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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Losing too much weight   
    This is the article we typically direct people to about keeping weight on during a Whole30:   https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/
    On your salad, are you including dense vegetables as well as leafy greens? Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, other root vegetables like turnips, beets, rutabagas, or carrots, and winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash are going to have more calories than leafy greens will. Are you adding post-WO meals after you work out? Even if you think they're not very taxing, since you're having trouble keeping weight on, it might be worth adding something like chicken and sweet potato or some other combo of lean protein and starchy vegetable post workout, in addition to your other meals. 
    Another thing you might consider doing -- track your food in a calorie counter (like My Fitness Pal or Spark People) for a few days. We don't normally recommend this during a Whole30, but do it for just a few days, and see where you really stand calorie wise. If you seem to be in a decent calorie range such that you shouldn't be losing weight, it might be something you need to talk to your doctor about, to rule out any kind of underlying problem that might be going on. And if you are actually low on calories, then really look at what you're eating and see where you can substitute in higher calorie items. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Mdubg in Supplements Whole30 Compliant   
    How could she have changed that response that would have made it better for you?
    If you want to know what all of those types of magnesium are, you'll want to look them up and read about them. If I were looking, I'd start by googling them, or googling something like "types of magnesium" to see if I could get a chart that listed some of the basic differences and narrowed down the options for me a little. If you've done that and still aren't sure, you could consult your doctor or a trusted pharmacist. SugarcubeOD did mention a brand that many people take and that should be readily available either online or at a local health food store if you have one near you. If you're at the point where you feel you've researched everything you can possibly stand to research, you could start with that brand and see how it works for you. If it helps, great. If not, you'll have to do some more research, but you'll have narrowed it down some, since you'll know that type of magnesium doesn't work for you.
    For dosages, first, start by reading the label of whatever brand you decide to take and see if they say anything about a good starting dose. If all they list is just a regular recommended dose, I'd start with not more than half of that for a few days and see how you go. If you don't have any digestive upset, you can increase the dose. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Mrs.Slayter in Kids On The Whole 30   
    There's nothing unhealthy about having kids eat vegetables, meat, and healthy fats, so physically there's no reason they couldn't do this along with you, if they will eat the foods.
    You would want to think about things like how to deal with any times they aren't with you. If they're at school or someone else's home, do you want to try to make them stick to it 100%, or are you content to have them eat what you do at home and not worry about what happens elsewhere? Obviously, it's going to be easier if you let them eat whatever when theyre out, but if you suspect an actual issue with some foods and are trying to do this as an elimination diet for them, you have to be more strict. Really, that boils down to what you want to get out of this process for them, so be sure you're clear on that before you start.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from RandiW in Tongue and Mouth problems   
    You said you haven't changed foods, but what about toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash? Or even eating a lot more of something you've always eaten, especially things like peppers or onions or garlic?
    It is weird you're both having the same symptoms and does make allergic reaction less likely, but it is still possible.
    If it's been more than a day or two, you may want to talk to a doctor and rule out any medical causes.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Losing too much weight   
    This is the article we typically direct people to about keeping weight on during a Whole30:   https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/
    On your salad, are you including dense vegetables as well as leafy greens? Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, other root vegetables like turnips, beets, rutabagas, or carrots, and winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash are going to have more calories than leafy greens will. Are you adding post-WO meals after you work out? Even if you think they're not very taxing, since you're having trouble keeping weight on, it might be worth adding something like chicken and sweet potato or some other combo of lean protein and starchy vegetable post workout, in addition to your other meals. 
    Another thing you might consider doing -- track your food in a calorie counter (like My Fitness Pal or Spark People) for a few days. We don't normally recommend this during a Whole30, but do it for just a few days, and see where you really stand calorie wise. If you seem to be in a decent calorie range such that you shouldn't be losing weight, it might be something you need to talk to your doctor about, to rule out any kind of underlying problem that might be going on. And if you are actually low on calories, then really look at what you're eating and see where you can substitute in higher calorie items. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Ejanecek83 in Starting November 27, 2017!   
     
    Early on, some headaches are pretty normal, but by a week in, they should be starting to get better. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water, salting your food, and eating enough. If you want feedback on your meals, you can post in the Troubleshooting section of the forum with a day or two of typical meals, including approximate portion sizes, any exercise and pre- or post-workout meals, and we can see if anything stands out that might help.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Queenbeejo in Ideas for fish!   
    These are really good:   https://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/
    Tilapia doesn't have a very strong fishy flavor, so you might like it, you could follow this recipe, or just put a little olive oil, salt, and pepper on it and bake it at the temperature and time mentioned:   http://www.thepaleobabe.com/baked-lemon-herb-tilapia-recipe/
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Ejanecek83 in Starting November 27, 2017!   
     
    Early on, some headaches are pretty normal, but by a week in, they should be starting to get better. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water, salting your food, and eating enough. If you want feedback on your meals, you can post in the Troubleshooting section of the forum with a day or two of typical meals, including approximate portion sizes, any exercise and pre- or post-workout meals, and we can see if anything stands out that might help.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in I don't understand why dairy WITHOUT lactose is not allowed   
    You might find this helpful:   http://whole9life.com/2013/03/the-dairy-manifesto/
    For probiotics, you can do fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented vegetables (just always double check your ingredients, you still can't have versions with soy or sugar or other off-plan ingredients), or beverages like kombucha or water kefir. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Cmerun in MCT oil   
    Yes.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in A Little Help Simplifying?   
    There is no particular list of meals you have to eat. If you've read the rules, as long as the foods meet those requirements, they are fine. There are downloads here you might want to look through:   https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in A Little Help Simplifying?   
    There is no particular list of meals you have to eat. If you've read the rules, as long as the foods meet those requirements, they are fine. There are downloads here you might want to look through:   https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from HMH in Day 15 - gag eggs, sweet potatoes   
    You could try soup -- I like a creamy butternut squash soup, and then I add diced whatever kind of protein I have on hand -- chicken apple sausages, cooked chicken, compliant hot dogs, cooked ground beef.  Or a chicken and vegetable soup, or whatever sounds good to you. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from rchristie05 in Starting November 27, 2017!   
    Keep in mind that for best results, it's recommended to make all your meals meet the meal template (you can download it and other helpful items here:   https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/). You don't have to have eggs for breakfast, you could season ground turkey or chicken like a breakfast sausage and have that, or have salmon cakes (here's a good recipe:  http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/), or leftovers from the night before. Vegetables are definitely important, and you should be having more of them than anything else, but the protein and fat the meal template mentions will help keep you full between meals so you don't need to snack.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from rchristie05 in Starting November 27, 2017!   
    Keep in mind that for best results, it's recommended to make all your meals meet the meal template (you can download it and other helpful items here:   https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/). You don't have to have eggs for breakfast, you could season ground turkey or chicken like a breakfast sausage and have that, or have salmon cakes (here's a good recipe:  http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/), or leftovers from the night before. Vegetables are definitely important, and you should be having more of them than anything else, but the protein and fat the meal template mentions will help keep you full between meals so you don't need to snack.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from kirkor in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    You may or may not need a pre-WO -- if you aren't hungry, if you've eaten in the last two or three hours, you can skip it.
    Post-WO, have at least a few bites of lean protein soon after the workout, and then have dinner. If you're eating a serving or more of starchy vegetables each day with meals, you may not need starchy vegetables post-WO, but if over time you find you're just not recovering from your workouts well, you can try adding some.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from RandiW in Day 16 and 10% motivation   
    Most people do hit a point where they're kind of burned out in their 30 days. You've experienced some benefits, try to focus on those as you keep going.
    If you're feeling punished, maybe you could try some different foods. Is there a recipe or two you want to try that looks really good? Or maybe something you might not normally have, like steak or a salmon fillet? For me, steak tends to be my go-to treat when I want a meal that feels a little more special, with baked or roasted sweet potato, a nice salad, and grilled or sauteed zucchini or yellow squash. Maybe that doesn't do anything for you, but if there's a meal that would feel fancy or special, try that. Maybe it's even as simple as using nice dishes, or having sparkling water in a fancy wine glass.
    Non-food stuff can be good too -- treat yourself to a bubble bath, a new magazine, a new journal to write in, some little something just to reward yourself for staying with it this long. The whole "It's not hard" thing is a nice sentiment, but at times, whole30 can be hard. It can be a huge change from what you're used to, and it's definitely not convenient if you aren't used to cooking from scratch all the time. If there's a restaurant near you where you could get a compliant meal, sometimes it's worth it to go out for a meal just to get a break from cooking and washing dishes.
    Basically, hang in there. It'll get better again, you're just going through a rough patch, and that's pretty normal. Don't let this derail all the hard work you've put into this already.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from tinman57 in 1st timer, starting November 1st!   
    You really don't need to be hungry during your Whole30. It can be helpful to set aside time once or twice a week to cook batches of food, so you've always got something in the fridge. On this page, there's a link to an article called The Method Behind My Madness and one called No Recipe Required, they both have some ideas you might find helpful:   https://meljoulwan.com/paleo-101/
    If you're not used to eating this much meat, you can always have eggs, or fish might be a little less meaty feeling if it's a texture issue. There's also some tips here that might help:   http://whole9life.com/2013/02/eating-meat-a-primer-for-the-meat-challenged-2/
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from HMH in Day 24 - ate big dinner at 6:30...hungry!   
    If you're hungry, it's okay to eat. In general, it's best to try to have a combo of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three. Of the three things you listed here, I'd probably go for the compliant hot dog, maybe with a few olives or a little mayo or some other fat.
    If you tend to have acid reflux or heartburn at night, go for whichever choice seems like it will bother you least, especially if you're planning on going to bed within an hour or so, just so you won't be miserable.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from HMH in Day 15 - gag eggs, sweet potatoes   
    You could try soup -- I like a creamy butternut squash soup, and then I add diced whatever kind of protein I have on hand -- chicken apple sausages, cooked chicken, compliant hot dogs, cooked ground beef.  Or a chicken and vegetable soup, or whatever sounds good to you. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Sjodo in Starting after Thanksgiving   
    If you know you're going to give up coffee, you might start weaning off of it now -- go to half-caff, or just half as much coffee as usual, and then next week half that, and then by next Friday, you shouldn't have to deal with as many headaches as if you just wait and quit cold turkey on day 1.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from HMH in Potassium Sorbate   
    It's a preservative -- as was stated above, it's okay to have during your Whole30. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from T2Andrew in Should I be feeling worse?   
    Some people are just lucky and don't experience many negative effects. It probably helps that you were eating pretty well before. Just go with it.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Mdubg in Supplements Whole30 Compliant   
    How could she have changed that response that would have made it better for you?
    If you want to know what all of those types of magnesium are, you'll want to look them up and read about them. If I were looking, I'd start by googling them, or googling something like "types of magnesium" to see if I could get a chart that listed some of the basic differences and narrowed down the options for me a little. If you've done that and still aren't sure, you could consult your doctor or a trusted pharmacist. SugarcubeOD did mention a brand that many people take and that should be readily available either online or at a local health food store if you have one near you. If you're at the point where you feel you've researched everything you can possibly stand to research, you could start with that brand and see how it works for you. If it helps, great. If not, you'll have to do some more research, but you'll have narrowed it down some, since you'll know that type of magnesium doesn't work for you.
    For dosages, first, start by reading the label of whatever brand you decide to take and see if they say anything about a good starting dose. If all they list is just a regular recommended dose, I'd start with not more than half of that for a few days and see how you go. If you don't have any digestive upset, you can increase the dose. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from RandiW in Wording counts   
    Hi, @ginger917. I had not really thought about this before, but you have a good point. Unfortunately, no one here on the forum can make this change. I'd suggest emailing daily@whole30.com (I think that's right, it should be listed somewhere on those emails) and tell them. 
    Best of luck to you for the rest of your whole30!