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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 17 and still feeling very tired   
    Your breakfast is tiny.  Especially if your breakfast is post-workout as well.  Eggs if they are your only protein should be as many as you can hold in your hand.  (At least 3).  If you don't want more eggs, add a few bites of some other protein.  You'd need to eat a huge pile of spinach to get a good amount in, and you might want some starchy carbs in there as well.
    You're also eating a lot of nuts, which can be problematic for some people.  They are recommend about a closed handful every other day.
    I'd recommend adding a few bites of protein and sweet potato right after your workout (even before breakfast), then trying to up your breakfast quantity and throw a few more veggies in there.  Try other fats besides nuts.
    For me personally, if I don't get in a good enough breakfast, I struggle the entire day to catch up.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    In addition to the info already posted above about fresh vs. canned, I was also taking "beneficial" in a broader sense of where something fits in your life.
    Fresh salmon vs. canned salmon: Fresh is often not beneficial to my wallet and where I choose to spend my money, so I pick and choose when and how I'm going to eat fresh.
    Fresh salmons vs canned salmon, time of year: If it's not actual fresh salmon season, the only available salmon is farmed (probably chemically dyed) where I'm at.  I'd rather do canned wild caught.
    In the case of something like salmon cakes, fresh vs. canned salmon: Fresh is not beneficial to my time spent in the kitchen.  (Cook something to then actually cook another thing?  No thanks, not me right now.)
    Personal preferences: If I buy fresh salmon, I'm going to eat the entire thing and not re-purposes leftovers, because it's so darn amazing and delicious.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    In addition to the info already posted above about fresh vs. canned, I was also taking "beneficial" in a broader sense of where something fits in your life.
    Fresh salmon vs. canned salmon: Fresh is often not beneficial to my wallet and where I choose to spend my money, so I pick and choose when and how I'm going to eat fresh.
    Fresh salmons vs canned salmon, time of year: If it's not actual fresh salmon season, the only available salmon is farmed (probably chemically dyed) where I'm at.  I'd rather do canned wild caught.
    In the case of something like salmon cakes, fresh vs. canned salmon: Fresh is not beneficial to my time spent in the kitchen.  (Cook something to then actually cook another thing?  No thanks, not me right now.)
    Personal preferences: If I buy fresh salmon, I'm going to eat the entire thing and not re-purposes leftovers, because it's so darn amazing and delicious.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    Just because someone disagrees doesn’t mean they are offended. You asked “is it not more beneficial to use fresh?” And the answer is “It depends.” 
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    If vegetables (or whatever) are canned right after they are picked ripe, vs. being picked early, stored somewhere to ripen more, then put on a boat and shipped from Chile to the U.S., put on a truck or train to be shipped to the interior of the U.S., then eventually put on a grocery store shelf, I think there are arguments to be made about "fresh" and "best."  Obviously everything depends on what's available locally, what's in season, where in the world you are, what your circumstances are, etc.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    If vegetables (or whatever) are canned right after they are picked ripe, vs. being picked early, stored somewhere to ripen more, then put on a boat and shipped from Chile to the U.S., put on a truck or train to be shipped to the interior of the U.S., then eventually put on a grocery store shelf, I think there are arguments to be made about "fresh" and "best."  Obviously everything depends on what's available locally, what's in season, where in the world you are, what your circumstances are, etc.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from AmandaG11 in No energy-Day 24   
    How do your meals relate to the template?  Are you getting at least a palm size piece of protein?  1-2 eggs at breakfast is probably not enough protein, eggs when they are the sole protein are recommended to be at least as many as you can hold in one hand.  If you don't want more eggs, add a few bites of some other protein.
    I would try upping the fat a little bit, that makes a big difference to me.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from jmcbn in Coffee for your Whole 30: How to make it if you're used to using dairy   
    Adding dates or trying to recreate sweet additions is not allowed for whole 30. Otherwise, Coffee is fine, coffee with coconut milk is fine. (It's not sweet, we're talking the stuff from the cans here.) There are other reasons to add something to coffee, for instance to cut the acidity. or to improve mouth-feel or add fat to a meal. And let's face it, many people like the caffeine. And people can choose whether or not to consume it.  http://whole9life.com/2011/01/the-coffee-manifesto/
    There are plenty of teas out there that have soy lecithin or sugar as ingredients, so keep an eye out for that.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Mazpal in Newbie struggling with first week   
    I try to keep some things in the pantry so I always have something. 2 super simple meals:
    1: Bag of frozen veggies, heat up in microwave. (Make sure the bag doesn't have like peas or baby corn in it.)
    Add some coconut milk and a can of salmon (or chicken). Some salt and pepper. Heat it all up.
    2: can of chicken, can of diced tomatoes, if you're feeling fancy saute some onions, get it all hot, add some olives. Buy some greens for a side salad.
    Remember, meals don't have to be fancy, something you'd serve at a dinner party, or even cohesive. Just protein, fat, and veggies. Make it easy on yourself. Make extra and embrace leftovers. And yes, it will absolutely be worth it!
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Ermatlanta in Brands of coconut milk that are compliant?   
    Depending on what you're using it for, I have frozen coconut milk before. I would say it's ability to blend smoothly is affected, but not the taste. So, frozen coconut milk into your coffee might look strange, but frozen coconut milk into a curry would be essentially unnoticeable.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Almond Flour and Coconut Flour   
    Also, don't use the flours to try and re-create baked goods....and if you don't have a specific plan for an ingredient, I'd recommend not buying it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Almond Flour and Coconut Flour   
    Also, don't use the flours to try and re-create baked goods....and if you don't have a specific plan for an ingredient, I'd recommend not buying it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Amb_Bomer in No Good Time for a full W30!!   
    It'll probably help to make a list of what would be the "difficult" things and have strategies.
    Going to party?  Eat beforehand, bring something compliant, bring your own drinks.
    Going to a restaurant?  Call beforehand at a non-busy time and be prepared to eat a salad.  
    Traveling?  Look at the resources for traveling
    Get stuck at work late often?  Keep a stock of easy go-to things: keep some cans of salmon and olives around, keep some jars of like artichoke hearts and roasted peppers, etc.
     
    If you find you already have thought of a plan for when a "difficult" situation pops up, it won't seem like as large of a hurdle.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from WholeInOne in New here and have serious trouble with willpower   
    Thanks for the link and clarification.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in What Counts as a Protein?   
    The Whole30 isn't necessarily  designed for vegetarians/vegans, but there are certain resources out there.
    https://whole30.com/2015/06/veg-whole30/  (but note that including some of the other sources of protein aren't technically Whole30)
    From: https://whole30.com/2014/09/vegetarian-whole30/
    "While we provide resources on our website and in It Starts With Food for vegans and vegetarians doing our Whole30 program, the program wasn’t designed to exclude animal products and rely on plant-based protein sources. For many who want to implement our framework within their own self-imposed dietary restrictions, the idea of tailoring our program for a vegetarian or vegan diet can be daunting. "

    I feel like the nut companies marketing that nuts are "high" in protein is one of those marketing coups of the last few years.  High compared to a carrot, sure, but......
     
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in TMI: Diarrhea   
    I'd cut back on nuts and fruit, which can contribute to diarrhea and work on getting your meals up to template standards. The breakfast you mentioned has no protein, the lunch has no fat, and the dinner has neither fat nor vegetables.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ladyshanny in Time on Whole30 Program   
    I'd recommend reading "It Starts With Food" if you haven't already.  I'm not sure that your 72 hours is accurate across all experiences....I know I personally feel the effects of a gluten exposure for much longer than that.
    And I have to disagree that the program is not easily done.  It may take work, but it's not that hard.
    And, from a Facebook post on the Whole30 (https://www.facebook.com/Whole30/posts/818972684846318Why 30 days?)
     
    Despite the common belief that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, habit research actually shows the time frame is much longer--on average, 66 days! And the harder or more emotional connection you have to the behavior, the longer it takes... so when it comes to food, that time frame may even be longer.
    We could have created a Whole66 or a Whole90 to make sure the new habits you're building with the program settle in, but that's a pretty high barrier to entry. The Whole30 rules can be intimidating! Many of you would look at the program and think, I can't do that for two or three months.
    We could have created a Whole10 or Whole14, to make it really accessible. Lots of people would say, "Yeah, I can do that!" But for those of you who have done the Whole30, how much fun are your first 10 days on the program? That time frame wouldn't bring most of you any of the Whole30 "magic," but it sure would give you some unpleasant effects as your body transitioned.
    The Whole30 is just right--totally accessible (I can do anything for 30 days!), while long enough to bring stunning benefits in energy, sleep, mood, medical conditions, cravings, and self-esteem.
    - Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the #Whole30
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Help with weight not coming off   
    ? She asked you to prioritize food over supplements, nothing about junk food.
    Whole30 is 30 days (+10-15) for re intros, it's meant to give you the tools to create a long term plan that will work for you.
    You're, presumably, an adult and doing your own personal n=1 experiment. If you want to try the ALA, go for it, (check ingredients if you are still on a whole 30.) Did you search the forum for other possible posts about it specifically?
    My own personal n=1 experiment went like this: did a whole30 in July 2015. Had a bunch of non scale victories, lost maybe 1-2 lbs. Used what I learned in my re intros to structure my diet (relax on added sugar in things like sauces, occasional rice and dairy).  for no apparent reason (did not change workouts or diet), in October 2015 I started losing weight. My current personal experiment involves trying a sub-lingual vitamin b supplement. (On a drs recommendation, after testing found me somewhat deficient.) And collagen powder because I like it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Dinita in Boyfriend's birthday on 1st day of reintro   
    Reintros are one of the most important parts of the program.  If you re-introduce multiple things at once and experience some sort of effect, you won't be able to pinpoint what caused it.  I know people are really emotionally connected to cake+birthday, but maybe have the nice night out and save cake for post-re-intros+late birthday?
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Dinita in Boyfriend's birthday on 1st day of reintro   
    Reintros are one of the most important parts of the program.  If you re-introduce multiple things at once and experience some sort of effect, you won't be able to pinpoint what caused it.  I know people are really emotionally connected to cake+birthday, but maybe have the nice night out and save cake for post-re-intros+late birthday?
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SarahSun in I have almond butter. Now what?!   
    If you like spring rolls, you can make an almond butter dipping sauce (pretty similar to the sunshine sauce).  Of course, the spring rolls would need to be lettuce wrapped instead of other types of wraps.  I'll refrain from linking any recipes because several substitutions need to be made (almond butter for peanut butter, coconut aminos for soy, etc.), and I don't want to confuse people.
    Almond butter + bananas isn't too shabby, but it's still not the best choice one could make (see ladyshanny's post above).  If you've never had it and don't particularly have a plan for it, I'd return it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Ariel523 in Just starting and not feeling great   
    Are you eating any fats besides nuts and seeds? They are notoriously hard on digestion for some people.
    I would guess you are also flat out not eating enough, which can also be hard on digestion.
    Also, Chia pudding is technically compliant ingredient wise, but is not recommended: 
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from kirkor in Jerky   
    Eat as part of a template meal, don't use it as a snack, and don't do it mindlessly.  (And calculate the "palm" size of protein as if the meat were not dehydrated.)  Also, drink plenty of water.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from purplepadres in Boars head meats   
    Please note that sugar free doesn't necessarily mean it's whole30 friendly, you still need to look at all the ingredients.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in Red Meat - reactions   
    Was this the first red meat you've eaten the entire Whole30?  Any previous reactions?
    Any chance that something was put on the steaks or pan/grill that you don't know about?  Or that it is some kind of stomach bug?
    No, you didn't screw up your Whole30. Part of the goal is to learn how foods affect you.  Also, don't go into re-intros thinking "one is supposed to have" reactions.  You may have reactions, you may not.  Either way, you've learned something.