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  1. SugarcubeOD

    RK in Denver, CO— Starting the adventure...

    Yes definitely - there's a whole Recipe Sharing subforum that you're welcome to share in. Please just make sure that you're not sharing recipes that are copywrited or that have non compliant ingredients or they'll get removed. Happy Sharing!
  2. Hey there All the science behind the rules on Whole30 are outlined in detail in It Starts with Food. Alternately, you can dig through the archives using google and find many discussions on almost every topic. I've gotten you started here with a response from one of our previous moderators in an archived post. Most nuts and seeds deliver a high dose of omega6 fats. Most of us already have too many omega6s and we need to reduce omega6s and increase omega3 fats to achieve a proper balance. So, while nuts and seeds are okay, eating a lot of them will tend to overload you with omega6s. Some nuts are lower in omega6 fats - macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, so they are "better" for you. Others are especially high in omega6s - walnuts, brazil nuts, etc. Almonds, which are Paleo favorites, are in the middle of the pack. Flax seeds have a lot of omega3 fats, but in a form that our bodies can't access readily, so they don't add health benefits. The oils and butters of the nuts and seeds have the same nutritional profile. In addition, many people lose control with nuts and seeds and eat a lot of them.
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    You can google 'well fed meatza' which is a meat and vegetable dish seasoned with pizza flavorings (the 'crust' is actually a giant flat baked hamburger patty). @kirbz is right tho, there is no crust that is made with compliant ingredients that will work - cauliflower crust is great for food freedom but does cross the line of recreating baked goods which is not allowed.
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    Is Organic actually better?

    We want you to buy the best quality of food you can afford and that is available to you. If organic is not something that is of great significance to you (it isn't to me), then you don't have to worry about that. I think it's likely stating organic in the book because organic is generally accepted to be a higher quality food, however if you have found research and done your due diligence and believe that for your purposes, organic is no better or worse than conventional, then carry on with conventional.
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    Pea Protein

    It's possible that the processing of the peas into flour is what has caused your issue... just an aside tho, there's no such thing as compliant pasta on the program based on the 'do not recreate baked goods' rule.
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    Coffee Smoothie?

    This sounds very much like a coffee milkshake type thing which with none of the ingredients being against the rules would likely not serve you well in your program. I'd leave it off and try it as a special occasion item... I wouldn't think of it as a 'coffee alternative' to have every day
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    Gut issues after 1 year

    Do a slow roll, lengthy reintro where you take your time and really test things... then go back to whole30 until you're feeling great again and test something else... If you google 'whole30 slow roll reintroduction' it will give you a good basis for that vs a more fast track version. I think when you have a known issue like this, the slower and more methodical you are about the reintroduction, treating it very much like a controlled experiment, the more you're going to potentially find answers to what may be going on...
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    Gut issues after 1 year

    sorry you're not feeling well. It's definitely difficult for us to say what might be missing or something you might be sensitive to, especially since you're eating in your Food Freedom. My best suggestion would be to do another Whole30 with a robust reintroduction. It's also possible that there are foods within the Whole30 that do not benefit you personally so it may be a longer experiment to try and figure out what it is that's potentially bothering you. You may also want to visit a doctor (now's not the greatest time but there are virtual options) because it's possible that there's something medical going on with you that we aren't able to advise on.
  9. I don't mean to make light of what could potentially be an issue with your meal template or even how you digest certain foods but is it also possible that because the world is in a pandemic state right now, that you could be reacting to even the latent and chronic stress that it is affecting almost every one right now? Bags/dark circles under the eyes, foggy brain, fatigue - all symptoms of a stress reaction. I think you should take Shannon's advice above and have a look at some of those things and list your meals as suggested so we can see what if anything stands out but i think it's also reasonable to expect that it might not be 'just' food... given where we are as a society in crisis at the moment.
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    Paleo flour

    Yes for the purpose of a light breading on chicken, this would be fine.
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    Mayo recipe - with garlic?

    Whey would not be whole30 approved given it's a dairy byproduct.
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    Day 10. Do I have to start over?

    Oh shoot! That's a real bummer! The decision to restart is entirely up to you. It sounds like you are aware of how chips impact you and it also sounds like you did not eat the whole bag? ('won't touch the rest'). I would keep going and if you find that you are obsessing over the chips or they've created some other behaviors or feelings that you don't like, maybe just tack some days on to the end of your Whole30 to get the full 30 days without that trigger food. As for your service in the hospital, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I think i speak for most when I say that you are a true hero and your sacrifice does not go unnoticed!
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    Pre and post workout snack bars

    Could you just throw an extra couple chicken breast or other meat in when doing your other meal prep? Add a sweet potato to the oven and then have those items as your pre and post workout... then it's not more time or cooking, it's sort of folded into your existing output of energy/time. This would be the least expensive option as well.
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    Alexia Oven Fries

    These seem to be awfully close to the line when it comes to 'No commercially prepared french fries'.
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    Tea with Oat Straw

    Hey there! sorry no one got back to you! Almost every question has been asked and answered so if you google 'whole30 + question' you can usually find an answer. In this case, you would find a previous thread which references this Facebook post where Melissa says: The part that is relevant to your question is of course, 'The issues with grains come in the seed - eating the plant portion doesn't raise the same concerns' So good to go!
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    All kinds of sneaky sugars are out for the duration of the Whole30. As far as lamb or veal, yes, any protein is allowed, we couldn't list every single one but if it's a single ingredient animal protein, then you're good to go.
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    I love Olivado, but is it allowed?

    The other half of that quote is: If we did, you’d never be able to eat outside of your own kitchen, because all restaurants use them in cooking. We wanted to create the healthiest program possible, but we also need it to be do-able for those who travel for business or pleasure, or simply want to dine out during the month. Tip: Eliminate the consumption of vegetable oils at home, even if you’re not on the Whole30, and make sure the rest of your diet is focused on the most nutritious choices possible, especially if you dine out frequently. So yes, if you are following just the bare rules of the program, technically vegetable is not ruled out so that people can eat outside their homes - there are no Whole30 police so if you don't eat out and eat these oils in your own cooking, no one is going to come find you. With that said, our recommendation for people to get the most out of the program would be to remove these inflammatory types of oils for the 30 days. Again, for the differences between extra virgin, first press, cold press, refined etc, you'd do best to do that research out in the greater interwebs instead of focusing on it within the Whole30 community. We are ingredient focused, not process of making focused so you might find more information about what all the different processing types of oil mean on a cooking forum or other related websites. Once you get into that part of deciding about what your food needs to be, every person will have a different outlook. For instance I do not eat things with artificial flavors after having done research on how they're made but they are not against the rules within the Whole30. That's an extra thing I add in to both Whole30's that I do and my Food Freedom. Yours might be something around how oil is processed and what matters most to you in that regard within your budget and resources.
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    I love Olivado, but is it allowed?

    No, as long as there are no non-compliant ingredients in any product, it is approved for the program. They are not the only products that you can use. As far as all the buzz words, Whole30 doesn't have a stand on which ones are legit, which ones are marketing and which ones are bunk. I think it comes down to each individual to do more general non-Whole30 specific research on this type of question as they feel necessary. Our Whole30 Approved® label is designed to let you know a product is 100% compliant with the rules of our Whole30 program, and that the product line and company who stands behind it has been vetted by our team. Furthermore, all Whole30 Approved products containing animal protein have met our established Animal Welfare Standards, as created in partnership with the ASPCA.
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    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    YES! Our weight is ONE small factor in our overall health... it sounds like you're feeling much more stable and in control than you may have in the past and even than you may have if you'd been going through this pandemic without Whole30. That's amazing! You may also find that when you put weight in the background and focus on your mental and emotional health and the non scale victories, that any weight that you have to lose will find it's way away. Hold steady in this scary time!
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    Pure Wraps

    Sorry, the ingredients might be okay but recreating baked goods whether in your home or store bought are not allowed so these and any other 'paleo tortilla/wrap' should be left off for the duration of the Whole30
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    Sorry you're feeling this way! I do wonder if the binging could be because you're limiting during other meals? Do you eat a meal template breakfast within an hour of waking and then another one 5-6 hours later? Are you going an exceptionally long time between your last meal and the one you binge on? Other things I wonder... do you live alone or with people who are sharing the food resource? if you are living with others, is there a chance that you're 'resource guarding' by eating 'your share'? If this could be the case, then pack up the other servings into containers that the other people in your household know are off limits and then you know consciously and subconsciously that the resource is safe. If you live alone, could you try asking 'present you' to be kind to 'future you' and not eat it all because future you will really thank you when they have lunch the next day. Other mind tricks: 'I can make this EVERY DAY if I want to', 'if I need to get up at 3am and eat because I'm hungry, I'm an adult who will do just that'. I realize that binging is very complex and can't be solved with words on a page but hopefully this will help and I would be interested in the answers to how you're eating the rest of the day to see if that is leading into you 'binging' because you're actually just starving and your body needs the nourishment.
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    Reading fine print on labels

    May contain and made in a facility are just warnings for people who may be very allergic to even cross contamination. less than 2% or 'not a significant source' are included ingredients and should any of those be non compliant, the product then becomes non compliant.
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    Is Whole30 good for a 170lb/17%bf male?

    A lot of foods are eliminated but there are plenty of starchy carbs, fat and protein that you can eat that should not see you losing muscle. See if this article helps?
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    Whole30+AIP supplementary

    Glycerin is a sneaky sugar so that wouldn't be allowed. If the Vitamin E has sugar, it would need to be listed as that would be an additive to the vitamin. As far as whether or not they are AIP is a personal issue and not one that would create a requirement to start Whole30 over. We don't have additional rules for AIP sensitive or FODMAP sensitive programs - it becomes the person's personal consideration as to whether or not they want to consume those items. The other thing to remember is that the program is only 30 days so if you're especially concerned, I would just leave off the supplements until after. 30 days with or without supplements is usually not going to be super impactful when you're also eating a varied whole food diet.
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    Sports Drinks

    You could try coconut water or I believe that there are a few compliant electrolyte products - google 'whole30 compliant electrolytes' and a few old threads should show up.