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    SugarcubeOD reacted to jlmoia in feedback/help   
    Also, I really appreciate such a quick response. That is so very helpful!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer McC in Can I have Smoked/Cured Turkey Meat?   
    I think if you can't verify the ingredients on the item that you're going to use, you should skip it - only because, like ham, sometimes there's incompatible ingredients in the item... If you buy from a reputable butcher, they might do their own smoking and be able to let you know.  We definitely can't make blanket 'all are okay or all are not okay' statements about this kind of thing since they vary so much by manufacturer and even by region.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    We are doing okay... we're not fully locked down but we've got Provincial Health Order restrictions that are getting old fast (but 100% necessary and I support!). Quebec just got a curfew??!?  It's definitely a nutty time! I decided to join in on doing a Whole30 with you guys (I'll be a few days behind). I've been working from home almost exclusively since March... need something to shake things up and what better than a Whole30!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Robyn43 in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Hi Lorna!  Nice to see you here!
    @ShannonM816 and I are still here so let us know if you need a hand with anything and I will start posting more as well, maybe that'll get a little juice flowing if a few of us are chatting on here!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Hi Lorna!  Nice to see you here!
    @ShannonM816 and I are still here so let us know if you need a hand with anything and I will start posting more as well, maybe that'll get a little juice flowing if a few of us are chatting on here!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    Go with what the bottle says. Stores and other websites can copy and paste random information from other places or just throw in information from other products if someone doesn't feel like researching what that particular product actually lists. Always go with what the label on the product in your hand says. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Universally forums have fallen out of favour. It's too bad because they have been a mainstay for me over the years for crowdsourced knowledge. I really miss the active W30 forum. I'm going to post here everyday because I dislike FB pages and don't find that as helpful - I hope a few people are doing likewise so we have a tiny community.
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to PearlsPrayer30 in Whole30 Coaching Dreams   
    Hi! I'm PearlsPrayer30 and I'm on Day10 of my 5th Whole30. I have been on my Whole30 journey for 3 years after almost 25 years of struggling with food. Before my first Whole30 I had learned, quite extensively about anti-inflammatory foods and their benefit and seen significant changes in my body with strict smoothie and one meal a day regimens, heaping on the omega-3s and really feeling amazing, but that lifestyle had lasted about 3 months before all the old foods that I had been warned caused a hyper inflammatory response in my body, had crept back in. It wasn't until Whole30's tough love, no nonsense program, that I began to see real changes in my psychological behaviours regarding food. Now I spend the bulk of the year in food freedom forever, with an occasional Whole7 if I need it to get back on track. I decided to do a full Whole 30 after Thanksgiving, because bread had crept back in and was causing some major upheavals in my gut, not surprisingly, because a month before I chose to become sober from a 10 year dependence on cannabis for chronic pain. I haven't had chronic pain in quite awhile because my habits had begun to eliminate a lot of the factors that contributed to inflammatory pain, so I realised that cannabis had truly become an addiction, and faced that. 36 days into that journey, which has been going very well, I realised that comfort foods has slipped into replace the comfy habit I had for years. But Whole30 is built for this! It taught me to have awareness and to build my trust muscle so that I knew I could be both sober from all intoxicants and from sugar and wheat as well as long as I continued to choose me and my commitment to myself.  
    Now I'm here to start to communicate with others in this forum, something I've never relied on in the pre-covid world, because I had a great irl Whole30 community, but now, in isolation, I think it's time to reach out to others and start to offer my experiences as proof that this lovely and accessible program utterly transformed my life. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and thanking Melissa Hartwig a year ago when I was invited by Dr. Will Cole to attend an event he was having in Brentwood, CA. Back then I was driving for LYFT and picked up Dr. Cole in Beverly Hills one day and had an amazing conversation that inspired me to dive into my 3rd Whole30 (I would do another one at the beginning of quarantine to ensure that I kept up self care during this stressful time). He told me in that rental car that I should become a Whole30 coach. And I thought, "you know what? I should!" Meeting Melissa last year felt like another sign that I was destined to help others with this beautiful journey into nourishment. I'm here now, to follow through on that desire. If you want to follow my instagram where I will be posting recipes and other inspiring things about nourishing the self, check me out on @pearlsprayer. I'm also a tarot reader = Tuned In Tarot on youtube where I do daily live readings and @tunedintarot on insta, and the musician, Pearl from @pearlandtheprayers (insta). I'm so excited to be here! Lets do this! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from TONTO99 in Challah - Should I still do Whole30?   
    I think you should definitely still do the Whole30   When you did it last time and didn't eat the bread, did you do reintroductions to determine how bread products affect you? If so, what was the outcome?  
    I will confess I am not educated on Jewish law so please know I am not trying to be offensive here - do you have to actually swallow the bread? I recall a very old conversation on here about Catholics and communion and the whole30'er would remove the biscuit from their mouth after the ritual of having it placed by the priest.  Is that an option?
    Whole30 is respectful of doctor's orders and religious practices and while you may not see the full results of the program, especially if bread products are something that really work against your system, I think you'll still find it worth doing and that you'll get good results from it - sometimes the results that we get from subsequent rounds is more mental than physical and that's totally okay and actually quite wonderful!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Primal Kitchen frozen meals - serving size   
    I think they're definitely more of an 'emergency food option' rather than a full meal... but still great to have on hand for those 'prepless' days! Thanks for the update, I'm sure it will help others with the same question.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen 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 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
    Secret Sauce: inspired by Utah Fry Sauce, our version is good on everything

    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.)

    Be one of the first to try all four varieties. Tap the link to get them now! THRIVE MARKET

    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!