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Everything posted by laura_juggles

  1. Coconut yogurt

    If you're going to be using it as part of a marinade for meat or in a sauce, that'll be tasty, but it's a no-go if you're looking to have it for breakfast with fruit and "faux-nola".
  2. I don't get it. Baffled.

    Also, if your thyroid is not acting normally, that's going to through potential weight loss out the window. I'm not sure of your portion sizes, but it looks like you might be undereating (consciously or subconsciously) in an attempt to kick more weight loss into motion.
  3. Mucinex ...?

    No one at Whole30 wants anyone suffering through an illness. You can take the Mucinex if it helps you feel better.
  4. You're not letting go of portion control. You're just shifting your frame of reference. If you're worried about buying produce and you are able to get to a market more than once per week, buy a little less than you think you need and make a second trip to round out whatever you're needing later in the week.
  5. Ethyl Butyrate in Ghee

    Naturally occurring compounds are not listed separately in the ingredients list. It's easiest to see using balsamic vinegars as an example. Vinegar A: Ingredients: Grape must, red wine vinegar. Contains Sulfites Vinegar B: Ingredients: Burgundy wine vinegar diluted with water to 5% acidity, sulfur dioxide. Contains Sulfites See how the second one has sulfur dioxide listed in the ingredients while the first one simply has a warning that the product contains sulfites? That means it's naturally occurring in Vinegar A but added in Vinegar B.
  6. Sweet potatoes ...

    Sweet potatoes air fried will likely be *very* easy for your to overeat. Honestly, if you're worried about it, I'd skip the sweet potato fries. Try new vegetables. Try new ways of cooking other ones. The issue a lot of people seem to have with cooked veg is that they're either cooking it wrong for the type of veg that it is or over-cooking it. Delicious asparagus can very easily turn into a disgusting mess if it's been cooked too long. To me, roasted zucchini or summer squash is horrible, but grilled just long enough to get some grill marks and be a little softened is delicious.
  7. Brownies = Joy

    There definitely can be room in your life for sweets. But the things I've bolded in your initial post are really what you want to break. Those are the things that you would do best to develop other coping mechanisms for. I definitely lean heavily toward the "snacking when bored/frustrated" end of the spectrum and it's something that I have to consciously work on all the time. (I'm not on a Whole30 right now, but I adjust these for when I am). When I'm in that mood, I'll get up and take a walk the long way to the coffee pot to make a cup of coffee. Or I'll wander over to my coworker who always has weird teas to see what she has stashed. Or put on my headphones and listen to some music if a coworker is pissing me off. Missing your boyfriend's a little harder, but could you text or email him and save the sweets for when you can enjoy them together? Being totally real - there are times when I'm just like "y'know what? Dagnabbit, I want a cookie." And sometimes, I'll have a cookie. Sometimes I just acknowledge that I want a cookie and go back to whatever it was I was doing. That's when you've really hit your food freedom.
  8. COMPLIANT tuna? Help!

    Most WalMarts carry low sodium tuna. That one's actually packed in water rather than broth. Should be compliant.
  9. Natural Flavors added to food?

    @AAC5453 I've copied and pasted this from the FDA website: How can I know if there is MSG in my food? FDA requires that foods containing added MSG list it in the ingredient panel on the packaging as monosodium glutamate. However, MSG occurs naturally in ingredients such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate, as well as in tomatoes and cheeses. While FDA requires that these products be listed on the ingredient panel, the agency does not require the label to also specify that they naturally contain MSG. However, foods with any ingredient that naturally contains MSG cannot claim “No MSG” or “No added MSG” on their packaging. MSG also cannot be listed as “spices and flavoring.” If you're going to call someone out, maybe get your information from the source of the regulation rather than a propaganda website like "truth in labeling". We already recommend that people not consume products with the list I made bold above because of the naturally occurring MSG. However, just as fruits and veggies are allowed despite their naturally occurring sugar and even tomatoes with their naturally occurring MSG, no one is going to show up at someone's house and kick them out of the Whole30 for using a beef broth with yeast extract in it. We can encourage people to make better choices and look for items that don't contain added flavorings or preservatives, but if that cup of coconut-flavored coffee with "natural flavorings" makes someone a little happier when they're having a tough day or a can of LaCroix with its "natural flavorings" helps someone kick a 4-Diet-Coke-a-day habit, it's not a bad thing. It's better for us to cheer someone on for their small steps of progress than to tell them "oh well, you made soup with broth containing yeast extract and that's mucked it all up too bad you're not trying hard enough."
  10. Applegate frustration

    "Meat products" tend to be processed and processed foods will very often be non-compliant. Applegate has a section on their website specifically listing their Whole30 compliant products. Checking out their website first probably would have saved you a lot of frustration.
  11. Coffee Drinks Compliance

    The Bulletproof Coffee lists butter right on the front, so at the very least, that'd be a no.
  12. Pleasure feeding

    I know that we're all adults here and there are no Whole30 police showing up at your door telling you that you have to restart, but I've got to say (in part for you and in part for future readers) that your situation doesn't feel to me like option 4 (aka someone said there was no sugar added and then said there was honey in it "but honey is natural") at all. You knew that that cake was non-compliant and you still put it in your mouth. Whether you feel like you got every single molecule of it out of your mouth without swallowing, a huge part of the Whole30 is breaking the mental addiction to cakes and sweets and whatnot. If you restart right away, you'll have already been through those hardest first days and you're just resetting the counter. You do you, but I think it'd be massively helpful for you in the long run to figure out why you "lost your mind" around a cake to the point where you convinced yourself that it was okay to eat it, but spit it out before swallowing it all. It wasn't the last cake in the world. There will still be cakes when you're not doing a Whole30.
  13. Insomnia - ketosis?

    @Arete7000 this post is from 2 and a half years ago...the OP may not even be on the forum anymore.
  14. Nut Struggles

    The number/intensity of your workouts has no relation to the nut recommendations. I think you're overthinking this a bit. If you're not having digestive issues, then keep on keepin' on with the almond milk in your coffee. I think it's generally the eating of the actual nut/nut butter that tends to give people trouble, but I won't argue if a mod comes along and says otherwise.
  15. Evening Workout Routine

    I understand not wanting to eat too close to bed, but you may still do well to have a couple bites of lean protein (we're not talking full meal sized portions) after your workout.
  16. Mixing things

    The potato and the avocado fit separately in the template - fist sized serving of potato, half (ish) avocado. You can mix up meals however you want as long as you're following the template (and aren't swypo like the granola).
  17. Can I have anything at panera bread?

    They've taken out a lot of "made in a lab" ingredients, but their menu is still chock-full of non-compliant items: The chicken contains sugar Every single dressing is made with soybean oil None of the soups are compliant In theory, you could get the steak from the sandwiches and put it on a dry salad, assuming that you can rearrange a lot on the menu. But you'd also have to bring your own dressing.
  18. Which kind bar did you have? I didn't think there were any that are compliant.
  19. Why would you discourage someone when the whole point of this forum is to help people be successful in their Whole30? Plenty of people have done great on Whole30 while breastfeeding. It just sometimes takes a little bit of tweaking.
  20. Guar Gum

    I think that would be allowable, but maybe a mod will come along and confirm. Are you using coconut milk in the can? That's always plenty thick enough for my coffee.
  21. flavored club soda

    As long as they don't contain non-compliant ingredients, yes. Have you tried searching for this, because I know it comes up often. The forum's default search is not the greatest, but if you just google "whole30 lacroix" the first search results are typically from either the Whole30 website or this forum.
  22. Starting W30 with known food sensitivities

    If you have a known sensitivity to them, I'd stay away from the eggs.
  23. Help labeling my sensitivity (sensitivities)?

    But it doesn't have to. You can't have bell peppers, but tomatoes are okay so (right now), you don't need to cut out tomatoes. Maybe apples aren't okay, but berries or cantaloupe might be (they're lower fructose fruits). Think less about categories and more about keeping lists of individual fruits and vegetables with your reactions to them.
  24. Help labeling my sensitivity (sensitivities)?

    They really may not have anything in common. It's entirely possible that you've got a weird list of non-connected sensitivities.
  25. Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!

    The blender needs to be running slow because it's very likely that your blender will get too hot. You can try mixing an extra egg yolk into one of the broken mayos (maybe with your hands and a whisk rather than the blender) and see if that saves it. Blenders have a tendency to get too hot and then the mayo will break. You can make it with just a bowl and a whisk, but it takes a *while* and you have to dribble the oil in a teeny bit at a time.