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  1. SugarcubeOD

    worcestershire sauce?

    No sorry, no amount of added sugar is okay for the program. If you're hungry all the time it's likely that you're not eating enough... do you eat a full template meal every 4-5 hours? Add plated fat to every meal and fill your plate with veggies? You really shouldn't be and don't need to be hungry all the time on this program.
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    Being positive about meat quality from small farms

    If you're buying meat from a farmer, then there should be no labels... do some research as to what is most important to you in terms of quality meat (only grass fed, corn finished is okay for you, free range or just cage free etc) and then determine what your budget for meat is and have a talk with the purveyors of the meat. All meat no matter how it is raised is compliant tho as long as nothing is added to it... the only time you're really going to find things added to farm fresh meat is if they make their own sausage or bacon or cured meats... if you're just buying pieces of the animal, then regardless of how it was raised, it's compliant for the program.
  3. Have you considered looking up one of our Whole30 coaches that you might work with? Between this and your wanting 'in the moment' coping strategies that are specific to your work schedule and context, a coach may be a good fit for you. Coaches will work with you to help you specifically where on the forum, we can only give general advice as we don't have all your specific details... yoga may be good for you, walking is good exercise, swimming etc... but I don't know your context to know if these would work for you and you appear to want specific help. As for the energy, my guess would be that you're not eating enough. I know (from experience) when you're really overweight that it seems counterintuitive to eat more and socially we're programmed to eat less in order to fit in and lose weight but the body doesn't actually work like that. Are you eating three template meals a day including fat?
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    There's nothing in the rules that says you can only eat lean protein. Go ahead.
  5. Hard to give suggestions when we don't know what you've been eating... do you include plated fat with each meal? Eat a palm to two palms of protein at every meal? Eggs when your sole source of protein are as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping... likely tho the issue is fat... fat slows down the absorption of protein into the body so if you're skimping fat, the protein is being absorbed much quicklier resulting in quicker hunger. Also, if you're eating a lot of fruit with your meals, replace that with veg on your plate and use the fruit sparingly as a condiment rather than a food group.
  6. Gosh, sorry you're not feeling well!! A bit of digestive upset can happen but this sounds like more than 'a bit'. It's hard to say what you should eat or stop eating since we don't know what you've been eating but a few tips for things that are known to cause digestive upset... nuts, nut butters and other nut/seed products, excessive fruit, dried fruit, lots of avocado sometimes... Things that help with digestive upset are starches like sweet potato or potato, plantains, bone broth, bananas etc... take a look on google for food items that are meant to help with firming up stool and then pick out the items that are compliant and try some of those. Maybe give us a rundown of what your meals have looked like and give specifics of what you've been eating and we'll see if something stands out. Feel free to take an OTC medicine like Immodium if you feel you need to.
  7. SugarcubeOD

    coconut water?

    No, if there is any type of sugar listed in the ingredients, regardless of 'less than XX%' it's out. If it just has coconut water as an ingredient then it's fine but again, as I'm sure has been discussed on this thread, it's basically light fruit juice and not a best choice for a main beverage.
  8. SugarcubeOD

    Day 19 Questions

    The fact that it varies from person to person is exactly why we recommend using this body metric... so a 6'4 200 pound person is going to need more than a 5'1 90 pound person...
  9. SugarcubeOD

    Ending Day #2! (Good Night)

    Congrats on finishing and sorry you're not feeling well. If you would like to continue to document your process of reintroduction, please make a new thread in the Post Whole30 section so as not to confuse new people and to keep the main forum on topic.
  10. SugarcubeOD

    delete my account

    We can take care of that for you. Thank you for joining our community and best of luck in the future!
  11. SugarcubeOD

    Thickening Agents

    I think it depends on your definition of 'functional'. I use arrowroot and tapioca but yes without being very careful, you can end up with something a bit gelatinous... the nut flours are not going to work the same because they'll always be gritty due to the fact they're ground up nuts... Maybe someone will have a great idea but each thing is going to have its own properties and none of them are going to line up to flour or cornstarch. What is it you're using it for? Maybe that'll help with suggestions.
  12. Oh! Yes, it's not - a pre workout meal is not an enormous amount of food but sometimes those kinds of mind games that we play with ourselves to make sure we stick to our plans for working out are effective
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    Confused - Sulfites in Balsamic Vinegar

    As long as it's not listed in the ingredient list
  14. SugarcubeOD

    Can I Have... Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi?

    It's not really quite the same as binder in meatballs... binder would be a couple tablespoons of a starchy flour... gnocchi is a pasta which means that even when replicated with compliant ingredients, it's going to be a pasta... and pasta is nope.
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    Throwing away food

    Yes, throw it out. Make a donation to a food bank to offset the waste if that makes you feel better but now that you know that you can't eat it and you can't give it away, there's not much left to do but to get rid of it... it feels bad but what's the difference between eating it and it making you feel terrible and throwing it out? it's still a waste...