ShannonM816

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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Hannah walsh in Is “365 Everyday Value” (Whole Foods brand) creamy almond butter whole30 compliant?   
    Yes, this is fine. Organic is not a requirement for whole30. The notice about being processed in a facility that also processes peanuts is for people who are so allergic to peanuts that even a tiny amount could cause issues.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from stavasci in MCT Oil   
    These ingredients are fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Anna C in Synergy Kombucha   
    What you're looking for in any food or drink is sugar listed on the ingredients list, which would mean it's been added. Some foods have naturally occurring sugars, which will show up in the nutrition facts as total grams of sugar even if no sugar has been added.
    As long as there's no sugar listed in the ingredients, it's fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from rsodapop in Salads too big...then HUNGRY   
    Your fruit servings sound about right. Anecdotally, some people find themselves hungrier after a meal with fruit than after one without, it might be something to experiment with if you continue to feel hungry soon after eating, although the fruit may not have anything to do with why you're getting hungry after the salads at all.
    As far as why you may feel hungry soon after a salad, there could be a couple of reasons. One, sometimes during the first few days of whole30, people just are hungrier than they expect to be, but find this evens out in a few days. Since you're only on day 2, this could be what's going on. Or, it could be that even though you are eating a large volume of food, you could use something with a little more staying power. That might mean a little more protein or fat (try the whole avocado instead of just half and see if that helps), or if you're pretty sure that's not the issue, add some more calorically dense vegetables to the salad, not just leafy greens. Add some beets (pickled or roasted), roasted potato or sweet potato chunks, carrots, jicama, fried or baked plantain. Or if you don't want to add those to your salad, do soup or a baked potato or sweet potato on the side. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from sushisomeday in Day 4 after a year as an intermittent fasting vegetarian   
    You might enjoy these, if you eat fish: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/. There's not a lot of meat texture, at least in my opinion. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Rachel Nicole in Advice on how to eat less meat and still feel good? Help!   
    Recently, there was a rule change, and peas are now ok on whole30, so if you aren't already, you can try including them for some meals. (You can read about the rule change here:  https://whole30.com/whole30-rules-peas/)
    Could you maybe reintroduce beans or quinoa or whatever for a week or two and see how it goes, and just pay attention to how you're feeling?  Maybe pick one thing and have it once or twice a day for a week or two, and if you still feel good, switch that item for a different option and see how it goes? When you've reintroduced the things you're most likely to want to have, you can start increasing how often you have them, but keep paying attention to how you feel. If you notice you're not feeling great anymore, that may help you determine how often you can have them and still feel good.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from tjh1990 in What do you use for side dishes when grilling meats?   
    I grill zucchini or summer squash a lot. I've done slices of potato or sweet potato before too. I haven't tried it, but asparagus would probably work well. If you have a grill basket, you can do things like broccoli or cauliflower or green beans. Or look up cooking vegetables en papillote, which is cooking them enclosed in a parchment paper or foil pouch. 
    Or branch out and try new and different salads, especially if you like the make-ahead factor. Here's some ideas:  http://meljoulwan.com/2019/04/23/15-paleo-side-salads/, https://whole30.com/whole30-recipes-salads/
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Blueautumn in I caved.   
    I'm sorry you're not feeling great. 
    I would keep going. If you take a break, it may be harder to get going again, so for now, just go back to whole30 tomorrow and keep going until you've got 30 days in a row, and then do reintroductions. 
    As far as the diarrhea, sometimes this happens early on and then corrects itself, or sometimes it's a sign that something you're eating doesn't agree with you. If whole30 is a big change from how you ate before, and you're only a week or so in, it might just be your body reacting to the change in how you're eating. It may stop on own.
    If you don't think that's it, be sure you're not eating too many nuts or seeds, as those cause digestive issues for many people. If there's something you never ate before or rarely ate before that you're eating regularly now, see if you can not have that or at least cut way back on it for a while and see if that helps. You could also go to bland foods for a day or two and see if that helps -- things like baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with olive oil or ghee and salt; grilled, baked, or boiled chicken with just salt and pepper; bananas or unsweetened applesauce.  Ginger or peppermint tea might help as well.
    Some people find things like kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods, probiotic supplements, or drinking beef or chicken broth helps with various digestive issues, although they're more a longterm solution, they probably won't provide immediate results. If you need to, it's ok to take medication like Imodium. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in confirmation before i go buy   
    We really recommend making all meals meet the meal template, with protein, fat, and lots of veggies.  It's also recommended to limit fruit to not more than two servings a day, where a serving is the size of your closed fist. Having this for breakfast would be low on protein, and could easily be a day's worth of fruit or even more. 
    You never have to eat eggs, there are all kinds of options. Anything you'd eat for any other meal is great for breakfast. This does take a little getting used to, but many people find that switching to a filling, protein and vegetable based breakfast is one of the changes they make for whole30 and continue even afterwards because it makes such a huge difference in how they feel, so if you can convince him to give it a try for 30 days, he might find it's worth the effort. Here's an older discussion with examples of non-egg breakfasts people have actually eaten:  
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Can I have almond milk?   
    Almond milk or other nut milks are allowed, as long as all the ingredients are compliant. It's fine to have them in your tea or coffee if you want. 
    However, one thing you will find about whole30 is that while there are some rules that are absolutely black and white (like no pancakes, even if all that's in them is banana and egg), there are gray areas, where there's technically no rule that says you can't have a thing, but some people might find they're better off not having it. If coffee with almond milk falls into this category for you, then you may choose to avoid it. If you tend to just have a cup or two a day with some milk when you're not on whole30, and you continue that same pattern during whole30 substituting almond milk, and you're okay with that level of coffee consumption, go for it -- coffee doesn't have to be a punishment, and many people find that first cuppa in the morning a ritual they're not willing to give up.  If you think you may drink too much coffee anyway and want to try to cut back, maybe going without the almond milk, so you have to really want the coffee to put up with drinking it black, could be a way to work on that. Ultimately it's up to you to decide what is best in your circumstances. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I don't want to loose weight!   
    If you're hungry, you definitely should eat. The meal template is a minimum, it is okay to eat more.  So your meals may be two palm-sized portions of protein, two servings of fat (in addition to oil you cook in), 3 cups of vegetables (possibly with starchy vegetables at each meal). They could even be more than that. Fat is an easy way to increase the caloric density of meals, so adding sauces or dips at meals, and adding avocado and olives as well, and choosing fattier protein options could help. You may have to try some different combinations in to see what helps you feel full at meals and then stay satisfied as long as possible. This article has some tips (it's older and mentions potatoes being off limits, that's no longer the case): https://whole30.com/keeping-weight-whole30/.
     
     
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MR1983 in Started on 5/18 - I have a large sugar dragon to slay!   
    Hello! Our recommendation would be to try to have meals large enough that you stay satisfied 4-5 hours at a time so you don't need to eat between meals. if you do need to eat between meals, some combo of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three, is great. It could be the raw veggies you mentioned, or leftover cooked vegetables. Or try making one of these salads, most should be fine for a couple of days in the fridge:  http://meljoulwan.com/2019/04/23/15-paleo-side-salads/.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Lgherm4 in Homemade Mayo without olive oil?   
    If it tastes ok, you can use it more as a salad dressing and the fact that it's runny won't be as big a deal. If it needs a different flavor for a salad dressing, try googling whole30 ranch dressing recipes for ideas of herbs to mix in it to get it to taste more like that.
    You may be able to blend it with an extra egg or yolk to thicken it up a little. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I don't want to loose weight!   
    If you're hungry, you definitely should eat. The meal template is a minimum, it is okay to eat more.  So your meals may be two palm-sized portions of protein, two servings of fat (in addition to oil you cook in), 3 cups of vegetables (possibly with starchy vegetables at each meal). They could even be more than that. Fat is an easy way to increase the caloric density of meals, so adding sauces or dips at meals, and adding avocado and olives as well, and choosing fattier protein options could help. You may have to try some different combinations in to see what helps you feel full at meals and then stay satisfied as long as possible. This article has some tips (it's older and mentions potatoes being off limits, that's no longer the case): https://whole30.com/keeping-weight-whole30/.
     
     
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I don't want to loose weight!   
    If you're hungry, you definitely should eat. The meal template is a minimum, it is okay to eat more.  So your meals may be two palm-sized portions of protein, two servings of fat (in addition to oil you cook in), 3 cups of vegetables (possibly with starchy vegetables at each meal). They could even be more than that. Fat is an easy way to increase the caloric density of meals, so adding sauces or dips at meals, and adding avocado and olives as well, and choosing fattier protein options could help. You may have to try some different combinations in to see what helps you feel full at meals and then stay satisfied as long as possible. This article has some tips (it's older and mentions potatoes being off limits, that's no longer the case): https://whole30.com/keeping-weight-whole30/.
     
     
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Lgherm4 in Homemade Mayo without olive oil?   
    If it tastes ok, you can use it more as a salad dressing and the fact that it's runny won't be as big a deal. If it needs a different flavor for a salad dressing, try googling whole30 ranch dressing recipes for ideas of herbs to mix in it to get it to taste more like that.
    You may be able to blend it with an extra egg or yolk to thicken it up a little. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from cmbnurse in Round 1 day 3   
    Peppermint or ginger teas may help.  Do try to eat something, even if you can't manage full meals. Maybe fairly bland foods, like a baked sweet potato with some coconut or olive oil and salt, plain grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, broth or soup.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Lacywhole30athome in Day 16: fatigue, headache, digestive distress   
    Nuts definitely cause digestive issues for some people, especially if you're eating a lot of them. A serving of nuts is a small closed handful, and you should try not to have them every day. So maybe cut back on those, even try cutting them out completely for a few days, and see if that helps.
    Lots of people repeat their breakfasts and lunches, that shouldn't be a problem, unless there's something in those breakfasts or lunches that are an issue for you.
    It shouldn't really matter whether you're eating fruit or not. If you were eating a lot of it, it might make a difference, but there's not really anything in fruit you can't get by eating a variety of vegetables, so if you don't want it, don't feel like you need to go out of your way to eat it.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from calbee35 in ...sweet potato toast?   
    The point where vegetables become swypo tends to be when you're adding some kind of flour alternative and eggs or other ingredients to make the vegetables more closely resemble bread or other baked goods. If you just slice up a vegetable in a different shape and cook it, it's fine. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MissHLG in Can I have National Hebrew all natural Uncured Beef Franks   
    These are fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Miss Fern in vegan needs help   
    As a vegan, you're going to have to do a modified whole30, you cannot do it as written, because there just are not protein options for you. There's some explanation about this here:  https://whole30.com/veg-whole30/
    So your Whole30 will include some things that your friend's Whole30 will not. You can include legumes (though you should probably still leave out peanuts, and limit soy as much as possible, since these are the legumes most likely to cause issues for people). You should still leave out gluten-containing grains, but some of the non-gluten grains that are high in protein may be options, like quinoa, amaranth, or spelt. For best results with beans and these gluten-free grains, look up instructions for soaking and sprouting them, it can help with some of the problematic anti nutrients in them and make them easier to digest. 
    Even with these extra protein sources, you may not be getting as much protein as someone who eats meat and eggs, so you may need even a little more fat with meals than the typical whole30 template provides for. This should help you feel satisfied and stay satisfied longer between meals.
     
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Suzy714 in Late night snacking... do I need to restart my whole 30?   
    If everything you ate was whole30 compliant, you don't need to start over. The rules really only dictate what you eat, things like meal sizes or timing are recommendations.
    If you were hungry, you might consider whether you need larger meals, either just in general or perhaps there's something about this particular day that is a change -- more stress, more exercise, less sleep, or if you menstruate even where you are in your cycle can all make you more hungry some days, and it's okay to eat more on days you are hungry.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from healthcoachisin in healthcoachisin   
    The recommendation for fruit is not more than two servings a day, always with a meal not on its own. That said, you can limit it more if you prefer. Some people find cutting fruit out completely for the first week or two helps them get past cravings for sweets more quickly.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Revelate in Driving from Florida to Michigan need Whole30 restaurant options   
    Your best bet may be to look up restaurants along your route or in cities you plan to stop in and research them before you leave so you have a plan. Just "between Florida and Michigan" doesn't narrow things down much. If you knew a specific city or town you were planning to stop in, someone here *might* have suggestions. 
    If you check out the downloads available here: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/, the dining guide has tips for choosing restaurants and the travel guide has tips for traveling while on whole30. If you're at all interested in packing any of your meals in a cooler to carry with you, this article may be helpful:  https://whole30.com/in-the-wild-1/.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Revelate in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    The calendar is just a general guideline. Some people follow it exactly, some not at all, and some follow parts of it bit not all of it. Eliminating some items before you start can make a difference in the symptoms you feel or put you a little ahead of the timeline.