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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Taj in NUTS appear to be the culprit of gas and bloating   
    Just remember for the purposes of Whole30, nuts are considered a fat not a protein (altho they do have a touch of protein) and should be limited (think a closed handful of whole nuts every other day or so at the most).
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Christie Inge, HHC in Egg Free Whole30   
    i think it depends on what you're trying to determine by eliminating eggs and/or a full AIP program.  AIP is definitely more challenging than the regular program altho since you've done two already, if you've stuck pretty close to the Whole30 protocol between rounds, it's usually easier to then take it a step further for AIP.
    Tiger blood or the lacktherof is often contributed to more by the meal template and whether you follow all the recommendations than removing more foods from your diet.  If you don't have a medical reason to be eliminating eggs or doing AIP then that might not be your best bet for getting that energy you're looking for.
    One thing to think about also is that Tiger Blood doesn't necessarily mean that you're running around like your tail is on fire all your waking hours.  For some people it's just feeling 'good'.  Feeling like they can go for a walk after dinner or being sharper at work or during their hobbies.  Melissa has written some new articles on tiger blood recently because of this very problem of people thinking they've done something wrong because they didn't turn into Tigger on the program.  I think if you google 'whole30 tiger blood' you should be able to find some articles as well as past discussions about what it is and isn't.
    In the meantime, before you decide to go AIP or egg free, if you have a recollection of how your meals were composed on the last round and can give some reasonably specific detail about how and when you ate, maybe there are some tweaks in there on the standard program that you can try before you go to eliminating additional foods.
    Thoughts?
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in My biggest challenge.. baby food..   
    @NJdieter Do you have some research on that last part? Everyone needs a varied diet, but I'd hesitate to say dairy and grains are necessary. That sounds like talk from lobbyists trying to sell food products to parents. Pancreatic amylase, which is what you really need to digest grains, doesn't start being produced until all 4 molars are in. And not every child can digest dairy, so it can't be that crucial to growth. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lauraco in Hungry, don't want to eat, kind of miserable   
    Dear H.T. 
    I have had times where I couldn't think of anything that I liked too - not just this food, but ANYTHING.  Usually it happens when I am going through a really rough patch with work, family or health.  I have learned that for me, taking time to write down what I do like, and focusing on those things helps me get out of (or at least through) my slump.  For me, the things I like are reading a good book, an art festival, art galleries,  movies, parks, sunsets, flowers, cats and dogs, antiquing, planning a trip, helping somebody, music, etc. and I try to make plans to do some of those things.  Sometimes I get crafty, and will make my own greeting cards or dream catchers or knitting (which involves going to Hobby Lobby or somewhere to get papers and supplies), and engages my mind in something other than what is making me unhappy.  When my mind touches on what I don't like I make it pop off to something I have set up in my head.  My image is a picture of me walking on a dirt path through trees with sunlight all around and a sunset coming up ahead.  
    Right now, I am immersed in finding Whole30 recipes, learning about it, reading other people's stories and what they are doing, shopping for the ingredients and trying out new foods and recipes.  Clearly that is not something you are enjoying, but maybe you can find work arounds that make it the easiest it can be for you, like buying pre-chopped ingredients, or simplifying your meals to just a few things that you like fairly well and are on program, and then spend more time focusing on something else. I'm a new-comer to Whole30, so don't mean to be giving you sage advice, but I have read and learned enough to know that this plan isn't just about the physical impact of food, but as much about the mental/phychological impact of food. 
    You didn't say why you started this program, unless I missed it.  Is it for weight loss, or something else in addition to that?  In my case, I have a lot of pain and am hoping that by eliminating inflammatory foods, my pain will be somewhat alleviated and I will be able to do more of the things I like to do, like walk.  
    I don't mean to be telling you what to do, so hopefully you won't take it that way,  I just want you to feel like others understand and have felt like you're feeling, and this is a good program from which to get support for all aspects of making a big life change.
    Good luck to you!
    Laura
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Christie Inge, HHC in Almond butter   
    Technically compliant, absolutely NOT recommended as per the above posts.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Barcode scanner... approved?   
    There are no Whole30 apps endorsed by the Whole30 and barcode scanner apps have got to be the worst of the worst... 
    You're better off becoming a barcode scanner yourself   Seriously tho, it's easier to learn how to read the label for non compliant ingredients that it is to pull your phone out everytime you want to buy something.  The thing about apps and the reason we don't have one is: 'who would keep that database updated?'.  Say a company puts sulfites in something that 3 months ago they ddin't have sulfites in?  Or in your region of the country there's no soy in the tuna but in my area there is... 
    We have a few pdf's that you can keep as photos on your phone that might help more than the app.  One is the sneaky sugars pdf and the other one is the common additives pdf.  They are both linked in my signature below and cover pretty much anything you're going to find on a label in the store.
    As a funny aside, apparently Alexa has a 'whole30' app thingy now... Melissa Urban tried it out and it told her that Ground Beef and Cauliflower were not compliant so take that for what it's worth  
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to kirbz in Hungry, don't want to eat, kind of miserable   
    I'm sorry to hear that this is such a struggle for you. You should be proud of your commitment for making it this long! Though I sincerely hope that things improve for you and you find some of the joy and benefits that so many others (myself included) have found! 
    One thing that seemed to jump out to me is that it seems like you're trying really hard to re-create all the things you used to love. That can be hard and frankly, I just end up disappointed when I try to do that. Have you tried finding new recipes that are delicious all on their own? Perhaps something you've never tried before so you won't have a comparison to how it tasted before? I strongly recommend that you find a blogger or recipe book that focuses on Whole30 food and try some new stuff! 
    My favorite bloggers are Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan. Others on the forum often really love Nom Nom Paleo. All three have websites with dedicated Whole30 sections that are reliable. There are others, though you'll find a lot of false information on Whole30 recipes out there, so be diligent about checking the ingredients and making sure they align with the rules! Check out the @Whole30Recipes Instagram feed for daily recipes from featured bloggers. That'll give you lots of other ideas and will point you to more reliable sources. 
    As for breakfast, I really struggled with breakfast for a long time. I didn't love eggs either and vegetables were also hard for me. What I've found now is that bacon, eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat, and soup works really well for me. I alternate the Silky Gingered Zucchini soup and the Golden Cauliflower soup recipes referenced below. Bacon can be hard to find but Pederson's Natural Farms and Applegate Naturals are two brands to look for. I believe even Costco carries their own brand that is compliant as well. Online could always be an option too. 
    If you're interested in trying some new stuff, here are some of my favorite recipes: 
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-egg-roll-bowl-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/bacon-zucchini-fritters-paleo-whole30/ http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ http://meljoulwan.com/2012/03/29/merguez-meatballs/ https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ I truly do wish you the very best and hope you find something great from this! 
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SharonN in Picked my date Feb 10 2019   
    Hey there, welcome!
    The Whole30 Daily was discontinued in favor of the Whole30 Day by Day book which was actually a better value (cheaper than the newsletter) and more personalized in that you fill parts of it out.  You should be able to find that anywhere books are sold and online.
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in Hungry, moody and craving alcohol.   
    I, too, wanted to lose some weight. But, knowing this wasn't a weight loss program, I focussed on eating what I was told and hoping that, if I didn't lose weight, I would, at least feel better. So, when I was hungry and cranky between meals, I ate more at my meals and ate more fat too. I get it, this is really hard to do - at 58, I have spent a lifetime hearing that fat is bad and eating too much causes weight gain - all the while avoiding fat and starving half the time and not losing any weight anyway.
    The last time I was on WW, I stuck to their point system like glue and the weight came off in dribs and drabs - a total of 12 pounds over 5 months - depressing! Everytime I ate my extra points, I gained weight. I talked to my doctor about this and she said, "some people just can't eat more than 900 - 1100 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight - you must be one of them." I am a marathon runner and am in the gym 5 days a week - and I get to eat approximately 1000 calories per day if I want to weigh 155lb (5' 5" tall)???? That's insanity! I don't care if I am menopausal, that's insanity.
    So, I came to W30 with an open mind and ate my brains out for 30 days - lots of meat, fat, veg and fruit with nuts thrown in on occasion. I have no idea what the calorie count was but I was fed and full and happy as a clam. I didn't feel any benefits until day 25 or so - but, I kept focussing on the idea that this was a WHOLE 30 days and stuck with it to the end.
    Long story short - I lost 10 1/2 pounds in 30 days. I found my chin and all of my ribs again. I feel fantastic - my energy is up, I am sleeping like a baby. There ain't any way I am ever going to go back to my pre W30 diet - seems like punishment to do so! For the record, my campadres also lost big - my 29 year old daughter lost 19lbs and Hubs lost 5lbs (he hardly had 5 to lose  )
    So - eat! Enjoy! Do the W30 the way they tell you too. You'll get through this slump and come out the other side with insights and gains you can't imagine. And, I'm betting you'll have lost some weight too.
    Good luck!!
     
     
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Detox February - NEW   
    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing.  Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking...
    Make sense?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Detox February - NEW   
    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing.  Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking...
    Make sense?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Greens Powder, KPX Protein Fiber Granola and Fiber Period   
    None of these things that you're looking for are in the spirit of Whole30.  We want you to eat real whole foods for 3 meals a day.  Recreating pseudo cereals and oatmeals is actually also not recommended.  Because these actually run contrary to the program, we wouldn't have recommendations for products to use.
    For information on the reasons behind our recommendation against smoothies, google 'whole30 can I have smoothies' and scroll down to the smoothie section.  
    I would also encourage you to check out the meal template and make sure that you're making all your meals fit the template.  You mention salad for lunch and dinner but don't mention the protein you plan on eating with it and leafy greens when used as your veggie choice needs to be really a wheelbarrow full when you think about how leafy greens chew or steam down to nothing.
    If you eat 3 meals a day 4-5 hours apart with a variety of veggies, some starchy carbs, some fruit occassionally along with protein and fat, you will get a sufficient amount of fibre in your diet.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to mistysickmeier in The BEST non scale victory ever...   
    I'm finally pregnant!!! 
    Before going into this I had completely given up trying. While only actively trying to conceive for about 8 months, I had really become discouraged. I wanted a change in my life as far as weight and food management goes, so I gave this a try. I ended my Whole30 on Tuesday February 5th. I dropped 15lbs, felt better, had more energy, was healthier, and two days later also got a positive pregnancy test!!!
    They said the Whole30 would change my life and it did in the best way imaginable. I 100% believe that what this whole eating did for me was make my body a better place for a baby to grow. 
    Thank you Whole30!!!!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Detox February - NEW   
    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing.  Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking...
    Make sense?
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in I don’t know if it is worth it   
    It's hard to know how to help here beyond saying - "yes, totally get it, been there" which isn't very useful. 
    Around Day 6 or 7 I wrote my first post about how disappointed I was going to be if I didn't get Tiger Blood and reduced joint pain. I also wanted to lose weight but, since this isn't a weight loss program, I decided to be openminded about that. I was convinced that arriving at Day 30 still experiencing SI joint pain was going to be a huge problem for me - well, you guessed it, Day 30 came and I still have joint pain. Disappointed? Turns out no because the other benefits of completing this program have far outweighed what I expected - namely, reduced anxiety, increased stamina, healthier gut, better understanding of myself and my relationship to food, just generally a feeling of satisfaction and of being in control. Yes, I lost weight - 10 unexpected pounds actually - but that is the least of success. All the Non Scale Victories added up to a hugely successful experience for me.
    Sounds like you might need to amp up your time in the kitchen and try some new recipes. I bought an Instant Pot for this W30 and Hubs and I both took an interest in experiementing with it. He discovered that he loves cauliflower rice (shocking) and was happy to discover he could eat as much protein as he wanted. All in all, this W30 has reawakened a sense of adventure in the kitchen and we're less likely to ever go back to default cheese and crackers for dinner.
    I hope you will stick with it - tweak things, try something completely different - eat full fat everything (OMG - the BEST!) and give it 30 days. I've read more blogs about "why the W30 didn't work for me" only to learn that the blogger quit after 10 days and, therefore, didn't even do a Whole 30. Please don't be that person - give it 100% and then decide.
    Good luck!!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from bblanke28 in Tessemae too much of a good thing?   
    Nope... not unless you're having feelings of anxiousness if you couldn't put it on something or you're shooting it straight out of a shot glass or fancy wine glass... 
    Flavorful things that you like are great! Keep doing you!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from hellokatie in dehydrated pea shells   
    actually yes... this would be like eating snap or sugar peas where most of what you consume is the shell and not the problematic pea portion itself.  Good find!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I don’t know if it is worth it   
    Sorry you're not having a great time of it.  You're at the 'pants are tighter stage' which you can read up on in the timeline linked in my signature below so that might be helpful.  Also, it's a 30 day program so expecting to see weight loss, especially if your diet has been great previous and you only have a very small amount of weight to lose is maybe not realistic.
    You also aren't eating enough.  You ate 3 eggs total as your protein for the day??  And you go 8 or more hours between meals?  You may want to have a look at the meal template and see how you can better make your meals match the template and then aim for eating every 4-5 hours.  It's also not entirely surprising that you're hungry again after you eat your meal 1 because you have no fat or protein which are critical to satiety.  Fat is what slows absorption of protein and protein is what you need to fuel your body so you're lacking there.  If your husband is eating the same meal composition, then it's not surprising that he's miserable... he's not getting enough food and that is also indicated by you sayiing he's dropping weight like crazy 7 days into a 30 day program that is NOT designed to be a weightloss diet.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to AliS in Red Lobster Whole30 Compliant Dishes?   
    I go to a network group every Tuesday and stressed over the food so much.... not much was complaint or if I wanted something that was … was way more than my work would pay for (plus, I don't want to spend my money but the network group deal is that everyone orders). Anyway, I noticed another person always just ordered a plain salad (which for the restaurant was basically a bowl of lettuce). I took my own whole30 dump ranch and did that. Was it great? Naw, but I focused more on my networking and discussing than what I was eating. Maybe the same idea? Focus on conversation? 
     
    Not the ideal solution, but it does work for me so I thought I'd share. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from CeeJay in Positive pregnancy test!!   
    AMAZING! Congratulations!  If you're interested, check out the Pregnancy tab at the top of this website... they have a program called Healthy Mama Happy Baby which may be of interest to you
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jill9802 in First round, day 1 February 4, 2019. Day by day.   
    Bacon and Avocado would be fine but I'd be surprised that you'd be able to eat very  much of either since they have built in satiety - you might also find that a bit of an overload so maybe bacon and a hardboiled egg or avocado and some chicken?  If it's bacon and avocado tho, that's not the worst thing you could pick and it sounds delish!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jill9802 in First round, day 1 February 4, 2019. Day by day.   
    Ya, you could have definitely gone for more veggies.  For starchy carbs like squash, a fist sized serving at least once a day is recommended. Then you fill the rest of your plate with non starchy veg and if you want, some fruit.  You're pretty fruit heavy here with what I assume is a banana mixed into the egg (which incidentally is pretty close to the gray area of banana egg pancakes which are not allowed) and the apple.  You're also maybe a bit heavy on the fat with the coconut and the almond butter.  Nuts are recommended to be limited - think a closed handful of whole nuts every other day at most or the equivalent of nut butter - you might be a bit rich there.
    Take a look at the meal template again and try and get your meals all matching.  Also, eggs when they are your sole source of protein are as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand without dropping - for most people that's at least 3-4... how many did you have?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Detox February - NEW   
    Check out the Meal Template linked in my signature below to start - make all your meals match...for you, you'll want to go to the high end of the template for protein and fats.
    Have a look and then come back and let me know if you have any questions.
    Also, I just did a quick calculation on your calories... you're not even hitting 2000 with that sample menu (and I gave you FIFTY almonds with your third meal which I doubt you ate)...
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Ryan Oakford Posen in Detox February - NEW   
    Yes, that does make sense and wanting to gain weight also makes you an outlier to the recommendations   I would recommend if you want to maintain or gain weight that you add more fat to your meals - your first meal has none and your meal three has no protein?  Are you a vegetarian?  You're honestly not eating very much - I mean sure there's tons of veggies from the smoothies and the chewed veggies but over all, not enough protein or fat.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Ryan Oakford Posen in Detox February - NEW   
    Cute video!  You may want to consider ditching the 'smoothie' and adding more veggies to your meal - liquid food does not give the same satiety as chewed food (google 'can I have smoothies' for an explanation).
    Also, eggs when they are your sole source of protein in a meal is as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand without dropping and then don't forget to add your plated fat
    Carry on good sir!  You'll definitely kill this!