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    So, I'm getting ready to start a Whole30 in a few weeks, but there's one thing that I haven't been able to figure out: What do I take if I get sick? Normally, I try to combat things like mild coughs/colds (it is flu season after all) with quick disolve elderberry tablets, Maty's or Zarabees cough syrups,and Zarabees losenges (usually only in places like church where I don't want my coughing to disturb anyone. These are all drug-free , but sweetened with honey or sugar. I do try to drink extra Kombucha (GT's brand which is compliant) and I have no issues with eating soup made of bone broth, meat, veggies, and plenty of garlic and tumeric, but what do I do if that's not enough and I need to take medicine. It was hard enough to find cough/cold medicine that doesn't contain artificial sweeteners or alcohol. My normal approach to getting a cold (which tends to happen monthly around my time of the month) is: 1. Kombucha 2. Soup (when it's cold... I can't do soup in the summertime) 3. "Natural" medicines- mainly when I need to function. I'll take a single cough drop during church so I don't disturb others, but that's it. 4. Popsicles (frozen juice) to soothe a sore throat. What do I do when I can't have numbers 3 (not made of compliant ingredients) and 4 (SWYPO?) And what about painkillers? I haven't been able to find a single pill (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc) that does not contain artificial sweeteners.
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    Maybe I'll Get Through This Time

    My record was 5.5 days. At the time, I was working at a daycare center. On day 6, we had an open house event where I was put in charge of making cotton candy. So, I'm somewhere in between the "Kill all the Things" and the "I just want a nap stage" of the program as I am in a room with little bits of sugar floating around my head. This was back in 2012 and I still haven't been able to get through. My most recent attempt lasted a day before I realized that I just wasn't ready. Fortunately, finding compliant groceries is a LOT easier now. In 2012, I had to order my mayonaise online. Now, Primal Kitchen mayo is sold at my local grocery store (and we're talking a NORMAL grocery store- not a specialty store). (I've never tried making my own mayo. To be honest, I've never been a fan of the stuff, but I'll use it to make deviled eggs. Primal Kitchen mayo is the only stuff that doesn't make me gag when I open the jar). My mom and I have decided on January 27 as our start date which means we'll be doing it from January 27 to March 2 [at least I will since I want to start on a Sunday and end on a Saturday]. I'm not sure what kind of reintroduction I want to do, but I feel like slow-roll will probably be more of my style since I want to learn to eat more intuitively and forcing myself to eat food based on a reintroduction schedule seems to contradict that. My mom, on the other hand, may do better to follow the classic reintroduction schedule since she's looking to identify which foods are causing her issues. One of the things I've been doing is looking at different restaurants and seeing what my options will be. I've come up with a plan for Smashburger (my mom has a Smash pass so she can get a free burger or salad every day) and Chipotle. I even have a plan for Starbucks. (Which is to go to a place like Smashburger or Chipotle or even the local grocery store to pick up food and then just get an iced tea at Starbucks haha.) I like to come up with a list of "What if's?" What if we go out for Sushi? (I'm currently searching for compliant wasabi; I've already emailed the sushi place to ask about riceless rolls). What if I have a last-minute babysitting job and don't have a chance to cook dinner to bring with me before going? [Quick grocery sore trip to grab frozen veggies, chicken apple sausages, and some olives or an avocado dependng on what looks good. I can throw together a quick, compliant meal using those ingredients plus a few pantry staples from the house I'm babysitting at. While not ideal, I can even just heat everything in the microwave if using a stove/oven isn't an option]. What if the parents tell me to take the kids out for dinner? (I'm working at coming up for a plan for IHOP and Applebee's so I know what to order before going).
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    Sweet potato cranberry cakes

    The bulk bins at Whole Foods may have juice-sweetened cranberries.
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    I know fruit juice is allowed. But apparently popsicles when used to soothe a sore throat are not allowed. How about the fact that I tend to get a cold/sore throat once a month? Around that time of the month, I'll prepare. There are times when it HURTS to swallow. That's when I like having something like a frozen fruit juice popsicle, but fine. Hot liquids like tea or soup are not soothing, so I'll continue to leave them out. There's a difference between slowly eating a popsicle and trying to swallow a mouthful of water. No medicines allowed. I can't take most cough/cold medicines so I usually go for natural remedies. Those all have honey, so I can't have those. So, if I get sick, I can't take anything for it. Good to know.
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    RX Bars

    Chocolate (pure cacao) does not contain sugar. And what's wrong with the Maple bars? They don't contain any added sweetener. The maple flavor comes from maple water.
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    Interesting... I would've thought that gummy vitamins would be considered SWYPO. After all, I was told that I can't take 100% apple juice and freeze it into popsicles to soothe a sore throat because that's SWYPO even though there are no actual medications in existence that contain 100% compliant ingredients. Why is a gummy ok when used as a vitamin and not candy, but frozen juice isn't allowed when used as medication and not as a dessert?
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    SmartyPants Adult Gummies with Fiber (ONLY this variety) seem to be compliant based on ingredients, but I can't help thinking that gummy vitamins may be SWYPO.
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    Oloves packages olives

    Gaea has prepackaged olives that use olive oil instead of sunflower. I've only had the Lemon and Oregano flavor, but it's one of my favorites. The Trader Joe's Just a Handful single-serve olive packs are also compliant.
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    Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?

    Pack a lunch. School lunches are terrible anyway.
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    peanut butter and jelly is all they want

    Another idea may be to come up with a compliant "muffin" recipe (one that uses all compliant ingredients). If you have young children in daycare, send a container with 1-2 muffins for each child to be stored in the FREEZER at their daycare. They can be pulled out and thawed at room temperature or in the microwave as an alternative snack if there's a class Birthday party. Sure, a paleo banana muffin isn't quite the same as a chocolate cupcake with neon blue frosting, but perhaps the idea that Sammy has a special treat for the party will make things a little easier. With some kids, gradual change may be needed. Cutting out peanut butter and jelly at once may not work without a good replacement, but swapping out the peanut butter for almond or sunflower seed butter may help them get used to the taste. What about making "jelly" by mixing mashed berries with chia seeds or doing nut butter and banana sandwiches. Maybe you'll go from peanut butter and jelly on bread to almond butter and jelly on bread to almond butter and fresh berries on bread to fresh strawberries that are cored and filled with almond butter. (For some kids,the transition may even need to be slower. Perhaps mixing peanut butter with almond butter and gradually decreasing the amount of peanut butter used may also be needed). Some kid-friendly snacks that are Whole30 Compliant [These are specifically the kinds of snacks or alternatives to ones you may see children in preschool eat; I know a 3 year old who thinks creamed kale is a great snack to bring to a party though, so I don't think anything is off limits. Some may be considered SWYPO, and of course you should check lablels] Fruit and veggie puree pouches (baby food pouches or GoGo Squeez Applesauce Pouches.) Applesauce cups Happy Farms Coconut Creamies (alternative to Gerber yogurt melts) Fresh fruit Veggies with compliant dips Bare Fruit and Veggie Chips (excluding Carrot Ranch or any of the coconut chips; even the barbecue sweet potato ones are allowed) Freeze dried/dried fruit (including raisins) Trader Joe's Plantain chips Epic Pork Rinds (not the Maple Bacon cracklin's. The rinds are ok) Fruit with whipped coconut cream Chocolate avocado pudding (add banana and/or dates to sweeten). Chia pudding (with compliant milk and fruit to sweeten) Bars: Larabar (check labels), Rx Bars (including ones with chocolate chips, but not peanuts), Pressed by Kind Bars, or That's It! Fruit Bars Snack packs of olives and/or pickles Precooked chicken strips dipped into compliant dipping sauces/dressings [including guacamole] Compliant deli meats wrapped around fresh veggies or cut into fun shapes Fruit juice or smoothies made with compliant ingredients that are frozen into "popsicles." I tried to include some shelf-stable and some perishable snack ideas including several that are either IDENTICAL to the same snacks everyone else seem to eat or are decent subsitutes for them. Of course, many of them (as I said before) aren't great for adults, but maybe having a few green "Hulk" smoothie pops made of coconut milk, strawberries, banana, and spinach in the freezer will come in handy when Alex and Chris are the only two kids in the neighborhood who aren't getting ice cream from the ice cream truck.
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    Whole30 with toddlers.

    I know some people are more flexible with certain rules when it comes to toddlers and children. For example, while banana egg "pancakes" are not allowed on Whole30, they may make some for their young children; the focus is more on ingredients and less on the psychological effect of the foods. This may even translate into making a few Paleo banana muffins to be kept in the freezer at your child's daycare so he has a snack available if another child brings in cupcakes for a Birthday party. (This is something that parents of children with allergies will do: have a "safe" snack available for class parties so the child doesn't feel left out). For daycares or other situations out of the house, PACK all meals and snacks. Explain to the childcare provider (in a daycare center,this may be classroom teachers AND the center director) that "Johnny is only to eat food from home." You may feel comfortable enough giving the daycare provider some more freedom "He's allowed to have FRESH fruit like bananas or oranges" [many daycare workers are unaware of whether or not there is sugar in any canned fruit or applesauce.] Tell the caregivers that Johnny is on an elimination diet to see if it helps improve his "tummy troubles". Depending on trust If your child is really struggling with the changes, again, some "SWYPO" foods may be ok to help with transitons. Instead of Gerber yogurt melts, for example, Happy Family has coconut creamies which are basically the same thing. Also, things like the GoGo Squeez pouches are compliant, but they're also normal "kid" foods. Thats It Fruit bars, Larabars, RxBars, and Pressed by Kind bars may also be options [depending on nut allergies or whether or not nuts are allowed in certain areas]. They may not be encouraged for us because they can be candy bar replacements, but keeping a fruit bar in your purse so Johnny has a snack during a MOPS group isn't the end of the world. Just a word of advice: I've worked in several daycare centers. Many staff members are unaware of certain aspects of dealing with food allergic children. They may pull turkey off of the bun and give it to a child with Celiac's or ignore the "May contain..." section on a food label. In the case of vegetarians, they would serve children yogurt that contained gelatin. A lot of it was pure ignorance, but if your child(ren) are in a daycare center, I would advise setting a strict rule that only food from home is allowed. Even if you give a list of safe foods, there's likely to be little attention spent to added sugars or hidden ingredients (like wheat breadcrumbs in meatballs), or some "bending" of the rules. (Corn and peas are "vegetables" after all). (My experience working in daycare is the reason I hope to never have to utilize one when I have children).
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    Baby Led Weaning

    Food before 1 is just for fun. The idea of giving an infant Gatorade seems apalling. Water is perfectly fine. At this point, most of the hydration is coming from food and breastmilk. The water is really serving a dual purpose: getting him used to the taste and teaching him how to use a sippy cup. Poop issues during transitions to solids or when introducing new foods is NORMAL even for people who start off with rice cereal and purees. A little hydration, some coconut oil and/or prunes (pureed or in juice form is fine; pear juice is also a good option for constipation. I get the appeal of not wanting to use too many juices or purees, but I also know the stress of dealing with a fussy baby and if a pouch of Plum Organics prunes will provide some relief, then go for it), and some belly massages should help relieve pressure if baby is incredibly uncomfortable, but so will allowing the body time to adjust. As far as snacks go, I totally get not wanting to do only carb snacks for babies and toddlers. I think one thing to consider is that babies are messy. You can give a toddler a single chocolate chip, place it directly in his mouth, and he'll still end up covered in chocolate. It's a special talent. Yes, things like hardboiled eggs or avocado chunks may be messy, but what if you keep them as a home snack. Again, I'm going to suggest the use of pouches on occasion. Happy Family has a line of pouches that contain things like chia seeds in addition to fruits/veggies. They also have yogurt in cups and pouches that contain zero added sweeteners (unlike brands like Stonyfield). They may not be ideal, but the shelf-stable pouches (not the yogurt) can be a great option to keep in a diaper bag as a quick snack when on the go. (You can also get reusable pouches and make your own concoctions). Happy Family has a pouch that contains apple, kale, and avocado. (And if you're looking for another idea for a munchy snack, look at the Happy Family coconut creamies. They're like the Gerber yogurt melts, but as far as I can see, they're technically Whole30 compliant based on ingredients- though I imagine eating them is still discouraged if following a strict Whole30. I've eaten them before [volunteering in a church nursery where they were served] and I think they're pretty good).
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    Compliant Packaged Hash Browns?

    They also have one that has yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. That one looks really good.
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    Daycare Lunches

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm a former daycare worker, so I've had to deal with nut free classrooms. Sunbutter Brand has a no-sugar added Sunflower seed butter that is allowed. Compliant deli meat made into little roll-ups with veggies inside or cut into fun shapes. Hotdogs/sausage or leftovers from dinner would also work. Just make sure everything is cut. Even if your child eats things like whole grapes or hot dogs at home, a lot of schools won't allow children to eat them, so it's better just to have everything pre-cut ready to eat. (I worked at a school that wouldn't allow older preschoolers to have baby carrots unless they were cooked) Ask if mayonaise is allowed. It does contain eggs, but if it's allowed, you can make chicken or tuna salad. (If it isn't, use avocado instead).