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  1. SugarcubeOD

    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.
  10. Not allowed, sorry: No commercially prepared chips.
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    Can I have a poptart that has cinnamon in it?

    Have you read the rules of the program? You cannot have grains or sugar or dairy and you cannot recreate baked goods... a compliant item with cinnnamon in it is fine but Pop Tarts are not compliant.... bolded and red are all the non compliant ingredients in a cinnamon pop tart... just for your info INGREDIENTS: Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Brown Sugar (Sugar, Molasses), Soybean and Palm Oil (with TBHQ for Freshness), Corn Syrup, Dextrose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cracker Meal, Contains Two Percent or Less of Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Cornstarch, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Cinnamon, Wheat Starch, Gelatin, Caramel Color, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide, Reduced Iron, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid.
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    Steamed crabs?

    As long as the ingredients that you are using are compliant (looks like the old bay is) go for it. Also, bring some to me please
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    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    I like Frank's Red Hot on sushi in place of wasabi and soy... it's a bit salty, spicy and got that good umami flavor (in my opinion). Just make sure you read the labels cause some of the Frank's is not compliant... pretty sure the original still is... I buy in bulk from Costco so I haven't bought a bottle in a while. Keep up the good work! Maybe get some frozen veggies for the outbreak I work inside a hospital so I understand the concern first hand... I'm not worried tho...
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    Difficulty preparing Meals

    These would be fine if you subbed the non compliant ingredients such as rice with compliant ones such as cauli rice... I havne't looked at the recipes but you'd need to make sure all ingredients were compliant.
  15. Oh that sucks! You definitely have to ask for each thing you eat because some items disallowed on the program are not captured in the allergens. That said, i think you've answered your own question - it sounds like maybe you're having a reaction to legumes with the headache.. and unfortunately our body doesn't know if we accidentally or intentionally ate something that it doesn't like. By the time you get to the end and think about adding that week to make it a full 30 days, you might be okay with that, even tho it's on vacation... some people feel so good that they don't want to jeopardize their good feeling by going off plan on vacation (plus, we really recommend you do the reintros so it sounds like maybe the timing is a bit tight anyway?). That said, if you decide to go off for the vacation, you'll be in a great position after your vacay to come back to the program and start again... who knows, it might be a perfect way to get to feeling great after holiday again and you'll be so good at the meal prep and label reading that doing it a second time after your vacation will be a walk in the park!
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    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Congratulations! This is huge! Keep up the good work! If you want a super easy way to make veggies, try roasting them... preheat oven to 450F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or waxed paper or tin foil or nothing). Cut your veggies into similar sized pieces (so you don't have some huge thick pieces and some tiny thin pieces) and then toss in some cooking fat (the ghee you got would be great here). Season liberally with salt and pepper and throw those bad boys in the oven... Don't wander off but it takes about 15-20 min depending on the size of your veggies... check them and when they're starting to brown and smell delicious, they're probably done. If you want say... broccoli and potato, you could do those on the same sheet, just cut the potato smaller than the broccoli pieces and keep everything to a single layer on the pan, nicely spread out.
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    Can you DM me a link to the book so I can send it onward to our Headquarters and have our lawyers look into it?
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    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    Sometimes, even tho we have weight to lose, our bodies prioritize other healing over dropping pounds. It can be disheartening to have done the entire program and not have visible results but I honestly encourage you to find other results... is your skin better? Your sleep better? Cravings diminished? How's the depression and anxiety? One thing that you might also consider is that stress hormones can impact your ability to lose weight and if you've been stressing this entire time about losing xx pounds, you could be actually working against your own body chemistry. Stay the course, eat three template meals a day and believe that choosing health will make you healthy... Also, on that note, if you have been under-eating in an attempt to hack the program and restricting to count calories, it's VERY likely that you've done yourself a disservice... when you restrict calories and food, you put your body into survival mode and it does not drop weight when it thinks you're in a famine. If you would like to know more about whether this could be what's going on, feel free to list out a few example days of what you've been eating including portions etc... and we can have a look and see. I know it seems counter intuitive to eat more to lose weight but you want your body feeling safe and nourished so it knows that sufficient food is coming again every 4-6 hours...
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    Snacks for Braces

    I think you'll find as you become more comfortable with braces that they're not quite as fragile as one thinks... I don't think there are too many people who have had braces for 12-24 months that live only on soft food... sure, when they are first on or tightened, the soft food is less painful and I wouldn't recommend eating a frozen toblerone bar (which is obvs not compliant) but regular crunchy food like carrot sticks/celery sticks etc... should not be popping your brackets off or breaking the wires.
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    Natural flavoring

    No, that's taking the rule and stretching it - which you're welcome to do but for the purpose of the Whole30 in general, natural flavorings are allowed in any food. Yes, they may have undesirable additives but we had to draw the line somewhere and it would be nigh on impossible for people to eat packaged food if we disallowed natural flavorings.
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    Non-gluten Grain Reintroduction

    The only way to really tell would be to go back to Whole30 eating until you feel better (a few days should do it) and then try with a different corn product and see what happens.
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    Paleo after Whole30?

    The best thing about doing the Whole30 and reintroduction is that you find out exact what foods work for you and what foods don't so instead of picking a 'paleo' or other named program, you get to make a 'WholeAMG23' that fits your own context perfectly. Does that mean that it could be close to Whole30 or paleo? Sure, but because you've done this experiement, it will fit you best.
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    Husband is still exhausted at day 14, Help!

    I don't think he's probably eating enough, especially considering his line of work. Eggs when they are the sole source of protein in a meal are as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping... somehow I figure he can hold more than 2 and the amount of veggies in an egg muffin is going to be negligible... we recommend 2-3 cups of veggies per meal. He also has no fat with breakfast the way you've written it. I suspect the lettuce wraps are also not enough and I would suggest eating more veggies and fat. Dinner doesn't sound like it has fat either. Remember, portions are based on each person's metric so a palm of protein for him is maybe bigger than a palm of protein for you... if he's working very hard during the day, much like a workout, we would also recommend he probably throw a fourth meal or two mini meals in there somewhere - he shouldn't be a zombie....
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    Can I have this Balsamic?

    No, sorry, Caramel color is a sneaky sugar.
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    Yes, definitely ok! If the Laird's Hydrate drink is compliant then go ahead but definitely check the ingredients because it seems hard to believe it wouldn't have a sweetener of some sort in it...