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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from laura_juggles in Pan fried or roasted potato   
    This is exactly how things are done at my house... love the use of 'fling' in cooking!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from CGinDC in Primal Kitchen frozen meals - serving size   
    I have not seen the actual meals (Canadian here) but you're right, I would have thought the same thing.  It brings to mind a discussion that was had surrounding the same concern on the Walmart Whole30 meals and the general consensus was that these are for emergencies... much the same as eating a couple Applegate hotdogs and roasted potatoes on a super busy day should be considered 'good enough', these would fall into that same category.  Also, nutrition is cummulative so if you've been eating template meals for a couple weeks and then one day you end up needing to press one of these frozen meals into service, it may not keep you as full as your own home cooking but it might just be good enough to stop you from going to a drive through or eating the leftover ice cream cake in the freezer (just silly examples).  if you were relying on these for every meal (or even a meal a day) for your entire program, you would likely need to eat more than one or supplement with extra veggies and maybe a fried egg.
    Does that help?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from CGinDC in Do I really need 4 meals?   
    Olives? Sundried tomato in olive oil? (Costco sells a compatible one - just make sure to read your labels).  Make some mayo based sauces like ranch?  You can also look up recipes for batches of pesto (make sure you read the ingredients before you start making to ensure it's W30), chimichurri sauce, tahini sauces etc... there are loads of amazing Whole30 sauce recipes online and if your budget and location allows, there are also a great deal of pre-made sauces including our own W30 line of dressings and sauces.
    https://www.theendlessmeal.com/7-staple-whole30-sauces/
    https://eatthegains.com/6-whole30-sauces-that-arent-mayo/
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Update on Oatstraw Infusions for Neuropathy   
    The stem and leaves are fine, just make sure there are no additional sweeteners or other non compatible items in the drink.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Kay47 in Exhausted and I don’t know why   
    Hey Sholmes,
    There are so many factors in Food Freedom and life in general that could cause exhaustion. Stress or lack of consistent sleep could contribute. Moving off the meal template, not eating enough food or enough fat/carbs could also contribute. You could try going back to the structure of the meal template for three meals a day to see if that helps. If you've stopped reading labels, you might also be unknowingly consuming non-Whole30 compatible ingredients. Maybe there's maltodextrin (aka sugar) in your popcorn or soybean oil in your cashews. Lastly, I find that quantity/frequency of non-Whole30 foods affects me. For example, I can tolerate rice for 2 or 3 days. But my stomach is affected if I eat rice every day for a week. So what "serving size" of the added/reintroduction foods is personalized to how much you can have before you see negative effects. If you're still exhausted when back on the meal template and checking food labels for sneaky non-compatible ingredients, you can always return to a reset. Maybe a 3, 5, or 7 day reset would be enough to restore your energy. Hope this helps!
    Kay
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from mrsdeegee in Yes, A Newbie Asking Can I Have...   
    Good find, all compatible!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to jrtalber in What to do with an Unsupportive Partner   
    My partner is really unsupportive of me doing the Whole30 (did round 1 in August, but did not reintro well, so started again on the group Whole30 September 14).  Since we have been together I have lost significant weight (70 lbs) and my partner believes I am too skinny now and he is not attracted to me anymore.  
    I used a whole food based diet  and macro counting, along with exercise, to lose weight, but when I decided to do the Whole30, it was not for weight loss.  I actually have no idea what I weigh and did not weigh myself or take before/after measurement/pictures BECAUSE its not about weight loss.
    My mother died this summer, and I ate everything in sight (lots and lots of sugar).  Joint pain and injuries ensued, and I knew I was out of control and unhappy.  I am feeling in control for the first time since my mom died and am feeling some hope to move forward.  
    I do want to move into a successful re-intro and my Food Freedom, but I don't want to just gain weight back so he is attracted to me.  I love him but feel like that's an unfair ask.  I am trying to build up muscle, but it is slow going and he says there is not progress. He ironically says that I don't eat "real food" on the Whole30.
    Any tips/thoughts how to navigate this?  He asked for an open relationship last night.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from alid247 in Swanson Organic Chicken Broth   
    No, natural and artificial flavors are both fine for the Whole30. Enjoy!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Dara750 in 9/15 Whole60 - First Timer!   
    Hi Whole30 babes!
    My name is Dara. I am thrilled to start my Whole60 tomorrow, 9/15. I actually meant to start today but drank a kopi jahe this morning, which I realized partway into it has sugar in it! It's an indonesian ginger spiced coffee, from a local coffee shop. This is my third attempt to do a Whole60. I got 20 days in in August, then chose to eat off plan foods. Then I started over and got 10 days in, before the worst fires in Oregon's history (where I live) hit and things were so crazy I chose to comfort myself with food. I realized with my first two false starts that I need to ask for more support from friends. I need to have someone I can call when my sugar dragon comes out, when I'm hungry and unprepared, and really want to go off plan, etc. I also need to not let myself get too hungry! My biggest impetus for this has been severe digestive pain and issues, trouble sleeping, trouble focusing, and compulsive eating.
    My WHYs: (1) Freedom from cravings; (2) a thriving, healthy gut and digestive system; (3) to feel good in my body every day; (4) to love my body; (5) more enjoyment of food and cooking, to slow down and treat this as sacred; (6) healthier ways to cope with my feelings and energy level shifts; (7) better sleep, more energy, and deeper focus.
    I plan on using this forum as a support network throughout my journey. And no shame - I will probably really enjoy some mac and cheese and baked goods today before I hop full on in tomorrow. I know this will make detox harder. I CAN DO THIS!!! Thanks for reading.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Kynard in Preemptive measures for nausea   
    Do you normally eat grains at every meal of every day? The reason I'm asking is because that's a pretty quick response to not eating something... Can you think back to a random day where you might not have been doing the whole30 but you also didn't eat grains and remember if you were nauseated?  Perhaps there's something else that's different when you undertake a Whole30 that is contributing? Do you drink black coffee on an empty stomach during Whole30 for instance that might be a factor? I'm definitely not saying this is not due to grains, just want to dig a little deeper. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from decker_bear in New Whole30 Dressings & Seed Oils   
    Hi;
    The first ingredient is actually 'High Oleic Sunflower Oil', which has a nutrition profile nearly identical to olive oil but won’t solidify in the fridge.  In all the resources and documentation (books, newsletters etc), if the oil is High Oleic seed oil, then it's fine for your whole30.  The concern around seed oils comes when they are (usually) a cheaper version that is not purposely bred to be High Oleic and those are high in polyunsaturated fats which is what we want to avoid.
    There's tons of info around the difference between High Oleic seed oils and standard seed oils so if you're interested in the science behind it, google will give you a good start.
    There will be no confusion around products with seed oils in their ingredients.  If they're made with High Oleic seed oils, it will say on the ingredients.  If they're not, it'll just say 'sunflower' oil or 'canola' etc...
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in New Whole30 Dressings & Seed Oils   
    Hi;
    The first ingredient is actually 'High Oleic Sunflower Oil', which has a nutrition profile nearly identical to olive oil but won’t solidify in the fridge.  In all the resources and documentation (books, newsletters etc), if the oil is High Oleic seed oil, then it's fine for your whole30.  The concern around seed oils comes when they are (usually) a cheaper version that is not purposely bred to be High Oleic and those are high in polyunsaturated fats which is what we want to avoid.
    There's tons of info around the difference between High Oleic seed oils and standard seed oils so if you're interested in the science behind it, google will give you a good start.
    There will be no confusion around products with seed oils in their ingredients.  If they're made with High Oleic seed oils, it will say on the ingredients.  If they're not, it'll just say 'sunflower' oil or 'canola' etc...
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ladyshanny in Made by Whole30   
    Made by Whole30. Meet our brand new line of Whole30 salad dressings and dipping sauces. They are inspired by Melissa Urban's own kitchen creations, designed with you in mind, and 100% Whole30 down to the very last detail. The Whole30 HQ team worked together to hand-select our five-flavor debut:

    House Ranch: a Whole30 staple and the best darn Ranch you’ll ever try
    Buffalo Vinaigrette: made famous in Melissa's chicken-blueberry-hot-sauce salads
    Elderberry Vinaigrette: a dash of fruity sweetness with zero added sugar
    Creamy Balsamic: a classic with a creamy twist
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    They’re available exclusively through Thrive Market, and right now you can take an additional 30% off of the four dressings—House Ranch, Buffalo Vinaigrette, Elderberry Vinaigrette, and Creamy Balsamic. (Keep your eyes out for Secret Sauce, which is coming very soon.)

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    Make sure to tag us and use #madebyWhole30 when you post your taste tests, reviews, and recipes. We can’t wait to hear what you think.
    Made by Whole30 Dressings & Dips
     

     
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Yep, you bet, coming right up!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to edgriffin2017 in EPIC brand broths...with added sugars?   
    I think that answers my question then.  I was thinking that was the case, but wasn't for sure.  I was just looking at the nutritional facts.  But that makes sense for it to have the added sugar from the fruit.  Thank you
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Garth in 3 weeks in and I got spiked by a stock cube and a spoon of jam in gravy!   
    Not sure what this is??
    As far as reintroduction, there's a whole bunch of resources for this - go to this link and use the 'Reintroduction' links at the bottom left square
    https://whole30.com/do-the-whole30/
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Kisamose in Whole30 with toddlers.   
    I have no tips or advice as I do not own any children but it stands out to me that if your 2 and 4 year old are having carb flu/detox type symptoms, this is probably the best thing you can do for them!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Garth in 3 weeks in and I got spiked by a stock cube and a spoon of jam in gravy!   
    Yep, definitely.  I'm in Canada and altho we have 'some' Whole30 approved products available, there are not many and when I did my first Whole30, 'whole30 approved' didn't even exist so label reading was where we had to begin and end every trip to the grocery store.  It becomes second nature and you get very good at it.  You may want to start by label reading your own kitchen and putting a sticker on non compliant items or depending on the ratio, making a shelf dedicated to one or the other - then as long as the people cooking know what those stickers/shelves mean, you can eat in relative peace knowing you don't have to grill the chef (punny).
    Good luck!  You have a great attitude!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to LIverlips in Hi, People! My First Whole30 Starts August 15--Yay!   
    Hey, Whole30 World!  I'm so excited to be here!  When I was young, I smirked at my parents' attitude toward food (comfort food?  what's that?  I was raised that food is fuel and/or medicine, but never fun or recreation!), but now I see that "garbage in, garbage out" is kinda true!  With three out of four grandparents dying before they reached retirement age, how did my parents live into their 90s?  (Mom is still with us.)  Diet, of course!  Whole30 embodies all of this, with two awesome additions:  a scientific basis and customizability!  In the long term, I will be retiring myself in about five years, so I want to have my Food Freedom deeply ingrained into my daily life by then.  In the short term, if things go as planned--and they very well may not--I should be on day 22 of my first Whole30 the day I leave to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain (for the third time).  So why am I here right this minute, introducing myself to everyone?  I'm following, to the letter, the planning and preparation steps as outlined in my favorite new book, "The Whole30, the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom."  I look forward to meeting y'all!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Garth in 3 weeks in and I got spiked by a stock cube and a spoon of jam in gravy!   
    My guess would be that this is probably more from the corn product than the chicken altho it's hard to say.  It's entirely up to you whether you restart or not - there are no Whole30 police but given that you had a reaction to something, in order to do reintroductions on a clean slate and really find out what works and doesn't work with your body, you want that 30 days of healed gut to do the experiments on... 
    bummer that happened!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Jim4884 in Re-Intro Fail #facepalm   
    Hey Emily!  Weren't we in Dragonslayers together a couple of years back?  Nice to read you again.  You are correct, the rice bran oil is what makes barbacoa non-compliant.  There is no soy in it.  Hope all is well...
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from cassnate18 in Why do we limit certain nuts & seeds on Whole30?   
    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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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Amanda1125 in Pizza?   
    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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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from JulieAlarid in 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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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from rachelmaria33 in 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...