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    AR3825 reacted to ShannonM816 in Whole 30 v. 2.5 Start Date 04/16/2019   
    You should be able to make as many posts as you wish, as far as I know there's no limit per day. Do remember you only have 10-15 minutes once you post to edit a post, so if that's important to you, review each post before moving to the next one.
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    AR3825 got a reaction from victor_dan in Don't over think this.   
    This is the whole truth. My fiancé might get Cheetos and a Dr. Pepper to make it through if anything at all. 8-12 hours with nothing to eat? I couldn’t do it. That’s why the people who do in order to keep the rest of us alive are truly a blessing. We are trying to think of Whole 30 compliant emergency foods that she can grab instead. I think trying those beef “granola bar” looking things off the approved company list might be a good idea before we start. It is still strange to me having a meat “granola bar” shaped emergency beef pack. I hope someone knows what I’m talking about. 
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    AR3825 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in March 15th start date. 2nd round for me 1st for fiancé.   
    I just wanted to add that ice cream is going to be hard, because that was the gateway food. Honestly ice cream has been a reward and comfort since I was being potty trained. I don’t know how much money my sister spent on Braums ice cream throughout that period, but obviously it worked. I almost want to cry over the ice cream, but I found dairy iswhat’s causing my medical bills to go up between 2 nasal sprays, 2 inhalers (one Breo and the other the emergency inhaler), Zyrtec, allergy shots, sinus wash and Omeprazole for the post nasal drip/acid reflux from heck if I don’t take them.
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    AR3825 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in March 15th start date. 2nd round for me 1st for fiancé.   
    It seems like a far future start date, but we are nearing the end of nursing school for my fiancé who is earning an LPN. As someone who has completed courses up to my masters I know better than to start anything like this smack dab in the middle of a final semester so we are waiting for her to finish.
    As for myself, I teach orchestra at 2 middles schools, play violin professionally, play in the percussion section of our community band, on occasion sing in church choir, and I am in the second semester of helping run a youth symphony in our community. I have hit my stride in my 5th year of teaching, and cut having to do masters degree work (since Im finished) and teaching privately on top of the other activities. My days really aren’t as difficult as they sound, unless I don’t get enough sleep.
    I’m excited, but also going to hate myself in the morning. I don’t know if it’s the added sugar in my coffee, my ADD, stress, my increased screen time, the fact that our first youth symphony rehearsal of the second semester is “technically” today, me excitedly tearing through all the resources I didn’t read the first time (big mistake, I Leroy Jenkins’ed my way into my first whole 30) or all of the above, but Im not sleepy. I am tired, but not sleepy.
    Side note: I am also slightly bitter about the being able to eat all potatoes thing because after my first whole 30 in 2014 eating only sweet potatoes, it is safe to say that I still hate sweet potatoes to this day. I’m glad I can eat other potatoes and I’m sure I’ll get over being bitter, but I also had to laugh a little and think to myself, “Well, at least I have more potato options now.”
    Anyway, I’m glad to be here and so is my fiancé. It’s been cool to go through this process together and talk through how we are going to spend the next 2 months in preparation for it. I am trying to mentally prepare myself for the food dreams. The one I had on my first one was about a garlic bread-soft pretzel hybrid slathered in that cheese sauce they served with pretzels on top of the melted cheese that can come on garlic bread. I know it probably wasn’t that bad but I can almost remember being in a hot tub of this bread that I’m not sure truly exists in reality, but it felt like the bread and cheese hot tub did happen. I’m not discounting it because I have this dream on occasion where Goku helps me stop the apocalypse. I’m also pretty sure that movie Hot Tub Time Machine was in theaters or still heavily into the previews. Thanks for reading all of this!
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    AR3825 reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Thanks, @hollysmokes!
    The juice was disappointing, but I'm so glad I caught it early. That sticky list of E numbers to avoid in "Can I have..." is a godsend.
    My husband loves lamb so much, we ended up having it for dinner last night too, instead of steak - I had baked lamb chops with pan fried sweet potato and broccolini with dukkah, and a fennel, rocket, and radish salad with lemon tahini dressing (photo!)
    Today's menu is:
    Breakfast: 2 poached eggs with The Goods Spicy Slaw and a wedge of hot smoked salmon
    Lunch: Slow roasted lamb shoulder with roasted veggie medley and rocket/spinach blend (the veggies are a bit oily, so I'm adding some leafy greens to balance it out)
    Dinner: Chicken Teriyaki stirfry using Niulife Cocomino Teriyaki sauce with capsicum, cabbage, carrot, broccoli and mushrooms. I'm looking forward to trying this sauce, if it's as good as it smells, I'll get the BBQ and the Sweet Chilli versions too!
    Drinks: Black coffee, lemongrass and ginger tea, soda water with fresh lime juice and Sweet Dreams T2 tea before bed

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    AR3825 reacted to nutburger in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    This happened to me around Day 3, I realized a meat stick I had, had honey in it. So frustrating but don't let it get to you! No Whole30 is perfect, and you're doing great
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    AR3825 reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Day 2 achieved, despite hurdles! Ended up having to go to a bar with a client (long story, it was the only place around while we waited for another client), and after struggling with myself and almost thinking 'stuff it, I'm only on day 2 and I can start again", I ordered a soda water and made my compliant dinner when I got home at 9. All food to plan as above, save that I didn't have the broccolini. 
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    AR3825 reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Day One achieved! Had herbal tea after dinner, feeling good!
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    AR3825 reacted to ShannonM816 in Your food’s food, and barley   
    It is important what your food has been fed and how it has been treated, but Whole30 doesn't actually prohibit you from eating grain-fed foods. We encourage you to get the highest quality proteins you can, based on your budget and what is available to you. For some people, it is not possible to get grass fed or pastured meat sources, and that is okay, they can still do a whole30 with the meat that they have access to. That is probably what Laura meant by it not being a concern.
    It sounds like you have found a really good source. The fact that they have been fed barley is fine. 
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    AR3825 reacted to Lissa Kristine in Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?   
    Pack a lunch. School lunches are terrible anyway.
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    AR3825 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Sore Throat lozenges   
    You're unlikely to find any lozenges or other over the counter medications that are compliant however most people are not popping nyquil for the sugar rush so if you feel you need to take something, go ahead.
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    AR3825 reacted to Visolela in UK "E Numbers" to avoid   
    For those who were wondering these aren't just for the UK. They apply to most of Europe and other parts of the world as well.
    For example, these numbers are also used (sometimes) in Brazil. They are used on products that are made here - not just imports,  however - I would recommend having these numbers on your cellphone to consult if necessary, especially if you are shopping in stores with imports even if you are in the US.
    For those wondering about different E numbers not on Melissa`s list and whether they can/can't wikipedia has a complete list you can  use as reference:
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    AR3825 reacted to SchrodingersCat in Can I have?   
    I am informed by customer service (yes, I'm bored) that the including of cane sugar on the ingredients on their website is an error, it does not have cane sugar. But the pea protein is a no go.
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    AR3825 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Steroid Ointments   
    We are only concerned with what people eat on this program so if you're not eating it then you're good  
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    AR3825 reacted to wheresanita in Don't over think this.   
    Hey Amy,
    Unfortunately hospitals are not bastions of healthy eating! I did a clinical rotation at a facility that had a McDonalds! In our busy unit we often do not get a full sit-down lunch break. Many people resort to the 'running to the break room and scoffing a pack of graham crackers an some peanut butter' a few times a day in lieu of a real meal. Hence my victory with my eggy/muffiny things
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    AR3825 reacted to wheresanita in Don't over think this.   
    Thank you for this! I worked a rogue night shift this week (between day 2 and day 3 of my W30) and was having some guilt twinges regarding my every 2 hour egg/meat/coconut milk/veggie 'muffin' - but it allowed me to get through the night without having graham crackers and peanut butter (an ICU staff nutritional staple!). It's not what I do on a normal day, but I survived my shift with my W30 intact so it was a victory. I think we are very hard on ourselves sometimes. I was actually feeling GUILTY about the 'egg muffings' because I felt I was 'snacking'. Then I remembered that we hear a lot about context here. And in that moment (or those 12 hours) I was doing what I had to do to maintain my W30. And I felt better. Yay me!!
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    AR3825 reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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    AR3825 reacted to Jihanna in Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)   
    21 Jan 2019 -- day 21, last day of week 3!
    Meal 1 -- 7:00
    leftover turkey carrot hash
    salad and slaw
    Meal 2 -- 11:30
    grilled chicken, fruit
    Meal 3 -- 16:00
    leftover pot roast, veggies, and greens
    Meal 4 -- 19:30
    big salad with boiled eggs and homemade dressing

    The kids are out of school, but it didn't stop me from getting up at the normal time for a Monday. I knew I needed to get some eggs done, so popped those in the pressure cooker first thing. Due to not leaving to take anyone to school, though, I also ate breakfast earlier than usual. I'm waiting to see if that changes anything this morning, compared to the effects of eating an hour or two later.
    We took the youngest out to run off some energy, and grabbed a bite to eat while out. I ordered some grilled chicken and later found out the marinade they used was not compliant... I should've triple-checked before eating it, but I'll remember that for next time (in fact, next time it'll be calling ahead of time to make sure there's something compliant or that they can do a special order so I can keep on track). Physically, I felt fine for about 30 minutes after eating, but since then I've had some twistiness to my stomach.
    Around 4, I realized it'd actually been over 4 hours since eating, so grabbed leftovers from what I'd made for dinner last night. My stomach's not feeling as tight, but I'm bloated and a bit gassy; since everything else I've eaten has been entirely compliant (and I'm trying not to overdo it with cruciferous vegetables), I'm thinking the chicken is the culprit. It's got me interested to see what reintroduction looks like, and how different things affect me after being out of my system so long. (It's also got me even more decided on transitioning from reintro into paleo-ish.)
    This afternoon's mess-up has definitely got me hurting, and it's made things strange in terms of hunger cues and whatnot. I did eat again around 7:30, because I was hungry at that time and I'm not able to see me making it until breakfast otherwise. I'm slowly feeling like there's less turmoil happening in my stomach itself, but it's still very uncomfortable. I stayed home from my weekly meeting as result, which tells me I need to make sure my reintro days are not days when I have anything important planned!
    The husband and I have some work to do tomorrow -- household stuff, mostly, but also need to pick up a few things from the store and possibly go put out business flyers. We'll get to spend some time together, too, which will be nice... we're together often, but it's usually along with the girls and/or the family as a whole, so it's good when they're away and we can have alone time (even if some of that time's just spent reading or playing video games together, haha!).
    I also need to make sure I call and schedule an appointment with the doctor for early February, partly for a regular checkup but partly to check blood levels and see how I've fared this month. This month's been all about the food, no supplements, so it will be good to see where the food supports me well and where I need to give it a helping hand.
    I'm liable to be up a bit longer tonight, but I'm trying to be mindful about getting my log posted before I pass out, so I'm doing that now.
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    AR3825 reacted to SugarcubeOD in The pastele, a traditional Puerto Rican food   
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    AR3825 reacted to MirandaM in Sodium nitrite (250)   
    Don't mind my kids coloring on paper that isn't theirs. It is allowed! 

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    AR3825 reacted to Robin Strathdee in Sodium nitrite (250)   
    Nitrites/ates are fine, sulfites/ates are not )
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    AR3825 reacted to SugarcubeOD in NEW!! Coconut Aminos and Chips   
    27 March, 2017
    From Whole30 headmistress Melissa Hartwig, who works really hard to make the program both effective and easy to follow
    It’s been a long time since I’ve issued any changes to the Whole30 rules; the last was in 2014, when we brought back the white potato. Making a rule change is a really big deal; it’s a huge communication effort to share the new information with millions of people worldwide and update all of our books and resources. But food manufacturers continue to create grain-free, dairy-free products that didn’t exist when I wrote the original Whole30 rules, and frankly, they’re making my job really hard here.
    After much research, discussion with my forum moderators, and consulting the Whole30 team, we concur it’s time to revise a few points, based on the current marketplace. Here are two new Whole30 rules, effective April 1, 2017 (or right now, since you’re reading it). If you want, just read the rules and apply, easy-peasy. If you want to hear the thought process behind the changes, however, I’ll describe in detail below.
    New Whole30 Rules
    No store-bought chips of any origin (potato, tortilla, plantain, coconut, kale…) Coconut aminos are an exception to the “no added sugar” rule (and continue to be permissible on the program)   No more plantain chips on the #Whole30? Spread the word; two NEW Whole30 rules. CLICK TO TWEET
      No Store-Bought Chips
    When we brought white potatoes back in 2014, one sticky issue was, “How do we keep people from eating French fries and potato chips, as those are obviously not in the spirit of the Whole30?” The answer was easy; saying, “No potato chips, and no restaurant or fast-food fries.” Back in 2014, all you could find in the store were potato chips or “Sweets n Beets.”  Kale or broccoli “chips” didn’t exist, tortilla chips were made only with corn, and plantain chips were just showing up on the scene, but not popular enough to be on our radar.
    Over the last few years, the variety of “healthy” chips in stores have exploded. You can now buy “nacho” flavored kale chips, cassava flour tortilla chips, and “roasted” plantain chips containing technically compliant Whole30 ingredients. This has caused great confusion in the community—kale chips must be okay because they’re kale, but what about plantain chips, or those potato chips fried in unrefined coconut oil? It was hard to keep up with; a fact I saw reflected in the #whole30 photos you’re posting on Instagram. In thinking about how to communicate my thoughts on the place of chips on the Whole30, I kept coming back to the central theme: Face-planting into a packaged bag of chips (of any nature) has no place in resetting your health, habits, and relationship with food.
    Especially plantain chips. You know you crack out on them, and news flash: THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY HEALTHY.
    So, allow us to make it easy for you, and return to our Whole30 “real, whole, nutrient-dense” food roots: No store-bought chips. Period. Not even if they’re kale.  Not even if they’re roasted. Not even if they’re cooked in coconut oil. Chips of any nature are counter to the Whole30 mission, they’re pushing more nutrient-dense food off your plate, and they’re all too easy to turn into food with no brakes.
    It’s only 30 days, and you can do better.
    Feel free to make your own real-food version at home; bake kale leaves, pan-fry plantain slices, or roast potato wedges. But please, no deep-frying. That should go without saying.
    Coconut Aminos
    Coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute made from coconut) came on the Whole30 scene around 2013. The first company to release the product was Coconut Secret, and the ingredients read, “Organic coconut ‘sap’ aged and blended with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt.” Based on this ingredient list*, it appeared totally Whole30 compliant. We began using aminos in our recipes and cookbooks, creating Asian-inspired dishes with exciting flavors.
    Today, we have a variety of aminos; Big Tree Farms is a major market player, and Thrive Market has their own brand of aminos. Trouble is, their ingredients read slightly different: “Organic fair trade coconut blossom nectar, sea salt.” And it’s that one word, “nectar,” that’s causing trouble, because in Whole30 lingo, “nectar” = “sugar.”
    I got on the phone with Elizabeth from Big Tree Farms, so she could explain the way aminos are made. The nectar itself is harvested from the coconut flower blossoms (not the tree itself, as the word “sap” might indicate). From there, you can do a few things with the nectar: brew it down with sea salt and water (natural fermentation may be part of this process) and turn it into aminos; dry it and allow it to granulate, turning it into coconut sugar; or sell it as coconut syrup, a liquid sweetener substitute.
    So technically, all aminos are derived from a sugar source—but not all labels are clear about that. Which means that according to the current rules, some brands of aminos are out, while some are allowed, based solely on the way the companies chose to write the ingredients on the label.
    Furthermore, unlike the other two forms of coconut nectar, aminos are not a sugar substitute.  Would you add it to your coffee or tea, or pour it over berries? (EW.)
    To avoid further confusion, we’re just going to write a new exclusion into the rules: “coconut aminos” are compliant for the program, even if the word “nectar” is on the label.
    *When you read the rest of the Coconut Secret label, the word “sap” is in quotation marks, and the bottle description does say it comes from “sap that exudes from the coconut blossom.” Consumers (myself included) assumed the product came from the tree (or the coconut itself), but it is sourced from the coconut blossom, just like the other brands. 
    Next Steps
    First, these new rules officially go into effect on April 1, 2017. If you’ve been eating ingredient-compliant plantain chips or store-bought kale chips, you don’t have to start over; just stop eating them. (And if you’ve been using aminos of any brand, nothing actually changes.)
    Second, we’d appreciate you helping us share the rules by reposting our Instagram post, sharing our Facebook post, or Tweeting about it (below).
      Have you heard? TWO new #Whole30 rules re: chips and coconut aminos! Details here. CLICK TO TWEET
      Third, we’ve already updated the Can I Have blog post, the Whole30 Program Rules, and the accompanying PDF. We’re also in the process of cleaning up old forum entries with out-of-date info. However, patience, please, as that process could take a while. I’m also working the revisions into immediate reprints of The Whole30 and The Whole30 Cookbook.
    Finally, we’ll be working with our partners at Thrive Market and Barefoot Provisions to remove kale chips from their Whole30 kits. This could take a little while, logistically.
    On behalf of the Whole30 team, thank you for your continued support and your tolerance for these occasional changes. We are always evaluating the rules for their logic, foundation in science, effectiveness, and ease of use. Balancing all of those isn’t always easy, but we think these changes encompass the spirit and intention of the program, while making it even easier for you to follow the rules.
    Even if you’re mad about the plantain chips.
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    AR3825 reacted to SugarcubeOD in The pastele, a traditional Puerto Rican food   
    When you stuff the mixture inside the plantain mixture, is the plantain coating supposed to mimic bread?  Is it JUST mashed plantains and the other vegetable?  You said it's protein, olives 'and a few other ingredients'.  What are the other ingredients?
    EDIT: I've just looked these up and made with compliant ingredients they would be fine.  Some recipes have garbanzo beans which would not be okay and some have milk which would also not be okay so you just need to make sure that you're using compliant ingredients.  As far as the masa goes, that's going to count as a starchy carb of which the recommendation would be a fist sized serving once a day to start so if you normally eat three or four of these in a sitting, that's probably a bit much.
    For the seasonings, you would need to check the ingredients in them or post pictures here of the ingredient list.
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    AR3825 got a reaction from Jihanna in Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)   
    Your original post speaks to me on a personal level, because I am also bipolar, ADD, and highly allergic to grass which is actually relevant to most of the food allergies I have also. I love reading this log. I’ve done a whole 30 in the past, but I like reading through this log and Im glad your dad is on board with eating the new food you are cooking! I also like that your kid ate the turkey patty and liked it.