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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starving & worried about high cholesterol   
    First of, welcome! 
    The easiest way for anyone to be able to make some meal suggestions or ideas for tweaks is to list out a couple days worth of what you've eaten (with portion sizes and water intake if you remember all that). 
    It's unlikely that what you're eating has much, if anything, to do with your blood serum cholesterol. This article breaks it down pretty well - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dietary-cholesterol-does-not-matter#section4
    Lastly, I would honestly stop tracking the nutrients with your app for a while. Make your meal and look at your plate: does it have at least a palm-sized portion of protein, a heap of veggies that are not just potatoes/sweet potatoes, and some fat? If yes, then you've got a really good start. Tracking is stressful and then seeing numbers that are unexpectedly different is more stressful. Stress in this area doesn't particularly help anything. Vary your veggies and you'll get plenty of a variety of nutrients (with the possible exception of vitamin D, though that's in salmon). 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from megbeveridge in Headaches   
    You don't seem to have a lot of fat in those meals. Just cut out some of the fruit and add more veggies. Also, check and make sure you're drinking enough water (roughly 1/2 oz per lb bodyweight). 
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    laura_juggles reacted to ladyshanny in Sweet potato cranberry cakes   
    Sweet potato "toast" is sliced sweet potato and is definitely permitted on Whole30. If you, personally, have a very strong association to conventional toast where you think that putting toppings on a slice of sweet potato is a gateway food for you, then sure, you should exclude it. Latkes are also permitted for the program as they are baked or pan fried vegetables. We understand that some people may find that they are better off leaving them off and that's fine but they are also not considered SWYPO. 
    I appreciate your passion surrounding the program and of course we want folks to read things with a critical mind. We also appreciate polite and respectful discourse but please also understand that answers coming from Whole30 Moderators, Administrators and Coaches is generally not going to be "false information".
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starving & worried about high cholesterol   
    First of, welcome! 
    The easiest way for anyone to be able to make some meal suggestions or ideas for tweaks is to list out a couple days worth of what you've eaten (with portion sizes and water intake if you remember all that). 
    It's unlikely that what you're eating has much, if anything, to do with your blood serum cholesterol. This article breaks it down pretty well - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dietary-cholesterol-does-not-matter#section4
    Lastly, I would honestly stop tracking the nutrients with your app for a while. Make your meal and look at your plate: does it have at least a palm-sized portion of protein, a heap of veggies that are not just potatoes/sweet potatoes, and some fat? If yes, then you've got a really good start. Tracking is stressful and then seeing numbers that are unexpectedly different is more stressful. Stress in this area doesn't particularly help anything. Vary your veggies and you'll get plenty of a variety of nutrients (with the possible exception of vitamin D, though that's in salmon). 
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    laura_juggles reacted to Sconnie715 in Green Bean Pasta   
    Thank you both!! I kind of figured it would be off limits for an official Whole30. In the meantime, though, it’s been a nice substitute for pasta made with grains, which currently give me hives. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can't wait to stop eating so much meat!   
    A better idea for a lifetime of eating for you. This whole program is about learning what's best for you. Nothing can be applied with such a broad brush. 
    I can't eat legumes. So it is basically impossible for me to do well with less animal-based protein. Can't do tofu, lentils, beans...that leaves me with nuts and??? Seitan? 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can't wait to stop eating so much meat!   
    A better idea for a lifetime of eating for you. This whole program is about learning what's best for you. Nothing can be applied with such a broad brush. 
    I can't eat legumes. So it is basically impossible for me to do well with less animal-based protein. Can't do tofu, lentils, beans...that leaves me with nuts and??? Seitan? 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from PsVolz in Coconut Milk upsets our stomachs   
    A new can doesn't automatically mean there couldn't have been something wrong with it. I also have always been under the impression that you're not really supposed to put canned foods in the fridge in the can. 
    Maybe try a different brand, cartoned, not from the fridge and see how you feel. 
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    laura_juggles reacted to Gwenn in Hang In There if you have chronic illness   
    I suffer from both severe GERD (I’m not really overweight) and overlapping autoimmune diseases.  I haven’t felt well in years.  I did my 30 days and I have to say, I may have felt better but not great.  I slept better for sure and I lost a few pounds which didn’t hurt but I wouldn’t say I felt WELL.  I’m 7 days into reintro but I pretty much eat Whole 30 anyway because I like it.  Only difference is I don’t go too crazy if there is a small amount of natural sweetener in something.  I did try a little milk in my tea but it tasted gross so I didn’t reintroduce dairy.  The reason I’m posting is that today I woke up and NOW I GET WHAT TIGER BLOOD IS.  I did read it sometimes takes longer if there is chronic illness but man I am glad I stuck to it another week.  Just in case you are discouraged!
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from KTinBK in Stevia   
    You don't need to have dates or fruit juice or stevia to do a really successful Whole30. 
    Cut out the stevia and other sweeteners for 30 days and see how your tastebuds change. It happens (happened to me); look at the people posting in the thread above you who said the same thing. Your body may not process stevia like it does sugar with the corresponding blood sugar spike and whatnot, but your brain processes it the same as sugar. It's sweet, I like sweet, give me more. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Paleo Bars?   
    For emergency purposes only (as in you're trapped on the runway in an airplane with no idea when you'll get off the plane, not because it's breakfast time and you want something sweet) those ingredients are compliant. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Paleo Bars?   
    For emergency purposes only (as in you're trapped on the runway in an airplane with no idea when you'll get off the plane, not because it's breakfast time and you want something sweet) those ingredients are compliant. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from RandiW in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's also a huge difference in the impact to your blood sugar when having a breakfast like you had (with carbs, protein, and fat) and having a breakfast like pancakes which is virtually all sugary carbs. 
    You can't just look at one aspect of what you're having in a meal (like the beets) when you're not having *only* beets as your meal. Maybe comparing beets to pancakes, you'd see a similar impact on blood sugar, but when you factor in the eggs, avocado, and whatever else was in the hash, it completely changes things. 
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    laura_juggles reacted to kaydeebakes in Struggling to Make Mayo   
    Alright ladies- here’s what I learned:
    1. I’ve been using my immersion blender incorrectly. Now I’m double excited to use this tool!
    2. Light tasting olive oil is an actual thing AND it’s amazing. 
    3. This forum is awesome. I’m so glad I wrote in. Everyone has been super supportive and helpful which is great because...
    4. I CAN MAKE HOMEMADE MAYO AND IT’S DELICIOUS. 
    I’m so excited. Thank you all so much for your help!!!
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Nuun Hydration   
    I would say that Zinc Sulfate is compliant. LyteZone/LyteShow are on the Whole30 approved page and contain zinc sulfate. https://www.lyteline.com/products/lytezone-sports-drink-ionic-electrolyte-water-with-magnesium-6-pack
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Nuun Hydration   
    I would say that Zinc Sulfate is compliant. LyteZone/LyteShow are on the Whole30 approved page and contain zinc sulfate. https://www.lyteline.com/products/lytezone-sports-drink-ionic-electrolyte-water-with-magnesium-6-pack
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from salsasis14 in 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."
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from shrinkingsarah_ in SO MUCH FAT   
    Take a deep breath and delete My Fitness Pal. A huge part of Whole30 is getting away from the tracking, counting, analyzing, measuring, and stressing over grams and macros. 
    A little additional advice - Your breakfast needs some fixing. Chia puddings aren't compliant and that meal is fat and sugar with a negligible amount of protein. All of your meals need to have a palm sized or larger piece of protein (or as many eggs as you can hold), heaps of veggies, and then added fats. 
    Was the raspberry vinaigrette homemade? I haven't seen compliant raspberry vinaigrettes in stores, but I could be wrong. 
    You've got this. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in Sugar in whole-cut meats?!   
    The reality is that if you eat the turkey, there are not going to be any Whole30 police that show up at your house and stamp across your forehead that you broke the rules. We're adults. Even within the confines of the program, no one's going to slap the turkey out of your hand. 
    But no, that turkey is not compliant because it contains added sugar (which is clearly called out as not allowed per the rules). 
    The official line from anyone is always going to be "don't eat the turkey", but you do you. 
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    laura_juggles reacted to ShannonM816 in Ultimate replenisher   
    You're right. I mentioned to look for it, but apparently didn't see it myself. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from salsasis14 in 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."
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in teen eating junk food when out with friends   
    I think you need to tone it back a couple notches with your daughter. 
    Does your daughter ever talk to her pediatrician without you there? Her doc might be able to have that conversation about better food choices and keeping an eye on how clothes are fitting (because strictly focusing on weight with growing teens sets them up for a future life of being obsessed with the number on the scale) without sounding like a nagging mom. 
    If she thinks she needs to be tested for ADD, don't push off a potential mental disorder as "she's just eating poorly". Maybe the symptoms are related to her food choices, but maybe they're not. Mental illness has enough of a stigma that she doesn't need her mom downplaying it. And if the test comes back and she doesn't have ADD, then maybe that doctor can approach the topic of how food affects focus and whatnot. 
    I don't know if you're exaggerating that ice cream is limited to only celebrations or that there is a strict 2 doughnut per year cutoff that you mentioned, but maybe you just need to chill a bit. Teens love to do the things that drive their parents up a wall right? Well, if you're not on her case as much about what she's eating, maybe it'll be less of a big deal. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in teen eating junk food when out with friends   
    I think you need to tone it back a couple notches with your daughter. 
    Does your daughter ever talk to her pediatrician without you there? Her doc might be able to have that conversation about better food choices and keeping an eye on how clothes are fitting (because strictly focusing on weight with growing teens sets them up for a future life of being obsessed with the number on the scale) without sounding like a nagging mom. 
    If she thinks she needs to be tested for ADD, don't push off a potential mental disorder as "she's just eating poorly". Maybe the symptoms are related to her food choices, but maybe they're not. Mental illness has enough of a stigma that she doesn't need her mom downplaying it. And if the test comes back and she doesn't have ADD, then maybe that doctor can approach the topic of how food affects focus and whatnot. 
    I don't know if you're exaggerating that ice cream is limited to only celebrations or that there is a strict 2 doughnut per year cutoff that you mentioned, but maybe you just need to chill a bit. Teens love to do the things that drive their parents up a wall right? Well, if you're not on her case as much about what she's eating, maybe it'll be less of a big deal. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from RandiW in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's also a huge difference in the impact to your blood sugar when having a breakfast like you had (with carbs, protein, and fat) and having a breakfast like pancakes which is virtually all sugary carbs. 
    You can't just look at one aspect of what you're having in a meal (like the beets) when you're not having *only* beets as your meal. Maybe comparing beets to pancakes, you'd see a similar impact on blood sugar, but when you factor in the eggs, avocado, and whatever else was in the hash, it completely changes things. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from sugarfree_suzie in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    That's not always true either, unfortunately. Often, ingredients will list the sulfites whether they're added or not. If the label says something like this:
    Ingredients: Wine Vinegar, Grape Must Concentrate, Cooked Grape Must, Sulphur Dioxide (Antioxidant)
    then it's out because of the Sulphur Dioxide. But if it says something like this:
    Ingredients: Wine Vinegar (contains sulphites), Grape Must Concentrate, Cooked Grape Must
    then it's compliant because the sulphites are naturally occurring in the vinegar.