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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Revelate in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    I'm not sure why the order is different in the book and on the website, but it really doesn't matter what order you use, the important part is to go back to whole30 eating for at least two days between different categories of foods, more if you have a reaction that lingers for more than two days.
    The point of reintroducing foods is to help you decide what foods you want to include in your regular diet going forward. If you love cheese and are okay with not feeling great after you eat it, it may be worth it to you to have it sometimes. Whole30's position is that none of the foods that you've left out for the last 30 days are ever truly good for you, whether you have a noticeable reaction to them or not -- but it's also understood that food is not always simply fuel, that there are emotional and cultural influences on what we eat, and that we are not always going to only eat healthy stuff 100% of the time. If you haven't read it before, I suggest you look for the three part series on the whole30 blog titled, Dear Melissa: What do you eat? It's a good explanation of how she has discovered which foods are worth it to her and which aren't.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from cristinamt in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Be sure you're eating lots of vegetables and drinking plenty of water -- aim for at least 1/2 oz of water per pound of body weight, so if you weigh about 120 lbs, drink at least 60 oz per day. You can also try a magnesium supplement, many people find it helps with constipation. I know that original, unflavored Natural Calm brand is compliant, but there are probably other options as well.
    Fats are good for skin and hair health and brain health, they're necessary for your body to use certain fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, and they help keep you full between meals, which helps keep you from snacking mindlessly. If you really want to know the whys behind the program, I'd recommend finding a copy of It Starts With Food. 
    You might find the tips in this article helpful for dealing with eating more meat than you're used to: http://whole9life.com/2013/02/eating-meat-a-primer-for-the-meat-challenged-2/
    I'd also encourage you to find a group here on the forum that started around the same time as you -- you can all support each other and share information. There are several groups that started June 1, browse through the different threads and see if one seems like a good fit for you: http://forum.whole30.com/forum/4-join-the-whole30/  
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from mbrinva in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    All of the schedules are just suggestions -- as long as you follow the basic process they outline (reintro one thing at a time, at least two days of Whole30 eating between reintros, and don't have the things you've reintroduced again until you're completely done with reintroductions), you can do them in whatever order makes sense for you.
    One of the lists goes in order from least likely to cause issues for most people, to most likely to cause issues -- that one ends on gluten, but I can't remember now what it starts with, legumes maybe? Some people break down their reintroductions even further -- instead of just dairy, they do regular dairy, low or no lactose dairy, goat's milk versus cow's milk, etc. -- the details are really up to you, based on what you want to try to learn from them.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Barbara Connolly in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    This is just something you have to decide to change. There's nothing that says breakfast has to be eggs or other "breakfast" food, it can be leftovers, or soups, or fish, or meatballs, with whatever vegetables you prefer. Here's one thread of non-egg breakfasts: 
    And if you google Whole30 no egg breakfast or something along those lines, you can find other discussions as well. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from DeeW30 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    If you continue eating Whole30 style, making your meals match the meal template, you will continue to improve your health, and you will almost certainly also lose weight as you get healthier, although it may not be as fast as you would like. However, losing weight slowly while eating in a way that is sustainable means you won't yo-yo, losing and gaining and losing over and over again.
    Losing a pound a week is not bad. Keep doing that and in a year, you'll have lost 50 lbs. Focus on the other improvements you've seen. List them somewhere -- actually write them down -- and when you feel discouraged, refer back to your list. Add to the list over time, if you experience new improvements. If you have trouble getting started, here's a handy checklist you can print off and mark the ones you've experienced.
    Remember that the more time you've spent dieting, gaining and losing weight, restricting your calories, the longer it is going to take to really heal from that. I know that it's frustrating, and I know that you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, but think about your experiences with other diets. You've lost weight on them, sure, but it sounds like you weren't able to maintain that weight loss -- therefore they didn't really work. A successful diet not only helps you lose the weight initially, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Try something new. Ditch the scale, focus on non-scale victories and on eating healthy foods that will nourish your body and make you healthier.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from BKA in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    If you continue eating Whole30 style, making your meals match the meal template, you will continue to improve your health, and you will almost certainly also lose weight as you get healthier, although it may not be as fast as you would like. However, losing weight slowly while eating in a way that is sustainable means you won't yo-yo, losing and gaining and losing over and over again.
    Losing a pound a week is not bad. Keep doing that and in a year, you'll have lost 50 lbs. Focus on the other improvements you've seen. List them somewhere -- actually write them down -- and when you feel discouraged, refer back to your list. Add to the list over time, if you experience new improvements. If you have trouble getting started, here's a handy checklist you can print off and mark the ones you've experienced.
    Remember that the more time you've spent dieting, gaining and losing weight, restricting your calories, the longer it is going to take to really heal from that. I know that it's frustrating, and I know that you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, but think about your experiences with other diets. You've lost weight on them, sure, but it sounds like you weren't able to maintain that weight loss -- therefore they didn't really work. A successful diet not only helps you lose the weight initially, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Try something new. Ditch the scale, focus on non-scale victories and on eating healthy foods that will nourish your body and make you healthier.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Theoretically, the more expensive stuff should be from better quality butter, although there are no guarantees on that just based on price. It's not really hard to make your own, and I like the stuff I make better than any of the brands I've bought, although I did like the Tin Star Brown Butter Ghee better than the couple of other brands I found at local stores to try. The last time I made my own I used this crockpot method.
    Having said all that, ghee is just not my favorite. It's okay, but I regularly go months and months without using it. I just use coconut oil, olive oil, duck fat, lard, tallow, or if I've had some compliant bacon, I'll save the grease from it to cook in. So if you don't like it, you've got other options. Don't feel like you have to have it to do Whole30.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Lisamommy in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    If you continue eating Whole30 style, making your meals match the meal template, you will continue to improve your health, and you will almost certainly also lose weight as you get healthier, although it may not be as fast as you would like. However, losing weight slowly while eating in a way that is sustainable means you won't yo-yo, losing and gaining and losing over and over again.
    Losing a pound a week is not bad. Keep doing that and in a year, you'll have lost 50 lbs. Focus on the other improvements you've seen. List them somewhere -- actually write them down -- and when you feel discouraged, refer back to your list. Add to the list over time, if you experience new improvements. If you have trouble getting started, here's a handy checklist you can print off and mark the ones you've experienced.
    Remember that the more time you've spent dieting, gaining and losing weight, restricting your calories, the longer it is going to take to really heal from that. I know that it's frustrating, and I know that you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, but think about your experiences with other diets. You've lost weight on them, sure, but it sounds like you weren't able to maintain that weight loss -- therefore they didn't really work. A successful diet not only helps you lose the weight initially, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Try something new. Ditch the scale, focus on non-scale victories and on eating healthy foods that will nourish your body and make you healthier.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MommaMary in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    As long as all the ingredients are compliant, it's fine. Always check the ingredients.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from DurhamDoesPaleo in Compliant Packaged Hash Browns?   
    If you end up making your own, you might be able to dice the potatoes small instead of grating them. You might need to adjust the cooking time a little. Or borrow a food processor from someone?
    I haven't ever found pre shredded potatoes that are compliant.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Kaleidoscope in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
     
    If you wanted, you could pull the meat off the bone of something like the chicken thighs or wings and pile it up and see how it measures up. It doesn't have to be exact, just be sure it's at least roughly the size of your palm.
     
    And yes, eating big meals is the key to not needing snacks.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Gayla733 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Ghee is clarified butter (the big difference is that it's cooked longer to allow the milk solids to brown before it's strained, giving it a different flavor than regular clarified butter). It will list butter and sometimes milk as ingredients, or might have an allergen statement listing milk. It's fine.
    Using a calorie tracker, on the other hand, is not really a great idea during Whole30 -- more information on that here: http://whole30.com/2016/01/tracking/
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from eyeswideopen in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    The timeline is just a general guideline. Some people follow it pretty closely the whole way through, some don't. Be glad you haven't had the rough days in the beginning some people experience, and just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    The timeline is just a general guideline. Some people follow it pretty closely the whole way through, some don't. Be glad you haven't had the rough days in the beginning some people experience, and just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from aprilb in Compliant Packaged Hash Browns?   
    If you end up making your own, you might be able to dice the potatoes small instead of grating them. You might need to adjust the cooking time a little. Or borrow a food processor from someone?
    I haven't ever found pre shredded potatoes that are compliant.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Northcarolinag2 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    One of the most common questions here on the forum is, what can I eat for breakfast? Maybe it's someone used to eating pancakes or pop tarts or just coffee or nothing at all, or maybe it's someone who's been eating eggs and is tired of them or wants to try the AIP protocol that doesn't allow eggs, but most people at some point during a Whole30 wonder about this. I thought maybe we could have a thread about unusual but tasty breakfast options that we could direct people to when they ask.
     
    So, if you eat the kind of breakfast that makes your non-W30 friends think you're weird, things that aren't your standard eggs and bacon or sausage combos, tell us about them here. If you want to show pictures, go for it.
     
    (Posts showing or describing obviously non-Whole30 foods like paleo pancakes, fauxtmeal, or coconut yogurt-fruit-nut creations will be deleted without warning. Please stick to meals that meet the meal template.)
     
    I'll get us started here -- this morning, I had leftover braised round steak, belly dance beet salad, and crisp sweet collards with pecans and raisins.
     
     

     
    So what did you have for your Meal1 this morning?
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Divachef in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    All of the schedules are just suggestions -- as long as you follow the basic process they outline (reintro one thing at a time, at least two days of Whole30 eating between reintros, and don't have the things you've reintroduced again until you're completely done with reintroductions), you can do them in whatever order makes sense for you.
    One of the lists goes in order from least likely to cause issues for most people, to most likely to cause issues -- that one ends on gluten, but I can't remember now what it starts with, legumes maybe? Some people break down their reintroductions even further -- instead of just dairy, they do regular dairy, low or no lactose dairy, goat's milk versus cow's milk, etc. -- the details are really up to you, based on what you want to try to learn from them.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Clooney in Acronyms!   
    Also called a stick blender.
    Like these: https://www.google.com/search?q=immersion+blender&client=ms-android-verizon&source=lnms&biw=360&bih=615&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=o4mHVZ38O4q5yQS6nIigCw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from CherryPie0420 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Leftovers from last night for me:
     

     
     
    Steak topped with sauteed mushrooms, onion, and garlic, sweet potato wedges, and tomato-cucumber salad with sunflower seeds.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Raven in Pork rinds   
    Sorry, due to the "no commercial chips, nothing deep fried" rule, pork rinds would not be compliant during your Whole30.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from SweetEnough in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    I'm not sure why the order is different in the book and on the website, but it really doesn't matter what order you use, the important part is to go back to whole30 eating for at least two days between different categories of foods, more if you have a reaction that lingers for more than two days.
    The point of reintroducing foods is to help you decide what foods you want to include in your regular diet going forward. If you love cheese and are okay with not feeling great after you eat it, it may be worth it to you to have it sometimes. Whole30's position is that none of the foods that you've left out for the last 30 days are ever truly good for you, whether you have a noticeable reaction to them or not -- but it's also understood that food is not always simply fuel, that there are emotional and cultural influences on what we eat, and that we are not always going to only eat healthy stuff 100% of the time. If you haven't read it before, I suggest you look for the three part series on the whole30 blog titled, Dear Melissa: What do you eat? It's a good explanation of how she has discovered which foods are worth it to her and which aren't.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from decker_bear in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Those seasonings would be fine. Obviously, the Elvis burger is almond butter (or sun butter, or whatever nut/seed butter you prefer) with bananas and bacon, there's also another variation -- the SB&J burger -- where you cook strawberries down to a jelly-like consistency, instead of the bananas. Both are tasty. Like jmcbn said, not an everyday thing necessarily, but a nice change of pace.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from OncoWarrior in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    One of the most common questions here on the forum is, what can I eat for breakfast? Maybe it's someone used to eating pancakes or pop tarts or just coffee or nothing at all, or maybe it's someone who's been eating eggs and is tired of them or wants to try the AIP protocol that doesn't allow eggs, but most people at some point during a Whole30 wonder about this. I thought maybe we could have a thread about unusual but tasty breakfast options that we could direct people to when they ask.
     
    So, if you eat the kind of breakfast that makes your non-W30 friends think you're weird, things that aren't your standard eggs and bacon or sausage combos, tell us about them here. If you want to show pictures, go for it.
     
    (Posts showing or describing obviously non-Whole30 foods like paleo pancakes, fauxtmeal, or coconut yogurt-fruit-nut creations will be deleted without warning. Please stick to meals that meet the meal template.)
     
    I'll get us started here -- this morning, I had leftover braised round steak, belly dance beet salad, and crisp sweet collards with pecans and raisins.
     
     

     
    So what did you have for your Meal1 this morning?
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Dotyhenderson in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    Not really. Sugar reintroduction is really about the sweet-tasting stuff, as the biggest reaction sugar causes for most people is cravings for more sugar, and bacon is unlikely to cause that.
     
    In fact, if you read the Slow My (Reintroduction) Roll article, one thing Melissa says people who are not quite ready to do reintroductions might do is loosen up on the no added sugar rule, in things like meat or ketchup.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    The person who could get you local kombucha, ask them if their source would share a scoby and some starter liquid (which is just plain, unflavored kombucha) -- typically kombucha brewers have more scoby than we know what to do with, so they might be willing to share. Never hurts to ask, anyway.