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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Crazygrazing in Anybody else get stomach trouble from coconut aminios?   
    Must be something new, it's been a few years since I checked out their products since they weren't compliant before and I could find Coconut Secrets pretty easily here.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Jomelsa in Compliant Coffee Creamer!!   
    You have to see what kind of lecithin it is. Sunflower lecithin is okay, soy lecithin is not.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Claire1234 in HELP! Day 18 - Emotional Mess   
    Hello. I'm sorry you're having a rough time. 
    Let's start with food, here. People who are prone to depression or anxiety sometimes find they need more starchy vegetables than others. Definitely be sure you're having at least one fist-sized serving of some kind of starchy vegetable each day, and for now, since you're already feeling down, you might try having a serving at each meal until you feel better, and then you can work on figuring out how much you need each day to feel best. Also be sure you're eating foods rich in omega-3, like fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel. Getting out into the sunshine can help, physical activity can help. And of course if feelings of depression continue or worsen, please talk to your doctor.
    You are currently experiencing a lot of stuff -- lack of sleep, the neighbor's death plus the stress of worrying about telling your daughter about that death. Some of the depression you're feeling now may start to resolve as you deal with these things. It's definitely normal to have ups and downs in life.
    I think you're right about the not being able to do the emotional eating thing contributing to being more sad. I noticed that too during my first whole30. It sucks to actually have to feel all the negative feelings, but in the long run, it's better to learn a healthy way to deal with them. I find journaling about what I'm feeling helps. It can also be helpful to cry or yell or slam doors or whatever it is you feel like doing because if these emotions (as long as what you feel like doing won't hurt yourself or others). Meditation, exercise or any kind of physical activity, or talking to a friend can also help.
    As for the focus on weight loss, I do think it's normal to be concerned about that, and to want it to happen as fast as possible. Try to focus on the non-scale changes you see. Definitely don't weigh yourself, that will just contribute to focusing on weight. Set non-weight-related goals, like to walk or run farther or faster, to lift heavier stuff, to keep up with your kiddo better, to take the stairs instead of the elevator -- pick something that works in your life and focus on it. If you get healthier, the weight will sort itself out. You might find this article helpful:  
    https://whole30.com/2012/10/the-whole30-and-weight-loss/
    You can also Google whole30 weight loss, or dear melissa weight loss, and find others.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Claire1234 in HELP! Day 18 - Emotional Mess   
    Hello. I'm sorry you're having a rough time. 
    Let's start with food, here. People who are prone to depression or anxiety sometimes find they need more starchy vegetables than others. Definitely be sure you're having at least one fist-sized serving of some kind of starchy vegetable each day, and for now, since you're already feeling down, you might try having a serving at each meal until you feel better, and then you can work on figuring out how much you need each day to feel best. Also be sure you're eating foods rich in omega-3, like fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel. Getting out into the sunshine can help, physical activity can help. And of course if feelings of depression continue or worsen, please talk to your doctor.
    You are currently experiencing a lot of stuff -- lack of sleep, the neighbor's death plus the stress of worrying about telling your daughter about that death. Some of the depression you're feeling now may start to resolve as you deal with these things. It's definitely normal to have ups and downs in life.
    I think you're right about the not being able to do the emotional eating thing contributing to being more sad. I noticed that too during my first whole30. It sucks to actually have to feel all the negative feelings, but in the long run, it's better to learn a healthy way to deal with them. I find journaling about what I'm feeling helps. It can also be helpful to cry or yell or slam doors or whatever it is you feel like doing because if these emotions (as long as what you feel like doing won't hurt yourself or others). Meditation, exercise or any kind of physical activity, or talking to a friend can also help.
    As for the focus on weight loss, I do think it's normal to be concerned about that, and to want it to happen as fast as possible. Try to focus on the non-scale changes you see. Definitely don't weigh yourself, that will just contribute to focusing on weight. Set non-weight-related goals, like to walk or run farther or faster, to lift heavier stuff, to keep up with your kiddo better, to take the stairs instead of the elevator -- pick something that works in your life and focus on it. If you get healthier, the weight will sort itself out. You might find this article helpful:  
    https://whole30.com/2012/10/the-whole30-and-weight-loss/
    You can also Google whole30 weight loss, or dear melissa weight loss, and find others.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Carlaccini in so So SO Thirsty.   
    No one here is a doctor, so if you're concerned, and especially if you continue to experience dizziness, talk to your doctor.
    Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, aiming for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person needs at least 60 oz. Also be sure you're salting your food. And it's always worth reviewing the meal template yo be sure you're really following it, and checking in with yourself to make sure the meals that you've eaten in the past are still working for you -- it is possible that you may need more food now than before, or more of a particular type of food. The human body changes over time, so your needs may also change.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    There are a bunch of whole30 versions of eggs Benedict around, maybe something like that? Because who wouldn't be impressed wit hollandaise sauce.
    For your kitchen burnout, remember that it's fine to keep things simple. Burger patty with a dollop of mayo and mustard, roasted vegetables, maybe some sauerkraut. Or make a roast in the crockpot, bake some potatoes or sweet potatoes. Stuff potatoes with roast, serve with salad. Use leftover roast in a salad or lettuce wraps the next day. Buy pre-chopped vegetables if that helps. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from nerdular in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    You don't have to use a spiralizer. You can use a veggie peeler to get wide, thin strips of zucchini, which you can leave like that or cut them long ways to get strips. Or you can just dice the zucchini instead of trying to mimic the look of pasta, it'll still taste the same, just won't look quite as fancy.
     
    For those wondering about snacks, it is okay to eat between meals if you're hungry, though it is best to try to make your meals big enough to get 4-5 hours between them. If you're including fruit in these snacks, pay attention to whether they're keeping you satisfied and whether they're causing you to crave more sweet things. And remember that for whole30 purposes, nuts are fats, not protein, and they can be really easy to overeat. If you find yourself eating fruit or nuts (or anything, really, but those are the most common culprits) when you know you're not hungry, or because you're bored or tired or whatever, be honest with yourself about it and look for better options that don't affect you that way.
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from kat.bair in My Husband's Idea   
    If all you had for breakfast was a hard boiled egg and coffee, you are undereating. You need three meals a day that meet the meal template. If eggs are your only protein, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, so probably 3-4. Have 2-3 cups of veggies with those eggs, and add a serving of two of fat. Eat a big, filling breakfast, and you are less likely to have that insatiable hunger the rest of the day. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Crazygrazing in Anybody else get stomach trouble from coconut aminios?   
    Just to clarify, Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are two different things. Bragg's Liquid Aminos are not compliant due to soy. 
    If you just had a little gas once, there's also the chance that it's from carbonated water, drinking water through a straw, or eating or drinking too quickly -- it isn't always just to do with what you eat. If it bothers you, do keep track and see if it seems to happen with certain foods, but just know it may not be easy to figure out exactly what's causing it.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Kambino in Problems with Planning/Prepping   
    There is definitely hope.
    First, though, rethink everyone doing it all at once if they're not on board. It is stressful enough to change your own diet, dragging unwilling participants along right now may be more stress than you need. A possible compromise could be that you will make food, but if they don't like that food, they are welcome to make their own, or buy their own. Definitely have a conversation about the cost of food and not throwing away six pounds of chicken, though. Even if your kids eat frozen waffles for breakfast and then eat what you fix for lunch and dinner, it's a step in the right direction, and you may get them totally on board in the future when they see how you eat.
    Frittatas or egg muffins are great breakfast ideas. You could also dice potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables, and explain to your kids how to either roast or pan fry them. It'll be like hash browns. You could even grate the vegetables if they'd prefer that. They can then cook those, and scramble or fry some eggs for breakfast. If you wanted, you could make up some whole30 compliant sausage patties for them to cook. This is if they're willing to put some effort in. If they're not right now, decide how much effort you're willing to put in if they aren't committed to doing this.
    For cold lunches, a lot of people just eat leftovers cold. It's really helpful if that's an option. There are some whole30-ish ideas here (some things aren't completely compliant) sized for smaller kids mostly so you'd need to make more than what's pictured, but it might give you some ideas:  https://nomnompaleo.com/paleolunchboxes  
    You might also Google whole30 kid-friendly recipes to find options your teenagers may find more appealing.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Which book do I purchase first? Help!   
    This tells a little about each book:  https://whole30.com/books/
    One tiny correction to what Carlaccini said above, the Whole30 Day by Day book is actually set up as a guided journal, a place to write your reflections of each day in your whole30. I think she's probably thinking of The Whole30 book as a good guide to what to expect and explanation of the rules.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Kambino in Problems with Planning/Prepping   
    There is definitely hope.
    First, though, rethink everyone doing it all at once if they're not on board. It is stressful enough to change your own diet, dragging unwilling participants along right now may be more stress than you need. A possible compromise could be that you will make food, but if they don't like that food, they are welcome to make their own, or buy their own. Definitely have a conversation about the cost of food and not throwing away six pounds of chicken, though. Even if your kids eat frozen waffles for breakfast and then eat what you fix for lunch and dinner, it's a step in the right direction, and you may get them totally on board in the future when they see how you eat.
    Frittatas or egg muffins are great breakfast ideas. You could also dice potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables, and explain to your kids how to either roast or pan fry them. It'll be like hash browns. You could even grate the vegetables if they'd prefer that. They can then cook those, and scramble or fry some eggs for breakfast. If you wanted, you could make up some whole30 compliant sausage patties for them to cook. This is if they're willing to put some effort in. If they're not right now, decide how much effort you're willing to put in if they aren't committed to doing this.
    For cold lunches, a lot of people just eat leftovers cold. It's really helpful if that's an option. There are some whole30-ish ideas here (some things aren't completely compliant) sized for smaller kids mostly so you'd need to make more than what's pictured, but it might give you some ideas:  https://nomnompaleo.com/paleolunchboxes  
    You might also Google whole30 kid-friendly recipes to find options your teenagers may find more appealing.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from kat.bair in My Husband's Idea   
    It's really a habit you should work on breaking. Ideally, you'll make meals that keep you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, so you'll be able to eat at meal times but won't need anything between meals. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Kimberling in Breastfeeding and Craving   
    For nursing moms, you generally need to eat 4 meals a day, although you can divide it up and do three meals and two mini-meals. It might be that even though you're eating enough for an average person on Whole30, you're not eating enough for a nursing mom on Whole30. 
    There are more tips here: https://mamas.whole30.com/five-tips-for-a-breastfeedingwhole30/ and here: https://mamas.whole30.com/dear-stephanie-whole30-breastfeeding-2/
    I don't have personal experience here, these are just general tips, so hopefully some of the ladies who have or are breastfeeding and doing Whole30 can weigh in about what has worked for them.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Bellmaestra in The Great Ghee Debate   
    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ 
    I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat.  
    I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Bellmaestra in The Great Ghee Debate   
    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ 
    I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat.  
    I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Dehh in Day 1   
    Hi @Dehh -- one simple way to make a meal more interesting is to change up spices or sauces. So you could grill a bunch of chicken or burger patties or whatever on Sunday to have for dinner throughout the week with just really simple seasoning -- maybe salt, pepper, and garlic powder -- and one day put them on a big salad with lots of vegetables and ranch dressing (http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/10/paleo-ranch-dressing/), and the next day reheat some in a stir fry over cauliflower rice with a sauce like this: http://meljoulwan.com/2009/10/29/best-stir-fry-sauce-ever™-for-real/. Another day could be meat and roasted vegetables with leftover ranch dressing for dipping, or an omelette filled with leftover meat and vegetables from throughout the week, and if you want to get fancy make a hollandaise sauce to go over it (https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2013/07/06/easy-paleo-ghee-hollandaise-sauce/) 
    New recipes are great, but many people find it overwhelming to try to do them every day, so something like this can really cut down on the amount of time you spend in teh kitchen every night. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from laura_juggles in Ultimate replenisher   
    You're right. I mentioned to look for it, but apparently didn't see it myself. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from LanaG in Our New Beginnings   
    Hi, Lana, welcome to Whole30.
    It's a good idea to get used to drinking plain water, it really is best for you, and as you go through your 30 days, your taste buds are likely to change drastically -- you might end up enjoying plain water. 
    I'm not sure what's in the Nestle water, you'd have to read ingredients, but LaCroix and Dasani both make flavored carbonated waters that are compliant, and you can always cut up some of your favorite fruits, put them in a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you'll have infused water. Cucumber and lemon is a nice combination for this, apple and ginger is good, whatever berries you like would work well -- I'd at least cut them in half or smush them up a bit to help the flavor infuse better. You might also like caffeine-free teas (caffeine is fine to have, but you probably don't want to be drinking caffeinated stuff all day, that's the only reason I specified caffeine-free) -- just read the ingredients, they can sneak soy and sweeteners into them sometimes. 
    Because your husband is on insulin, it's especially important that he speak to his doctor and keep a close eye on his blood sugar, especially at first-- some people find that because this can be a big change from how they ate before, they need to adjust their insulin dose. It may affect you as well, but adding insulin to the mix is just an extra complication. Be sure you keep something on hand to raise your blood sugar quickly if you need to, especially the first week or two as you work things out. 
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from kaitvt in Trouble finding foods due to allergies   
    Make your meals meet the meal template -- facts other than nuts, seeds, and avocado would include oils and sauces, dressings, or dips made from them, olives, and any firm of coconut. You can download the meal template here:   https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
    Ideally, you'll get to the point where you mostly don't need to eat between meals, because each meal will keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours. If you do need to eat between meals, have a mini meal of protein, fat and vegetables, or at least two of the three. So a hard boiled egg with mayo, some leftovers from a previous meal, some vegetables with ranch dressing.
    When you look at recipes, if they call for avocado oil, just substitute a different oil. Olive oil is fine for many things, but if you don't care for the flavor in everything, you could look for light tasting olive oil or a high oleic sunflower or safflower oil. Coconut oil works well for cooking, but since it does solidify at room temperature it's not great for things like mayo or other dressings or dips that you'd typically eat chilled.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from CaseyP in Starting Whole30 5/14/2018   
    We'd recommend reintroductions of some sort every time -- if not the shortened 10-day version, then maybe a slow roll. This article has some thoughts on things you might gain from multiple Whole30s and the reintroductions that follow them:  https://whole30.com/2014/09/five-things-melissa-hartwig-learned-whole30/ 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from RandiW in Adding sweetener to coffee. Least bad choice   
     
    If you reintroduce it, you treat it just like any other reintroduction -- have it for a day, then 2-3 days back to Whole30 eating, then continue to leave it out as you do other reintroductions.
     
    The most likely reaction to adding any sweetener back to your meals is that you will crave more sweets. It's not guaranteed that you'll have that reaction, and you could have other reactions too, although I'm not sure what reactions stevia is likely to cause. 
     
    As for whether it's a bad option, no sweetener is really going to enhance your health. We can't really tell you which one to use, or how often it's okay to use it, that's something you have to decide for yourself. If it's something you really love, reintroduce it and see what happens. Just pay attention to how you feel, both immediately on reintroducing it, and going forward if you choose to use it regularly. If you notice your coffee consumption goes way up because you like it better with the stevia, that might be something to keep an eye on. Or if you use it once and have no issues, but notice as you have it every morning, you start to to crave more sweet things over time, that's something to watch for.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Bellmaestra in Coconut Milk on Amazon... Good Grief!   
    I like the Aroy-d tetra packs from Amazon, but their prices change every time I buy, sometimes higher, occasionally lower. You might sign up for camelcamelcamel to get alerts when the price drops:   https://camelcamelcamel.com
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Ltimmi in Day 16- extreme muscle weakness and shortness of breath   
    This isnt normal. If it continues, definitely talk to your doctor, just to rule out anything non-food-related. 
    If you want more personalized feedback, list a day or two of typical meals, including approximate portion sizes and water intake.
    In general, some things that might possibly cause something like this would be not eating enough, not drinking enough water, or not salting your food. Your meals should be big enough that you easily go 4-5 hours without being hungry between meals. You should aim to drink a half ounce of water per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person needs at least 60 oz. And for salt, just be sure youre adding some, whether it's as youre cooking, as you're eating, or both -- most of what you eat on whole30 isn't going to have salt unless you add it, and while too much salt is a problem, not enough salt can be as well.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Whole30MKE in Sweetener Recommendations   
    For reintroductions, reintroduce whatever you think you'd want to use. For life after whole30, living your food freedom, you'll want to know how what you want to use will affect you, so you can decide which options are worth it for you, and how often they may be worth having.