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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Kynard in Preemptive measures for nausea   
    This is something I have not heard of before. When you have tried in the past, have you eaten starchy vegetables (potato, sweet potato, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, plantains, or winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or kabocha)? If not, that might help as it might be more about carbs than grains. 
    Or, have you tried gradually reducing your grain intake over time before doing whole30, kind of weaning yourself off of them instead of just stopping them? 
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    ShannonM816 reacted to ladyshanny in Challenge questions for signing up   
    Oh, interesting! I'll talk to our IT team about this!
    @ShannonM816 - I've got this one!
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Hannah B in This is a nightmare....   
    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 starchy vegetables each day for most people). Be sure you salt your food and drink plenty of water. 
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    ShannonM816 reacted to SchrodingersCat in Difficulty preparing Meals   
    I recently subbed quinoa with cauli rice, but only cooked it part way - it was for Tabbouleh and it was really nice.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Mikaliki in Nausea, acid, and Indigestion- food suggestions?   
    Broth, potato or sweet potato, chicken with simple seasonings, scrambled eggs, peppermint or ginger tea.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Marie-Joelle in Do I need to include all the fat in all the meal?   
    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.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Marie-Joelle in Can I have frozen chopped beef (steak haché)?   
    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.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Ester, The Queen in Vegan Mozzarella   
    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 nut butters, USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT. If you have an unhealthy emotional relationship with cheese, use cheese as a comfort food, or find cheese is a trigger food for other cravings (like wine or crackers), it’s absolutely for the best that you leave these recreations out of your Whole30. It’s only 30 days.
    This is from the Can I Have list ( and while it says nut cheese, I think it applies regardless of what compliant ingredients your cheese substitute is made of.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Ariany L in is it allowed to eat pine nuts?   
    Pine nuts are fine. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from scoobydooby1969 in Clarification on the Fast Track intro...   
    Yes, once you've done reintroductions you can eat whatever you want. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from scoobydooby1969 in Clarification on the Fast Track intro...   
    You reintro a food group at each meal one day, then go back to whole30 without that food group for at least two days (or more if you had any reactions that leave you with lingering effects for more than that). Then you don't have that food group again until you are completely done with your reintroductions. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from scoobydooby1969 in Reintroduction - Mexican Food   
    Corn is a non-gluten grain, it's still something you'd be reintroducing that you haven't had for 30 days. 
    The reason to do reintroductions one food group at a time is so that if you have any reaction, you know what you reacted to, which can help you decide if that food is worth it to you going forward. If you reintroduce several food groups at once and end up feeling crappy afterward, you have no way of knowing which food group caused that, or if it's a combination of them.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Wondering if whole30 is for me.   
    You might want to browse this part of the forum: -- there are a lot of us who have felt better and more energetic after whole30.
    What I would say is, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. It's 30 days, plus 10 or so more for reintroductions, of eating lots of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. If nothing else, it may help you find new recipes that you enjoy, and you may feel better at the end of 30 days than you've felt in years. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from keithbakerlv in Can I have 5-hour energy drinks?   
    Sucralose is a sweetener -- you can download a Sneaky Sugars list for other words you might see that indicate sugar and sweeteners here:
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from shayne j in organic flax meal, hemp powder   
    Anything your doctor has told you to do, you should keep doing, doctor's orders always trump whole30 rules.
    As long as everything in the smoothie is whole30 compliant, it should be fine. Double check all your labels to be sure there's no soy or sweeteners in them, those are pretty common in some of the powders.
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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: 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:
    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:,
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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.