying, as opposed to a cup of cooked sweet potato, it's probably not going to make too big a difference in the end result 9f the recipe.
  8. Dextrose is definitely not ok on Whole30. I'm not sure what happened here, if there's a mistake in the labeling or a misunderstanding of the rules or what, but definitely avoid any meals that say they have dextrose if you choose to go ahead and order from them.
  9. Yes, nutritional yeast is fine.
  10. These are legumes and are not Whole30 compatible. Just because there's been confusion in the past, here's a previous discussion about this:
  11. Any of them that are made from Whole30 compatible ingredients. Cashew or macadamia milk or hemp milk would work, just check the ingredients for things like sweeteners or soy. Obviously, things like oat milk or rice milk or soy milk would not be ok because they're made from things that are not Whole30 compatible.
  12. This is fine. Vegetables and fruits have naturally occurring sugars which will be reflected in the nutrition information, but for Whole30 purposes what matters is whether there's sugar or sweeteners listed as ingredients.
  13. Juice is fine, just read the ingredients and make sure it's just juice, no added sugar. Almond butter is fine, check the ingredients for what's in the grocery store's machine -- it should just be almonds, and maybe salt. If they've roasted the almonds first, you'd need to check they didn't roast them in peanut oil or add any sweeteners. Other options might include unsweetened applesauce or containers of fruit packed in juice, or baby food packets of similar items. As you get used to this way of eating, I would say at first, take some sugar packets or something in case your sugar le
  14. Aside from encouraging you to follow the meal template (available here:, Whole30 doesn't really have rules about serving sizes. If you think you're eating too many or using them when emotional eating, you can change that now, but it's not a reason to start over. If you've been snacking on them because they're easy, try having other options on hand, like cut up vegetables, hard boiled eggs, guacamole or compliant ranch, olives, or leftovers for example. If you're eating them because you're hungry, and your meals aren't keeping you satisfied for 4-5 hour
  15. No, these would fall under the no recreating baked goods rule, tortillas are even specifically mentioned: If you're looking for a way to wrap food up, eggs, scrambled and cooked in a thin, flat layer could work, or lettuce leaves, or collard greens.
  16. This article explains more about starting over. There are no Whole30 police who are going to come make you start over, it's ultimately up to you. If you aren't sure, you can always keep going, and on day 30 think about it again and decide if you want to keep going or not.
  17. As long as all the ingredients are Whole30 compatible, it's fine. It's not enough that it says no added sugar, you need to actually look at the ingredients to be sure all of the ingredients are ok.
  18. Doctor's orders always trump Whole30 rules, so it would still ge a Whole30. Follow all the other rules, try to limit soy to just the 10 grams daily the doctors recommend, and it will still be a Whole30.
  19. Those are fine. You can find downloadable pdfs of the rules and more information here: You can also google ingredients you're not sure about along with Whole30 and will usually find previous discussions of those ingredients in the first few results. Sometimes these options are faster than waiting for an answer on the forum, although you're definitely always welcome to ask here.
  20. Air frying in general is fine. It’s not specifically called out as against the rules at all (more on the Pancake Rule, formerly SWYPO, here). Occasionally people find that things that aren't necessarily against the rules still aren't in their own best interests. For instance, ifyou regularly ate fried chicken pre-Whole30 and are using your air fryer to recreate that instead of trying new ways to prepare and enjoy foods, or if you have a bad day and make yourself a pile of fries in the air fryer to chow down on mindlessly the way you might have with commercially prepared fries from your f
  21. Yes, baking soda is fine.
  22. The Pancake Rule specifically calls out cereal, and oatmeal is a hot cereal. We also really want you to try to make your meals match the meal template, which noatmeal really doesn't. (Find the template and other downloads Here.) Have you considered soup? Something like a butternut squash or sweet potato soup topped with sausage or leftover meat for protein or this chicken soup would meet the template better. Ultimately it's up to you, but there are other warm breakfast options that might serve you better.
  23. I think the taco mix seasoning does make extra, seal it in an air tight container and use it another time season ground meat, chicken, potatoes, or whatever you want to have a taco flavor.
  24. You don't mention water, be sure you're drinking plenty of water, along with eating lots of veggies. Getting some movement in, even just walking, can help, and if you google yoga for constipation there are some stretches or poses that might help. Coffee sometimes helps as well.