Real Food Y'all reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Yeast extract
This is a tricky one. While yeast does contain glutamate, so do plenty of other foods with protein, like meat. The glutamate isn't the issue - it's when these proteins are hydrolyzed at high temperature, creating a different form of glutamate (a less healthy form).
I've read both sides, and I'm not convinced that yeast extract contains the unhealthy form of MSG - which is fundamentally, chemically different from glutamic acid. But I'm also not convinced that people who are very sensitive to MSG wouldn't have a reaction when exposed to this particular form.
We say nutritional yeast is okay for the Whole30, and I doubt that yeast extract is going to present a problem for 99.99% of folks doing the program. But for now, as Tom said, we'll encourage you to look for foods and products without these added ingredients, or better yet - just make your own chicken broth. However, I would see no need to start over because you ate some yeast extract in your soup.
Real Food Y'all reacted to Alliea in Whole30 and Five Guys
When I was in the middle of my Whole30 (a month and half ago!) I wrote to Five Guys about their ingredients. Even though they have their nutritional info online, I grilled them (no pun) about any hidden ingredients that might now have been mentioned. I just now heard back from them. Here's what they said:
Since 1986 Five Guys has focused on serving the freshest product in the simplest way possible. We do not add
anything to our products. Our burgers are NOT seasoned, they are simply 80/20 ground beef, our mushrooms
are sauteed on a flat top grill as they are with NO oil or butter. Our produce is cut fresh daily and does not have
anything added to it as well. In fact, our nutritional information is located on website www.fiveguys.com if you
would like you can also find the Five Guys story located under the About us tab.
So, in the case of Five Guys, if you are willing to have a hamburger patty on a lettuce "bun" with just vegetables of various sorts as condiments, sounds like they would be legal in the Whole30 world. Since finishing the Whole30, I've been glad that I did this sort of research. I'm not eating out nearly as much, but when I do, I often just go paleo for that meal and that helps me feel like I'm not eating a bunch of garbage just because I'm eating out.
Real Food Y'all reacted to Darian in The crazy things people say
So I went with my friend to go get her Rodeo Houston jacket for winning grand champion with TWO different lambs, one of which is a 3rd generation homegrown (meaning, she didn't buy it or it's parents... which is huge for a new breeder).
So I'm sitting in line waiting to get the jacket, and I'm eavesdropping on the girl in front of me.
She was telling her friend that she was only going to have a pickle and some tea (Rodeo Houston sweet tea is the BEST) because she was on a diet. She then said "I've lost like 15 pounds since January. I've been doing this thing where I mostly have blended salads and then some fruit and yogurt for dinner. It sucks but it works!
Also had this with my mom today:
Mom: I'm stopping by McDonald's, do you want a coffee?
Mom: Why, because they keep messing it up? (Insert like 1 minute of silence) ... or is it because you can't have it?
Mom: Well I'm still going, just because you're dieting doesn't mean I have to.
Me: I know. That's why I made breakfast.
Later, on the way back from the store
Mom: Slushes are half price now.
Mom: Do you want a slush from sonic?
Me: If you want one, go ahead.
Mom: (upon arrival at sonic) are you sure you don't want a slush? Corn dogs are only 50 cents....
Me: I'm good.
Mom: I really want to lose 30 pounds before we go to South Padre!
And then my brain just EXPLODED. Because she eats a bag of hostess donuts every day, a bag of Hershey kisses, a bag of cookies --- she gained 30lbs from her lowest weight that she had to have gastric bypass surgery to get to, from eating all this junk and then says it's because she's old and the surgery lowered her metabolism.
No Ma'am that's not how this works. I don't know how I keep my cool around her when she says that. At least I'm honest with myself about why I'm fat. She even lies to her doctors about how she eats. If it isn't what you eat that's causing these problems, why lie!?
I was hiding and eating lunch. I don't like people to see me eat, or see what I'm eating. So I hide in the spare room to eat lunch.
Coworker: OMG you scared me, what are you doing in here?!?
Coworker: Oh. Hey, is that CUCUMBER? Are you eating... HEALTHY!?!
Me: No, it just looks that way.
Coworker: I didn't know you liked veggies!
Me: Only cucumber. And oranges. Cucumber and oranges.
Coworker: Oooooh. Yeah, you do like oranges!
And thus, catastrophe was skillfully averted. Although, Coworker may have the impression that I think oranges are vegetables.
But the shock in her voice when she saw the cucumbers. Dear God, it was like the world fell out from under her!
Real Food Y'all reacted to missmary in Compliant Coffee Creamer!!
guys, sorry to be a rain on your parade person here...but: the Califa Farms Coffee Creamer is only just barely compliant. It's not a great choice on a plan where we want you to be eating real foods. Have you tried regular coconut milk or almond milk in your coffee? maybe one without six different additives?
you get to decide where to draw the line with this one, just know there are better choices you could make when you are ready.
Real Food Y'all reacted to laura_juggles in The crazy things people say
Everyone over here on the East Coast is freaking out because the Jonas Brothers are coming (okay, the storm is named Jonas, but saying Jonas Brothers is funnier). Get the milk! Get the bread! I need Wiiiiiiiiiine!
Went shopping with my friend yesterday and she asked me what I needed before the storm. I said "eggs; I'm almost out of mayo". She looked at me like I was crazy.
Real Food Y'all reacted to Noelle in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?
Sugar is the druggiest drug I've ever had. Immediately after I consume it, I am a "happy drunk": relaxed, chatty, less-inhibited, and so on. I feel AMAZING on sugar. The next day, if I don't dose myself again, I am Mr. Hyde. We're talking rage. I find myself yelling for no reason, hating everyone and everything... It's a bad scene. And, of course, eating sugar makes me want to eat more sugar.
Real Food Y'all reacted to juju in The crazy things people say
"salad is not a food!"
wha-what? I still wonder what they think salad is.
One of my favorites was a vegetarian co-worker who was drinking a Diet coke and eating Fritos and a hostess cupcake told me that the grassfed steak on my salad would give me colon cancer. I looked at her lunch and then at mine and said "that is a risk I am willing to take."
Real Food Y'all reacted to Flynn in The crazy things people say
"Fruit will make you fat" - a fat coworker who doesn't eat fruit.
"I could never eat as much as you" - a fat coworker who eats lean cuisine every day
"How do you eat so much chocolate and stay so fit?" - random coworker
and my favorite..."that's the biggest salad I've ever seen"
Real Food Y'all reacted to Karen in Changes in Menstrual Cycle
More carbs is the only way I can keep my cycle on track when Whole30-ing. I have to make an effort to eat lots of starchy carbs (and find I have to add in a bit of rice to keep my cycle on track, too) or it takes a long hiatus. I know there are a lot of folks that will tell you the Whole30 isn't low carb, but that's how I tend to eat when I'm Whole30-ing so I really have to try to increase those carbs.